Many of us dream of one day becoming celebrities, but we should be careful what we wish for. The fame, the money, and the prestige might be tempting, but it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of downsides when it comes to being famous. And one big example is the fact that your privacy pretty much goes completely out of the window. Most celebrities wish they could simply walk down the street or buy groceries without hordes of photographers tailing them and snapping pictures of them. It’s clear that there is a price to fame, and some celebrities pay a heavier price than others.
Even in those rare moments where celebs feel like they’ve managed to finally get some privacy, it’s never quite certain. There just might be a photographer hiding in the bushes, or waiting around the corner. This can cause some serious stress for celebs, but it can also result in some pretty interesting images for fans. Because the pictures that reveal the most about celebrities are the ones where celebs think they’re alone. They let their guard down, show their true selves, and that’s where it gets interesting. Here are 15 paparazzi photos of female celebs’ most private moments.
15 Ashley Benson Takes A Tumble
Ashley Benson probably thought that no one was watching when this unfortunate mishap occurred, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact, it was even worse than a crowd seeing this tumble – the paparazzi managed to snap a photo of it happening! The Spring Breakers and Pretty Little Liars star was spotted taking a massive tumble as she was walking out of an event. But to her credit, the actress handled it pretty well – even managing one of her trademark beautiful smiles as she sank to the floor. It’s quite impressive, really.
The Record quoted the young actress as admitting she’s actually not that comfortable with fame, or the constant media attention she receives.
She explains, “Weirdly, I’m shy. I get really nervous in public situations, but once you get to know me, I’m so outgoing, I’m so loud and bombastic. I have the biggest mouth. But [at first] I’m very closed off. I hold in emotions. I don’t like to be vulnerable, ever. But when you’re acting, you get to explore those feelings and those emotions and those moments. Acting is so fun. I love memorizing lines and I love doing scenes. If I could work and not have anyone know who I am – I know it’s not possible – that would be my goal.”
14 Adriana Lima Caught Stretching
Adriana Lima is one of the most popular and famous Victoria’s Secret models of all time, and she’s certainly made a name for herself. This Brazilian bombshell is often talked about in the fashion industry and in many media outlets, and she serves as an inspiration to future and current models who are trying to get a foothold in the industry. Even though Adriana clearly has a great figure, we’re sure that she had no idea the paparazzi were taking picture of her while she was stretching – until she turned around, that is.
While she is certainly confident in her own body today, Adriana Lima admitted that she wasn’t always that self-assured when it came to her physical appearance.
In an interview with Byrdie, she admitted: “I can’t say that when I was younger I was totally confident. The industry is hard, and when you’re an unknown model, you could either get great jobs or be rejected. Rejection is never easy, but you have to have grit in order to keep going and hold your head high. Becoming an adult and having children has helped me become more confident in who I am as a woman. I’ve become more self-aware and understanding of my strengths on a deeper level, which helps me become more confident on the outside. So my best advice is to forget everything and everyone, and just feel good.”
13 When Harry And Meghan Thought They Were Alone
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the newest royal couple, and they are sure to enjoy many years together in the future. Truth be told, they’ve already gotten very used to the insane amounts of media attention this relationship has received, as they’ve been followed closely almost immediately after it was revealed that they were dating. This picture is one of many where the couple thought they were alone, but the ever-present snapping of paparazzi photographers was present in the distance.
Harry and Meghan have shown a certain distaste for the attention of media and the public, and Harry was even forced to receive an official statement defending his then girlfriend against tabloid rumors and abuse, and condemning their actions.
E! News quoted the lengthy statement from the Prince, and here is an excerpt: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about. But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright [abuse] and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
12 Gigi Hadid And Zayn Malik Caught Flirting
Gigi Hadid is a household name in the fashion business these days, and everyone seems to know her name. Although in recent years she’s been overshadowed by her younger sister, Bella, she remains one of the most famous models and a true beauty. It’s because of this beauty and fame that she is constantly followed by the paparazzi, whose efforts are sometimes rewarded with photos like this one – a rare moment of public intimacy between Gigi Hadid and her ex-boyfriend, Zayn Malik.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Gigi Hadid talked about the pressures of constantly being followed and tailed by the paparazzi.
