Celebrities truly are a breed of their own! Wonderwall.com rounded up several recent examples of how stars are nothing like us, starting with Will Smith's ridiculously shocking birthday celebration… The Oscar-nominated actor celebrated turning 50 in a way that only one of Hollywood's biggest action stars could! On Sept. 25, 2018, he bungee jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. That's what we call turning 5-0 "Big Willie Style." We can't wait to see what stunt he pulls off when he turns 60! Now keep reading for more proof that stars are nothing like us…
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In late September 2018, Duchess Meghan made headlines when she climbed out of a chauffeured car and shut the door behind her — breaking royal protocol. "Door Gate" went down during the newlywed's first official solo engagement as a member of the royal family: the opening of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Can you imagine causing a stir across the Internet just by closing your own door?!
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During an interview for the cover of the November 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan, Ciara said that she worked out three times a day to get her body back after welcoming her second child, daughter Sienna, in April 2017. "It was kind of like, wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back in, breastfeed, eat another meal, go train, then come back, have another meal, and then a third training session at night," she said. "It was a good challenge, one I set for myself, not for anyone else. Taking care of myself makes me feel really good. And I want to keep it sexy too, you know." Meanwhile, the rest of us are over here struggling to find the time to hit the gym three times a week… or month.
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How's this for real power? After Taylor Swift took to Instagram in early October 2018 to endorse Democratic candidates in Tennessee, the state she calls home, and encourage her followers to vote, Vote.org saw a major spike in voter registration across the country. In the two days following the singer's post, more than 166K Americans registered to vote. According to BuzzFeed News, that's only 24K people fewer than the number of Americans who registered to vote in the entire month of September. "We have never seen a 24- or 36- or 48-hour period like this," a spokesperson for Vote.org told The New York Times. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you have to admit that's pretty impressive!
Adele hasn't released new music since 2015 and her "Live" tour ended in mid-2017, but she still raked in more than $30K a day last year. (Yes, we said "a day.") The Sun reported in early October 2018 that the singer took home $11.2 million in profits after taxes in 2017.
In late September 2018, Sharon Osbourne revealed during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, had 3,000 pounds of ice delivered to their Los Angeles home in an effort to cool their swimming pool. "He ordered it and it came in a big truck and one of those big cranes brought it in," she said, describing the experience as "fabulous" — but ultimately unsuccessful. "Too hot, he couldn't get it cold enough," Sharon continued. "And then that melted in like two minutes, so now he's got a special machine put in the pool to make it ice cold."
TMZ reported in early October 2018 that Justin Bieber recently signed a lease to rent a 6,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, seven-bath home with lakefront views in the Los Angeles area for a whopping $100K a month. For the $1.2 million he'll spend on the rental property over the course of a year, he could buy a four-bedroom house in another part of L.A., but why bother considering that back in August, the pop star dropped $5 million on a 4-bedroom Ontario mansion with its own private horse-racing track.
DailyMail.com reported in early October 2018 that in her new book, "Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life," Giselle Bundchen details her insanely rigid diet, which she unironically describes as "not too strict," explaining that the majority of her meals consist of "raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains, with the occasional small piece of meat or seafood added into the mix." (She eats meat twice a month and fish once a week, she says.) For dessert, the supermodel has "a blend of avocado and coconut" with honey and dates to sweeten things… If that doesn't sound as appealing to you as a big hunk of chocolate cake, it's probably because you don't have Susan, Gisele's personal chef, who comes to the model's home five days a week to cook for her and her family. Of all the revelations regarding what she eats (or doesn't) — aside from the fact that her goal is "to turn every meal into a form of meditation" — perhaps the most shocking is this: The supermodel doesn't consume liquids while she's eating because her mother taught her that "it's too hard on the digestive system." In fact, Gisele doesn't drink anything for at least half an hour after she's done eating. Geeze.
In other celeb food news, George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney get a private dinner prepared by an award-winning chef every night that they're not traveling — unless they really want to go out! Since 2013, Lake Como native Viviana Frizzi has served as the Clooneys' private chef. "Vivi cooks almost every night for us now because we have the twins. Going out isn't as easy or as interesting as it used to be. Besides all of our friends would rather eat her food than hit up a local restaurant in Como or in London," the A-list actor told People magazine as part of an interview that hit the Internet in late September 2018, adding that the 33 year old "can make anything, including handmade gnocchi with pesto that would make you cry." Must be nice! Vivi also prepares meals for the twins. According to People, the tots eat salmon, tomato risotto, margherita pizza and ricotta with raspberries.
