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05December

Wanting to Be Famous

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Internet, General Advice

Wanting to Be Famous

We are now hearing about the full extent of horrific sexual abuse of children committed by Ian Watkins, former front-man of Alternative Welsh rock band the Lostprophets. Watkins was admired and celebrated by his fans, many of them young underage girls, and it has emerged how he exploited his celebrity status for his own sexual gratification.

This has got me thinking about the harm celebrity worship can bring. We follow their every move on Twitter and Instagram, and we read endless stories about their love lives or look at pictures of them being papped at the supermarket looking hungover or wearing no make-up.

At the end of the day, celebrities are human, they make mistakes like the rest of us, and get judged twice as hard. Some celebrities crave the fame and use the media to exploit it, others try to hide from the cameras but get caught out anyway. Just look at Princess Diana, and the privacy she was never given.

For young people, the obsession with fame seems more prominent. We all want to be famous, right? Or at least we think we do. But when it comes down to it, celebrities do not generally have the lavish lifestyle we think they have. Just look at Britney Spears, Lyndsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, they have all had public break downs as a result of being constantly followed around and having too much public exposure from too young an age - the curse of ‘too much fame’.

Really fame is over-rated, and in some cases, extremely harmful.
Instead of pursuing unrealistic dreams and chasing false hope, manage your expectations by setting realistic career goals. We are not all going to be famous...

Celebrity Obsession

Programmes like ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ and ‘the X Factor’ exacerbate our natural obsession with celebrities. However this is something that can be overcome.

If you have an obsession with celebrities, here are a few tips to get through it:

  • Realise that you have a life and that reading endless articles about your celebrity obsession/crush is not healthy and there is much more to life. Stalking them on Twitter or Instagram is not good either
  • Occupy your time doing things that don’t involve celebrities, such as hanging out with your friends, reading a book that is not about them, anything that will get your mind off this person
  • Get over it, as it is very unlikely that you will ever meet this person, there is no point getting your hopes up. All you are doing is chasing shadows and you cannot love a shadow
  • Don’t neglect your friends and family because of your obsession. It may be tempting, but spending all your time on Twitter is antisocial. Learn to get out more and spend more time with your friends and family, and meeting new, real people
  • It’s nice to dream, but realise the truth – you are never going to date this person, so if you want to date someone, find someone your own age who you can have a real relationship with. You will be over your obsession in no time.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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