It’s no secret that celebrities can be huge divas. With the amount of influence and fame they have, we’re not surprised to see how much their egos can inflate. And when it comes to celebrity demands, most stars seem determined to one-up each other!
While everyone probably knows about the famous Van Halen M&Ms condition (the band asked for M&Ms with absolutely no brown ones to be present backstage) and Sir Paul McCartney’s insistence on everyone around him eating like a vegetarian (if he won’t eat meat, no one can, apparently), we take a look at some of the strangest and most unexpected demands celebrities have made in the past.
Some stars like Kanye West and Beyoncé are simply notorious for being huge divas, but read on, and you might find some of your favourites on this list that you didn’t expect!
Adele is famous for her powerful voice and hard-hitting lyrics, but did you know that she is also quite picky when it comes to her backstage arrangements? While on tour for her albums 19 and 21, the singer made some very specific demands about how she wanted her dressing rooms to be arranged.
Still a smoker at the time, Adele requested an ample supply of Marlboro Lights to be present at all times. She has quit smoking now, but still claims to miss it. Her other requests were not so unhealthy; in fact, quite the opposite.
The singer requested fruit and sandwiches as snacks, but the sandwiches had to be individually wrapped, fresh, have chicken, salad without any tomatoes or vinegar. And the fruit available to her should not include any citrus fruit and had to be limited to bananas, apples, grapes, and berries; all fresh.
Adele also asked for honey (NOT organic), an electric kettle and six brand new mugs for tea (a bit excessive, no?), and her drink demands ranged from non-carbonated spring water to high-quality red wine!
Madonna being on this list should be of no surprise to anyone. With a career that’s strewn with feuds with other stars and scandals on her profile, we can’t expect her to not be a diva!
Being no stranger to controversy either, Madonna isn’t afraid to make extravagant demands.
While on her MDNA tour in 2012, Madonna traveled with a 200 people entourage (including chefs, bodyguards, and yoga instructors!)so we are guessing she needed quite a bit of accommodation. In fact, she even traveled with her own furniture, and demanded that all present furniture in her dressing rooms were to be removed and replaced with her own!
The singer also asked for 20 international phone lines in her room. Madonna requires things to be just right, or she gets in a bad mood and doesn’t perform well.
For instance, on this tour, she also asked for pink and white roses in her rooms, but the stems had to be cut to six inches exactly.
Marilyn Manson is perhaps the most controversial name on this list.
His anti-religious and overtly sexual music, combined with his grotesque aesthetic, makes most people wary of his work and, well, him. Most rock stars tend to be divas, though, so that aspect of Marilyn’s side isn’t too shocking.
Usually on tour, the singer and band request things such as a lot of snacks (Lays, Goobers, pretzels, Doritos, crackers, cheese, specific flavored dips, and a tray of strawberry and watermelon) and drinks (champagne, root beer, 2 percent milk, ginger ale; all of these from specific brands and packs of straws and Red Solo Cups to go with them).
The band also requests that the air conditioning should be working no matter what. We must add, that this group has separate lists of demands for before the show, after the show, and the while resting in his dressing room!
Marilyn also asks for his own brand of absinthe to be present, and jokingly asks for a bald and toothless hooker! How strange! But we know by now that Marilyn is always the provocateur.
Dave Grohl and his band might be great performers, but they are sure mean little divas when it comes to making demands for their tours!
It isn’t just that their demands are extravagant because we’ve already established that many rock stars act that way. But the Foo Fighters resort to actual threats and insults when making these demands! Yikes.
The band requests a “hospitality” room to be set up, which we think is like a dressing room, as well as a “rock box” room, which probably serves the purpose of a rehearsal space. The hospitality room must have a wide assortment of snacks and booze, but only the serving sizes and brands that the band lists.
Also, the staff should be thinking out of the box when it comes to chicken breast, as a regular chicken is not fun!
Grohl even claims that he will carry out a “catering jihad” if they don’t receive the exact cup size they want, and also threatens with a wedgie to the person making arrangements if the towels they request aren’t washed.
Is Kanye West’s ego the biggest in Hollywood? We really can’t say for sure, but we do think there’s a strong possibility!
Kanye gives every rock star a run for their money when it comes to making diva demands for the venues where he performs.
Kanye has a separate list for snacks, one for his wardrobe room, and another for a “female band room.” (What is that exactly, Kanye?) His snack list includes both plain yoghurt and assorted flavoured yoghurt, assorted nuts that include pistachios WITHOUT red colouring added, Tabasco sauce, and a wide array of booze (what does he put on the hot sauce, we wonder – nuts??)
The wardrobe room must have folding tables and chairs, a barber’s chair, steamers and mirrors, and much more. Kanye also lists some ‘must-have’ items which range from tubes of Carmex lip balm to deodorant, skincare products and extra clothing.
And lastly, the female band room must have ‘tasteful’ furniture that should include a loveseat, full-length mirrors, and adaptors. Wow, Kanye!
Beyoncé needs no introduction, and neither do her backstage demands apparently. The singer’s aversion to Coca Cola products is infamous. Being on contract with Pepsi, she must only consume Pepsi products. She, therefore, asks for Aquafina water (a case with half cold and half room temperature bottles).
