No matter what we think, celebrities are just like us in some ways. Of course, they have bigger, better houses, much larger bank balances and the opportunity to travel the world in luxury but underneath they are just like us. Really.
To prove it, here are the phobias that some of your favorite celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sports. You may struggle with an irrational fear of the dark or be unable to fly without being sedated, but some of these famous people have phobias that take irrational fear to the next level.
If ever you wanted to feel better about yourself just remember at least you do not have a fear of melting ice cubes, ants crawling on your hands or the sound of vacuum cleaners.
15 Holey Moley
Speaking to fans on her app, Kendall Jenner said: "Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia. Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns. Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or Lotus heads (the worst!). It sounds ridiculous but so many people actually have it! I can't even look at little holes—it gives me the worst anxiety. Who knows what's in there???"
Having read that I thought “what a daft thing to freak you out, especially pancakes. Those little holes are perfect for soaking up all of that delicious syrup and butter.” So then I looked for suitable images to go with this entry and - eeeewwwwwww. Dozens of photos of lotus heads. Even worse lotus heads photoshopped onto people, so they have holes in their hands and their feet. It is not just anxiety inducing; it is horrific enough that it should be illegal.
14 Messing With The Wrong Guy
One person who would not be going to see “The Birds” is David Beckham. One of his many phobias is of being attacked by some of our feathered friends while he is out in public. He is also afraid of frogs and suffers from ataxophobia - the fear of disorder or untidiness. He said in an interview:
“I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge, and if there's one too many, then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere. I'll go into a hotel room and before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer,”
Apparently, he won’t be bending it like Beckham; he’ll be keeping it in straight lines.
13 On Land And By Air
When she was filming “We Bought A Zoo” Scarlett Johansson revealed she is terrified of birds. After gently making fun of co-star Matt Damon for his fear of reptiles she told New York Magazine “I’m only scared of birds. Something about wings and beaks and the flapping. I’m terrified of them. That still hasn’t gone away. My uncle is terrified of birds, as well, so it runs in the family.”
The zoo shoot was particularly hard for her because of the need to be in the proximity of peacocks on set.“I was terrified of them. Like, ‘Ahh, don’t get too close.’ They’re like, mean.” She went on to say “If they’d asked me to put a bird on my shoulder I would’ve done it, but it would’ve been hard,”
12 Toe The Line
Some phobias are specific, very specific indeed. For instance, Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy shared his fear with the world during an appearance on The Tonight Show in 2008. Jay Leno was hosting Diddy and Kate Beckinsale when the subject of fears and phobias came up.
"I have this foot thing... I fear a long second toe,” said Diddy who refused to look at Beckinsale's foot when she playfully wiggled it toward him. Diddy squirmed away from her toes, even after she told him her big toe was the longest and he had nothing to fear.
When asked if this ever impacted his love life Diddy replied: "I somehow get to see the toe on the first date - it's mandatory. I may not go for a kiss, but I'm going to see if that second toe is long."
11 Twisting Away
If there is one phobia on this list that must hamper the sufferer a great deal, it is this one. Cameron Diaz is afraid of doorknobs. Yes, you read that right, doorknobs.
To be accurate Diaz suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) a mental health condition in which sufferers are compelled to repeat the same actions over and over. Diaz has said she washes her hands multiple times a day because she is afraid of being contaminated by germs. As a consequence, she is scared of touching a doorknob for fear of getting germs on her hands and instead uses her elbows to touch them.
I assume that means she is afraid of door handles and doorknobs of any kind which must make life pretty awkward at times.
10 Bouncy Bouncy
Andy Roddick’s fear of rabbits was accidently put on display for all of the world to see while he was playing in the Davis Cup in Houston in 2002. All of the players were sequestered in the St.Regis Hotel and it happened to be Easter Sunday.
The hotel was hosting a special family themed Easter brunch and several of the staff members were dressed up as cute mascots, wandering the communal areas of the hotel and handing out gifts to the children.
Roddick came downstairs to brunch and apparently became extremely agitated when he saw the person dressed up as the Easter Bunny. He asked staff to keep the bunny as far away from him as possible and eventually had to leave the brunch because he became so desperately uncomfortable.
9 Here Piggie Piggie
While researching this piece, I wondered if any of the fears some celebrities suffer from having an impact on their work. It must be pretty difficult to consider a role if you know you are going to have to face something of which you are, quite frankly, terrified.
Some articles I read suggested that Orlando Bloom was, at one point, in discussions to take a role in a remake of “Animal Farm” but was unable to commit because of his fear of pigs. I could not find any proof that this was true or not but the star of the “Lord of the Rings” movies, and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” had to deal with his fear of pigs on the set of “Kingdom of Heaven.” It is reported that at one point a pig got loose and Bloom ended up "running like crazy.”
