We all love to talk about celebrities non-stop, but sometimes we forget that they're people too. The pressure of being a famous actor or musician can sometimes get so high that even the most disciplined artists can fall to the temptation of addiction. These addictions can be many and varied, and they're not always what you might expect. True enough, most of these addictions involve illegal substances or alcohol, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes, addictions that you might not have even considered turn out to be the most dangerous and impacting.
On the other hand, some addictions are much more innocent. These addictions, such as being addicted to video games or junk food, are ones that we can all share a laugh about. Celebrities often come forward and admit freely that they're addicted to these things, although sometimes they're a little reluctant to come clean. Addictions like these are great because they remind us that celebrities aren't so different from us, and that they're human just like the rest of us.
Of course, having an addictive personality is never a good thing (unless you're addicted to success, of course). So for the most part, these celebrities are very shy about their addictions. After all, someone's addictions shows their true personality, and sometimes people want to hide the parts of themselves they consider to be the most ugly...
15 Anna Kendrick Is Addicted To Video Games
One celebrity who has a pretty surprising addiction is Anna Kendrick. You have to really dig for the information, but most gamers know that she is extremely addicted to video games. This famous actress is known for her roles in movies like The Wedding Crasher, and more recently The Accountant, but it seems this very talented actress is as passionate about video games as she is about film and theater. You might not believe this from just a passing glance at the star, as she seems very glamorous and mature. She does not exactly seem like the kind of person who would play video games.
But rest assured, she is a total addict when it comes to gaming, and she's publicly admitted to playing many video games. Apparently her favorite is Angry Birds, but she's also played a huge range of other games, even appearing in some of the video game trailers of your favorite titles. But sometimes, as she's admitted, this gaming obsession can become a serious addiction, even for her.
14 Selena Gomez Is Addicted To Maple Dogs
Another celebrity with an addiction that she probably doesn't want too many people talking about is Selena Gomez. This star needs no introduction, and she's one of the most successful singers right now. She started her career on the kids' TV show Barney & Friends as a child actor, and then moved on to work extensively with Disney. After embarking on her successful solo career, she famously went back to film with the movie Spring Breakers.
But her addiction might surprise you. No, this star isn't addicted to drugs, alcohol, or any of those more controversial things... Her addiction is much more simple. She's addicted to maple dogs. If you don't already know, a maple dog is basically a hot dog covered in maple syrup. She posted on her social media that she was addicted to this snack, but a lot of people were more grossed out than impressed.
13 Jessica Simpson Is Addicted To Nicotine Gum
Another celebrity with a weird addiction is Jessica Simpson. This star was huge about a decade ago, with a successful singing career and a few good movies, including Dukes Of Hazzard. She's almost always appeared as a cute, innocent blonde, but her dirty habit and addiction might just change your opinion of her. This is pretty well-known, but Jessica Simpson is addicted to nicotine gum, even though she's never smoked a single cigarette in her life!
She has said, ”I am addicted to Nicorette gum. I just spit it out and put it on my water bottle before I came out because I thought it would be rude if I were chewing it. The first time I ever chewed a piece of Nicorette gum, one of my close friend’s mother gave it to me. I think she thought she was giving me a piece of Dentyne Ice or something. And, like, I’m chewing it and it’s like a party in my mouth! It was like fireworks!"
12 Mila Kunis Was Addicted To World Of Warcraft
Another famous gaming addict who just so happens to be a female is Mila Kunis. Things got so bad for this girl that she famously had to delete the game from her computer. What was the game that she was so addicted to? That's right: World Of Warcraft. What else could it possibly be? Those who have played this game know that it's one of the most addictive games ever made, and it's really hard to quit once you're deep into it. Mila Kunis admits that she suffered a lot because of this addiction, which really ate into her free time.
She once answered questions on Reddit and she was able to speak freely about the game, using slang and talking about gameplay in a way that only a true World Of Warcraft player could have done. She admitted, "I have not played WOW in probably 5 years! Yes, I used to play. I played a LOT. I was in a guild, I led raids, I was a pretty bada*s mage. I had multiple characters. I was a frostmage, I think, by the time I stopped playing."
11 Ben Affleck Was Addicted To Gambling
Another celebrity who has struggled with addiction is Ben Affleck. There were many stories a few years ago about his addiction to gambling, although the actor himself continues to deny this. Could this be the case of a lying and exaggerating media, or is it that Affleck is just in denial about his issues? What's certain is that Affleck loves to play blackjack, and was once banned from a casino because he was gambling too much. The official story is that it was because Affleck was gambling irresponsibly, but Affleck denies this.
