‘Poor me!’: Stars Who Hate Fame

Despite having what many of us would consider to be the best job in the world and all the trappings of success – the luxury mansions, five-star lifestyles and endless freebies – some stars just can’t stop moaning about being famous. Yes, we know that talking about oneself all day can be very tiring. And sure, it must be a downer to see yourself on the cover of a gossip magazine. But get over it!

Keira Knightley


Keira Knightley doesn’t just dislike fame; she hates every second of it. And we know that because she won’t shut up about it! The 24-year-old star has complained about being famous so much that she’s become, erm, famous for it: “I hate red carpet events. I absolutely hate them. I hate the fact that people write, ‘Oh, you look like crap’ or ‘I don't like your arms,’” Keira said. “You have this feeling that everyone wants a bit of you. It does feel like that. Any sane person knows this is not nice. It's a pretty horrific profession really. Every photo takes away a bit of your soul. I wish I was just an insignificant speck.

Peaches Geldof


Surprisingly for someone who seems to love the limelight, Peaches Geldof recently bemoaned her luck in life in a blog post. "I hate being famous," she wrote. "People claim to know me because of my surname." But the party girl sure seems to enjoy the VIP invitations, the freebies and the doors that open when people hear the name Geldof – such as owning your own magazine (Disappear Here) at just 20 years old. If you’re interested, another of Peaches’ pet hates is being called spoilt when actually her life is "so ordinary".

Brad Pitt


He may seem like a laidback guy who enjoys soaking up the attention that comes with being a superstar, but even Brad Pitt struggles with stardom. “This publicity machine is out of control. It's everything we didn't sign up for,” Brad told Newsweek recently. “There's this whole other entity that you get sucked into. You have to go and sell your wares. Somehow you're not supporting your film if you don't get out on a show and talk about your personal life. It has nothing to do with why I do this.

Charlize Theron


Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, who also promotes J’adore fragrance for Christian Dior, says she hates being in the public eye and having strangers know who she is. “I don’t like celebrity,” she moaned. “I don’t like this whole culture that we’re living in now, and I don’t like this casual attitude that if you decide to be an actor then your life is up for grabs. It’s just not nice to go and get your groceries and have seven cars following you. I think I am becoming a little bit more closed off because of it.” Perhaps Charlize should choose indie flicks instead of big-budget films, and shun the high-paying Christian Dior adverts?

Ricky Gervais


Ricky may always have a smile on his face, but don’t assume he’s enjoying the fame and fortune that The Office has brought him. “The worst thing about this job for me is the fame,” Gervais told the Daily Telegraph. “I’ve never understood why anyone wants people to know who they are. That’s the thing I wish I could turn off.” The 47-year-old comedian is also uncomfortable about the amount of money he earns. “It makes me feel guilty and a little bit weird,” said Ricky, who is worth an estimated £27million. “I’ve never done anything for money that I wouldn’t do for free, and that’s the truth.

Hayden Panettiere


Heroes star and lads' mag favourite Hayden Panettiere has been in showbiz since she starred in an advert at 11 months old, but the 19-year-old hasn’t got used to the limelight – she says being famous is “a pain in the ass”: “I don’t ever go out,” Hayden admitted. “I stay at home. I go from garage to garage, and keep myself out of sight... It really has a major impact on your life. This business is very intrusive. People want to know what you're doing every day, and it becomes less about your craft and your art, and your love for acting, than it is about when you put food in your mouth, or when you're walking your dog.

Daniel Craig


Yes, he plays the coveted James Bond, the coolest secret agent in the world, but that’s not enough to stop Daniel Craig whining about being famous. The 40-year-old says fans bother him all the time and he often wishes he could be “normal”. “I'm in denial about it but it has changed everything for me,” Daniel said of fame. “Life just got flipped on its head. All of a sudden everybody recognised me. I can't go out without being recognised. Simply put, it's a pain in the ass.

Nicole Scherzinger


She’s rich and beautiful, and her fame has bagged her F1 champion Lewis Hamilton for a boyfriend, but does that stop Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger having a good old moan about being famous? Of course not! “It's not as glamorous as people think. It has its ups and downs,” she said. “There can be a lot of intrusion into your private life... It's not partying all the time – sometimes when I get the chance I am too tired to party!



I’m Outta Love singer Anastacia fell outta love with being famous not long after she hit the big time, and recently warned other famous folk not to let it ruin them. “It can be so hard being famous,” the singer said. “It’s not even a love/hate thing for me as I’ve never loved it. It’s tough, so I just say, ‘Don’t let fame take over your life.’” Anastacia got her wish: she’s not famous anymore!