Mary is fascinated by celebrity tidbits and loves to write about them whenever she can!
We all have phobias, those things we can’t stand or that inspire the greatest fear in us. It’s easy to think of ours, but celebrities have been placed on a pedestal by so many people that the thought of them being scared almost seems alien. But beneath all the breathtaking red-carpet gowns and fast cars, they’re just human like us. And discovering their phobias go a long way to humanize the bunch (Remember this when next you’re tempted to troll).
I’ve got to say, some of these phobias are almost too weird to be true. How else can I describe Oprah Winfrey’s aversion to chewing gum or Donny Osmond’s Less-love-more-hate relationship with shopping malls?
Check out the list:
Khloe Kardashian --- Belly Buttons
Why not start off with one of the weirdest, right? Considering the belly button is resident on her body, I’m not sure how Khloe works around this. She did tell People that she wears hand mitts in the shower and screams when she washes her belly button, but it’s still one of the most incredible things I’ve ever heard.
Adele --- Other Celebrities
The British singer’s fear is something most folks can relate to. But one can never understand phobias, and who would imagine this vocal powerhouse with 15 Grammy Awards could be terrified of meeting fellow celebrities. Adele reportedly cried hysterically after her first meeting with Beyonce and even created an alter ego -- Sasha Carter -- afterward to deal with her fears.
Scarlett Johansson --- Birds
She’s the fearless Black Widow in Marvel’s universe, but in the real world, Scarlett is only human like the rest of us. And she’s terrified of birds. In her words: “Something about wings and beaks and the flapping. I’m terrified of them. That still hasn’t gone away.”
Megan Fox --- The Dark
Megan, aka the unforgettably badass April in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” has been afraid of the dark all her life. “I leave the lights on all the time and if the light is off, I have to run across the room to get to the switch,” she once shared. “I can’t walk through a dark room. I’m afraid of what I can’t see.”
Oprah Winfrey --- Chewing Gum
She’s a global force in the media world and beyond, but underneath is a young Oprah who grew up poor in Mississippi and has a fear of chewing gum from watching her grandmother save old bits on the bedposts and cabinets. “As a child, I used to bump into it and it would rub up against me,” she told talk show host Stephen Colbert. “And you know what it’s like when you’ve taken it out of your mouth and it’s been out a couple of weeks? It’s bad. And so I was afraid of it.” Oprah admitted she forbids the staff in her offices to chew gum and she reportedly asked studio audiences at her TV show back then to keep their gum in their purses.
Rita Ora --- Toilets
Here’s another one that has to be difficult to navigate. Rita is terrified of toilets because she’s convinced something is going to come out from 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?’” she admitted. In the spirit of confessions, can I just say this thought has crossed my mind more than once, too? Yup! I’ve looked down there in fear once or twice as well, especially in the dark!
Donny Osmond --- Shopping Malls
Donny is an icon beloved across generations. He and his sister will go down in history as one of America’s most famous entertainment duos, but not many know of his intense fear of shopping malls. The singer was terrified of malls because his mind was somehow convinced everyone was laughing at him. Donny reportedly later worked with a cognitive-behavior psychologist to deal with the fear.
Johnny Depp --- Clowns
Who would have thought the man who delivered stellar performances in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Fantastic Beasts” would be scared of clowns? But it’s no joke. Before Johnny became embroiled in the nightmare that is his life now, he was tormented by clown faces in his dreams as a kid. Thus began his fear of clowns. “There always seemed to be a darkness lurking just under the surface, a potential for real evil,” Johnny once said of them. “I guess I am afraid of them because it’s impossible — thanks to their painted-on smiles — to distinguish if they are happy or if they’re about to bite your face off.”