Nobody’s perfect, that’s what they say. But we would expect celebrities to be trendsetters as far as courage and balance are concerned. Building a phobia takes a lot of irrational effort doubled by traumatic experiences. And celebrities make no exception. So let’s take a look at 9 celebrities and their strange phobias.
1. Oprah Winfrey’s fear of chewing gum
Oprah Winfrey has a fear of chewing gum. She explained her grandmother used to chew a lot of gum, and then put it into the cabinet. She said that there were several rows of Spearmint and Juicy Fruit she was terribly afraid of. Over time, Oprah started to hate the sound of chewing gum and the way people would play with it or pull it from their mouths. It even got to the point where she banned it from the building where her shows are recorded.
2. Megan Fox’s fear of paper
Megan Fox is afraid of dry paper and dreads handling anything that is not laminated. The 28-year old even keeps water nearby so she can wet her fingers when handling or flipping pages.
3. David Beckham’s ataxiophobia – fear of mess or untidiness
For Beckham, surrounding objects must be well chosen by color, form and size and their quantity must be oddly even. When David buys clothes, he chooses ones to suit his home interior. When there are 3 cans of Coke in the fridge, instead of 2 or 4, he loses his temper.
4. Alfred Hitchcock’s fear of eggs
Hitchcock, the maestro of horrors, was really afraid of eggs. He never ate them and hated to be close to anything that resembled them. Otherwise he felt badly, and all in all thought eggs to be hateful towards him, not the other way around.
5. Matthew McConaughey’s fear of being trapped and blind spots
Despite his being so manly and tough, Matthew McConaughey reportedly suffers from a fear of being trapped – cleithrophobia and a fear of blind spots –scotomaphobia. This has manifested itself into a fear of revolving doors and tunnel entrances.
6.Sigmund Freud’s fear of weapons and ferns
The founder of psychoanalysis feared weapons and ferns. Freud claimed that fear of weapons is a sign of late emotional and sexual maturity. On the other hand, the fear of fems can hardly be explained. Freud himself offered no explanations.
7. Woody Allen’s numerous fears 🙂
Woody Allen fears insects, sunlight, dogs, deer, bright colors, children, height, small rooms, crowds and all places in the world except for Manhattan, probably. His movie characters are a perfect reflection of all these fears, but I suppose they add up to his charm and talent don’t they?
8. Madonna’s brontophobia – fear of thunder
We don’t really know whether it’s the thunder alone that bedevils Madonna, or the combination between thunder and lightning. But anyway it’s something that has got to do with rainstorms, this mysterious and yet unexplainable phenomenon that occurs so frequently on our planet. 🙂
9. Nicole Kidman’s fear of butterflies
Well at least she struggled with her fear of butterflies, trying to understand it and to get over it, as the actress explained. “Sometimes when I would come home from school the biggest butterfly or moth you’d ever seen would be just sitting on our front gate. I would climb over the fence; crawl around to the side of the house—anything to avoid having to go through the front gate. I have tried to get over it … I walked into the big butterfly cage at the American Museum of Natural History and had the butterflies on me, but that didn’t work. I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don’t like the feel of butterflies’ bodies,” she said of her unusual phobia.