For many celebrities, being in the spotlight is part of the job. However, some celebrity recluses go to great lengths to avoid it like the plague. It’s easy to see why. With paparazzi and smartphone-wielding fans ready to take your picture at any moment, constantly being watched sounds exhausting and paranoia-inducing; some famous reclusive celebrities just can’t handle it. Despite that, quite a few have somehow remained famous while in hiding, putting out more work and striking a healthy balance to their life. From authors to actors, you might be surprised by who these private celebrities are. Here are 25 Celebrity Recluses Who Stay Out Of The Spotlight.
Though he’s the highest paid James Bond actor of all time, Daniel Craig lives a relatively low key lifestyle in an apartment in New York’s East Village. He’s seen frequently wearing a hoodie and sneakers, trying not to attract any attention, afraid he’ll be spotted by fans that’ll want to take a selfie.
After starring in his own massively popular show, Dave Chapelle vanished. Few saw or heard from him for almost eight years as he retreated to his homes in South Africa and Ohio. Then, in 2013, he made a comeback, appearing on several shows and releasing his own stand-up comedy shows on Netflix. Still, he tries to keep a relatively low-key lifestyle.
A major rap sensation from 1999 to 2005, Eminem reshaped the music industry with five albums that sold over 50 million copies. But, in 2006, when his closest friend died, Eminem became very reclusive, closing himself off from the public and barely ever going outdoors. Since then, he’s made various appearances but still keeps things low-key and behind the scenes.
Though he passed away in 2005, during and after his long career, Johnny Carson was notorious for his shy and private lifestyle. He could turn on the charm for the cameras and then turn it off just as easily, keeping everyone at a distance. When his show came to an end, he practically disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Talented and enigmatic actor Joaquin Phoenix, who became grew to fame in the 90’s thanks to movies like Gladiator, first became reclusive in 2005 during his time in alcohol rehab. Later, he tried to disassemble his fame in 2010 with the faux-documentary I’m Still Here. Since then, he’s tried to stay away from the spotlight and avoids award ceremonies at all costs.