Being famous certainly has its perks: the free goods, the celebrity status, the tropical vacations, and the designer clothes, to name a few. But, it certainly has its downsides, as well: a loss of privacy, hectic work schedules, constant rumors about your life — on-screen and off-screen.
From Selena Gomez to Eva Mendes, these celebs have spoken publicly about their struggles with fame:
1. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez, who constantly makes headlines thanks to her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, told Into The Gloss that her celebrity status has made life difficult. "Sometimes, I'll be honest, I don't handle [fame] as well as people," she said. "So, it's been important to really figure out what makes me feel grounded."
2. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato revealed her true feelings about fame in a candid interview with The Guardian. "When people say, 'I want to be famous — I want to be a star,' you have to ask: 'What are your intentions? If you just want to be famous, make a sex tape.' So what I'd say is, if you're doing it because you want to be a respected actress or musician, follow your dream. If you just want paparazzi following you, rethink what's going on in your little head. It's crazy how people confuse the two nowadays.'"
She later dished that she completely envies the members of Daft Punk, who disguise their identifies by performing in masks. "They could go to a restaurant on a date without people coming up to them and making them feel weird," she said.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Although Jennifer Lopez may not always love the limelight, she makes it a point not to complain about her A-lister status. "It's hard, and it's not something that people really want to hear you complain about when you're making a bunch of money and you're in a movie when a lot of people want to do that," she said. "So, you know. I don't complain about it. I just try to deal with it. Not to say that it doesn't get hard. It does, but, you know, it comes with the territory."
4. Lauren Jauregui
Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui, 17, took to Twitter to declare that may not be ready for being famous. "I am completely aware of the love and I love each and every one of you… this is me frustrated by the fact that I have no control over my own life anymore, and it's a side effect of not being made for this whole fame thing," she wrote.
5. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba admitted that she's too much of an introvert to enjoy fame. "I'm shy," she told Elle. "I don't like being the center of attention."
6. Eva Mendes
"Up until recently, I was really uncomfortable with having success and enjoying it," Eva Mendes told E! Online in 2008, following a brief, unexplained stint in rehab. "I just couldn't deal with that. How can I have so much? It's not fair. How can the world have so little? I allowed it to mess with me in the sense that I just didn't know how to handle it."
7. Linda Perry
Songwriter Linda Perry has taken issue with Hollywood's definition of "fame" — especially among musicians. She believes it needs to be more about the music — not about the hit singles and the celebrity status. "Is it wrong to want to ask more of my artists? Shouldn't we be doing that? Haven't we lowered the bar a little bit? Now, we're at this place that's breaking my heart. I'm hearing these [current hit] songs, and they're OK, they're good songs. But if you put them up against a great, fantastic song, you easily hear the difference? Is it wrong to ask for more?"
8. Zoe Saldaña
Zoe Saldaña confessed that she struggled with how "wrong" it felt to be famous. "I felt like running away and hiding, rather than basking in this newfound whatever it was. And so many love it, even though they maintain otherwise, but that's just not me," she said. "I chose a path that gives me so much happiness but the price has its pros and its cons. And it's the loss of anonymity at times. That is the one thing I've been obsessed about. In order for me to maintain my life, and for my life to give me what it gives me when I'm not working, is by aggressively protecting it."