His side of the story is this: "I had always liked blackjack. I don't play any other games of chance. I don't bet on football games, and I don't gamble at all, really, outside of that. Because I get to correct the impression that there's something wrong with it or that it demonstrates some, like, compulsive activity. Usually, when you're a compulsive gambler, the casinos don't ask you to leave because you're beating them. You know?"
10 Salma Hayek Is Addicted To Breastfeeding
One celebrity addict that has left people speechless is Salma Hayek. This Mexican actress has worked on movies like Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. She is well known for her acting ability and her sizeable chest, and funnily enough, her addiction involves this very feature. Salma Hayek has admitted again and again that she is fully addicted to breastfeeding. It's a well-known fact that some women can experience a "high" of sorts when they breastfeed, and Salma is obviously one of these women. She was even caught in a bit of controversy after she was spotted breastfeeding an African baby while on a charity mission, a baby which obviously wasn't hers. This woman just can't get enough.
Speaking about breastfeeding, Salma Hayek admitted: “I’m like an alcoholic. I don’t care if I cry, I don’t care if I’m fat. I’m just gonna do it one more week, one more month, and then, when I see how much good it’s doing her, I can’t stop.”
9 Heidi Montag Is Addicted To Plastic Surgery
Another celebrity that is a little in denial about her addiction is Heidi Montag. This star is best known for her role in the reality show The Hills, which was incredibly successful and left the star and her boyfriend with millions of dollars. However, several years later, they had virtually nothing left because they had squandered their money away and acted irresponsibly. One expense that took up a ton of money was Heidi Montag's medical bills, which were attributed to extensive plastic surgery procedures. Although the star denies being addicted to the procedures, she did admit to feeling inadequate, to the point where she felt she needed the surgeries.
In her defence, Heidi said: “I really just went back in to get my nose reset and get a little bit larger of implants because I had been elbowed by a backup dancer in a music video that I was doing and then I went in and was talking to my doctor and he just kind of diagnosed me and was like, ‘You should get a chin reduction, and an eyebrow lift,’
8 Kim Kardashian Is Addicted To Junk Food
Another star that has a slightly worrying addiction is none other than the mother of all celebrities these days, Kim Kardashian. This mother of two is not as talked about as she used to be, although she still makes headlines fairly recently. She famously married Kanye West, and she was also robbed at gunpoint in Paris for her jewelry. But despite all her controversies and high profile paparazzi photos, Kim is just an average girl at heart, just like any one of us normal people. And that's what makes her addiction all the more understandable.
Kim has admitted time and again to being thoroughly addicted to junk food. She loves all kinds of unhealthy sweets and snacks, from Mexican churros to good-old-fashioned American hot dogs and burgers. Of course, this isn't nearly as bad as many of the other addictions on this list, and many of us can relate to her particular weakness. But when you look at Kim Kardashian's rear end, you can definitely see where all that junk food is going!
7 Paris Hilton Was Addicted To Tanning (And Skydiving)
Paris Hilton is another celebrity with some pretty weird addictions. We, of course, know her as one of the biggest names in the 2000s, with a massive social media presence to this day. She famously had her own show along with Nicole Richie called The Simple Life. This was a reality TV show which showed these ultra-rich girls doing simple and menial tasks in order to learn more about an honest day's work. During the course of this show, we all got to know Paris Hilton pretty well.
Her addictions are both predictable and surprising. The first addiction, which is plain to see just by looking at her, is tanning. Paris Hilton seems to have a perpetual golden orange tan across her whole body, and she herself has admitted to being addicted to both tanning artificially and in the sun. But the second addiction is the one that will really surprise you. Apparently, she's also addicted to skydiving, and gets a real adrenaline rush out of it!
6 Jane Lynch Was Addicted To Cough Syrup
Another celebrity that has a past with addiction is Jane Lynch. This veteran actress has had a long and interesting life, and she too has struggled with various substance abuse problems. Of course, the obvious addictions we're talking about are with drugs and alcohol, but there's another one you might not be aware of – a completely legal, over-the-counter medicine. That's right, Jane Lynch was addicted to cough syrup. In some communities, there's a so-called "cough syrup epidemic," as more and more people are getting hooked on this seemingly innocent medicine. Many cough syrups can contain potentially inebriating ingredients like codeine and DXM.
