10 Celebrities and Their Odd Phobias ...


10 Celebrities and Their Odd Phobias ...
10 Celebrities and Their Odd Phobias ...

Phobias aren’t as abnormal as most people think. I’m severely arachnophobic, and cannot stand spiders. They don’t scare me, as such, they terrify me. And I have a friend who is so claustrophobic that anything less than a medium sized room will induce vomiting and panic attacks, almost straight away. Phobias always seemed to be something quite secret, though, so I was surprised to learn that these ten celebs have them too!

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Johnny Depp

The fearless pirate isn’t as fearless as he first seemed... he suffers from arachnophobia, plasmophobia and coulrophobia. Which means he is scared of spiders, ghosts and clowns! “There’s something about the painted face and the fake smile. There seems to be a real darkness lurking under the surface, a potential for real evil,” Depp explained. Well, I’m with him on the spiders, and I do my best to avoid clowns!


Interestingly, his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean required him to brave dark, enclosed spaces—surprising for someone with such fears. He once joked during an interview that his irrational dread of clowns might stem from childhood birthday parties gone awry. Perhaps that’s why Depp prefers roles that allow him to transform into entirely different beings, escaping those everyday phobias. Despite his fears, Depp continues to captivate audiences with his performances, proving that even stars have their own personal battles to overcome. Maybe it's that vulnerability that makes his characters so compelling.


Billy Bob Thornton

Angelina Jolie’s ex Thornton has a phobia of antiques... he refuses to stay in the room with furniture made before 1950. Which sounds very unusual, but apparently 250,000 people in America suffer from this same problem. “I’ve had friends tell me that maybe I was beaten to death by an antique chair in a former life,” Billy has said, by way of explanation... well, whatever causes it, it’s not as rare a phobia as I thought!


Alfred Hitchcock

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Film maker and produced Hitchcock has another odd phobia... the fear of eggs. Especially runny ones... people who worked with Alfred claimed that cracking an egg made him gag, and he wouldn’t eat any food containing eggs. And suddenly my fear of spiders doesn’t seem that bad... His daughter explained her dad’s fear by saying, “He just said they were so horrible-looking... that you’d cut into them and that yellow stuff would run all over. He thought it was absolutely disgusting.”


Christina Ricci

Christina suffers from botanaphobia, which is a fear of house plants. Sufferers find plants dirty, and can’t bring themselves to water them... Christina admitted, “If I have to touch one, after already being repulsed by the fact that there is a plant indoors, it freaks me out.” So I guess she doesn’t have green fingers... I think I’d miss my house plants if I had to put them all outside!


Tyra Banks

While most of us would love to swim with our intelligent friends, Tyra won’t be jumping in the pool with dolphins anytime soon. “I have dreams that I’m in a pool and there are dolphins bumping me and I am frightened.” She revealed, and she has reportedly suffered from the phobia since she was just eight years old. A pretty rare phobia!

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew has famously admitted to having a fear of revolving doors, and of tunnels. It’s not being underground that bothers him, but the point where you go from being above ground to underneath... and he’s also revealed that he hasn’t worn deodorant in twenty years. I’m a little anxious about revolving doors myself, especially the vicious ones...


Nicole Kidman

Nicole suffers from lepidopterophobia, which is a fancy word for the fear of butterflies. “It’s so bizarre. I’m not scared of snakes or spiders,” Kidman revealed, and even tried to face her fear by going through the butterfly exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, but couldn’t make it through. I share the same fear... I can’t go outside if I can see a butterfly. I love their colours, and their patterns, but their bodies scare me and I’m terrified if they land on me.


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has a weirdphobia...she’s scared of chewing gum. There is a rational explanation, however. “My grandmother used to save it (used gum) in little rows in the cabinet. I’d be scared to touch it because it was so gross, so I have a thing about gum. One guest in my home sat at the dinner table, took out some gum from her mouth and put it on the plate. After she left, I threw the plate out.” I think I’d be pretty scared of gum after that, too.



Madonna has something in common with my dog... they are both utterly petrified of thunder. Named brontophobia, it’s a surprisingly common phobia! It can cause panic attacks, trembling, crying, a rapid heartbeat and a feeling of dread, even if the sufferer knows they are at no risk. I’m not particularly good during thunder storms, especially if I’m alone, so I sympathise!


Natalie Wood

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Actress Natalie Wood suffered from hydrophobia, a fear of water, for her entire life. She died in 1981, after falling out of a boat into the water, and drowning. Her death was recorded as accidental drowning, as Wood had drank a few glasses of wine and didn’t remove her heavy coat and sweater. It makes you think, though... maybe phobias do have a purpose?

Well, now I’ve made myself look like a scaredy-cat (I’m not scared of life, I promise, but I do flinch at my own shadow)... I’m fascinated by how normal phobias are! It would appear that most people are scared of something, and that makes me feel a lot better. Have you got a phobia, or do you know of a celeb I’ve missed off? I’d love to hear about it!

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Oh and I am terribly afraid if someone puts a pillow over my face :p

Those are such weird things to be afraid of! I'm scared of spiders and moving fast up or down, and being underwater. So carnivals and water parks are usually kinda out for me... I do feel better that someone as awesome as Johnny Depp shares my fear of spiders! The strangest phobia I ever heard of was a lady who was totally scared of gas pumps- I just can't even figure out how that would happen!

Pamela Anderson must got the mirror phobia after her plastic surgery ;)

i'm really quite terrified of falling, and i frequently wake up in the middle of the night from the feeling of it. i also have a phobia of bugs, especialy spiders and centipedes/milipedes.

im freakishly afraid of clowns,dolls and toes

i still don't get why people are afraid of clowns. The only thing that i think about them is dat they are jokers and ugly. come on guys try to get over your fears. Believe meh is not that bad.. and yuh will thank m. Cuz I was scared off little bugs and i was terrified and i saw that they wasnt bad after all

i have almost the same fear as johnny Depp but im not scared of clowns.. but im scared of GHOSTS and WORMS and MAGGOTS the most .. if a maggot, caterpillar, worm or anything like that falls on my i would start screaming and crying ..

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