Catching a glimpse of a celebrity is something a lot of people hope for. Which is why the paparazzi follows them around snapping pictures of them doing everyday things like going to yoga class and grabbing a coffee at Starbucks. But sometimes fans want to see their favourite celeb in person. There are countless stories of fans and paparazzi getting a little too aggressive in order to get a photo or an autograph. That's why celebrities need bodyguards.
A lot of bodyguards are former military or law enforcement, which means they're in incredible shape. They're supposed to remain in the background, unseen, but there in case anything unexpected happens. But sometimes those bodyguards manage to steal the spotlight from the celeb they're supposed to be protecting. And then the internet loses its collective mind over how hot some celebrity's bodyguard happens to be.
Bodyguards have an important job. They're protecting the safety of our favourite celebs. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with looking hot while they do it.
12 Jennifer Lawrence
Greg Lenz, the bodyguard pictured above with Jennifer Lawrence has been working with her since at least 2013, when he accompanied her on the Catching Fire press tour. According to the New York Post, he's 33, recently married, and did a little bit of modelling work before going into "executive protection". He's described by acquaintances and work contacts as just a nice, genuine, and completely normal guy. As a bodyguard, Lenz does a lot of carrying Lawrence's bags, her dog, and a lot of helping her avoid the paparazzi.
11 Jennifer Lawrence again
One bodyguard definitely isn't enough when you're as famous and busy as Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to Greg Lenz, she's also been seen with Justin Riblet (above), who served as a special forces sergeant in the U.S army for five years before becoming a bodyguard. One source told Us Weekly that he's "very popular amongst the ladies in Jen's team," and it's not hard to see why. He's also worked with the Beckhams, and accompanied Brooklyn Beckham to Coachella one year.
Adele has become one of the most in-demand celebrities since the November release of her second album, 25. That means she's been doing a lot of press and with that comes the need for a bodyguard. Enter Peter Van Der Veen (pictured above). You might recognize him as Lady Gags's former bodyguard and if you Google him, you'll be rewarded with a bunch of shirtless body building pictures. He's a former policeman, he was named Mr. Europe in 2005 and did some modeling on the side. As fans on social media would say he could "set fire to the rain".
9 Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart knows all too well what it's like to be hounded by paparazzi and obsessive fans thanks to her role in the Twilight franchise. Since he was first spotted during the Eclipse press tour, the bodyguard pictured above has gained his own fan following. There is even a Facebook group called Team HBG (Team Hot Body Guard) dedicated to him. Lately he's been spotted working with Emilia Clarke and Melissa McCarthy so he must be good at his job if all he's in demand among all the A-listers.
8 Justin Bieber
Obviously Justin Bieber needs protection from all his rabid fans, aka the Beliebers. But Bieber's bodyguards must also have to occasionally protect him from himself. One of his bodyguards, Hugo Hesny, was actually sentenced to 45 days in jail for stealing a paparazzi's camera, and he stole another photographer's memory card in a separate incident. Michael Arana (pictured above, left of Justin) has quite the temper himself, and has been arrested before too, but he's been part of Justin's posse for a while, and he's even taken care of Justin's dog, Esther.
7 Katy Perry
Katy Perry's bodyguard (above) has been photographed protecting her at a variety of events and even when she's just out for a day of shopping. Despite it seeming like he's one of her regulars, information on him is surprisingly hard to come by. Seems like we'll just have to let the photos speak for themselves.
Julius de Boer has been protecting Beyonce since 2008 when he was recruited by his cousin Norman Oosterbroek who used to work with Jay Z and Rihanna. He was even in the elevator the night of the infamous Jay Z vs. Solange fight. He's 6 foot 5 and reportedly fluent in five languages. There's been lots of gossip swirling around that Beyonce's close relationship with de Boer was making Jay Z uncomfortable and he wanted to fire him, but Beyonce hasn't let that happen.
5 Kim Kardashian
There's been plenty of evidence that Kim Kardashian needs a capable bodyguard including a video of her almost getting trampled while trying to enter a Balmain runway show at Paris Fashion Week. That's why one of her regular bodyguards is Pascal Duvier, a 6 foot 3 "gym rat" trained in judo. He worked with Justin Timberlake before moving on to Kanye West and being inherited by the Kardashian family through marriage. But he's not just the muscle. He's also fluent in a variety of languages and has a degree in mathematics. He's also pretty popular on Instagram with 27,000 followers.
4 Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum's longtime bodyguard Martin Kristen became her boyfriend after she split from her husband Seal in 2012. In an interview with Katie Couric, Klum said about Kristen, "I trust him with my children’s life. He’s a great man, you know, and we just got to know each other from a completely different side." The couple split in 2014 which meant Kristen ended up losing not only his girlfriend, but also his job. They allegedly broke up partly because Kristen was sick of playing Mr. Mom to her kids and missed his career as a bodyguard.
3 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is another celebrity who probably can't go out in public very often without the press and at least some of her fans knowing about it. In an interview with Esquire, Swift talked about why she has so many security guards around her at all times. “I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don’t ever want to be scared. I don’t want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don’t have to be scared.” The bodyguard pictured above is just one of the many who makes sure Taylor is safe from the many fans-turned-stalkers in the world.
2 Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been around for awhile and she knows how hard it can be to deal with paparazzi constantly trying to take pictures of her. That's why she travels with a bodyguard like the one above, at all times. She just announced that she's extending her popular Las Vegas residency, so that means she's staying on the media's radar for a while longer. She recently participated in a prank on Neil Patrick Harris' show Best Time Ever where she interviewed a few prospective bodyguards, pretending to have crazy demands.
1 Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is no stranger to rabid fans thanks in part to her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber. Amid rumors of them possibly reuniting in 2013, Selena was spotted walking through LAX holding onto the arm of the guy pictured above. Of course people started speculating that she might finally be dating someone new, but they were quickly proven wrong when the guy was revealed to be her bodyguard. At least with a bodyguard around that looks like that, there's a pretty good chance she won't go running back to Justin any time soon.