Witchcraft gets a bad reputation, often associated with black magic, blood rituals, human sacrifices, and hexes. But it’s a pretty broad term for beliefs that vary all over the world. There are pagans, Wiccans, Satanists, spiritualists, and everything in between, and many of the people associated with those beliefs are considered witches.
Some of the biggest celebrities in the world have been either accused of practicing witchcraft or have publicly outed themselves as witches. It’s always surprising when you see a rapper or pop star accused of being a witch, whether it’s true or not. Rumors and conspiracy theories about some of our favorite stars run rampant among fans and people.
Then you have people who have always claimed to be witches or pagans, but don’t see that as a bad thing. There are many sides to the same coin— good witches, white witches, spiritual healers, etc. Here are 20 celebrities who practice witchcraft, or have been rumored to.
20 Azealia Banks
Rapper Azealia Banks has been outspoken about practicing witchcraft. In 2016, she made headlines for posting a video of a bloodstained and feather-covered closet that she reportedly used for animal sacrifices (via Twitter). She said the closet (which contained chicken carcasses) had ended up in that state “after three years worth of brujeria,” which is witchcraft in Spanish. “Real witches do real things,” she said in the video.
19 Princess Nokia
Rapper Princess Nokia also identifies as a bruja, like Azealia Banks. She’s said her late mother was a witch and as an Afro-Latina, she believes it’s important to keep her family’s religious traditions alive. Ancestor worship is part of her custom, as is honoring the orishas (Western African spirits of the Yoruba faith). “A lot of practices of Regla de Ocha come with mediumship, clairvoyance, and healing abilities. I view these abilities as gifts,” she told The Fader in 2016.
18 Stevie Nicks
This one’s a no-brainer. Stevie Nicks— the co-lead singer for Fleetwood Mac and her own stuff, has been a witchy woman for as long as anyone can remember. After years of saying that she doesn’t practice black magic, she leaned into the gossip and appeared as herself— a witch— on American Horror Story: Coven, in 2013. She’s also a firm believer in magic, and she’s considered the original Silverlake shaman.
17 Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen is not only one of the richest models in the world, she supports the best football quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, her husband. According to CBS, she makes a “little altar” for him before games. Brady has also said she gives him healing and protection stones, “special drops,” a necklace, and has him recite mantras. She’s also accurately predicted when he will win or lose the Super Bowl, according to Brady. Bundchen is quoted as telling Brady, “You’re lucky you married a witch— I’m just a good witch.”
16 Lana Del Rey
In 2017, singer Lana del Rey urged her fans to take part in a hexing of the President of the United States, starting at “the stroke of midnight” (how cliché) on February 24. It repeated for the next three months, each date in alignment with the waning moon. She let fans know where they could find the ingredients for the spell, and she’s said, “I’m in line with Yoko and John [Lennon] and the belief that there’s a power to the vibration of a thought… I really do believe that words are one of the last forms of magic and I’m a bit of a mystic at heart.” (via NME.com.)
15 Rachel True
Actress Rachel True (another star of The Craft) reads tarot cards professionally. That form of divination has been in her life for decades, and she credits the practice with landing her the role of Rachelle in The Craft. She said of herself, “If anyone is going to be a little black witch in this town, it’s me.” She had “really delved deep into esoteric studies and learning tarot” prior to The Craft. She’s also involved in a project about New Orleans voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
14 Gabrielle Anwar
Actress Gabrielle Anwar self-identified as a Pagan in 2007 while discussing her objections to the institution of marriage. She believes marriage was invented to control women, and suggested that her pagan beliefs clashed with sexism. She told Pop Matters, “[I’m] trying to put out with my sexuality to the degree that will keep my husband interested in me and not in other women. I’m a pagan, and this isn’t for me.”
13 Sully Erna
Singer-guitarist Sully Erna of Godsmack publicly identified as a Wiccan for years, and he was even initiated into the Cabot tradition by founder and high priestess Laurie Cabot. Erna tries to use his position to educate others on what Wicca really is: “The prejudices are hard to fight. It’s pretty sad. I’m not trying to convert them [people]; I just want them to understand that Wicca has nothing to do with black magic. It’s not about turning people into frogs or practicing black magic,” he told the Cleveland Scene. “I didn’t want to be the poster boy for witchcraft.”
12 Heather Graham
Heather Graham is another actress who’s publicly stated her belief in witchy things. She told Elle.com, “I have this group of friends and we get together and we call ourselves The Goddesses and we wish for things and then a lot of amazing things have happened to all of us. We burn things— honoring the elements of earth, wind, air, and fire. You do spells. We did this thing where we were calling on the wind and then this whole storm started on my roof. It was amazing… empowering.”
