Interest in celebrities is a well-known psychological phenomenon. Even though regular gossip, while looked unfavorably upon, has always been popular, gossip about stars and other famous personalities is even more so. Television shows such as Gossip Girl, Websites such as Perez Hilton, Celebrity Gossip and others, are just a few examples of the phenomenon.
But from a psychological viewpoint, why is it that people are so interested in the life of others? And then, why especially of more successful others? Is it catharsis? Is it a hope that traits would somehow be transferred onto those discussing the matters? Or is it simply entertainment? Probably, a little bit of all the above, with an added sense of participating in glamorous lifestyles through talking about them.
So which celebrities are the most popular when it comes to juicy stories? In 2011, to judge by gossipers’ focus, these appear to be actress Lindsay Lohan, pop singer Justin Bieber and, of course, Lady Gaga. Now, this is not to say that other stars fail to attract the limelight, but in showbiz, there appears to be an insensitive ‘flavor of the month’ quality, which means certain people seem the most interesting at a particular point in time. Below is a list of stars that are often discussed in online communities:
Adriana Lima: Famous for being a Brazilian supermodel and one of Victoria’s Secret Angels, together with Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Anna Kurkova, Chanel Iman, Laetitia Casta, Heidi Klum and others. Probably the most famous of this group are Brazilian supermodel of German origin Gisele Bundchen, and German top model Heidi Klum. Both leggy beauties have since diverged into lucrative fashion and television undertakings, in other ways than modeling per se. In addition, Gisele Bundchen formed a family with football player Tom Brady, while Heidi Klum with rocker Seal.
Although admission criteria vary, a typical runway model will be over 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 meters) tall and thin. A clear complexion and beautiful facial features are similarly a requirement in most agencies. Image: Copyright © Megan Jorgensen
Charlie Sheen: Charlie Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estevez, comes form a family of actors (together with father Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez, who is likewise a film director). He had a prolific career, playing in such hits as the Wall Street motion pictures and Major League. He was also the protagonist of sitcom Two And A Half Men, of the set of which he has most likely been fired for his personal troubled track. The actor was replaced by younger model, actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher. Ashton Kutcher, who at the time of the replacement was still married to Demi Moore, is rumored to have cheated on his wife, a betrayal Bruce Willis (her ex-husband and star of Die Hard) did not take kindly to.
Justin Bieber: Justing Bieber is a singer, very popular among teenage girls. In 2011, his girlfriend Selena Gomez was put in unthinkable situations by his avid fans, showing the dark side of dating someone that so many people dream of. In that same year, the Canadian youth performed the 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' song for the Artur Christmas movie (an animated adventure in 3D). A Christmas gift to so many, one assumes. Further, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who was the lead vocals for British rock formation Black Sabbath, hosted reality tv series and countless events and wrote a self-help book, has surprisingly said not to know the musical newcomer in an interview a few years back to the animation's release date.
Lady Gaga: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga and self-proclaimed Mother Monster, is a talented popular singer, even more famous for her provocative outfits, than her music. She appeared out of nowhere with her success 'Just Dance' and immediately knew worldwide fame. Being a true avant-garde in fashion, she has been seen wearing telephones on her head, metal and meat dresses, and unfit for travel latex uniforms. Naturally, the meat dress got her a lot of reprimand form PETA (the organization fighting for animal rights) and vegans, vegetarians and, more generally, concerned animal sympathizers.
Lindsay Lohan: Lindsay Lohan is a beautiful American actress, who has proven to look good in any hair color… and she has tried them all (blonde, dirty blonde, sandy blonde, brunette, redhead, jade black hair, etc.). The beauty has blue green eyes and aside from her role as the gun licking nun - The Sister - in Machete (by Quentin Tarantino’s long time friend Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis), is best known for her personal and societal troubles. She is openly bisexual, having dated both men and women (for example, DJ Samantha Ronson). Another public persona that often makes the news for what might be called 'all the wrong reasons' is Tila Tequila, also known as Miss Tila. Interestingly, the tv personality and artist actually has a blog on celebrity gossip.