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6 Tips for Celebrities Frustrated by Fame
By Nicole Smith, ChitChatRunway.com
A wise person once said, “A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” This wise person must have channeled Kanye West and his new bride – ha! The paradox of fame is real. It’s the classic tale of simultaneously craving the limelight and anonymity – can’t live with it…refuse to live without it.
Case in point – Actress Zoe Saldana recently made headlines during the press tour for “Guardians of the Galaxy” when she walked the red carpet in a loose fitting dress and a glow of pregnancy. The media went into overdrive speculating that Zoe is expecting. The starlet took to Twitter to vent her frustration. She tweeted a quote and added a big dose of shade: “I believe that any violation of privacy is nothing good”. ~Lech Walesa. I would like to thank all the f#!@%&$ media for invading our privacy.
Ouch! If Zoe is preggers, it’s understandable that she might not be ready to share the good news with the public. However, is it fair to complain when you show up to the premiere of your new film wearing a maternity-style dress while sporting a baby bump?
Here’s the million dollar question: Are celebrities who complain about being famous entitled brats or victims of fame? For every griping celebrity, there are thousands of “civilians” who’d gladly trade places in a heartbeat. Who wouldn’t want to grace magazine covers, travel the globe in private jets, walk the red carpet to the beat of paparazzi flashbulbs, wear clothes tailored by top designers, and attend the most exclusive parties and events? Sounds tempting…
However, the life of a celebrity isn’t all Bentleys and pearls though – right? It can’t be easy reading disparaging stories about yourself on the Internet, going through a break-up in front of the world, being hounded while dropping your child off at school, or finding out that a loved one sold you out to the tabloids to make a quick buck. What about walking in your kitchen and coming face-to-face with a crazed stalker on the other side of a glass door? That happened to Halle Berry a few years ago. Have you ever had a stalker write threatening letters to you and then personally deliver them to your home? Rihanna probably lost a few nights of sleep when this happened to her this summer. Fame is a beast! Those without rhinoceros skin need not apply.
Even with that being said, the rewards of celebrity can still be plentiful and, perhaps, the mixed-in drama is the price paid for a good life – a life that remains an elusive fantasy for most.
Here are 6 tips for celebrities who are frustrated by the limelight. May it serve as a reminder of what to do and what not to do when fame is getting the best of you.
- Keep it In-House: Complaints about the perils of fame are best reserved for a private dinner with friends and a good bottle of wine – definitely not for a televised interview.
- Ignore Comments: Don’t read all the way through the comments section of internet articles written about you – ever. It’ll only make you want to down a bottle of vodka – straight – lol.
- Don’t Tip Your Locale: If you start tipping the paparazzi off about your whereabouts, don’t be surprised when you’re front page news walking out of a doctor’s office at a time you least expect – can’t have it both ways.
- Ditch the Disguise: Wearing dark sunglasses and a baseball cap on days you don’t want to be photographed only draws attention. Aside from looking silly, it screams “I’m a celebrity! Guess which one.”
- No New Friends: Drake said it best!
- Get Like Halle: Channel that frustrated energy into something positive. Halle Berry championed anti-paparazzi legislation designed to protect celebs and their children from being harassed by photographers. How can you make a difference?
Nicole Smith Bio
Nicole Smith is the founder of chitchatrunway.com, a celebrity news blog featuring the latest celebrity gossip along with a dash of fashion, beauty and sports. She is a pop culture addict residing in Atlanta with her husband and young son. Nicole left her career in management consulting to become a stay-at-home mom. CHITCHAT RUNWAY was launched shortly thereafter as an introspective answer to the age-old question: “What is your dream career?”