Bella Thorne told the Los Angeles Times as part of an Oct. 18, 2018, profile that she has 19 cats, the offspring of her original cat, Lola, whom she refused to spay because she finds the practice "barbaric." According to the newspaper, the actress and her army of felines share her home with a 12-foot tall unicorn statue. But of course!
In late September 2018, TMZ reported that Drake's new Toronto mansion will include a basement basketball court that's nearly NBA-regulation size. The 15,000-square-foot basement will also house two saunas, a massage room, a pool, a hot tub and a snack lounge to be suspended above the court. Above ground, the rapper is building another pool with bars and projection screens as well as a rooftop terrace with yet another hot tub. The pad will also feature a home theater, a recording studio and an award room… naturally.
On Sept. 30, 2018, Eva Longoria walked the runway during L'Oreal's presentation as part of Paris Fashion Week. Here's the kicker: Just three months earlier, she gave birth to her first child, son Santiago. Can you even imagine hitting the catwalk so soon after having a baby?!
On Oct. 5, 2018 — less than three months after she took to Instagram to show off the his-and-hers Lamborghinis that she and husband Offset bought themselves after welcoming their daughter, Kulture, in July — Cardi B returned to the photo-sharing platform to debut the brand new Lamborghini truck that the Migos rapper gifted her for her 26th birthday — the very first one of its kind in the United States, according to him (see it here). "Now I'm really gonna have to learn how to drive," Cardi said in one video of the truck. Yeah, no kidding.
In other "Cardi B and Offset's accountant is probably having a heart attack" news, TMZ reported on Oct. 16, 2018, that the Migos rapper also dropped six figures on bling for his wife's birthday in early October. Offset reportedly ordered three pieces — a necklace, a bracelet and a pair of earrings — each featuring daughter Kulture's name and totaling 100 carats in diamonds from Pristine Jewelers. He then paid to have the New York City-based jewelers personally accompany the bling to Cardi's birthday party in Los Angeles.
And finally, TMZ reported on Oct. 8, 2018, that Sony, Cardi B's record label, recently gifted her baby girl, Kulture, a Swarovski crystal-embellished rocking chair and matching baby shoes by Angela's Fantasy Creations. Comfy. According to the webloid, the chair, which features nearly 26,000 rhinestones, took a month to make and is worth $1,500. The shoes, meanwhile, feature 1,450 rhinestones, were made in a day and are worth about $200. No Fisher-Price for Kulture… who's still too small to wear the shoes.
How many people get to meet the president of the country where they're vacationing? Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West did just that, sitting down with Uganda's President Yoweri K Museveni on Oct. 15, 2018, a few days after the duo arrived in the country for a trip that reportedly included a safari and a fishing trip with daughter North West. During the meeting, Museveni also honored the power couple by giving them Ugandan names: Kanyesigye, which means "I trust," for Kanye and Kemigisha, meaning "the one with blessings from God," for Kim. On Oct. 1, the rapper told TMZ that he planned to go to Africa to work on his upcoming "Yahndi" album. He arrived in Uganda 12 days later. Speaking of that safari…
According to The Blast, Kanye West rented out the entirety of the Chobe Safari Lodge, a five-star luxury resort in the middle of Uganda's Chobe National Park, for a full week so that he could record new music and hang out with his family in peace. Just imagine: 36 rooms, 21 luxury tents, four suites, a presidential cottage, a health club, a spa and a safari-themed restaurant all to yourself… not to mention the stunning Murchison Falls waterfall and all the animals that call the lodge home.
