Celebrities discuss the dark side of fame

Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde address "toxic negativity" from fans over relationship

Stars Insider

23/08/22 | StarsInsider


Everyone has dreamed at least once in their life that they were famous, whether for an incredible talent or for the luxurious lifestyle. But fame is far from just fortune. While some celebrities can successfully hide themselves from public view, and others might even enjoy it, there are plenty of stars who have spoken passionately about the twisted reality of everyone knowing your name, from the invasions of privacy to the complete inability to function as a normal human being.

Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde recently addressed the "toxic negativity" they receive from so-called fans online about their relationship, which kicked off somewhat publicly in January 2021 despite their best efforts to keep it private. The singer admitted in his September cover story with Rolling Stone that hateful comments about Wilde “obviously” don’t make him "feel good." 

“It’s obviously a difficult feeling to feel like being close to me means you’re at the ransom of a corner of Twitter or something,” the former One Direction member explained. He added, “I just wanted to sing. I didn’t want to get into it if I was going to hurt people like that.”

Wilde went so far as to say that Styles' real fans aren't the ones spreading hate. "What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referencing is that that kind of toxic negativity is the antithesis of Harry, and everything he puts out there,” the actress and director said. “I don’t personally believe the hateful energy defines his fan base at all.” Sadly, online trolls seem to come with the price of fame. 

In this gallery, check out what other celebrities have had to say about the dark side of fame. Click on!

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