The Lemonade singer also asks for rose scented candles and a lighter for them, a tea setup with a brand new coffee pot and lemon wedges, and brand new white towels.
Her food list is specific and caters to her healthy diet; steamed broccoli, green beans, and spinach, and ‘heavily seasoned’ baked chicken (just the legs, wings and breast, though).
Perhaps the strangest of all is that Beyoncé requires her dressing room to be 78 degrees at all times, no more and no less!
If there’s one thing you can say about Mother Monster, it’s that she is very over the top, and not afraid to be extra. But her outfits and performances aren’t the only things that Lady Gaga is extra with; she doesn’t hold back when it comes to her demands for venues and backstage, either.
Gaga requires a full-on smoothie station, complete with a blender, frozen berries, whey powder, and Greek yoghurt (non-fat only). She also requires fruit to be served cut but with edible skin and seeds. A tea kettle with organic ginger, honey, and lemongrass tea, along with white wine, Red Bull, and beer completes her drinks.
Gaga also likes to snack on whole-wheat crackers with guacamole and cheese that has to be “non-smelly” and “non-sweaty.” Candles must be unscented, and air humidifiers and clothing racks are also very important.
But we must add, Lady Gaga once reportedly asked for a mannequin with fluffy, “pink pubic hair” to be present for her backstage. How very Gaga!
George Clooney has worked in both critically acclaimed films (Gravity, The Descendants) and cult classic, fan favourites (Ocean’s trilogy), but working with the actor can be quite difficult, reports say.
When shooting in London for the film Gravity, George demanded a custom made beach hut, a hot tub, a private landscaped garden, and a basketball court right next to his trailer.
Wanting to please the actor, Gravity’s filmmakers granted to all of his requests and had every one of these built for George!
The entire setup cost more than 100,000 GBP at the time, and local children even tried sneaking in!
George Clooney has won Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG Awards, and many others, so we can see how all of this has made him very egoistic and diva-like!
We daresay the filmmakers of Gravity at least sighed in relief at the movie’s success because that might have made the whole ordeal worth it.
The iconic Barbra Streisand gives off more diva vibes than perhaps anyone on this list, and for a good reason! Some of the most infamous demands that the star has made in the past have included specific toilet paper and rose petals in her toilet!
The singer demands that her toilet paper and her towels should be peach in colour, and all the towels must be of a great designer’s and 120 in number (that many! wow!). She insists that her security team uses metal detectors on everyone who is present at the venue, and everyone should be dressed in ‘neat dark sweaters.’ Barbra also asks that no one speaks to her unless spoken to first!
In fact, Barbra would control everything around her if she could. Once, when shooting for a movie in New York at night, her behaviour resulted in the shoot being delayed for several hours. When things were close to being complete finally, she yelled at a crew member, “Where the **** is that light coming from?”
One of the crew members answered that since it was 5.30 am, all that light was the sunrise.
Her response? “Do something about it.”
Will Ferrell has made quite a name for himself in the comedy genre, and he isn’t afraid to bring some of that humour into his everyday life as well. Will’s backstage demands can be so bizarre at times, that we can’t think of any other explanation besides that he’s trying to be funny!
When on promotional or comedy tours, Will Ferrell requires certain things to be present for him on set, in his trailer, or backstage. In the past, these have included an electric three-wheel scooter (for ‘mobility,’ he conveniently explains), a headphone set that is ‘Janet Jackson’ style, and a set of stairs on wheels!
Why does Will need his stairs to follow him? We’ll never know.
In fact, Will prefers most of his memorabilia on wheels. He also asks for a rainbow on wheels (painted on canvas) and a fake tree on wheels. For snacks and drinks, he requests, simply, beer, Fiji water, soft drinks, protein and power bars, and roasted raw almonds!
Jennifer Lopez has accomplished a lot throughout her career. She is a singer, an actress, a dancer, and even a designer! She is even regarded as one of the most beautiful women of all time. Another thing that JLo has accomplished over her career is her reputation of a diva, so she is right at home on our list.
JLo prefers room temperature at exactly 80 degrees, with two humidifiers and two oscillating fans (again, no more and no less). Only white or red roses can be set up in her rooms, and scented candles, but those again should come in specific scents. In fact, she likes everything to be white, from the table cloths to towels and sofas.
When flying first class, JLo doesn’t want to be spoken to, not even by the flight attendant. She reportedly has also demanded that none of the working staff on any set makes eye contact with her!
As far as dressing rooms are concerned, JLo demands that things such as a coffee maker, toaster, and microwave be set up before she even arrives, complete with silverware.
What a humble Jenny!
When appearing on the first-ever episode of James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke, Mariah Carey refused to sing and claimed she just wanted to drive around and chat instead! This wasn’t the first time that Mariah acted like a diva, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last.
Mariah demands that no one speaks to her the day before a performance, and if someone wants to communicate then they can write a message for her. She also requires twenty humidifiers where she sleeps so she can ‘preserve her voice’ before performances!
Mariah refuses to leave her limousine unless a red carpet with white candles is set up for her to walk on, even if she’s just entering a hotel. She requires that makeup artists never put mascara on her, and if they do she throws a fit!
With a voice as heavenly as hers, we aren’t surprised that Mariah Carey sees herself as a goddess and wants other people to treat her like one as well!