Yes, celebrities are human beings — but sometimes it seems like that's just about the only thing they have in common with the rest of us. Wonderwall.com rounded up some recent stories about shocking celeb extravagances that prove stars are nothing like us, starting with this one about our favorite diva: Jennifer Lopez's manicurist incorporated a real $100 bill into her nail art for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on May 20. Nail-technician-to-the-stars Tom Bachik shared a close-up on Instagram pointing out that the manicure was "the #real deal #hundo $100 #notadecal." (Can you imagine chopping up a bill for a manicure?!) And the expensive nail art only lasted one night. Tom told Stylish by Us Weekly that the superstar gets a manicure every day. "If she changes her outfit, we change her nails," he said during an interview that hit the Internet on June 12, 2018. "We were shooting 'World of Dance' in L.A. and her show in Vegas, so we're constantly changing up the color and changing up the effects. … She's like, 'Let's do chrome! Let's do silver chrome! Can we mix it and make rose gold to go with my outfit for tonight?" Now keep reading for more proof that J.Lo and more stars are nothing like us…
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No smelly old duffle bags for J.Lo! Jennifer Lopez's yellow gym bag is worth a whopping $18,500. The superstar toted her pricey Hermès Kelly bag while hitting the gym in Miami with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez on May 23, 2018. (Think she's got a pair of $800 socks in there?)
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What do you give the momager who has everything? Her very own champagne vending machine! Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and her husband, photographer Mike Rosenthal, teamed up for the perfect housewarming present for Kris Jenner to celebrate her new home: an unlimited supply of Moët & Chandon and a branded vending machine. Kris captured the moment her undoubtedly expensive gift arrived in a June 4, 2018, Instagram post: "When a forklift shows up at my house on Monday morning with a Champagne Vending Machine and an unlimited supply of @moetusa @moetchandon Champagne i am jumping for joy!!! And I'm not gonna lie a little drunk. I LOVE you guys thank you my beautiful friends #ilovechampagne #ilovemyfriends #blessed #luckygirl," she wrote in the caption.
It pays to be Tarek El Moussa's nanny! The "Flip or Flop" star bought his two kids' caretaker, a beautiful young woman named Mossy, a new Lexus SUV for her birthday. "Happy birthday to our nanny Mossy!! She has the most important job in the world which [is] helping me raise Tay and Bray!" the father of two captioned a June 14 Instagram video showing Mossy happily reacting to the gift. "The kids love her so much we couldn't imagine life without her!! (Plus she makes me the best food). She's 100 percent part of our family and we ❤️ her!! I surprised her with a new Lexus for her birthday at Lexus of Newport Beach," he continued. The extravagant gift prompted rumors that Tarek and Mossy are dating, but the reality star's rep clarified to People magazine that as much as the car is a gift to the nanny, it's really for the kids: Mossy drives the kids around, and Tarek wants them to be safe, explained the rep.
Beyonce and JAY-Z got free range of the Louvre to shoot their joint "APES—" music video, which hit the Internet on June 16, 2018. The clip features The Carters posing and dancing alongside the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory and more of the world's most iconic works of art housed within the French museum. According to The New York Times, the Louvre's galleries are available for private viewing for $17,500 a day. We count at least six different galleries in the video, so you do the math!
When Shailene Woodley went bowling for a girls' night out on June 3, 2018, her squad consisted of three Oscar winners: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep. The group stepped out during a break from shooting Season 2 of HBO's "Big Little Lies." (Talk about squad goals!)
Mariah Carey revealed during a June 6, 2018, appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that Moroccan, her 7-year-old son with ex-husband Nick Cannon, recently dropped $5K on Amazon purchases with the help of his iPad. "My son is like a technological genius," she said. "I have to control [my kids] with iPads because literally he charged $5,000 on Amazon." Continued the singer, "The other night apparently he was with Nick and he ordered a dog. They called him and they were like, 'Your dog is ready.' And he was like, 'I didn't order any damn dog!'" Concluded Mariah, "The dog's been canceled." Okay, then!
Claire Danes was reading bad reviews of "Homeland" when she went into labor with her first child, son Cyrus, in late 2012. The night before she was scheduled to induce labor, the Emmy winner was having trouble sleeping, she said during a May 31, 2018, appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" To pass the time, she looked up reactions to the Season 2 finale of her hit Showtime series, which had aired earlier in the evening. "Three in the morning or something, when you're looking for feedback, what you mean is, 'Who hates me and how much?'" she joked. "So it didn't take long for me to find the worst possible reviews available on the Internet." Continued Claire, "It kind of occurred to me, I was like, 'Oh, I think I'm in labor. I think this is happening, and I'm reading bad reviews.' I don't think it gets more masochistic than that." Only in Hollywood!
Chris Brown reportedly dropped $30K on daughter Royalty's 4th birthday bash in Beverly Hills on May 27, 2018. The birthday girl arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to her royal ball, where she was greeted by actors dressed as Disney princesses including Cinderella, Arielle, Elsa and Jasmine. She donned an adorable tulle gown with a lengthy train and a crown during the party, which reportedly featured a performance by the Kidz Bop Kids. (If this is what she gets when she turns 4, can you even imagine what her sweet 16 will be like?)
The British brand Central 23 specializes in cards and notebooks — often with the faces of celebrities emblazoned across the front. For just £10, you can get a journal featuring the cast of "Friends," "Stranger Things" or "Peaky Blinders." If you're little Harper Beckham, you can get a notebook featuring the faces of your parents, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham, your celebrity siblings — Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn Beckham — and even yourself. On May 23, 2018, the former Spice Girl took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of one of the notebooks. "Harper loves her new school note book," she captioned the shot. (The notebooks are not available on Central 23's website, so it's unclear whether they're no longer for sale or were just created as a special gift for the Beckhams.)
