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 one of Hollywood's hottest power couples: We didn't think we could be more shocked than when we heard that Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye West were fielding multiple multi-million-dollar offers for the first photo of their new baby girl, Chicago West, whom they welcomed via surrogate on Jan. 15, 2018. (According to TMZ, several media outlets offered between $2 and $5 million for a single pic.) But then we heard that the power couple actually declined every offer sent their way: "The offers were never entertained," reported TMZ. "They were immediately rejected." Added the website, "Kim and Kanye would never consider taking money for the first photos of the baby … doing so would violate their morals." We'll try not to think about all the good $2 to $5 million in donations to a charity on Chicago's behalf could do… Now keep reading for more proof that stars are nothing like us!
What do you get the tiny human who has everything before she's even left her mother's womb? Just ask Kris Jenner! The matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan reportedly dropped $10K at a baby boutique in West Hollywood in December 2017, a month before Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West welcomed their third child, daughter Chicago, via surrogate on Jan. 15, 2018. According to TMZ, the reality TV star picked up a handcrafted wooden crib worth at least $6K, a $3K stroller for kids (so that North West can walk her baby sister) and several more custom-made items. Kris also reportedly snagged several custom baby outfits — each worth a few hundred dollars — for the rest of her grandchildren. Chicago is one spoiled 2 week old!
According to the New York Post, Brad Pitt was ready to drop $120K during a charity auction on the opportunity to watch an episode of "Game of Thrones" with Emilia Clarke. Bidding for the private viewing party with the blonde beauty, who stars as Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO series, started at $20K during the $15K-a-seat benefit gala for Sean Penn's Haiti disaster recovery charity in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2018. Brad initially offered $80K during the auction before upping his bid to $90K. Emilia's "GoT" co-star Kit Harrington reportedly upped the bid again, prompting Brad to raise his bid to $120K. Ultimately, both stars lost to another attendee, who threw down $160K in the final bid. Moral of the story? You can Netflix and chill without breaking the bank, but if you wanna HBO Go and chill with a celebrity, it's gonna cost a pretty penny.
The third time will be the charm when Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka tie the knot. The former reality TV star told "Extra" in early January 2018 that she hopes to have three wedding ceremonies to make it official with the actor. "For my 21st birthday I had five parties, so maybe for the wedding I'll have a European one, an American one [and] one for everyone around the world," said Paris. We wouldn't expect anything less from the loaded international superstar, whose engagement ring reportedly cost a cool $2 million. Speaking of which…
Paris Hilton reportedly hired 24-hour security to protect the $2M engagement ring (pictured) with which her fiance, Chris Zylka, proposed in the days leading up to New Year's Eve in late 2017. TMZ reported on Jan. 2, 2018, that the security detail is never far from the bling, though they wear street clothes to avoid being detected by potential thieves. Back in 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a bodyguard can cost between $500 and $1,000 a day, so if Paris hired only one security officer to watch over the ring, she's looking at a minimum of $182.5K a year. Yikes.
It pays to be Team Miley! Janice Freeman — who competed on Season 13 of "The Voice" in late 2017 as part of Miley Cyrus's team — revealed on Twitter on Jan. 1, 2018, that the superstar paid her family's rent for six months while the aspiring singer was struggling financially. "[Miley] found us placement until we found permanent housing, gave me the deposit, covered me for 6 months so I can get on my feet!" tweeted Janice. In October 2016, a source dished to Us Weekly on Miley's dedication to the singers she mentors on "The Voice." "She's the show's most devoted coach ever," said the insider. "She has a hand in choosing the hair, makeup and wardrobe for her team, and she goes to all the dress rehearsals when she's not even paid to be there. Nobody else does that!" Added the source, "She cries when she has to eliminate people … She's even close to the contestants' family members now." No kidding!
