Since the early days of silent cinema, the public has always had a fascination with such formidable figures.
Whether it be what they do on their days off, who they are currently involved with or even what they look like in the morning, the obsession between star and supporter is too great to be ignored. Reveling in the fact that perfection is impossible, it can become pleasurable to see what lies beneath the facade of faultiness that we are all exposed to by celebs, everyday. So often we find ourselves basking in the gossip columns and scrolling through photographs that depict our favorite celebrities being well, normal. Just like us, our idols eat, drink, cheat and even die. Yet they also make mistakes, take drugs, cheat on their unsuspecting partners and find themselves making the wrong decisions. For some reason though, it's more shocking and exciting depending who they are and what they represent, making it even more fulfilling when it is all caught on camera.
But why are we so obsessed with them? And why are the most scandalous, morbid and shocking photographs the ones that become the most notorious? We see these people on our screens every day, in magazines, in advertisements, we listen to them on the radio and hear about them in podcasts. We know their names, their ages and even what they like to eat in the morning. On some level we feel as if we know them personally.
Overall, we admire them and we sometimes forget that they are only human too, having the right to make the same mistakes we do every day; therefore making it all the more shocking when their exploits are so gracefully captured. So take a look at these 11 of the most shocking celebrity photographs.
11 River Phoenix's Corpse
Born in 1970, River shot to fame as the rebellious 'Chris' in Stand by Me. Going on to be an acclaimed actor he was even nominated for an Academy Award. With a huge amount of talent and a fan base growing by the second, Phoenix was destined for greatness. However, one night Phoenix decided to visit the immensely popular 'Viper Room' a nightclub in Los Angeles that was partly owned by none other than Johnny Depp.
10 Britney Spears' Public Meltdown
9 Cocaine Kate
8 Pete Wentz Penis
7 George Michael Crashes Into Snappy Snaps
6 6 The Affair That Shocked The World
In 2012, Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on then boyfriend, Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson. The two were Hollywood's it couple for quite a while, mostly popular amongst the teens. So when the photo came out of Stewart canoodling with another man, all hell broke loose. The man in question was Kristen's director and married man Rupert Sanders. With an affair that resulted in a divorce and Rob very publicly moving out of the home he shared with Stewart, the affair was a huge Hollywood scandal.
5 Amy Winehouse Spirals Out Of Control
4 The World Is Introduced To Caitlyn Jenner
3 OJ Simpson Car Chase
2 Kurt Cobain Death Scene
1 Princess Diana - Car Wreck
On the 30th of August, 1998 the world was silenced when Princess Diana died in a car crash after being chased by the paparazzi in Paris. Known round the world as the People's Princess, Diana had been dining with her then squeeze Dodi Fayed. Trying to avoid the paps, the pair, along with her driver and bodyguard were chased through the streets of Paris before crashing into a pillar through an underpass. As the victims lay critically injured it was reported that some photographers began taking pictures with Diana muttering 'leave me alone'. Unfortunately Dodi, her driver and Diana all died leaving only the bodyguard who survived. All we have left of that terrible night are the mangled and disfigured pictures that caused the death to one of the most loved public figures in the world.
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