8 How Do You Go?
Rita Ora has a phobia that has nothing to do with flying, bugs or wide open spaces. The singer recently shared her innermost secret - she is absolutely terrified of toilets.It is not the biological process of going to the toilet that is a problem, nor is she scared by pictures of toilets or bathroom showrooms. Ora is scared that something is going to come out of the toilet bowl.
In a recent interview Ora said:
“I always feel that when I go to the toilet that something’s going to come out of the bottom. I have this thing where I think this tunnel must start from somewhere, and sometimes I think, ‘What if something comes out of the toilet? That’s been one of my fears. I always make sure I put the light on when I go.”
Of course, logically the light being on or off would have no impact on whether or not something would spring from the bowl but then phobias are illogical.
7 Fury Evil
I absolutely understand Katie Holmes fear of raccoons. One evening I had just got home from work and went to get the mail from the mailbox. A hideous pack of evil raccoons was on the garden path, and I had to run back into the house and closed the door, without my mail, before they could rush down the path and get me with their evil raccoon ways.
Those tiny articulate fingers just made for tenting together in anticipation of their dark wrongdoings. That sneaky little smile showing just a hint of their sharp pointy teeth and those beady dark eyes. If the eyes are the window to the soul, the raccoon has a dark, creepy soul indeed.
In fact, I’m not sure Holmes should be on this list. A phobia is an irrational fear, and it is very rational indeed to be afraid of raccoons.
6 Electronic Scripts?
The Transformers actress told Jimmy Fallon about her fear during an interview. Fox said to the talk show presenter "Some people don't like nails across a chalkboard because it gives them goosebumps I don't like dry paper.”
She clarified the details of her phobia by saying “I’m not afraid of touching paper but I just can’t stand it. Scripts, newspaper or anything that’s not laminated, I can’t touch it with my hands! I have to constantly lick my fingers before I turn every page or on my really crazy days, like if I’m sitting down to read a script, I’ll have a little cup of water and I’ll dip my fingers in it before I turn every page. I’m really neurotic – only every once in awhile.”
5 Neigh Lad
When Robert Pattinson was filming “Water for Elephants” he had more than a few problems because of his fear of horses. He spoke about it with a reporter from USA Today and said:
"I had to get knocked down by a horse, that was terrifying. It was just one split second but [it was] a fully grown stallion - I'm kind of relatively scared of horses as well."
Being knocked down by a horse was a strange plus for Pattinson though, he went on to say:"I'm just glad I didn't have to ride any of them,”
Pattinson didn’t expand on how long he had suffered from this phobia or if a particular incident had set it off. Let's be glad there wasn’t a lot of equine action in the Twilight movies.
4 Tunnel Vision
Matthew McConaughey may have fearlessly agreed to have cameras follow him everywhere in EdTV, but luckily he didn’t have to take on any revolving doors in that movie because he is phobic about them.
If he is entering a building with revolving doors, he has to go through a side door to get in. Fortunately, his second phobia isn’t likely to crop up in the same place he encounters a revolving door because he is also scared of tunnels.
This one is probably relatively easy to avoid unless of course, you are in a city like New York, London, Paris or Tokyo and you have to travel by subway. In that case, you probably need to splash out some of your movie star money and travel everywhere by cab.
3 Easy Enough To Avoid....Maybe
No everyone opens up about their phobias. Sometimes it is somebody else who tells the world.
It was the husband of Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, that revealed to the world that the star of The Closer is terrified of talking food. During an interview on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,“ Bacon told how Sedgwick has to leave the room if there is a TV commercial on that has talking food in it.
Bacon also told how he once turned down a spot in an M&M’s commercial which was paying big bucks because he would have to be a giant talking M&M.“I thought about it, and I said I can’t do that to my wife because my marriage is more important,” Bacon said. “I really think she would’ve left me.”
2 Don't Try To Egg Him On
It may be something in the genetics of movie superstars that cause them to be scared of things which most of us cannot imagine. A case in point is Alfred Hitchcock.
One of the greatest movie directors and producers in history, known as “The Master Of Suspense” and creator of such film, classics as “The Birds,” “Psycho,” “Vertigo,” and “North by Northwest,” was scared of two things.
He was drawn to making “The Wrong Man” because of his lifelong fear of the police, but his biggest phobia was eggs.
"I'm frightened of eggs," he once told an interviewer. "That white round thing without any holes...have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid?"
1 Stand Back And Don't Sit
Billy Bob Thornton is famous for being just crazy enough to take on the movie roles that others could never pull off. Being known for being “quirky,” you might expect him to have the odd irrational fear or two, but even by his standards, Thornton has a set of phobias so bizarre nobody else would admit to having them.
First, plastic cutlery which is easy to avoid at home but not so easy when you are eating street food at the fair. Second, Thornton has admitted to being fearful of bold colors, and thirdly he is terrified of antique furniture.
He once told Sky News "I get creeped out and I can't breathe, and I can't eat around it, I've had friends tell me that maybe I was beaten to death with an antique chair in a former life."