Celebrities discuss the dark side of fame

Michael J. Fox was pressured to go public with his Parkinson's diagnosis due to harassment from paparazzi

Stars Insider

22/10/21 | StarsInsider


Everyone has dreamed at least once in their life that they were famous, whether for an incredible talent or for the money and parties. 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.

This was certainly the case for celebrated actor and philanthropist, Michael J. Fox. He went public with his Parkinson's diagnosis two decades ago and has been raising awareness and funding for the disease ever since. His openness and activism have been admirable, but the circumstances under which he went public were less than ideal. Fox recalled shameless members of the paparazzi heckling him seven or eight years after he was diagnosed. They would stand in the street outside his apartment and shout "What’s a matter with you?" The constant pressure from the paparazzi forced his hand: “I said, ‘I can’t be making my neighbors deal with this,’ so I came out, and it was great. It was a great thing.” Luckily, Fox received a wonderful supportive response from friends, colleagues, and fans. 

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


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