Taylor Swift went one step further than Miley Cyrus: The "Shake It Off" singer actually bought a new house for a homeless superfan while she was pregnant. The diehard Swiftie, whose name is Stephanie, took to Taylor's app, The Swift Life, in late 2017 to explain how the popstar changed her life: "I've been contemplating posting this story for a while. I've finally decided to tell you all what Taylor did for me. What many of you don't know is that for 8 months of my pregnancy I was homeless," wrote Stephanie, who's come into contact with Taylor many times over the years. "Long story short our first flat was condemned for health and safety reasons and we lost everything. To add to the stress, during this time [my boyfriend] Matthew lost his job." Stephanie's mother contacted Taylor to let her know what happened, she said: "My mum told Taylor and just asked her to make me feel special at her show I was attending in Manchester. After the show Taylor took us back to her dressing room where she told me, 'Stephanie, You've been in my life for a long time and you've never asked me for anything. You could have reached out and I would have helped you. But you didn't. Your mum told me…' [Taylor] told me she wanted to give me the money back for my ticket that night. What she actually did was help us buy a home and all I needed for my baby. She told me 'I want you to be able to enjoy your little girl, not have to worry about all this stuff.'"
It takes a special sort of person to sport a T-shirt with their mug shot printed on the front. And that sort of person is NeNe Leakes, who didn't just wear a shirt featuring her booking photo — she's also peddling them to the masses. The star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" took to Instagram on Jan. 16, 2018, to share several photos of herself rocking a long-sleeved tee with her mug shot on the front. "From MUGSHOTS to MILLIONS #growingpains #25yearsago #nowgetyolife #embraceyou #speakyourtruth #testimonytuesday #ownit #noshamezone," she captioned one shot of herself posing outside her clothing store in Atlanta, Swagg Boutique, where the shirts are being sold. "Growing up without my mother or father i experienced many growing pains but without them, i could not be who i am or have accomplished the things that i have today," she wrote in the caption of another pic. "Your past does NOT determine your future. From Trial to Triumph🙌🏾 i hope that i can inspire anybody to embrace and not be ashamed of what your past has made you become today! Thank you all so much for the love i received❤️😘 #transparency #lifelessons #collegedays #youngandstupid @swaggboutiqueatl #onewomanshow #girlsniteoutforlaughs #RHOA." Well, that's one way to make lemonade!
Tom Cruise reportedly dropped $500K on a swimming pool with an infinity edge for his four-story penthouse apartment near Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, Radar Online reported on Jan. 17, 2018. The webloid caught up with a contractor responsible for the new addition to the A-list actor's Sunshine State digs — he revealed that the pool will feature four different systems to sanitize the water (only one system is employed by the average pool). Tom's super-expensive bachelor pad also features a private elevator from the ground floor of the complex up to his level, a $1M home movie theater and a state-of-the-art gym packed with $500K in equipment. (We're sure the gym alone is bigger than our entire home!)
George Clooney sure knows how to repay a favor! His friend and former business partner, Rande Gerber, revealed on a late 2017 episode of MSNBC's "Headliners" that the A-list actor once gifted more than $1M to each of 14 friends. According to Cindy Crawford's husband, George invited his "boys" over for dinner in 2013 and gave each of them a suitcase filled with $1M in $20 bills as a thank you for helping him out back when times were tough: "George begins to say, 'Listen, I want you guys to know how much you've meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I'm so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn't be where I am today without all of you,'" recalled Rande. "Every one of us — 14 of us — got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We're in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, 'I know we've all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don't have to worry about your kids, you don't have to worry about, you know, school, you don't have to worry about paying your mortgage.'" George also paid everyone's taxes, said Rande, who ultimately donated his $1M to charity.
Suzanne Somers is a freak of nature — and we mean that in the best way possible! The 71-year-old actress flaunted her figure in an animal-print Balmain minidress with a plunging neckline during the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 2, 2018. How many septuagenarians do you know who are still game to bare their bods like the "Three's Company" star? We wouldn't expect anything less from the person who told us back in February 2016 that the secret to her youthful appearance is eating home-grown food, doing yoga three times a week and having "a lot of sex." (Suzanne has been married to her second husband, Alan Hamel, since 1977.)
As fans of "Don't Be Tardy" are likely aware, Brielle Biermann hasn't done much in terms of work since she graduated from high school in May 2015. But according to a Jan. 23, 2018, report from Page Six, Kim Zolciak's look-alike daughter raked in $120K ($10,000 per episode) for Season 6 of the Bravo show, which debuted in October 2017. Not too shabby considering her primary job is following around her mom, stirring up drama with Kim's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-stars and making ditzy comments while her little sister, Ariana, takes the reins as Kim's primary helper.