Here are the words of the actress herself: "I found myself eating about a gallon of chocolate ice cream daily to replace the copious amounts of sugar my body was used to from my daily beer intake. I did, however, continue my habit of taking NyQuil before bed. Though no longer drinking Miller Lite I was in need of something to soothe me. The fact that NyQuil had alcohol in it was not something I acknowledged at all. I still considered myself on the wagon. I'd close the drapes, take a swig of NyQuil, toast with a simple 'bye bye' and go into a deep sleep."
5 Jordin Sparks Is Addicted To Pokemon Cards
Jordin Sparks is another celebrity that has an addiction that might surprise you. For those who don't know her, Sparks is the youngest ever winner of the American Idol series, and wowed everyone on the sixth season of this show. She's become one of the biggest R&B and pop singers today, and has worked with legends like Chris Brown and many others. She's also had a few acting gigs in various shows by Disney and many others. But her addiction might just surprise you, especially if you find yourself sharing something in common with this major star.
That's right, Jordin Sparks is totally hooked on Pokemon cards. There are numerous videos of her on YouTube where she shows off her extensive Pokemon card collection, and apparently Sparks is still trying to "catch 'em all." This is an addiction you might not expect from one of the biggest pop singers in the world! But this kind of thing reminds us that she was a kid too once, and best of all, she's human.
4 Tom Cruise Is Addicted To Rubbing Bird Poop On His Face
Tom Cruise has never failed to be one of the strangest celebrities in existence, and perhaps in history. It should come as no surprise then, that his addiction is possibly the weirdest one on this list. The star is of course one of the most successful actors in history, playing the lead in countless movies, such as Top Gun, War Of The Worlds, the Mission: Impossible series, and countless others. He's a famously devout Scientologist, and has said some pretty controversial things in the past. His addiction is identical to Katy Perry's, but it's the details that really make this addiction weird.
Tom Cruise is apparently opposed to radical cosmetic procedures such as plastic surgery and botox. But that's not to say he doesn't take his beauty seriously. Any sane actor knows that their image is their livelihood, and it's imperative to take care of it. But Tom Cruise prefers to take things in a more natural direction. Instead of doing normal facial treatments like clay, oats, or aloe vera, Tom Cruise prefers to rub actual bird poop onto his face. That's right: apparently this actor is addicted to rubbing nightingale poop into his face, and he swears it makes him look younger.
3 Eminem Got Addicted To Sleeping Pills
Another artist that has struggled with addiction over the years is Eminem. Known as one of the few successful white rappers, he might just be one of the best rappers of all time. His speed and lyrical mastery is what sets him apart from other rappers, and he always has something to say that resonates with a lot of people. But like many other artists, this man has suffered from addictions in the past, and some of them might surprise you.
Eminem was apparently addicted to sleeping pills for a very long time. He eventually had to go to rehab for treatment. That's how bad it got. It might surprise you that he was addicted to sleeping pills, but for those who were close to him, it totally makes sense. Eminem was well-known for falling asleep pretty much everywhere, even sleeping through an award ceremony at one point. This just goes to show that it's not always the illegal drugs which are abused, but prescribed and over-the-counter ones as well.
2 Katy Perry Is Addicted To Getting Facials
Another celebrity who has come clean about her addiction is Katy Perry. We all know this pop star, and she rose to fame in spectacular fashion. Her beauty and her seductive body is a focal point for the pop music industry and that's probably a big reason why she became so popular. One critic described her body as if it were "something a teenage boy would dream of." Well as it turns out, Katy Perry is completely addicted to getting facials.
The pop star has come clean and admitted to everyone that she just can't stop getting facials, and it's even getting in the way of her work and life. She barely goes a few days after getting one before she just has to go get another one. She gets facials from a lot of different people, but her favorite clinic is a beautician spot in LA called the Ole Henriksen Spa on Sunset Boulevard.
1 Robert Downey Jr. Was Addicted To Self-Pleasure
We all know Robert Downey Jr. has had a rough life, going through some pretty tough times in his struggle with addiction. It's pretty well-known that he has an addictive personality, and he's struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past. But one of his weirdest addictions isn't as well known as his others. Robert Downey Jr. was addicted to self-pleasure.
This might just give you a completely different point of view of this famous and very successful actor, and it's hard to look at him in the same way once you've learned this information. But hey, at least he's honest, right? This definitely ranks up there with some of the weirdest addictions ever suffered by a celebrity, and one of the funniest too!
Sources: reddit.com, people.com