Celebrities are adept at covering up their insecurities and fears. Just like layers of makeup cover up their age spots and wrinkles, a false bravado helps cover up their insecurities. Sure their designer clothes and million dollar accessories tend to throw us off – we simply assume that nothing ever touches these people. And yet, many are known to suffer from fears and insecurities that also plague the common people. More surprising is the fact that these stars are not shy of admitting to their fears.
I present to you the most well-known yet surprising celebrity phobias and fears that affect the famous and the rich.
Well-known celebrity phobias
Fear of flying
Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias around the world. Stars like America’s current sweetheart Jennifer Aniston as well as Tony Curtis (who supposedly turned to hypnosis to cure it), John Madden, Muhammad Ali, Cher and Johnny Cash have all admitted to the extreme fear of flying. Other bigwigs who happen to have this phobia include deceased King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and comedian and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg.
Fear of clowns
Stephen King’s IT might have exacerbated the fear of clowns in the hearts and minds of Americans. There is just something about the painted faces, layers of makeup and creepy artificial smile that scares the heck out of people. Celebrities who have been upfront about suffering from clown phobia include rapper-singer Sean (P.Diddy) Combs, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and heartthrob Johnny Depp.
Fear of heights
The designer of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel was allegedly afraid of heights. So are rocker Sheryl Crow and actor-director Woody Allen. If it makes you feel any better, Mr. Woody Allen happens to be the celebrity having the most number of phobias as he is also admitted to being afraid of insects, dogs, getting certain diseases, of showers having the drain hole in the middle of the tub, heights, small rooms and crowds.
Fear of being buried alive
In the olden days, many people were supposedly mistakenly buried alive when their bodies went into a state of death – like rigidity stemming from certain illnesses.
Two famous personalities who were extremely afraid of being buried alive include fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen and renowned musician Frederic Chopin.
Fear of cats
Ailurophobia is known to have affected many well-known personalities including some of the most famous names of history – Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mussolini and Alexander The Great.
Other famous people who had cat phobia: Genghis Khan, William Shakespeare, Louis XIV, Isadora Duncan and Adolf Hitler.
Fear of public speaking
Can you even imagine a celebrity phobia related to public speaking?
It is believed that many famous personalities including singer-actor Barbra Streisand, beauty Marilyn Monroe and actor Sir Lawrence Olivier gave amazing performances on stage despite being terrified at the thought of speaking before the masses.
Water related celebrity phobias
Michael Jordan is known to be terrified of the ocean (ever since he witnessed the death of his childhood friend). Likewise, Carmen Elektra experiences panic attacks at the sight or thought of being near water since she is not able to swim (wonder how she shot the episodes of Baywatch!). Christina Ricci is deathly fearful of being alone in a swimming pool as she believes that ‘a door would open up in its floor and swallow her alive’. Ricci is allegedly also deathly afraid of sharks.
Other mentionable phobias of the rich and famous
Fear of horses
Twilight star and heartthrob Robert Pattinson is deathly afraid of horses and fears being crushed by them. Needless to say, he experienced great difficulty when shooting the scene with horses for his film ‘Water for Elephants’.
Fear of butterflies
Nicole Kidman suffers from this celebrity phobia and is believed to have been unable to walk through a museum room housing dead, horrifying butterflies.
Fear of cockroaches, snakes, reptiles, spiders, other creepy crawlers
Singer-actor Justin Timberlake is believed to be afraid of spiders, snakes and all other creepy crawlers. Scarlett Johansson is also terrified of cockroaches and birds. Britney Spears hates bigger reptiles like Komodo Dragons or large lizards and director Steven Spielberg is also deadly afraid of all kinds of insects.
Fear of the dark
Keanu Reeves is afraid of being left alone in the dark and Megan Fox is afraid of the dark, period.
Fear of thunder
Madonna is supposedly very scared of thunderstorms.
Bizarre celebrity phobias
Fear of revolving doors
Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey is afraid of revolving doors and avoids them at all costs. He is also afraid of tunnels and driving through them.
Fear of paper
Megan Fox of Transformers hates anything to do with paper, especially the sound of paper tearing, or erasing words on paper etc. She is also a Mysophobe which means she hates bacteria and germs.
Fear of getting a haircut
Who is afraid of getting his hair cut? Apparently this bizarre phobia affected LSD advocate Timothy Leary who started cutting his own hair as he was afraid of visiting barbers.
Fear of furniture
Angelina Jolie’s famous ex-husband, Billy Bob Thornton, is reportedly afraid of antique furniture and cannot stand being in a room having one.
Fear of mirrors
The celebrity having a phobia of mirrors is Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.
Fear of indoor plants
Christina Ricci seems to have many fears and the fear of indoor houseplants is one of them.
As is evident, celebrity phobias are far and wide ranging, and one thing is clear: even the rich and the famous are not spared of fears, anxieties and insecurities. The bottom line is we are all in the same boat, no matter who we are. Try to overcome your phobia and focus on all the positive things life has to offer.
I’m trying to find someone who has a phobia of phobias, and that phobia is called phobophobia.
Violet Price says
Madonna is afraid of thunderstorms? I wonder if any celebs have trypophobia or claustrophobia like me…
They said Woody Allen is afraid of small rooms. That’s probably a form of claustrophobia. Other than that, I’m sure many celebrities also have it – it’s an incredibly common phobia, and they even say that most of us have that fear to some extent.
Who is a celebrity that suffers from Androphobia?
Any famous people that have pyrophobia (fear of fire)?
Alyssa Stahl says
Um, hi, I’m Alyssa, and I was wondering what the fear of imperfection is called?
Yes. It’s called Atelophobia
Are there any celebrities that have scopophobia?
Alyssa Stahl says
I think so.
Hey, are there any famous people with Ecophobia?
Um I might have arachnophobia? That’s spiders right? How do I know if I have it?
Are you scared of them?
Nancy, about some people having phobias and others not, it is a mental issue and is developed in the brain. It is usually experienced by people who have had issues with the subject, like some people scared of rivers most likely have seen or heard about people drowning. It usually worsens gradually, starting from little dislike to extreme fear of the object.
Khalid Shafiq says
What is your opinion about fear of not to be successful in life. This fear drives people either to be successful or have failure in life.
I know a person in deep fear of nets. Like nets women wear on their heads. Fishing nets. Everything that looks like any type of net. Is there a phobia for that?
I have THANATOPHOBIA, the fear of one’s own death, or the dying process.
nina robison says
Has your phobia improved, and if so, how? This is the darkest, most embracing fear. I wondered if any celebs had expressed it and opened this website. Luckily, I also have a sense of humor and enjoyed some of the wackier phobias in the list. I have had thanatophobia since childhood but am developing strategies, I hope!
Actually, both Emma Stone and Rita Ora have both been very open about their death anxiety.
I was really hoping to find real information about phobias – like why do some people have them and others don’t? Or do they run in families?
I’ve been trying to find that as well.
Johnny Depp played The Mad Hatter who looked like a Clown so I don’t buy it unless it was Therapy.
E Thomp says
He claimed in an interview he was deathly afraid of clowns and spiders.
I know a person that is terrified of blankets what should I do to tell them it’s ok
Well but the member of One Direction, Liam Payne is afraid of spoons, which is actually called “Koutaliaphobia”.