She explained: “I understand that it comes with the territory, but it’s also very intense to always have to consider. I don’t think it will ever be normal, and if people ever feel like it’s normal, then that’s weird. It’s cool to be in a place like Florida. I appreciate the times when I can just walk down the street for five minutes because people don’t know I’m there yet. I’d rather have a conversation with a person and have it feel normal for both of us. It’s stressful for me too if, like, it’s awkward — you know what I mean?”
11 Lana Del Rey And Francesco Carrozzini Spotted Together
Lana Del Rey probably thought that this was a private moment between her and her ex boyfriend, Francesco Carrozzini, but evidently that was quite far from the truth. Even though she has now broken up with this man, the two seemed to have quite an intimate thing going for a while there. Of course, most of their relationship was kept quiet, but when you’re as popular and as famous as Lana Del Rey, it’s clear that those private moments aren’t always possible. And funnily enough, Francesco Carrozzini will know all about the art of taking a good picture, since he’s a photographer himself.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Lana Del Rey explained that fame isn’t always necessarily a good thing. She stated: “Developmentally, I was in the same place for a very long time, and then it just took me longer than most people to be able to be more out there. Being more naturally shy, it’s taken stretching on my part to just continue to integrate into the local community, global community, to grow as a person. Also, getting really famous doesn’t help you grow with the community. It’s important to have your own life. It’s hard with how accessible things are. Hacking? Email is just a no for me. I do a lot to make sure I don’t feel trapped.”
10 Rihanna Caught Taking A Huge Bite
Rihanna was caught in mid-bite with this paparazzi photo, and the beautiful pop singer probably thought she wasn’t being watched at this moment. As embarrassing as it looks, it’s important to remember that celebrities are human too, and they eat food just like the rest of us.
ENCA.com quoted Rihanna one her thoughts about fame, and she stated: “It’s the thing I fear the most: to be swallowed up by that bubble. It can be poison to you, fame. I literally dream about buying my own groceries […] Because it is something that is real and normal. I’ve been thinking lately about how boring I am. When I do get time to myself, I watch TV.”
The Independent also quoted Rihanna’s thoughts on food, and how no one should be shamed for enjoying it. She stated: “It’s important young girls know that it’s okay to eat the things they like and that’s why body shaming makes me so angry. It doesn’t really worry me personally, but I hate the message it sends. It is absolutely okay to enjoy your food. I love fast food and you are never going to hear me apologise for that. Burgers, fries, hot dogs, pizza, you name it. I’m not saying I eat it every day but when I am on tour or filming, it’s quick and easy and I know I am going to burn a lot of it off.”
9 Rachel Ray Chowing Down
Another celebrity who was caught rather embarrassingly mid-bite by the paparazzi was Rachel Ray. She’s definitely not the most famous celebrity in this article, but fans might recognize her as a reality TV personality, writer of cookbooks, and self-proclaimed “foodie.” She is seriously passionate about food, and her passion definitely shows in this picture, which couldn’t have been time worse (or better, in the eyes of the photographer who took it.)
While the paparazzi and the media might try and make fun of Rachel Ray and criticize her, she was quoted by People as saying she just doesn’t care.
The celeb explained: “Whether you get liked or not […] I’ve never really cared about that. I love me at the end of the day because I did a honest day’s work and I’ve got a solid family and I got my pit bull and I got a sweet husband. I’m good. I’ve never been a person who paid attention to ‘I hate Rachael Ray,’ or ‘this person said this’… I don’t care.”
It’s clear that she’s not the type of person to be affected by the words of the media, or the paparazzi pictures that find their way onto the internet, which might just be a little unflattering. Rachel Ray probably won’t change one thing about her life after seeing pictures like this one.
