Being a celebrity comes with its obvious perks of receiving unconditional attention and love from eager fans who have fallen in love with their public image. But in an age in which the media has blown the celebrity market to incredible heights, crazed, obsessed, and even mentally unstable people have taken their affection for their favorite stars and starlets to threatening boundaries.
Read on to learn about 14 chilling examples that showcase the extent to which some celebrity stalkers have gone to prove their devotion.
In 2014, Joshua Corbett broke into Sandra Bullock's West Los Angeles home with the intent of having forced relations with her. Bullock, terrified, locked herself in the closet and contacted police for help. Luckily, Corbett was apprehended by authorities and Bullock was unharmed.
In 2018, the grisly story came to an end when police obtained a warrant to search Corbett's home. In response, Corbett barricaded himself in his house. Eventually, SWAT officials arrived. After a lengthy standoff, Corbett ended his own life.
In February 2018, Florida man Michael Shawn Hunt was apprehended after he traveled to Lana Del Rey's concert to reportedly hurt her. According to police, Hunt was obsessed with the singer and posted several tributes to her on his social media accounts. She had a concert at the Amway Center in Orlando. Hunt, who has a long history (61 major offenses) with law enforcement, traveled to the concert with a blade.
"I love you so much Lana I can't wait to be back in your arms in a few days baby," he wrote on his Facebook page. "It's probably my last day on Facebook. I hope to see y'all on the walk about in your life be good and I'll see you on the other side everybody."
In 2000, Dante Soiu, a 49-year-old pizza deliveryman from Ohio, was sentenced to a mental facility for sending Gwyneth Paltrow hundreds of letters, pizza, and explicit material, for showing up at her parents’ home, and for lurking around her own residence at the time. Paltrow testified to feeling terrorized with nightmares and that she had the inclination to believe that Soiu would eventually physically harm her, which sent him to detainment in a mental hospital.
Upon conviction, Soiu shouted, "If a man gives a woman unconditional love, she is blessed."
In 2001, Soiu was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent three years in a mental health facility.
In 2016, Soiu was back in court for harassing Paltrow and her family again. She testified against him once more for sending dozens of letters, gifts, and explicit material to her home and the home of her parents. According to her testimony, Soiu threatened to "cut out sin" from Paltrow's body with a scalpel.
Upon Jodie Foster’s 1976 breakout role as a child escort in Taxi Driver, John Hinckley Jr. watched the film in a continuous loop, developing a sick obsession with the 14-year-old actress. After becoming a successful actress, Foster enrolled at Yale University. Hinckley sent her letters and poems that professed his love for the actress. Foster ignored his attempts to contact her, so Hinckley took the next step: He would impress Foster by taking out Ronald Reagan.
After Foster came out as gay in 2013, Hinckley released a statement: "This information would've been useful a few decades earlier. If I had known I never had a chance with Jodie because I'm a man, I wouldn't have tried to assassinate the President to get her to like me."