There are some things in life that are bittersweet, and fame is one of them. As many celebrities soon find out, there is an entire industry looming over fields like acting, modelling, performing, and singing. This industry is called the media, and they are often so hungry to make headlines that they will follow and harass any famous person that crosses their path. This has proven to be an issue for superstars all over the world, for anywhere they go the paparazzi will follow.
Balancing both a private and professional life is pretty much impossible for celebs, and with time this can take a toll. When you’re famous, tasks like grocery shopping and picking up the dry-cleaners are no longer simple. Oh, and forget about trying to get into a relationship, as sooner or later, the media will find a way to get into bed with you.
Over the decades, many stars have hinted towards the horrors of fame. Some have even gone as far as to say that all they want is their normal life back. While they might not regret the life they lead or the pursuit of their passions, fame will forever be something they have no taste for.
15. Kristen Stewart
Fame has never been easy for actress Kristen Stewart, who at one point was the most sought-after celebrity in Hollywood. While there are some celebs who yearn to have their pictures and autographs taken, Stewart is not one of them. When she was cast as Bella Swan in the Twilight series, Stewart immediately became the center of every teenage girl’s attention, which proved to be more terrifying than anything.
On more than one account, Stewart has raved about how much she hates being famous. Sure, she might not regret her career and all of the perks that come along with it, but becoming famous is something the actress will never get used to. She’s often seen flipping off paparazzi and trying to get away from the flashing lights. Unfortunately, there isn’t much celebrities can do when it comes to fame.
14. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of the most recognizable celebs in the world, and this is because he has been acting in Hollywood movies for decades. Despite having spent most of his life in the limelight, Depp still finds it difficult to deal with all the fame he receives.
Depp has said that fame is, “a little bit like living like a fugitive. Everything has to be some sort of strategy. To get you into the hotel, to get you out of the hotel, to get you into the restaurant, to get you out of the restaurant.”
While the actor feels honored to have so many fans, he does wish that he could make movies without being recognized in the street. In the end, Depp just wants to live a normal life like the rest of us.
13. Kourtney Kardashian
There are some celebs that become famous due to their great talents, and others who become famous by becoming socialites. The Kardashian clan is definitely a part of the second category – unless you consider having a large derrière as a great talent. Unlike most celebrities, socialites actually enjoy the fame portion of the deal, that is, until it becomes too large to bear.
Kourtney Kardashian has been in the spotlight for years now but has recently considered backing away from the fame and focusing on her family. Kardashian has admitted that she is interested in leaving Keeping Up With The Kardashians behind and retiring to a normal and uncomplicated life.
“I don’t want the show to end, but I sometimes think I would be so happy if it did and I could just move away from it all,” said the reality TV star. Being in the spotlight has arguably harmed Kardashian’s marriage and family ties, which is why she sometimes regrets becoming famous in the first place.
12. Jack Gleeson
Jack Gleeson is a young actor who gained worldwide recognition by playing the role of Joffrey Baratheon on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. The actors of this show became famous overnight, which proved to be difficult for some of the cast. While Gleeson does enjoy acting, he was thrown off by the fame that came attached to playing his role. Since his character is evil in the show, many GOT fans thought it fit to yell profanities at the young actor whenever they spotted him — which quickly got old.
Instead of pursuing his promising career, Gleeson decided to quit acting and go back to school. After completing his studies in theology and philosophy, Gleeson decided to start acting in the theatre once again — a vocation that will bring him only minimal fame.
11. Daniel Radcliffe
While Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has made it clear that he does not regret becoming a rich actor, he has spoken up about the issues of growing up as a child star on more than one account. Radcliffe has said that growing up in the spotlight has made it difficult for him to find himself. Amidst all of the headlines and in-your-face paparazzi, Radcliffe found it hard to find himself as a person opposed to as an actor. Struggles with fame caused the actor to develop a drinking problem, but years later he has managed to regain control over the substance. Radcliffe has hinted that he regrets becoming a famous actor at such a young age, but is happy with how his life turned out.
In the meantime, Radcliffe has found ways to repulse the paparazzi by consistently wearing the exact same outfit outdoors. This causes them to be unable to sell any of their pictures to large publications, granting him some extra privacy.
10. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is a young celeb who has spent most of her life in front of the camera. As many studies suggest, growing up famous can truly affect a person’s personality and mental health, which is why many psychologists don’t suggest childhood fame. As Jenner ages, she is becoming more and more obsessed with her appearance. This has resulted in her undergoing countless plastic surgeries despite her fairly young age.
While it is true that Jenner has managed to make millions off of her fame, the reality TV star and businesswoman has hinted that she often thinks about what her life could have been. “I know I don’t want to be famous forever. There’s gonna be a time where I feel comfortable, I’m at a good place in my life, and I just stop,” says Jenner.
9. George Clooney
George Clooney is a man who needs little introduction, but one who loves his privacy nonetheless. Clooney has been a celeb for decades, and although it has allowed him to have the finer things in life, it has also held him back in certain departments — like personal freedom.
“What’s the guy in the big house on the hill got to complain about? The truth is, the big house on a hill is isolating. There’s no other way to say it. There are restrictions to this kind of fame. I haven’t walked in Central Park for 15 years. I’d like to, you know?” said Clooney during an interview with Esquire U.K.
