What does it mean to live “off the grid”?
Well, in this day and age when we’re all so intricately connected by technology, it may be tough to distinguish who qualifies as an off-the-grid celebrity. But with that in mind, it’s probably best if we qualify the term “off the grid” as someone who has little to no social media presence or they choose to not live in the epicenter of all celebrity business, Los Angeles.
It’s pretty easy to stay visible when you’re a famous face, but what about staying super-low-key? Or what about when you just want to get away from all of the fussiness that is living in a hotbed of celebrity visibility? For that, you choose a low-key place to live and you can pick and choose when you want to be seen by the general public. In 2017, that’s what we call some serious off-grid living.
So which celebrities have chosen to get away from prying eyes? Who’s saying, “No way!” to social media, and who is so over the Hollywood lifestyle? Well, keep reading, because you may be very surprised.
Shania Twain is one celeb who’s gone way, way off the grid: Europe. After Twain married Frédéric Thiébaud, they reportedly settled down in the Swiss town of Corseaux.
In 2013, Tina Turner relinquished her U.S. citizenship and chose to move abroad to Europe. Moving to Switzerland, the singer obtained a Swiss passport and now spends most of her time in this beautiful country. Additionally, Turner also recently bought a villa in the south of France that she can relax in as well.
Julia Roberts is about as close to the grid as you can get while living off the grid at the same time. As recently as June 2017, Roberts was reported to be living in Malibu, which isn’t too far from Los Angeles, but far enough that it feels like you’re able to get a bit of solitude.
Bruce Willis does reportedly have a home in Los Angeles, to be sure, but he’s not camped out there by any means. Willis reportedly has properties in New Jersey and Bedford, New York, and is believed to reside at his New York property more permanently than in his LA home. Interestingly, Willis also reportedly still has a ranch in Idaho that he’s been trying to sell for some time, which means that he’s pretty consistently favored living in spots that offer some respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Woody Harrelson is one of the more notable off-the-grid rogues, having chosen the sunnier and more laid-back climes of Hawaii.
Nicole Kidman has chosen to live outside the Hollywood spotlight for quite some time. Following her marriage to country singer Keith Urban in 2006, Kidman settled in Nashville, Tennessee, so Urban could live and work in the epicenter of the country music industry.
Hollywood legend Robert Redford moved out of Los Angeles years ago and now is one of the most well-known and well-liked residents of the town of Sundance, Utah, home the Sundance Film Festival Redford began.
John Travolta hasn’t lived in Los Angeles for a long while. Instead, he’s chosen to make his home in Florida, and as recently as February 2017, we know that he lives in what appears to be a converted airport or home expanded to accommodate the planes he owns.
Donald Glover, who has garnered praise for his work on Atlanta and Community as well as his music career, might live in Hawaii or New York City. It’s a bit confusing because he doesn’t constantly update a social media account with his whereabouts, and one of the most recent articles about his personal life, where Us Weekly announced he was an expecting father, had pegged him as living in one of those two places. One thing’s for certain: Glover’s definitely not in the Los Angeles mix.
Sandra Bullock keeps a low profile in general when she’s not delighting us on movie screens. While she does have a home in Los Angeles, she’s more likely to be found in New Orleans, where she’s lived since 2009.
When he’s not busy crooning to us, John Mayer is straight chilling on the Montana ranch he’s owned for quite a few years now. Talk about keeping a low profile!
Adele, who has famously kept fans on tenterhooks between albums, chooses to live in the quietude of the London suburbs over a bustling cityscape and doesn’t rely on social media (which she has) to maintain a powerful presence — her music does that all by itself.
Diddy may make a big impression wherever he goes, but he likes to stay out of the limelight when he needs some personal time. Don’t be fooled by the Instagram updates; Diddy likes to keep it low-key. When he’s not attending special events like the Met Gala or popping up at award shows, he’s hanging out at his home in Miami with his family after selling his properties in Alpine, New Jersey and, recently, New York City.
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