Kanye West has really been on a mission to prove he's nothing like us. On Sept. 29, 2018, he announced on Twitter that "the being formally known as Kanye West" will now be known as "YE." Three days later, he tweeted a photo of a container of cooked bugs, explaining that his father, Ray West, beat prostate cancer and that they planned to "eat this plate of bugs to celebrate." (We guess in Kanye-land that constitutes an appropriate means of celebration.) Five days after that, the rapper surprised his wife, Kim Kardashian West, by filling their home with blush roses… just because! "I woke up to all of these beautiful flowers on a Sunday," the reality star said in a video on her Instagram Story. (He pulled a similar move on Oct. 20, surprising Kim by filling their home with dramatic floral arrangements as an early birthday present, though this time he added a pianist to serenade her from a baby grand piano too!) In addition to all of that, Kim revealed during an early October appearance on Ashley Graham's "Pretty Big Deal" podcast that her husband gave her a check for a million dollars on Mother's Day after she declined a $1M deal — at his urging — from a brand that sometimes copies his Yeezy line. "[I ask] Kanye how he feels about it, and he says, 'No, babe. I really don't want you to do that.' Understandable but that's a lot of money," she recalled. "Mother's Day was like the next week … and he happened to be recording out of town. I get my flowers and then I get an envelope delivered to the door. I opened the envelope and it was a million-dollar check with a note saying, 'Thank you for always supporting me and not posting.' And then, in the rest of the envelope, it was a contract to be an owner of Yeezy — to have my percentage. And that was my Mother's Day present."
Does your hairstyle make headlines? If you're John Cena, yes. The wrestler-actor sent the Internet into a tizzy when he debuted his new look during the "WWE Super Show-Down" at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, on Oct. 6, 2018. Fortunately, by the time he visited SiriusXM Studios four days later (pictured), the buzz about the 'do — which he switched up for his role in the upcoming action flick "Project X-traction" — had quieted.
Ask and you shall receive (if you're famous)! In early October 2018, T-Pain got serenaded by his own 2007 single "Buy U a Drank" while taxiing to the gate in Atlanta on a Delta flight from Los Angeles. "Not gon lie it felt pretty damn cool. … Big thank you to @delta and the super solid flight attendants for getting the flight lit," he captioned a video of the incident on Instagram. Clearly the airline was listening in late September when the rapper complained on Twitter about the sad songs being played on board. "@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day. I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I'm crying. Thanx," he tweeted. At the time, Delta responded, "Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played 'buy u a drank' (a personal fave), with everyone snappin' their fingers and what not? We'd never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain."
Tom Ford may have dropped $40 million on his nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion in Los Angeles two years ago, but that doesn't mean the pricey pad is his dream home. TMZ reported in late September 2018 that the designer is planning extensive (and expensive) renovations on the property, including remodeling the second floor, adding two rec rooms on the first floor and installing an elevator and a wheelchair lift. The house already has a pool and pool house, which he's turning into a guest house, a library, a billiard room, a caterer's kitchen and a staff dining room.
In late September 2018, TMZ reported that Tyler Perry dropped $350,000 on a Georgia home for the mother of a woman he worked with nearly two decades ago. Back in 1999, LaShun Pace worked on a play that the actor-director wrote and produced. According to TMZ, they stayed in touch over the years, and when Tyler found out that LaShun's mother, Bettie Pace, had gotten sick and that her dying wish was to own a home big enough for her large family, he went out and bought one for her!
Leave it to Elon Musk to turn an April Fool's Day joke into an actual business. TMZ reported on Oct. 14, 2018, that the Tesla co-founder filed legal docs to develop a Tesla-themed tequila brand called Teslaquila after joking about the fake liquor and going bankrupt earlier this year. "Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by 'Teslaquilla' bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks," he captioned a photo of himself pretending to be unconscious while holding a piece of cardboard with the word "Bankrupt!" scrawled across it. We suppose when you're a billionaire, you can start as many businesses on a whim as you want!
"The Cosby Show" alum Geoffrey Owens made headlines in late August 2018 when a photo of him working at a Trader Joe's grocery store hit the Internet. Although the actor said during an appearance on "Good Morning America" that "no one should feel sorry" for him and that he's "doing fine," several stars stepped up to lend him a financial hand. Tyler Perry offered Geoffrey a 10-episode stint on his show "The Haves and the Have Nots" and Nicki Minaj forked over a check for $25,000. But Geoffrey didn't keep a dime of the rapper's money. Instead, he donated the whole check to the Actors Fund of America in memory of his late "The Cosby Show" co-star Earle Hyman, who portrayed Cliff Huxtable's father, Russell. Geoffrey told TMZ in late September that Earle, who died in late 2017, "lived his last many years and died at the Actors Home," an assisted-living facility funded and run by the Actors Fund. "I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams," he said. How's that for paying it forward?!