Working as a celebrity assistant can be awesome. You get great perks and incredible access to famous stars. It's definitely a dream job, right? Wrong. Especially after hearing these stories of celebrities who are awful to their assistants.
Celebrity assistants don't live the glamorous lives we all think they do. Sure, they get to hang around celebs all the time, but that comes at an extreme expense. Take Lady Gaga's assistant, for example. She claims to have slept in the same bed as the pop icon just in case Gaga needed anything in the middle of the night. Still, that's not as bad as Taryn Manning's assistant, who allegedly got beat up by the Orange is the New Black star. Then there's Naomi Campbell's assistant, who reportedly had a phone thrown at her by the supermodel. Yikes!
All of the celebrity assistant stories on this list prove that being around a star 24/7 is not what it's cracked up to be. In fact, it might just be the thing that cracks a person. Literally. Christian Bale's ex-assistant received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after splitting from the star.
So before you consider submitting your resume for a personal assistant gig, consider these stories of celebrities who are awful to their assistants. You might just reconsider.
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Everyone knows J. Lo is the ultimate diva - but apparently, it goes even further than we thought. According to HuffPost UK, "the singer has reportedly banned staff working on her new home from talking to or making eye contact with her."
And according to Gawker, she gave these requirements for a new assistant: "The person has to be graceful under pressure, have thick skin, and be resourceful in foreign countries. You'll be on call 24/7... You have to change diapers, work on little sleep, and cook if the butler is away. You have to know when J. Lo has her snack time. She won't say she's hungry, and you're expected to have food waiting."
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Shortly after becoming Lance Armstrong's personal assistant, Mike Anderson allegedly stumbled upon a box in Armstrong's bathroom labeled "Androstenedione" (that's a banned steroid). The box soon disappeared. As time went on, Anderson started to feel more uncomfortable about things with Armstrong. That's when, as Anderson describes in a story for Outside, Armstrong fired him. Anderson was asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement "that would have made me liable for a large sum of money if I even mentioned ever having worked for Armstrong."
Anderson refused, and soon after faced lawsuits and public scrutiny. This was before the truth came out about Armstrong's doping. He was painted by Armstrong's lawyers as a "disgruntled schemer" and essentially had to move to New Zealand to pursue his dreams of opening his own bike shop.
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Sharon Stone is known for the terrible way she treats her staff. According to court documents obtained by Radar, doctors ordered Angelica Castillo, one of Stone's former employees, to “undertake a brief period of bed rest,” but “Stone denied Castillo’s request for a brief period of bed rest, and told her that she would have to come in to work that day.”
When Castillo mentioned that she was still in pain four months later, the actress allegedly called her “crazy and stupid.”