19 Celebrities Who Weren’t Ready To Be Famous

The view from the top isn't as glamorous as you'd think.

Many celebs have expressed disdain for celebrity culture due to things like a loss of privacy, the inability to do normal things, and loneliness.

Things have gotten so bad that some even left Hollywood!

Here are 10+ celebs who have serious issues with fame.

Megan Fox

The actress wishes more people would understand that being famous means being bullied constantly.

"They all think we should shut the [expletive] up and stop complaining because you live in a big house or you drive a Bentley," she told Esquire.

Kylie Jenner

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has expressed feeling anxiety over fame.

"I wake up every morning with the worst anxiety. I don't know why," she told Interview magazine, adding that she has a problem.

Robert Pattinson

The world may know your name, but the Twilight actor still feels incredibly lonely.

"You spend much time trying to fight it, but in the end you find another way to live," he told GQ Spain.

Harrison Ford

In an interview with WENN, the Indiana Jones acknowledged that fame does come with special privileges, such as getting any table you want at restaurants. But it also means a loss of privacy, which he called a burden.

Anne Hathaway

As someone who had her own group of "Hathahaters," she understands more than anyone that fame can really mess you up.

"And people would say, ‘You just have to be yourself,’ and I was like, ‘But I don’t know who that is yet!’" she told Elle UK.

FKA Twigs

The media scrutiny has been harmful to the singer's self-image. She told the New York Times that it makes her want to "smash [her] face into the mirror."

At times, she even wants to give up fame.

Zach Galifianakis

The Hangover actor doesn't mince words when it comes to his feelings about fame.

"It’s dumb. I’m not interested in it. I like to be an actor and that’s it," he said during a press conference, adding that being a celebrity is "[expletive]."

Shailene Woodley

She's not a fan of celebrity culture. "I'm fine with saying the normal 'F' and 'C' words, but famous and celebrity are off-limits in my book" she told Paper magazine. "I just think they are nasty words."

Brad Pitt

The A-list actor wishes there was more of a separation between his career and personal life.

"Somehow, you're not supporting your film if you don't get out on a show and talk about your personal life," he told Newsweek. "It has nothing to do with why I do this."

Amy Schumer

As one of the more down-to-earth celebs, the comedian has said that extravagant events like the Met Gala "felt like a punishment."

"I don't like the farce," she confessed to Howard Stern. "We're dressed up like a bunch of [expletive] [expletive]."

Ana de Armas

The James Bond actress views fame as nothing more than a "consequence" of the job.

She told Flaunt: "And then all of a sudden you are in the spotlight and you realize 'Oh, this is not what I wanted!'"

Lady Gaga

With very few laws to protect celebrities, the singer feels like she belongs to the world.

"It's legal to follow me, it's legal to stalk me at the beach, I can't call the police or ask them to leave," she told CBS Sunday Morning.

Jennifer Lawrence

Her qualms with fame have to do with it messing up her dating life.

"Guys are so mean to me. I know where it's coming from, I know they're trying to establish dominance," she told Vogue, adding that it hurts her feelings.

Gigi Hadid

The supermodel lost a lot of friends on her way to the top.

She told Elle that her whirlwind schedule got in the way of that. This has led her to keep her circle small and with only those who understand.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry's resentment towards fame stems from losing his mother, Princess Diana, at a young age.

Since then, history has repeated itself with the media attacking his wife, Meghan Markle. This resulted in the couple leaving their royal duties behind.

George Clooney

The A-Lister finds fame incredibly lonely.

"The big house on a hill is isolating," Clooney told Esquire.

"There are restrictions to this kind of fame. I haven't walked in Central Park for 15 years. I'd like to, you know?"

Chris Evans

The Marvel actor isn't aspiring to be the next Brad Pitt.

"If you get too far, there’s no off switch," he told The Boston Globe in 2009. "Once you’re Brad Pitt, you can’t not be Brad Pitt."

Kristen Stewart

She may have been in Hollywood practically her whole life, but that doesn't mean she has a fondness for it.

The Twilight star once called fame "the worst thing in the world." She also said that celebs don't do anything.

Billie Eilish

Being discovered at 13 had its downsides: she wasn't prepared for fame.

"There is no training, there's no like, let me go to a school that's going to teach me how to be famous," she told Dutch channel 3voor12.

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana had legions of fans all around and was at the forefront of the Grunge movement in the early '90s.

Unable to balance the weight of fame against his inner demons and addictions — Kurt Cobain tragically took his own life on April 5th, 1994.

Selena Gomez

Selena once referred to fame as a lonely journey. She says that one of the most difficult aspects of being a celebrity is feeling as if you know everyone, yet at the same time having no real friends.

The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, is a bit of a Hollywood recluse. He rarely grants interviews and has outright refused to be interviewed on live TV.

Tesfaye says that the thought alone gives him anxiety and makes him sick to his stomach.

Emma Stone

Emma has suffered from panic attacks and anxiety from the time that she was 8-years-old. By her own admission, she's incredibly hard on herself.

Luckily, she's since found coping mechanisms to fall back on when the negative thoughts begin to creep in.

Daniel Radcliffe

Imagine going to sleep as Daniel Radcliffe and waking up as Harry Potter. Nobody on earth could have possibly been prepared for that kind of fame — especially at such a young age.

Daniel has been open about how his early Harry Potter success drove him to drink.


Sia was wearing face masks long before the pandemic. Her desire for anonymity has been well documented, and even though she's one of the biggest hitmakers of the 21st century — very little is known about her.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis cares about making great films, and nothing else. Not fame, not celebrity, and not fans.

In 2017, Daniel hung up his spurs and officially retired from acting after more than four decades in front of the camera.

Justin Bieber

"I went from a 13-year-old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was," Justin wrote via an Instagram post.