Many of us have fears or phobias, whether big or small. Spiders and other little insects, snakes or mouses, flying, heights, the touch of a certain material, sounds, darkness, small or closed spaces, storms… you name it. Celebrities are no different. What seemed to be a taboo topic not long ago is now something most people speak about openly. We are more and more social every day and we publicly disclose both our preferences and dislikes in social media and other channels for all to see. Thanks to this I discovered that for instance Johnny Depp and I are not so different...
Celebrities with phobia to reptiles
Called ophidiophobia or fear of snakes and herpetophobia or fear of all reptiles, are quite common. Britney Spears suffers from it. She claims to just hate Komodo dragons and lizards though. Also Nadine Coyle, ex Girl Aloud, suffers from snake phobia amongst quite a few other phobias. Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, the late Johnny Cash and Ainsley Harriott also claimed to be afraid of snakes.
Celebrities with phobia to mammals
Here we can include a few. Equinophobia is the fear or dislike of horses, and who’s got it? Kristen Stewart from the Twilight saga for instance. Apparently she fell off a horse when she was nine-years old. La Toya Jackson has had ailurophobia or fear of cats since she was attacked by one of them when she was a child. Nadine Coyle also has this phobia, as well as fearing dogs.
Porcinophobia or fear of pigs is brought into our post by Orlando Bloom. He became scared of them when one went loose while he was filming Kingdom of Heaven. Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise’s ex, has agrizoophobia or fear of raccoons, so probably not a big fan of Guardians of the Galaxy! Funnily enough, Walt Disney had musophobia which is the fear of mice. He got the idea for Mickey Mouse off a mouse he saw in his garage. Last but not least we have Woody Allen with many phobias including but not limited to dogs, called cynophobia, and children! (those little creatures. They are also mammals, aren’t they?).
Celebrities with phobia to characters
One of the most common fears in this category is clowns, and we are not just talking about “It” movie-like evil clowns but all of them. This is called coulrophobia. Daniel Radcliffe is scared of them cause of their terrifying clothes. Johnny Depp also has this phobia and he reckons it’s because “there always seems to be a darkness lurking just under their surface, a potential for real evil.” I can really relate to that! We also include in this section kyrofelonoshophobia or the fear of cartoon characters. Natalie Portman has it and she’s been always terrified of these, specially The Smurfs, as she thought as a child that Gargamel, the bad guy on it, was too scary. Well, wasn't he?
Celebrities with phobia to insects
Again, our favourite Pirate of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp, opens the section as he’s got arachnophobia or fear of spiders. Other people who have this fear are Justin Timberlake and Nadine Coyle (yet another phobia for her, yay!). We could help them all with our app Phobia Free! Woody Allen has entomophobia or a dislike of all types of insects in general. Scarlett Johansson is disgusted by cockroaches. Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies or lepidopterophobia. According to her, she already used exposure therapy by visiting a butterfly cage in Australia but didn’t work - probably because treating this takes a bit of time and not just a quick visit, love!
Celebrities with phobias to birds
Feathered animals are also very recurring when it comes to phobias. The phobia of birds is called ornithophobia. Rose Byrne and again beautiful Scarlett Johansson are terrified of birds. Shannon Elizabeth has alektorophobia or an extreme fear of chickens. Eminem doesn’t appreciate owls that much and Jake Gyllenhaal can’t stand ostriches since recording Prince of Persia as he was told these animals would tear out their eyes and rip out their hearts if they made any noises around them. Creepy!
Celebrities with phobias to other animals
Justin Timberlake is also scared of sharks (selachophobia) cause he saw some attacking sharks in a beach in Florida when he was eight years old. Khloe Kardashian suffers from a fear of whales and Rihanna has a fear of sea creatures, even the tiniest ones. She’s terrified of seeing them swim around her!
Phobia to places and situations
Some people who suffer from the fear of flying (aviophobics) or aeroplanes are Aretha Franklin, Bill Bob Thornton and Jennifer Aniston. They are usually due to previous bad experiences with turbulences. Jenniffer Love Hewitt is scared of elevators full of people. Up to 5 people she’s alright. Ever wondered that anyone could be scared of water? Well, Michelle Pfeiffer and Carmen Electra have aquaphobia. For Carmen it’s specially oceans, so we’re guessing she probably had a bad time working in the TV show Baywatch. Naomi Watts also has a fear of ocean waves since a near death experience as a teenager but she also faced her fear when she recorded the movie about the tsunami. Keanu Reeves dreads in darkness, so he has scotophobia. Matthew McConaughey is scared of revolving doors as he fears getting trapped (cleithrophobia). He is also scared of blind spots. Uma Thurman has claustrophobia or a fear of enclosed spaces. In the other extreme Kim Basinger has agoraphobia or a fear of wide open spaces. She used to spend a lot of time confined at home but her daughter tried to help her overcome it. She could also try our app Agoraphobia Free!
Other fears claimed by celebrities
Soccer player David Beckham has ataxophobia or fear of untidiness, which is probably not a phobia strictly speaking. Depending on how it presents it could be more related to obsessive compulsive disorder but we don't know enough about his symptoms to even speculate. Apparently he needs to tidy up his hotel rooms by putting all leaflets and papers into drawers before making himself comfortable. Christina Ricci has botanophobia, which means, she is disgusted with house-plants as she considers them dirty. Emma Stone has a fear of needles and she blacks out whenever she sees one. Nineties sweetheart Pamela Anderson has a fear to mirrors and can’t stand her own reflection. Because of this, she can’t even watch herself on TV. Billionare TV presenter Oprah has banned chewing gum from his studio because it reminds her of touching rows of gums that her grandmother kept in a cabinet when she was a child. Eww!!
Do you feel identified with any of these?
*We do not know whether any of these celebrities really has a diagnosable phobia, but we are inspired by how freely they talk about these things, which is commendable.