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8 Selena Gomez Embarrassed By Justin’s Behavior
Selena Gomez is another celeb who is no stranger to being followed and photographed by the paparazzi, and they’ve caught her during some pretty interesting moments in the past. This picture is from a while back, and she was obviously still dating Justin Bieber until very recently. The paparazzi perfectly captured the moment when Justin Bieber got in an altercation with a photographer. Selena Gomez tried to calm him down and defuse the situation, but it was obviously a very embarrassing and traumatic experience for her, especially because her and Justin Bieber thought they were alone on a date before everything went crazy.
Moments like this make us understand why these two are no longer dating.
Selena Gomez talked about her struggles with fame and the constant hounding of the media and the paparazzi in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. She explained: “I don’t think I ever accepted the position I had. It was me almost feeling guilty about fame. Because people could see anyone in my position and just say, ‘Wow, they’ve got it all figured out, they’ve got everything, they get to live this cool life. You’re isolated, you’re being looked at, you’re being judged, and I’m always trying to be nice, I want to be great — that’s genuinely who I am deep down, but it just seemed pointless.”
7 Bella Hadid Taking A Nightclub Tumble
Bella Hadid is the model of the moment right now, and although we’ve already talked about Gigi Hadid, it’s Bella that is really rising to the top of the modeling world. This is despite being two years behind Gigi in the industry, which makes her ascent even more impressive.
Photographers captured a slightly less impressive moment when Bella was snapped tumbling down some stairs as she left a nightclub.
The Standard quoted the model when she spoke about her newfound fame, and she explained: “It gets really overwhelming. You feel really overexposed and you don’t want to see anybody… I just want to be in my apartment alone and kind of retreat and be centred again. I’m just really focusing on myself, and my work, and just being the best that I can be. I’m not really worried about what guys think about me, I’m just trying to be a woman.”
And in an interview with Glamour, Bella Hadid talked about what it’s like to walk down the street, knowing that people are taking pictures of you. She stated: “I don’t walk down the street like, ‘I’m famous.’ It’s still weird to me when people ask for pictures. My close friends from high school keep me grounded — they don’t care about what I do. I’m still the same person I was, and I try hard not to change.”
6 Hannah Stocking With The Worst Timed Photo Ever
If you’re a fan of Vine and YouTube, you’re probably familiar with Hannah Stocking. With over 3.4 million subscribers, she’s one of the most popular female YouTubers, and she’s also a model. In this picture, the paparazzi managed to capture the exact moment when Hannah Stocking took a tumble while walking on the sidewalk. Although she probably thought she was alone on the street, this paparazzi had the fortune of not only catching her in public, but also this embarrassing moment.
In an interview with Galore, Hannah Stocking explained that she is pretty used to getting hate from the media and the public in general, as well as being judged. She explained: “I actually received a lot of hate. I noticed that it’s a lot easier for guys to become content creators and to be funny, people kind of latch on to them. But when a girl tries to be funny it’s looked down upon like ‘what is she even doing… that’s not funny.’ I’ve received a lot of backlash. I had a break-through and before I knew it, everybody really started loving my content. I don’t really receive any kind of hate anymore so I think it’s like, you have to endure the struggle and then you reach a break-through. It’s almost like a respect level.”
5 The Moment Kim K Was Accosted By A Photographer
In one of the strangest and most despicable things ever captured on camera, Kim Kardashian was accosted by a man attempting to cross serious boundaries on the red carpet. He was quickly taken out of commission by Kim K’s bodyguards, but it remains one of the most iconic assaults to ever happen to someone as famous as Kim Kardashian. She thought she was in the clear to walk out in public, but obviously there was someone who had nefarious ideas…
In an interview with Elle, Kim Kardashian explained the worst parts about being famous, saying: “When I just look like [garbage] and want to go outside and just eat a churro and not like, have anyone just [bothering me]. But I can’t complain, honestly. It’s not that bad.” In addition, she was quoted by Inside Edition as saying “There are pitfalls. Lack of privacy, loss of privacy, and that’s not for everyone,” when the star was asked about fame.
