The picture of perfection: hunky, hot celebs are consistently splashed across beauty magazines waltzing effortlessly down the red carpet whilst the rest of us can’t help but gawk, mouths wide open and wonder what on earth they did to get so lucky.
Each sexy celeb seems to have a smile from ear to ear (like they’ve slept with a coat hanger in their mouths) and project the image of absolute flawlessness. God, don’t you hate them.
Meanwhile we’re sat at home, wrapped in our blankets trying to control our acne, bathing in moisturiser and trying to keep a lid on our illnesses. No way do celebs have to worry about things like that right? WRONG.
Behind the fierce façades of the rich of famous lies secret illnesses and weird body parts (unknown to many) as illnesses are, oddly enough, rarely selective in who they decide to affect.
Everyone has their own cross to bear and although you’d never know to look at, some of the faces we know and love are secretly battling either some serious or seriously weird stuff.
1. Selena Gomez – Lupus
You’d never guess to look at but actress Selena Gomez suffers with the disease Lupus – a condition caused by problems with the immune system whereby it attacks healthy cells and tissues.
No young person should have to worry about such things but Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and in Selena’s case, it led to her needing a kidney transplant.
Her best friend, Francia Raisa, heroically donated her kidney for Selena meanwhile my best friend wouldn’t even make me a cup of tea. That’s true friendship right there.
2. Lady Gaga – Fibromyalgia
This debilitating disease which causes pain all over the body and can be incredibly hard to diagnose and treat and is normally caused by a stressful event such as having an operation or bereavement.
Having seemingly endless energy, you’d never know she was affected, but pop star Lady Gaga had to cancel her European tour last year due to this long-term condition which affects nearly one in twenty people.
3. Morgan Freeman – Fibrolmyalgia
Fibromyalgia is thought to affect seven times more men than women and as another star living with the ‘excruciating’ disease, Morgan said:
“I only get one life, and I will not let fibromyalgia take the joy from living it.”
We can just imagine hearing it in his iconic voice. Truly inspirational.