Celebrity diva behavior is nothing new in Hollywood — but now it’s harder than ever for stars to hide their demanding ways. Personal assistants are speaking out, and cameras are often catching showbiz figures showing off in embarrassing ways. Just check out these leaked tales of behind-the-scenes outrageous behavior by demanding dames…
MARIAH CAREY declared on her reality show that she’s “incapable of being in the real world and surviving” — and insiders agree,recalling her past insistence on perks including a dressing room filled with baskets of puppies, white roses, vanilla-scented candles, and her favorite food and beverages. She also reportedly insists the temperature in her backstage digs be set precisely at 75 degrees, and forbids “busy patterns” in the furnishings!
MISCHA BARTON has trashed her career with bizarre behavior, but insiders say the troubled actress isn’t humbled by joining the cast of the returning MTV reality show “The Hills.” A source says that she’s trying to have MTV pay for a plastic surgery overhaul! “She still wants to look like she’s 19 even though she’s 32,” said the insider, claiming Mischa apparently demanded a butt-lift and cellulite reduction before filming started.
KENDALL JENNER has reportedly earned a lousy reputation amongst her fellow models, and was said to be booted from Cara Delevingne’s 2017 birthday bash in Mexico after turning the trip into a three-ring circus. “Kendall refused to share a hotel room,” said an insider, “demanded her own dietary program and a six- person security team, and told everyone they had to sign non-disclosure agreements!” Then the rich kid mocked her fellow mannequins in 2018, boasting that she’s “super selective” about taking jobs: “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season, or whatever the f–k those girls do!”
TYRA BANKS had just signed to host “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 when an unnamed “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit saying the supermodel “humiliated” and “verbally abused” her daughter, “Mary Doe,” during a taping in Los Angeles. But any brutal behavior was no shock to Tyra’s former employees, who say tightwad Tyra once had a staff party catered by McDonald’s!
KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN didn’t make friends behind the scenes of “Kocktails with Khloé” and “Revenge Body.” Said one staffer: “Khloé is extremely hard to work wit. She’s clearly taking after her mom Kris, trying to be assertive and powerful, but it just comes off as rude…Khloé has production assistants running around like crazy, and other producers don’t feel like she respects them.”
LADY GAGA reportedly refuses to touch technology — and used to make her hired help charge her laptop and check her phone messages at all hours! “She would wake me up in the middle of the night to change the DVD because she couldn’t get up to walk across the room to change the movie herself,” said ex-aide Jennifer O’Neill, who sued the singer for $400,000 in unpaid overtime wages in 2011. Gaga blasted Jennifer as a “f–king hood rat,” and settled the lawsuit in 2013, saying: “In my work and what I do, I’m the queen of the universe every day.”
CHRISTINA AGUILERA is said to have a tendency to pull out her hair extensions — in public — when she’s tired of them, and leaves her assistants to clean up the mess. “She’ll throw pieces on the floor in restaurants, restrooms, cars, wherever,” admitted a staffer. But it’s not like her attendants can toss the tresses. They’re told to collect them in case Christina ever wants to use them again!
JESSICA SIMPSON likes to booze it up when she isn’t pregnant — but her assistants complained that she doesn’t like paying for her drinks! “Jessica acts as if the world is one big open bar,” said a staffer. “She feels that her presence is such good publicity for the club or restaurant, they should return the favor by comping her.” And when she drinks too much, added an insider, someone’s assigned to undress her when she gets home!
ANGELINA JOLIE travels the world as a humanitarian, but enjoys being pampered at home — according to insiders who say the star’s maids have to be sure her bath water is a specific temperature, or she’ll freak out. On top of that, another source said: “Angelina likes to smoke in bed and flick ashes all over the floor.” Added another aide: “Angelina forces her staff to see all her movies, especially the ones that tank!”
JENNIFER ANISTON can brag that her diva antics are confined to the set — with an insider reporting that she’s so petrified of perspiration that, during shoots on hot days, “she’ll make an assistant hold a fan in front of her between scenes! She also has such a phobia of sweating, if she feels herself warming up, she’ll snap her fingers for someone to grab ice cubes out of the freezer and press them on her forehead. It’s like a peasant working for a queen!”
ELLEN DEGENERES has frequently been blasted as a two-faced TV host, with one source saying: “Ellen lights up when the cameras go on, but during rehearsals, she’s a monster. She routinely rages at underlings and takes her frustrations out on the staff. She once tossed a bottle of water across a room, almost hitting several people, just because it wasn’t the right temperature.” The diva also is said to insist on “no eye contact” with staff and crew, who are forbidden from looking her in the face.
BARBRA STREISAND gets credit for admitting she’s difficult. When questioned why she once demanded staff at a hotel enter and leave her room backward, the songbird said: “I’m simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful and driven.” Many would argue with the “generous” part of her response, with decorators at her house complaining she’s “stingy,” “persnickety about every small detail” and “a huge know- it-all.” And for one show, Babs required peach-colored toilet paper, rose petals in the toilet bowl and 120 designer bathroom towels — in peach, of course!
SHARON STONE found fame as a “Basic Instinct” bombshell, but was accused of baser instincts and even racism by her former live-in Filipino housekeeper. Erlinda Elemen clobbered the twice-divorced beauty with a lawsuit claiming the star stiffed her on wages, and also made belittling remarks that Filipinos were stupid while banning her from reading her Bible in the house. The worker also claimed the actress once told her not to speak in front of her two children so they wouldn’t learn to “talk like you.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ isn’t just Jenny from the Block to hired help, said insiders — with the songstress joining Ellen in reportedly including a “no eye contact” clause in her contracts to keep backstage workers from looking at her directly. The woman who played a cleaning lady in 2002’s “Maid in Manhattan” also reportedly once had a hotel maid fired because she asked the star for an autograph.
MARTHA STEWART seems sweet on pie on television, but the celebrity jailbird is a short-tempered control freak known for snapping at both employees and neighbors. A magazine editor at Martha’s media empire once said that the boss was responsible for bathrooms with “women in there crying literally all day long.”
MADONNA has a reputation for being a slave driver with the domestic help, and doesn’t let a net worth of $600 million keep her from being cheap. One former nanny complained about being on call 24 hours a day — and, like everyone else on the Material Girl’s staff, being ordered to eat a macrobiotic diet. Sources said another employee had to regularly fetch her a glass of water at least six times throughout the night. In return, the worker was only paid half of what other celebrity assistants were earning.
MARIE OSMOND proved that even the sweetest reputation can’t save a gal from being accused of being a diva! The pop princess reportedly sabotaged a 2012 stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful” with her demands. She was asked to play herself, said an insider, “but Marie nixed the idea – she said that wouldn’t allow her to show she can act…[then] they wanted her to play a villain, but she said, no, that would go against her image.” In the end, frustrated producers dropped the offer.