Very few celebrities are actually fans of the paparazzi who follow them everywhere they go. But some are more successful than others when it comes to keeping their private lives out of the public eye. Some choose to move out of Los Angeles as an easy start, like George and Amal Clooney’s super-private Lake Como hideaway or Sandra Bullock’s home in New Orleans. Others like John Travolta have attached whole airports to their homes to avoid setting foot on public property while traveling (okay, maybe that one’s just Travolta). But each of these celebrities who we so rarely see captured by the paparazzi has also spoken out about why they feel so strongly about the issue, and their comments are well worth hearing. Whether they’re trying to protect a child, a partner, or just themselves from the onslaught of clicking cameras and being watched, they all report feeling the same way — first helpless, then seriously angry.
Here’s the dilemma. As actors, these stars do acknowledge that part of their profession entails being a public figure, and that they rely on the public’s attention to succeed. So, how can you show one side to the public and keep another side covered? Just ask Kerry Washington or Taylor Swift, whom I’m sure you would say you see in the press often. Now tell me how much you know about Kerry Washington’s husband Nnamdi Asomugha and their two kids, or Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Little to nothing? We thought so.
When all else fails, some celebrities have found relief from paparazzi by legal means, issuing injunctions or filing lawsuits over illegally publicized images. If avoiding paparazzi sounds like a full-time job at this point, that’s because it probably is — and that’s why these stars’ under-the-radar home lives never cease to amaze us.
Read on for all the celebrities whose lives are rarely captured by the paparazzi.
A version of this article was previously published in October 2020.