Celebs might look all glam and confident at all times, yet for some stars anxiety is a big part of their daily lives:
Pamela Anderson suffers from eisoptrophobia, a persistent fear of mirrors. Experts say that this phobia is based around superstitious beliefs and the concept that the mirror somehow reflects the soul. She admitted, ‘I have this phobia, I don’t like mirrors… and I don’t watch myself on TV. If anything comes on, I leave the room immediately.’ We wonder how she applies her make-up?
We all remember the actress as Wednesday Addams, the little girl who is fascinated with death, in The Addams Family. Christina Ricci is, however, far from fearless as she suffers from botanophobia – the fear of indoor plants. She is apparently terrified of indoor plants because they are ‘dirty’. The star said, ‘It’s more indoor plants. If I have to touch one, after already being so repulsed by the fact that there is a plant indoors, then it just freaks me out.’
Oprah is a serious chiclephobe, also known as, the fear of chewing gum. The phobia is linked to diseases that are carried in the mouth, and the gum being a resilient vector. Oprah’s phobia stems from her childhood. Her grandmother used to store her chewed gum in rows on furniture and on dinner plates during meals. As a result, Oprah banned all gum from Harpo Studios where she filmed her talk show. ‘I’m scared to touch it because it is so gross. One guest in my home took out some gum from her mouth and put it on her plate — after she left, I threw the plate out.’
Butterflies have caused the actress great anxiety since childhood. The lepidopterophobe says, ‘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, or 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 and had 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 feeling of butterflies’ bodies.’
Osbourne suffers from haphophobia, the fear of being touched by someone. Haphophobes don’t like their privacy to be intruded by someone else and the phobia is linked to sexual fears. Her brother, Jack, jokingly mocked the condition, saying, ‘All you have to do is just touch her collarbone. It’s awesome, she starts dry-retching.’