For us common people, being famous seems like the end goal of life. Lots of money, everyone wants to be your friend, everyone wants to date you. What could be bad about that?
Well, considering countless celebrities have spoken out about the drawbacks of fame, probably a lot.
Here are 20 quotes from famous people on why it sucks to be famous sometimes.
“I didn’t go into a supermarket for about six years.”
“I haven’t walked in Central Park for 15 years. I’d like to, you know?”
“…every photo takes away a bit of your soul. I wish I was just an insignificant speck.”
“Being famous, means having to hear idiots who have never met you, but who think they know you, tell you that you’ve changed.”
“I’m not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.”
“It’s a little bit like living like a fugitive. Everything has to be some sort of strategy. To get you into the hotel, to get you out of the hotel, to get you into the restaurant, to get you out of the restaurant.”
“But I don’t like fame, it turns into something else. Some people like the idea of fame but I don’t.”
“Let me tell you the things I can do here which I can’t at home: think, eat, sleep, laugh. I’m an introspective dude. I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.”
“I was angry for a long time because I felt like I should have the right to drive without being followed. I should have the right to not be photographed, especially when you’re going to put my picture next to a story that came out of f**ing nowhere,”
“To me, the F-word is ‘famous,’ and the C-word is ‘celebrity.’ I hate those words with a passion.”
“The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body. Just flesh — a commodity, and renounce all autonomous qualities in order to identify with the general law of obedience to the course of things.”
“I feel like, when people label people as famous they take away a lot of substance that they have as a person.”
“…this is me frustrated by the fact that I have no control over my own life anymore and it’s a side effect of not being made for this whole fame thing.”
“People expect [fame] to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing that you want and making lots of money out of it. But, you know, I’m not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people.”
“I hate to be called a celebrity. I dislike [it] because I don’t see myself like that.”
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m an artist & most importantly human.”
“In some ways, these ‘fans’ are working in concert with [paparazzi]. After all, it’s a great way to get a celebrity to interact with you on video if you can ask them impolite questions whilst they’re stopping to sign a few items for someone.”
“It’s embarrassing that people are focused so much and putting so much money into gossip magazines to escape.”
“There’s nothing good about being famous. You always think, ‘If I’m successful, then I’ll have opportunities.’ You never figure the cost of fame will be a total loss of privacy.”
“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.”