While being a celebrity involves a lot of people-pleasing and living up to lofty expectations put on them by fans and the media, it is still important to show your most loyal followers the love and appreciation they deserve- no matter how overzealous and intense they may be.
However, these 10 celebrities proved that not every star treats their fans well. Instead, these reported fan encounters left them shocked and saddened by the actions of their idols. Here are 10 notable examples.
Rihanna may have made a hit track called "Rude Boy", but judging by her fan interactions over the years, it may have been more apt to title the song "Rude Girl. In one instance, a fan recalled an incident backstage with the star. "My co-worker won free tickets and backstage passes to see Rihanna about a year after they were first playing 'Umbrella' on the radio," the fan told Thought Catalog. "When her kids finally got the chance to go meet Rihanna, she was sitting at her makeup booth and refused to face them, or even look at them. When they asked for her autograph, she told the closest backup dancer to forge it for them and shooed them away.
Considering Rihanna had only just been making waves in the industry, you'd have thought she would have been excited to lap up the adulation of the fans and be thankful for their support but instead, it seems as though she immediately took on the role of diva.
2. Michael Jordan
The basketball icon made a career out of being ruthlessly competitive - both on and off the court- but his rudeness was so overt that even famous rappers asking for pictures with him were met with distasteful comments.
According to rapper Chamillionaire's interview on Madd Hatta Morning Show in 2015, the rapper recalled buying a Jordan jersey at a charity event for $15,000 before asking for a photo with the star, to which Jordan replied, "I don't take pictures with n****'s." He then told Chamillionaire to pay him $15k if he wanted a photo. Chamillionaire declined.
3. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is a spoiled Flordia rich girl who happens to have an incredible, awe-inspiring voice and fair play to her for achieving astronomical success. However, the world still hasn't forgotten Doughnut Gate, an event which saw her lick a doughnut, put it back in the cabinet and say "I hate Americans" leading a red-faced Grande to be banned from performing at a then-upcoming White House event.
4. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet seems like a jovial, humble person who would be anything but rude to her fans, but according to one fan, that image appears to be nothing more than a facade. Talking to OK! magazine about her unsavoury encounter with Winslet in 2012, the fan said, "[Winslet was] so rude, she never once acknowledged any of us, I was devastated," Shanna Swan told OK!. "She gave dirty looks to people in my town who waited hours to see her."
5. Justin Bieber
When photos of a smug-looking Justin Bieber, provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department in Miami, Florida, were published, the world wondered whether the Canadian superstar was on the verge of self-destruction. The arrest came after the teenager was caught drag racing a rented yellow Lamborghini through a thoroughfare. Bieber pleaded guilty and was fined $750 Canadian dollars. But that incident was just a series of many incidents that sparked a national outcry against arguably the world's biggest pop star.
Indeed, Beiber was also pictured spitting on his fans from the plush balcony of a five-star hotel as they lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their idol.
6. Mike Myers
Mike Myers seems like a happy-go-lucky kinda guy, but at a bar, his behavior was nothing short of abysmal. "Prior to paying our tab, I walked over [to Myers] and said, 'Hey Mike, I'm a big fan, can I buy you a beer?'" a fan told Mean Stars. "And without even turning to look at me, he says, "I can afford my own drinks a**hole, save your money for my next movie.'"
7. Jared Leto
Jared Leto seems like a bit of a douche, doesn't he? While this multitalented performer is as celebrated as they come, that hasn't stopped his fans from turning on him owing to a series of unpleasant encounters with the Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman. "The band was autographing things after the show, so I waited in line," one fan recalled. "They all talked amongst themselves as they absentmindedly signed autographs/ When I got to Jared Leto, I said, 'Hey, that was a great show!' He responded, 'I signed your s**t, now f**k off!'"
8. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock isn't someone you'd associate with rude behavior which makes her inclusion on this list even more shocking! According to a disgruntled fan speaking to Celebrity Dirty Laundry, Bullock totally lost it when a fan requested her autograph at an event in 2012. "Sandra was so rude. She covered her face and yelled," the witness said. "He just wanted an autograph, and she actually yelled at him!"
Worse of all? The autograph-seeker was reportedly a disabled veteran.
9. Adam Levine
While he isn't as douchey as others on this list, telling fans he doesn't sign autographs for ugly girls probably isn't the best message to send out to millions of malleable, self-conscious women. In the words of Jezebel journalist Madeline Davies, Levine can often come across as "the human equivalent of testing positive for chlamydia."
10. Bruce Wills
Bruce Willis isn't someone you'd want to mess with given the countless stories from fellow actors revealing how hard he is to work with, and the personal stories from fans seem to echo the same narrative.
According to one fan speaking to MeanStars, Willis supposedly called out two children in a shopping mall for merely recognizing him and pointing at him, not that children would even know who the old fart is anymore...