A surprising number of celebrities have disappointed the people who are their lifeblood: fans! Justin Bieber
, Kim Kardashian
and Jennifer Lopez
are just a few of the stars who have gotten a bad reputation with their admirers. Here’s RadarOnline.com’s guide to the celebrities who have mistreated, lambasted, or simply shunned those who love them most.
Christian Bale: In the tell-all book Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, the actor’s former publicist Harrison Cheung revealed he was shockingly mean to his fans. Cheung alleged that when a group of young girls requested Bale’s autograph, he responded by “lecturing little girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces, and their parents tugged them away from our table.” According to Cheung’s expose, Bale also told him he wanted to ‘eliminate’ fans after receiving their letters.
Jennifer Lopez: JLo reportedly will only speak to waiters, hotel staff and sales people through her assistants and, as Radar has reported, she once allegedly got a maid fired for asking for her autograph. “I cleaned on her floor. And I am an incredibly big fan so I took all my courage and rang the bell to get an autograph,” Pray Dodaj said about when she tried to approach Lopez. “But I was rejected by two assistants at the door. A day later the cleaning company that employed me at the hotel called and said that Ms. Lopez had complained. I was fired right there on the phone! Because of an autograph!” (Lopez denied the story)
Kim Kardashian And Kanye West: It’s been reported that Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries, has old voicemails and texts from Kim that slam her fans. In the voicemails, Kim allegedly referred to her fans as pathetic nobodies. Kardashian also reportedly told a magazine that she wouldn’t pose for many pictures with fans anymore—because her very private husband Kanye West
wouldn’t let her! However, Kardashian later said her comment
was taken out of context.
Gwyneth Paltrow: The big screen beauty ticked off numerous working mom fans when she famously said that being a movie star was harder than having a “regular” job. Paltrow said, “I think it’s different if you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening . . . I think to have a regular job and be a regular mom is not as — of course there are challenges — but it’s not like being on set.” Ouch.
Britney Spears: As Radar has reported, excited superfans felt shortchanged after shelling out a whopping $2,500 for for a VIP Meet-And-Greet with Spears in Las Vegas. Many were left Toxic-ly disappointed after their awkward quickie photo-op with the singer. “Fans were told before the meet-and-greet that they were not to hug or touch Britney without her permission and they weren’t allowed to bring her any gifts,” an insider told Radar. “And then once they finally got to meet her it was like smile, take a photo, goodbye. Each person literally got like three seconds with her. She barely spoke.”
Justin Bieber: The troubled pop singer already had a bad reputation, but he hit a new low when he snubbed a fan with Down Syndrome, Radar exclusively reported. Jared Bedard of Newburyport, Massachusetts tirelessly worked round the clock to raise $7,000 to win a meet-and-greet with Bieber. But Bedard, 16, who has Down Syndrome, was stunned after Bieber barely interacted with him and failed to acknowledge his efforts. “Jared told me that Justin said ‘What’s up man’ to him, but that was it,” his mom Karen told Radar. “I was just thinking Justin would talk to him a minute alone . . . Maybe shaking his hand and saying, ‘Congratulations buddy!’” It wasn’t to be with Bieber.
Lana Del Rey: In August 2013, the “Summertime Sadness” singer was spotted ignoring fans as she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. Del Rey didn’t even acknowledge those who thrust pens and paper towards her hoping to get an autograph. She got a ride out of there instead.
Jack Nicholson: Is this As Good As It Gets? Screen legend and rabid basketball fan Jack Nicholson was caught on video shunning a boy fan at a Clippers/Thunder playoff game. The young fan thrust out his hand to shake the actor’s, but Nicholson ignored him and the boy wound up sadly shaking dead air.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner: The Keeping up with the Kardashians girls reportedly spent little time with fans while promoting their novel, Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia, at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Los Angeles. The teens refused to answer any questions about their (ghostwritten) book, briefly posed for some photos, signed a few autographs and then bolted.
Kate Winslet: Fans bashed the Oscar-winning actress in 2012 when she allegedly ignored people who waited out in the rain hoping to meet her when she was filming her movie Labor Day in Massachusetts. "Kate was so rude, she never once acknowledged any of us, I was devastated," said local resident Shanna Swan. "She gave dirty looks to people in my town who waited hours to see her.”
Cameron Diaz: America loves the beautiful blonde movie star, but Diaz admits that she doesn’t like to sign autographs. Diaz reportedly has said that if she stops to sign one autograph, a crowd will form and she will not get anything done. She’s not alone, as other celebs such as Will Ferrell also have no-autograph policies.
Billie Joe Armstrong: The Green Day frontman, who received a letter from the mother of an eight-year-old boy who didn’t think his album Insomniac was appropriate for her son, blasted back in an angry response. Armstrong wrote, “I find people like you offensive and it ‘helps me’ to know you wont be buying anymore of our records. P.S. You’re right about one thing . . . You do have a big mouth.”
Tommy Lee: The Mötley Crüe drummer has said he loves his fans, but added, “What I have a problem with is… Taking pictures! I hate it! Irritates the f*ck 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!... Nobody put me where I am but ME!”
Madonna: In 2012, the “Material Girl” went off on her fans while performing at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. During the show, Madonna called one fan onstage to sing her 1986 hit, "Open Your Heart," but even though she had a T-shirt with the song's title written on it, the concertgoer couldn’t remember the words. Madonna reportedly scolded her admirer: "You really don't know the song. Shame on you!" After finishing the song, Madonna wouldn’t let it go: "You're wearing the T-shirt that says 'Open Your Heart.' I hand you the mike and you don't sing," she said. "What the f---?"