“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
You are not the only one who is afraid of something. These celebrities also have their own fears – some irrational and some that are understandable.
1. Fear of public speaking – Sir Richard Branson
The founder of The Virgin Group hates public speaking. As a naturally shy person, he still gets struck by nerves. In his blog, he said, “I went onstage recently to speak to some of our staff, completely forgot what I was going to say, and ended up talking about public speaking being my biggest fear instead! It did the trick; I found some rhythm, recovered my poise and began having fun.” Speak from your heart, he says, because the more genuine you sound the better.
2. Fear of going underwater – Jennifer Aniston
The Friends star had to overcome her fear of going underwater for her most recent movie, Cake. When she was younger, she drove her tricycle into a swimming pool, and now she “can’t go underwater”.
3. Fear of clowns – Johnny Depp
In an interview with an Australian newspaper, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor says that it is “impossible, thanks to their painted-on smiles, to distinguish if they are happy or if they are about to bite your face off!”
4. Fear of untidiness (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) – David Beckham
5. Fear of aging – Tonto Dikeh
The Nollywood actress dreads celebrating her birthday every year. She fears that as he grows older she will not be able to do things she has always wanted to do.
6. Fear of chewing gum – Oprah Winfrey
When the American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist was younger, her grandmother “used to save used gum in little rows in the cabinet. I’d be scared to touch it because it was so gross, so I have a thing about gum.”
7. Fear of snakes, spiders and sharks – Justin Timberlake
The Grammy award-winning artist “hates” spiders. He saw a spider in his hotel room once and had to call the reception because he was too scared to get rid of it himself.
8. Fear of failure – Mercy Johnson Okojie
9. Fear of reptiles – Britney Spears
The pop superstar hates lizards and large reptiles. It’s crazy that she was able to put her fear aside and perform at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards with a large python around her.
What is your biggest fear? Let us know in the comments.