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When Admiration Becomes An Obsession: The Celebrity Gossip Craze

On hand by public demand; diced up and served to you from various media outlets is your favorite celebrity gossip. Everywhere you go there it is, whether in your hair salon, doctor’s office, or grocery store, there is no shortage of celebrity gossip magazines. The business of celebrity coverage is major money, and it has been said that nearly 7 million celebrity gossip magazines are sold per week. Nevertheless, why has the world become so obsessed with the personal lives of celebs?

In our stargazing culture there are far more viewers or readers of celebrity gossip than any other topic, so celebrity privacy has pretty much become nonexistent. With instant access at our fingertips, fans feel a sense of entitlement to celebrity lives. If you want a minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow account of any celebrities’ life all you have to do is go online to TMZ or any gossip blog and you’ll find the scoop on your much loved star.

The underlying motive behind the fascination with the personal life of the famous, stems from dissatisfaction with one’s own life. A celebrity life seems more enticing than what’s going in your our own life. The life of the famous represents to some folks what they would like to be; rich, famous, and beautiful. Celebrity life appears so glitzy and glamorous, that some are pheneing for the chance to get in on the action. However, Makena Walsh makes a great point, in his essay about celebrity obsession:

“Star-worship is a religion of self-deception, one requiring its participants to continually deceive themselves into believing the next product they purchase will be the capstone on their hodgepodge of useless materials, enabling them to finally start living a meaningful existence.”  -Makena Walsh: runner-up of 2006 essay contest about celebrity obsession.


Society is constantly seeking a standard to live by, and when you have someone in the public eye, somehow they automatically become the standard. With that being said, many people from all walks of life compare and contrast themselves to these big personas, several even goes as far as looking up to them to determine how to dress, behave, and conduct their own lives. We must refrain from using celebrity as a standard as to what we should strive for or want to be like, there are just like you and me, and go through the same problems and issues, only thing different is their famous.

Not only do people want to use celebs as a standard, in the same breath people want to relate to them. Aware or unaware of it, some take a slight pleasure in seeing celebrities make mistakes to affirm to that they are too, just like one of us. The public platform of the media places these people on a pedestal for the world to see, that it makes some feel better about themselves to judge and scrutinize another’s personal life. We’ve become a twisted society that gets a thrill out of seeing other people’s downfalls, because somehow it makes us feel better about our own life. However, it’s the very same individuals that are infatuated with the life of celebs, which are the ones who are neglecting their own life. Celebrities are sought after and marveled at, but when is it crossing the line?

Recently, in Beyonce’s latest documentary “Life Is But A Dream”, she states the following:

“When Nina Simone put out music, you loved her voice … you didn’t get brainwashed by her day-to-day life and what her child is wearing and who she’s dating and all the things that really is not your business. It shouldn’t influence the way you listen to the voice and the art, but it does.”  -Beyonce


Beyonce’s statement hits the nail on the head, and can’t be any truer. As one of the top female selling artists everyone is fixated with Beyonce’s personal life, and can’t get enough of it. Whether it’s her latest performance, or if she’s actually pregnant, or the need to get a glimpse of her daughter, Blue Ivy; the media has gone above and beyond to report her affairs. It’s a shame that it has come to this where celebrity’s personal life are up for discussion.

Will keeping up with what the Kardashian’s, Beyonce, or Rihanna get you anywhere? Absolutely not! Our concern shouldn’t be about meddling in their affairs and keeping up with their personal lives. It is ridiculous to think that just because you appreciate their talent, you feel obliged to know the going-ons of a person. As a fan we need to get back to what’s most important, the quality of work a star is putting out. Get a grip people, and mind your own business. These celebrities don’t even know you exist, so quit making it your job to pry into their personal life. Instead of becoming overly involved with the lives of the rich and famous, it’s about time we become truly involved and engaged in our own lives.

Celebrity obsession has reached an all time high, and will forever be perpetuated until the fans stop feeding the media frenzy. If we can begin to respect boundaries and allow the celebs to reveal what they want to reveal about their personal life via Instagram, Twitter, or another source we can finally get back to enjoying their talent. After all that’s what it’s supposed to be about anyways.

Why do you think people are so infatuated with the personal life of celebrities?  As a fan, do you feel entitled to be involved in the personal life of your favorite star?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )

Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .

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