11 Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd is an actress best known for her roles in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She’s described herself as a “goddess-worshipping Christian pagan Buddhist,” also known as a matriarchal religion. In 2014 she revealed she’d returned to her Christian faith, but that might’ve been for a publicity stunt for her upcoming Christian-themed film, Do You Believe? In a speech she’s also stated, “Thanks to the Great Goddess in all her guises. May she bring us peace, joy, and righteous anger. Blessed be.” (via Metro Weekly.)
10 Florence Welch
Florence Welch of the hugely popular band Florence + The Machine pumps out exotic, emotional music, and though she claims to be Catholic, she uses a lot of occult-themed lyrics. Florence has also admitted in an interview that she “started a witch coven” in her middle school years, but we’re not sure how serious that “coven” actually was. What we do know is that nearly every song of hers has some kind of supernatural undertone.
9 Chelsea Wolfe
Gothic rock musician Chelsea Wolfe is pretty new to the scene, but she’s openly supported witchcraft in the past, saying she “thinks it’s great” that a group of girls can identify as “witches.” Her songs like “Vex,” “Iron Moon,” “The Culling,” and “The Ancients” play to her pagan roots, and paint a picture of a woman who might be a powerful witch herself.
8 Kate Bush
Singer-songwriter Kate Bush has been rumored to be a witch for years, or at least a member or associated with the Order of the Golden Dawn. Fans point to many of her lyrics that they claim are about magical rituals and chants, rather than sugary pop hits. There are occult influences in many of her songs, such as “Waking the Witch,” where she sings Latin lyrics like “Spiritus Sanctus in nomine,” which translates to “the Holy name.”
Bjork is one of the most lovable, weirdest stars of our time. She’s outright stated that she’s been drawn to the occult since her teens, on multiple occasions. “And it’s pagan poetry, pagan poetry,” she’s sung. Her first band, KUKL, is supposedly a Medieval Icelandic term for witchcraft. Songs like “Pagan Poetry” and “The Juniper Tree” also confirm what people have always thought about her: she’s a witch!
6 Fiona Horne
Fiona Horne was the lead singer of the ‘90s Aussie electro-rock band, Def FX, and then she went on to pen several best-selling books about modern witchcraft. She’s a popular radio and TV personality, too, as well as a professional fire dancer, world-record-holding sky diver, and free diver. There were few witches more prolific in the ‘90s than Fiona Horne: she put out 10 books in nine years, and became the voice of a generation of modern witches in a time when shows like Charmed, Practical Magic, and The Craft were huge.
5 Malia Nurmi (Vampira)
Finnish actress Malia Nurmi, aka Vampira, has been blamed for the untimely death of James Dean, with people believing she cast hexes and practiced witchcraft. She’s crashed parties dressed as a witch, and tabloids used to run stories that Nurmi caused Dean’s crash after hexing him out of unrequited love. Others claim that Nurmi had built an altar to Dean months before his death, to keep him safe.
In 2018, drummer Kimberly Thompson, who performed in Beyoncé’s backing band for seven years, filed a bizarre restraining order, accusing the singer of practicing vindictive witchcraft. The claimant alleged that Beyoncé dabbled in “extreme witchcraft, dark magic,” and “cast magic spells...” A judge quickly turned these accusations down, but Beyoncé will forever have to live with the conspiracy theory that she is, in fact, a practicing witch.
3 Jennifer Lopez
Back in 2011, superstar Jennifer Lopez was accused of Santeria suspicions from a Spanish-language media outlet. A woman who dated Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, said, “I’ve been told she does the worse— frightening stuff! … She calls this woman to tell her, ‘Do this to this person, put up a black candle, etc.’ She’s done amarres [spells] on all her boyfriends. It’s a typical thing for anybody involved in Santeria.” Whether any of that’s true remains to be seen, but the accusations are there.
2 Fairuza Balk
Actress Fairuza Balk is one of the stars of The Craft, and even though she might not be a witch, she once owned an occult shop called Panpipe’s Magickal Marketplace, though she claims she bought the place in L.A. and helped it stay open so it wouldn’t be transformed into a Chinese restaurant. “I thought for the oldest occult shop in the country, that’s a tragedy.”
1 Marina Abramovic
Marina Abramovic has been alleged as a Satanist who involved Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, Jon Podesta, in the dark Satanist ritual of “spirit cooking.” The rumors got so bad that Snopes did a debunking on that. Abramovic, a performance artist, said, “There was no blood, no anything else. We just call things funny names, that’s all.” (via Wmagazine.com.)
Sources: wmagazine.com, learnreligions.com, elle.com.au, spiritnest.com