Many celebrities love to interact with their fans; others go to great lengths to complain about fans who interrupt their dinners to ask for a photo or an autograph, regardless of the fact that they would be nothing without the people who listen to their music or watch their movies.
While most fans are just harmless enthusiasts, fandom can and does sometimes become an obsession, and there are too many famous faces who have had to deal with the very real problems which come with having a stalker.
Even celebrities themselves can develop an obsession with other stars – although they don’t tend to become stalkers, as they can usually just say hi to the object of their affection at the next celeb party they attend!
20 Selena Gomez With Shia LaBeouf
Selena Gomez’s meeting with her celebrity obsession was also caught on video. The Disney star was appearing on the same chat show as Shia LaBeouf and at first, ran in the opposite direction rather than have to meet him. Gomez eventually composed herself and even got a photo with her celeb crush.
19 Jennifer Lawrence With Larry David
Jennifer Lawrence definitely has a thing for older men. She has admitted to having a crush on Bill Murray and flirted live on TV with Jack Nicholson, but her real celeb obsession is the comedian and actor Larry David, a man who is old enough to be the Hunger Games star’s grandfather.
18 Drake With Nicki Minaj
Drake has never been shy about expressing his admiration for fellow rapper Nicki Minaj. He has spoken about how she is the perfect woman for him and has rapped about her in very complimentary terms in several of his tracks. Sadly for Drake, the two are not as close as they used to be, so the chances of them getting together seem to be off the cards.
17 Emilia Clarke With Matt LeBlanc
Friends fan Emilia Clarke was very nervous when she found out she was going to be appearing on a chat show alongside Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey in the popular sitcom. The Mother of Dragons may be a star herself, but she turned into a giggling teenager once she found herself sat alongside Joey Tribbiani.
16 Ariana Grande With Jim Carrey
Proof if it were needed that women like men who make them laugh, pop star Ariana Grande has often spoken about her obsessive crush on comedian Jim Carrey. She even has a tattoo inspired by his movie The Truman Show and started a fan page for him when she was younger, before finally getting to work with him on his TV series Kidding.
15 Jennifer Lopez With Joanna Gaines
Jennifer Lopez has a very specific celebrity obsession; Joanna Gaines from TV decorating show The Fixer Upper. She apparently loves to watch episodes of the show, and her hubby Alex Rodriguez set up a Skype call between the two women as an anniversary present. Gaines and her husband have now become good friends with J-Lo and A-Rod.
14 Adam Scott With Mark Hamill
Some celebrity obsessions transcend mere teenage crushes, however. Star Wars superfan Adam Scott got the shock of his life when Jimmy Kimmel got Mark Hamill a.k.a Luke Skywalker onto the stage during his show. Scott had written to Hamill inviting him to his eighth birthday, but he didn’t show. Better late than never!
13 Ashton Kutcher With Jennifer Aniston
That 70s Show star Ashton Kutcher has been married to two of Hollywood’s sexiest women in Demi Moore and Mila Kunis, but there is another celeb that he has always had a crush on; Jennifer Aniston. He even bet a friend $1000 in high school that he would go on a date with the Friends star one day.
12 Lena Dunham With Jimmy Fallon
Back in 2012, the writer and star of Girls Lena Dunham went on the Jimmy Fallon show and made a startling confession to the chat show host; that she had a serious crush on him, and had even written a fan-fiction play in which the two switched bodies and fell in love.
11 Helen Mirren With Vin Diesel
Before she was cast in the Fast and Furious franchise, Dame Helen Mirren had been very open about her appreciation for Vin Diesel, one of the stars of the movies. She told Seth Meyer that she fell head over heels for the Hollywood hard-man after watching him make a speech at an awards ceremony.
10 Josh Hutcherson With Emma Watson
Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has admitted to having a serious crush on an actress from another teen movie franchise; Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter films. In 2013, Hutcherson even admitted that he had been trying to set up a meeting with the actress through their respective managers.
9 Emma Watson With Celine Dion
Emma Watson herself has a bit of a celebrity obsession of a different kind, with the musical diva Celine Dion. She and her mom used to listen to Celine’s music together and even Emma herself got starstruck when she finally met her idol for the first time at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast.
8 Kelly Clarkson With Meryl Streep
After her win on American Idol, Kelly Clarkson became a bona fide celebrity in her own right, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting very excitedly starstruck while on the red carpet. She almost caused a major scene when she spotted Meryl Streep and launched herself across the velvet rope just to get the chance to say hi to her idol.
7 Emma Stone With The Spice Girls
Like many young girls who grew up in the 90s, Emma Stone was a huge Spice Girls fan. Unlike many young girls, however, she doesn’t seem to have grown out of her obsession, breaking down into tears when an interviewer surprised her with a video message from Mel B, otherwise known as Scary Spice.
6 Michael Jackson With Jackie Kennedy
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the celebrity who has come closest to being a real stalker is Michael Jackson, who was obsessed with Jackie Kennedy. He reportedly started dating Jackie’s daughter Caroline, just to get closer to the former First Lady and insisted that she write the foreword to his autobiography when she worked at a publishing firm in the 1980s.
5 Jim Carrey With Emma Stone
It seems that Ariana’s feelings are not reciprocated, however, as Jim Carrey himself has something of a celebrity crush on fellow actress Emma Stone. He even recorded a slightly weird and almost creepy video dedicated to the La La Land star in which he declared his undying love for her.
4 Sam Claflin With Pamela Anderson
English actor Sam Claflin, star of Me Before You, revealed that as a teenager he had a major obsession with Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson. The young Claflin was convinced he was going to marry Pam when he grew up and used to a kiss a photo of her every night before he went to sleep.
3 Emma Roberts With Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Scream Queens star Emma Roberts has never quite got over her teenage crush on Jonathan Taylor-Thomas. When Jonathan was starring in Home Improvement, Roberts apparently covered every inch of her bedroom walls with posters of the actor and described her obsession as “a little stalkerish” on Live with Kelly & Michael.
2 Terence Stamp With Natalie Portman
A lot of people were surprised when respected theatrical actor Terence Stamp accepted the role of Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Even Stamp himself admitted that he found the film boring, but that he had wanted to be in the movie so that he could meet Natalie Portman.
1 Bob Dylan With Woody Guthrie
Folk singer Bob Dylan was an inspiration to thousands of musicians, but he himself was obsessed with fellow singer Woody Guthrie. Dylan became fascinated by Guthrie after reading his autobiography and tracked him down to the psychiatric hospital in New Jersey where Guthrie was being treated just to discuss his work.
Sources: MTV, People, Hollywood Reporter, Elle, Teen Vogue