Stars who refuse to interact with fans
These celebs weren’t necessarily rude to their fans–they just act like their fans don’t exist. Good luck getting a selfie with one of these standoffish stars, because, well, it probably ain’t gonna happen.
For someone whose last two albums sunk faster and deeper than the Titanic, Christina Aguilera sure doesn’t appreciate the few fans she has left.
A source told Star (via Bustle) that the “Genie in a Bottle” singer shut down an entire gag gift store, then ignored everyone there. “As soon as Christina entered, she requested that the doors be locked so no one could leave or enter. The rest of the customers had to wait until she was completely done before we could leave. And while we were on lockdown, Christina laughed when asked to sign autographs or take pictures. We couldn’t wait to get away [from her].”
Sounds like “What A Girl Wants” is to be left alone…and maybe never enter the charts ever again.
This is Us (2016-) star Chris Sullivan reportedly blew off fans at a May 2017 NBC event, even when the rest of his co-stars stopped to greet and take selfies with their audience.
“Fans screamed for [Chris] to come say hello at the NBC upfront [and] the after party at Del Posto… he couldn’t have been ruder,” a witness told Radar Online. “He wouldn’t even go over to do a selfie with three teenage girls screaming his name. He shook his head and walked away.”
Kendall and Kylie Jenner
When Kendall and Kylie Jenner were supposed to promote their ghostwritten debut novel, Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Livia and Lex, in the summer of 2014, they reportedly signed the bare minimum of autographs, barely spoke about the book, then bounced.
A source told the New York Daily News, “The whole event was a joke. These girls are really getting ideas above their standing in life. This type of diva behavior will come back to bite them in the a**. For years they have used the media and made millions promoting themselves in media, and then they take this ridiculous step?”
Kylie reportedly is more standoffish with fans than her older sister, with Page Six reporting that despite getting paid $200,000 to celebrate her big 18th birthday at a nightclub, she never once left the VIP area to mingle with the plebeians who paid to see her. A spy claimed, “Kylie was escorted to the VIP restroom to change her outfit, but decided it wasn’t up to standard and asked to be taken back to her car by security and then driven 50 to 100 feet to another, evidently more suitable bathroom.”
Tobey Maguire has a reputation for being difficult to work with and for treating human beings like animals–specifically, seals. Autograph Seeker magazine (via ABC News) claims the Spider-Man (2002) star “so wrapped up in his own egotistical web that he has earned the distinction of being the worst signer of the year” in 2001.
It seems not much has changed in the ensuing years. In January 2015, Maguire was caught on camera completely blowing off folks who waited for him outside a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. That seems in poor taste.
Sandra Bullock seems like one of the most down to earth actresses in Hollywood, but it seems even she has her moments. In 2012, Star magazine (via Celebrity Dirty Laundry) reported that the Oscar winner once shunned a wheelchair-bound veteran who had the nerve to ask her for an autograph while on the Boston set of The Heat (2013). “Sandra was so rude,” a witness claimed. “She covered her face and yelled. He just wanted an autograph, and she actually yelled at him!” To be fair: Bullock denied those claims.
In 2008, Ringo Starr released a YouTube video basically telling his fans to get lost—especially if they have the nerve to send him letters. “It’s going to be tossed, I’m warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do,” he said. “So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.”
Starr later did some damage control, telling Rolling Stone in a statement that the video was “in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on E-Bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.” He added that mail is “a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint,” and that his message was not aimed at his “real fans…who understand [Starr] has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so… How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo.”
Okay, moving on, in a mellow way…
When Kate Winslet was filming Labor Day (2013) in Massachusetts, fans waited for her in the rain…and got nothing. One fan told Star magazine (via Radar Online), “[Winslet was] so rude, she never once acknowledged any of us. I was devastated. She gave dirty looks to people…who waited hours to see her.” The fan added, “Kate wouldn’t even look up for a second to acknowledge we were all adoring her… She was just plain nasty. Kate was only on set for a short time and jumped back in her Cadillac and took off, without even a wave or thank you or a smile for us… Kate Winslet really left a bitter taste in our mouths.”
To be fair, this may have been an issue of timing: if Winslet was on set, she may not have been allowed to get wet in the rain for fear of delaying filming. Still, that doesn’t excuse those alleged glares.
Kim Kardashian takes so many selfies that she literally sold a 445-page book of them, but don’t expect her to pose for one with you unless you’re famous. Kardashian told DuJour magazine (via Radar Online),”[Husband Kanye West] has taught me a lot about privacy. I’m ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything. I’m shifting my priorities.”
Those priorities include becoming “more selective when fans ask for her photograph in airports or when out to dinner,” she noted, especially when she’s with Yeezus. “I just tell them, ‘Sorry, but [West] won’t let me!'”
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel
These Sex Tape co-stars would probably like to erase the stories about their infamous fan interaction at the film’s New York premiere. According to Radar Online, the pair were “awful” to their admirers. “It’s not like the fans were following them at a hotel or restaurant, it was a film premiere with fans,” a source told the tab. “Both of their attitudes were disgusting.” Sources claimed Diaz “lectured” fans, while Segel slammed a car door in a fan’s face. Fans also alleged the two ditched the scene before their own movie even started.
Sometimes stars are even dismissive of other stars. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) star Hailee Steinfeld told J-14 (via the Daily Mail)that actress Lea Michele gave her the slip once. “When I was auditioning for True Grit, I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. Glee also films on the lot and I love that show. I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer, and I was like, ‘That’s the girl from Glee. I’ve got to go ask for her autograph!’ ‘So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, ‘Sorry, now’s not a good time!;” Steinfeld, who was a tween at the time, added, “I was so sad! I was practically crying on the way home,”
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is happy to take your money, but good luck getting an interaction with him in any capacity. The rocker wrote an open letter on his band’s Facebook page in June 2012 announcing that he basically wants nothing to do with the Crue’s loyal fanbase.
He began by assuring that he “f**king loves” his fans before launching into a tirade against them. “What I have a problem with is…taking pictures! I hate it! Irritates the f**k out of me when people say…’You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are, etc. etc.!’ I certainly don’t owe anybody anything.”
He went on and on: “I’m not here to take pictures with you, I’m here to entertain you! Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do…but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc…”
A year later, Lee announced that he would also no longer participate in band meet and greets with fans, either—which he actually got paid to do. Who knew a guy with one of the most famous sex tapes of all time could be so shy?
Jennifer Lawrence told The Daily Telegraph (via the Daily Mail) that she’s minimizing fan interactions to maintain some semblance of normalcy in her life.
“I have just started becoming really rude and drawn into myself,” she admitted. “I think that people [strangers] think that we already are friends because I am famous and they feel like they already know me—but I don’t know them… I have to protect my bubble, like, ‘I have a weird job–don’t let this be a reality.'”