Kim Kardashian is probably one of the most photographed people in the industry right now, and the paparazzi have never once left her alone.
Her fame might now be fading, though, and soon she will be more able to step outside without running the risk of being tailed and photographed by the paparazzi and some clearly insane fans.
4 When Melissa McCarthy And Sandra Bullock Went Trick-Or-Treating
Believe it or not, this is none other than Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy out trick-or-treating. Although they certainly went to great lengths to disguise themselves, the paparazzi saw right through their strange fisherman outfits, and managed to identify them. You have to admit, this is pretty impressive work, and we’re not sure we’d be able to tell it was the celebs if it hadn’t been pointed out beforehand.
This also just goes to show how desperate some of these celebs are to live normal lives, despite their incredible fame.
As it turns out, Sandra Bullock is no stranger to feeling paranoid about the paparazzi. She confessed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that the paparazzi even followed her on a vacation, and could very well have caught her in a very embarrassing situation. She explained, “Then on Monday, my publicist says, ‘Oh. My. God. There are pictures of you everywhere.’ And I said, ‘From what? We just went on this little trip!’ I panicked. We were in the desert, no place to [use the washroom]. So I [went] outside. [I thought] on the cover of the tabloids, there’s going to be a picture of me […] by a cactus. And yes, I did it. I’ll do it again.”
3 When Nicole Kidman Was Hit By A Paparazzi On A Bike
Nicole Kidman is one of the most successful actors of our generation, and has starred in countless hits. She will no doubt be remembered as one of the greats, although even as she’s entering her 50s, she shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. One thing that did slow her down was when she collided with a photographer on a bike.
We’re not sure how this happened, but perhaps he was just trying to get a very, very close up picture. She wasn’t harmed, but she was undoubtedly shaken up by the incident. At the end of the day, though, it’s unfortunately just part of being a celebrity.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Nicole Kidman raises an interesting point about raising children while famous. She explains how it effects her parenting, saying, “I’ve never taken them anywhere publicly, because I’m protective of their identities and don’t want them exposed early on. But part of me is pulled in that direction. Sometimes they say, ‘I wish I was getting dressed up and going with you.’ I don’t want them not included. They were up late and dancing with us in the Bahamas for my birthday. In our private life, they’re always involved with us. I don’t like the whole kids’-club thing.”
2 Charlize Theron’s Parenting Struggles Caught On Camera
Charlize Theron is another huge name in the industry, and she’s been photographed in public numerous times, as one might expect from such a famous woman. In this picture, the paparazzi managed to photograph the star in a situation that every mother can relate to, as she dealt with her stubborn child, trying to get him into the car.
In an interview quoted by CTV News, Charlize Theron stated her somewhat cynical opinion on what it’s like to be famous. She stated: “It’s become a freak show. It drives me insane. There are certain places that you just can’t go. I’m OK with that, but it’s the things you can’t avoid like when you’re going home. That’s not even sacred any more. You can’t take this industry too seriously. We want to believe we’re curing cancer, but we really aren’t.” In the same interview, she touched on what it was like to become a mother, saying: “It has been overwhelmingly incredible. Every day there is something new. I think that by the journey I decided to go on, it’s evident that I really wanted to be a mom, so I’m just overjoyed and very happy that it worked out […] He’s doing great.”
1 Britney’s Infamous Umbrella Incident
Britney Spears was probably the biggest target for the paparazzi back in the day, and she still remains a big name even today. The star has certainly experienced a lot of ups and downs in her career, and it culminated with a turbulent sequence of events that included a strange incident involving an umbrella, which is pictured above. She also shaved her head during this downward spiral.
Back in 2007, People quoted a statement from Britney Spears, apologizing for the incident. She stated: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.”
Speaking more generally about the pressures of fame, Britney Spears was quoted by the Express as saying: “All this fame is way too much for me, as it’s really hard to grasp its magnitude. When you’re young and in the beginning of your career it is understandable that you’ve just stepped into this world. There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself.”
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