Handwritten letters from the members of U2? Only in your "Wildest Dreams." Taylor Swift recently learned that her Irish Fan Club is made up of one of the world's biggest rock bands. On June 15, the pop star took to Instagram to share a photo of a bouquet of red roses with a notecard reading, "From your Irish fan club …. Bono, The Edge, Adam & Larry." T.Swift wrote in the caption, "Walked into my dressing room to find roses from @U2 and I WAS NOT READY FOR IT. I LOVE U2 I LOVE IRELAND LETS DO THIS CROKE PARK!!!"
Though Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan asked for donations to their favorite charities in lieu of wedding gifts, the newlyweds still managed to acquire $9 million worth of presents (which they're returning, per royal protocol) when they tied the knot in England on May 19, 2018. Among the "gifts" they can't return? The Taronga Zoo in Sydney named two baby koalas after the couple, PETA India adopted a bull and named it Merry (Meghan and Harry combined) in their honor, and finally, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon them York Cottage, a residence on the Sandringham Estate, her 20,000-acre property in Norfolk, which King George V and Queen Mary once called home.
Speaking of Her Majesty… Queen Elizabeth II is a seven-time great-grandmother, but rather than slowing down, her work load is actually increasing. According to a report released in early June 2018, the monarch has worked 25 percent more in 2018 than in 2017 (granted, she was forced to cancel some royal engagements last year due to a nasty cold). The 92-year-old royal has completed more than 125 royal engagements so far this year. We hope we have half as much energy when we're her age!
But it's not all good news for the royal family, who are currently being reminded of how much their privacy (or lack thereof) is worth. Duchess Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, reportedly banked somewhere between $50K and $60K to chat with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" on June 18 — in spite of the fact that his daughter and her new husband, Prince Harry, explicitly told him, "Don't talk to the media." The controversial host wrote on MailOnline that he believed Thomas's motivation for appearing on the show "was more about setting the record straight than the relatively small fee we paid him." But if that were true, why did he walk away with more cash than some people make in a year?
We have to admit it, we're impressed! "I literally have not been on my phone for 10 months," Simon Cowell told The Mail on Sunday as part of an interview that hit the Internet on June 2, 2018. (We feel like we can barely go 10 minutes without peeping our phones!) "It has been good for my mental health," he said. "It's a very strange experience but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier." Good for you, Simon!
A picture is worth anywhere from a thousand words to $85K if you're Kanye West and the photo in question is an exclusive shot of Whitney Houston's alleged drug-strewn bathroom circa 2006. The trouble-prone rapper-producer bought the picture — which depicts a bathroom sink covered with drugs and drug paraphernalia — so that Pusha T, who's signed to Ye's G.O.O.D Music label, could use it as his "Daytona" album cover. In late May 2018, Pusha explained during an interview with Angie Martinez's radio show that Kanye decided to change the album cover at the last minute because the photo is "what people need to see to go with this music." Said Pusha, "It's just a picture that to license it worldwide is 85 grand. I'm not really too, too, too entrenched in the art world like that. I'm just going to let [Kanye] do that thing. And he's paying for it."
Some activists work their entire lives to make real change in the world without ever seeing their causes step into the spotlight. Leave it to Kim Kardashian West to score one-on-one time with the president, like, two seconds after becoming a prison reform activist. On May 30, 2018, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star met with Donald Trump to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old great-grandmother who was imprisoned for a first-time nonviolent drug offense in 1996. Kim's meeting with her fellow reality TV star was a tremendous success: Trump commuted Alice's sentence the following week. (If only every social justice warrior were so fortunate!) When they finally met for the first time, Kim taught Alice how to use Snapchat filters… because of course!
In other Kimye news: On June 12, 2018, Radar Online reported that Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West are dropping the big bucks on nannies to help out with their three children. "The have a team of nannies on at all times and on-call 24/7, each making a salary of around $100K," said a source, adding that the power couple also cover their nannies' living expenses, hotels, flights, insurance and more. "The cost is through the roof — they've spent a fortune since Chi was born in mid-January," continued the insider. "Their routines are so hectic and there's no doubt they need nannies… But they're not making it easy on their bank balance by insisting on the best of the best!"
According to a June 11, 2018, report on Radar Online (which should be taken with a grain of salt), Caitlyn Jenner has been dropping $50K a week on Sophia Hutchins, her constant companion and alleged girlfriend. "She's constantly treating her to drinks and dinners at the nicest restaurants in town and buys her jewelry and handbags all the time," a source told Radar, adding that the former Olympian gave the 21-year-old transgender college student her own credit card and weekly allowance. "Sophia is using Caitlyn's cash to deck out her wardrobe with designer clothes and get her hair and nails done every week," continued the insider. "This is costing Caitlyn at least $50,000 each week but she thinks nothing of this weird arrangement."
Most women spend months (if not years) working to get back their pre-baby bodies. But Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, is a total freak of nature. The former professional yoga instructor took to Instagram on May 31, 2018, to share a photo of herself posing in black lingerie just 12 days after she gave birth to her fourth child, son Romeo, with the actor. She also shared a video of herself doing crunches as her baby boy rested on her chest.
A nude photo scandal spells big trouble for the average person. But Justin Bieber is not the average person! In mid-June 2018, Spotify Australia revealed that after the trouble-prone pop star's 2015 nude photo leak, streams of his music increased by 600 percent Down Under. Who could've imagined a scandal could be so good for business?!