50 Popular Celebrities Who Have Weird Phobias

1Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn suffered from a severe water phobia. While shooting "Two for the Road" in 1967, Albert Finney had to throw her into a swimming pool. During filming, divers were placed off-camera for her comfort. The fear on her face during the scene is real.



American rapper Eminem is afraid of giraffes and eight-legged insects.

3Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton has a crippling fear of antique furniture. "I don't have a phobia about American antiques, it's mostly French — you know, like the big, old, gold-carved chairs with the velvet cushions."

4Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen King suffers from triskaidekaphobia which is the fear of the number 13. People that have this phobia avoid the number 13 in everyday scenarios like climbing stairs, flipping through channels and page numbers. King has stated, "It’s neurotic, sure. But it’s also . . . safer".

5Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has a great phobia of chewing gum.

6Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Ever since childhood, the Dalai Lama has had an intense phobia of caterpillars. He said "In my childhood, I always afraid of caterpillar," he said. "A scorpion, I could touch. But caterpillar, never." Nonetheless, he said, he expects to be reincarnated some day as a caterpillar.

7Benjamin Burnley

Benjamin Burnley

The lead singer of Breaking Benjamin, Benjamin Burnley, who has several phobias, including the fear of dark and flying, used ferry ships along with the band to tour outside of US and Canada for the first time of the band's 17 year career.

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8John Madden

John Madden

American football coach and sportscaster John Madden has primarily claustrophobia, the fear of being enclosed in a small space or room and unable to escape or get out and a phobia of flying and hasn't flown since 1979.

9Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has Eisoptrophobia, meaning she is afraid of mirrors.

10Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matt Damon has Ophidiophobia. He said, “I’m afraid of snakes. And I got bullied into interacting with them by Scarlett Johansson and the kids.”

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  1. Carmen Electra does not have hydrophobia. The correct word for the fear of water is aquaphobia. Hydrophobia is a term usually used only to mean rabies, because rabid animals tend to avoid drinking water.

  2. I had a terrible fear of scorpions as an adolescent. I lived (and still live) in the Upper Midwestern United States, which is scorpion-free. Yet, I would have nightmares about scorpions constantly, and would have to check under my bed and in both my bedroom closets every night. The phobia was intense when I was fourteen and fifteen, then vanished as abruptly as it had started. I expect those kinds of fears are part and parcel of many young teen’s lives.



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