Originally Posted by Ernest Buckley
I think this is true if you reached a mild level of celebrity status. Think the Baldwin brothers. For the most part, they can walk into a mall and for the most part be left alone. They can walk away from the business and be left alone. I think no matter what, Paul McCartney will always be a target for people. Same for Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Angelina... they are simply to popular to walk away and not have vultures waiting for them wherever they go.
You do make a great point that celebrities want fame and privacy and that seems to be a contradiction. You cannot have both and thats a problem. Yes, some have been able to have both more than others but for anyone who has reached a certain level of success, you cannot just turn it off & everyone is gone.
I think with WH you had a celebrity who had so many issues in her life off the stage that she was a walking soap opera and easy target for the tabloids.
She had fame, fortune, celebrity husband, controversial marriage & divorce, drug demise, potential comeback, etc... whats not to like if you have to write articles for a mag or blog? She was a mess when the cameras were on or off so she was an easy target.
Yes, it's true that a few top celebs are beyond escaping the light. That's rarefied air, and those few people usually have big security around them and live lives none of us grunts could begin to comprehend. Most of them handle it well it seems, and I guess they wouldn't trade their celebrity for anything on earth.
Everything has it's downsides. Fame is a tad more up-side than down. When a media personality publicly complains about being bothered by fans, it's like slapping the public in the face for accepting that person as someone worthy of fame.
The crap in the press does suck, I'm sure, for those who make their livings in the spotlight. Problem is that many people think any press equals credibility. Most of that crap in the tabs is one-source, unconfirmed, or totally fabricated from one unfortunate photo. That could take a big toll and destroy a person.
It's really sad when someone who stumbles into fame, like some of these reality TV celebs, get jacked in the press and off themselves over it. But that's another dark side of fame.
Anyway, from the little that I've heard of truth, Whitney was a pretty nice gal. Very good to her crew and band, even after she started having issues. Sad when anyone, famous or not, goes down like that so early.