8. Megan Fox
Megan Fox is a gorgeous actress who has made it clear that she has no love for fame. The actress first became world-wide famous when she co-starred in the Transformers movies alongside Shia LaBeouf. During an interview with Esquire in 2013, Fox talked about the hardships she faces due to fame, and how she often feels like she’s being bullied online by millions of people.
“I don’t think people understand. They all think [you] should shut the f*ck up and stop complaining because you live in a big house or you drive a Bentley. So your life must be so great. What people don’t realize is that fame, whatever your [sic] worst experience in high school, when you were being bullied by those 10 kids in high school, fame is that, but on a global scale, where you’re being bullied by millions of people constantly,” explained the actress.
7. Macaulay Culkin
If there is one actor who truly regrets becoming famous — it’s Macaulay Culkin. Arguably, the child star never really had a choice in this matter, as he was thrown into acting from a very young age. Despite having retreated from the spotlight nearly 26 years ago, Culkin is still suffering from the backlash of fame.
“I’ll take walks at two or four in the morning because there’s nobody out on the streets and it’s easy for me to go unnoticed. [But] even if I don’t get bugged, it’s looming, it’s there,” says the actor. Culkin has been hiding from the media for as long as he can remember, which is why he chooses to live in Paris for half of the year.
6. Daniel Craig
On more than one account, actor Daniel Craig has opened up about how he feels towards fame, and it isn’t pretty. The actor has been famous for many years and has noticed that fame has gradually become worse over the last 10 years. Before the invention of smartphones, fans were not able to freely take pictures of celebs, but now they can do much more than that.
“They (smartphones) are the f***ing bane of my life. I get people who just take pictures of me with their camera phone while I’m having dinner. I want to get violent and I can’t. They think it’s their right to take a photo of me and I find that incredibly intrusive. But every phone has a camera on it, so how do we stop it? We can’t,” says the actor.
5. Justin Bieber
When Justin Bieber was contacted by Usher as a pre-teen, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While the musician does enjoy being able to perform all over the world, the double-sided sword that is fame has nicked him more times than he can count.
Bieber has had countless run-ins with the paparazzi, some of which have turned violent. In his defense, however, the paparazzo are quick to get in a celeb’s face and push their buttons.
“All the time. And I feel isolated. You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed,” answered Bieber when asked if he sometimes regretted becoming famous in the first place.
4. Katherine Heigl
The media has a way of painting celebrities in a certain color, which can often stick them with a sour reputation. This is exactly what happened to actress Katherine Heigl, who was at one time at the top of the charts. On many accounts, it was said that Heigl was adapting the behavior of a diva, making it increasingly difficult for people to work with her. Eventually, Heigl became a hated celebrity due to her “holier than though” attitude. So much so, that she was fired from her longtime TV show Grey’s Anatomy.
As time went on, Heigl found it increasingly difficult to land roles, but instead of blaming her bad attitude, she chose to blame it on fame. Heigl often regrets getting so famous because it “got to her head” and ultimately ruined her career.
3. Shia LaBeouf
At first, Shia LaBeouf was a promising actor who seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, but that was back when his biggest gig was Family Channel’s Even Stevens. As time went on and the actor grew into a man, he began to cause more problems then he could fix. Dozens of arrests and social embarrassments have caused LaBeouf to take-on some online heat — but no one could have predicted his retaliation.
When LaBeouf figured that he’d had enough, he took to Twitter like most celebrities do, to inform the public of his new and improved life plan. “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” wrote LaBeouf.
While the Transformers actor might still have a profound love for acting, he has expressed his regret for being famous on more than one account. He even went as far as wearing a paper bag that had “I Am Not Famous Anymore” written on it to a red carpet event.
2. Dave Chappelle
When The Chappelle’s Show first came out in 2003, Dave Chappelle became a famous celebrity overnight. However, it didn’t take long for him to pack his bags and move his family to a more remote location. To do this, Chappelle had to walk away from a $50 million contract, which he did not seem to mind.
“Chappelle’s Show’s’ like breakin’ up with a girl and you still like her. But in your mind you’re like, ‘That b*tch is crazy. I’m not goin’ back,” said Chappelle. So why did the comedian flake out on his show? Well, fame had a lot to do with it.
“Fame, yeah, but not so much that I get on a plane to Africa. Fame is not that kind of scary – but it is – fame is a horrifying concept when it’s aimed at you, you know? At the end of the day, it’s so – you don’t have that much control over it. You just try to conduct yourself as best you can,” said the comedian.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis
If there is one actor who stands out above all the rest, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis. This intense method actor is often known for taking his roles a little too far, however, this usually ends up making the movies he stars in that much better. Day-Lewis recently announced that he would be retiring from acting, which came as a shock to a lot of people. Despite the fact that Day-Lewis is a megastar, the actor has made it clear that he has no interest in being famous any longer.
In fact, the actor is likely to regret being in any social situation that revolves around fame. Instead of living in LA like most actors do, Day-Lewis lives on a secluded mountain in Ireland, where no one can bother him. While acting might have been his jam at one point in time, he has always contented himself with his shoe-making and woodworking hobbies.
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