There are a number of reasons why a person would become known as a celebrity, whether it's the famous faces that are seen on the big screen or the music artists that sell out stadiums to perform in front of throngs of screaming fans. While people often think about how great it would be to become a celebrity, they don't often think about the pitfalls that can come from being a celebrity. One of the biggest complaints that many famous people have is the lack of privacy. From being approached by random fans at every turn to being hounded by the paparazzi, it's not surprising that many celebrities have spoken out about the stresses that come from constantly being in the limelight.
One great example of this is the fact that so many celebrities have had to deal with attention, even when they're not exactly in the mood to engage. The airport seems to be a hotspot for running into celebrities but not everyone wants to stand and pose for the photographers or stop to sign a million autographs. Whether it's traveling for work or traveling for a much-needed vacation, numerous celebrities choose to deal with the airport experience in their own way. Check out our list of the 25 pics of celebs not wanting to be approached at the airport and see how these famous faces have dealt with the attention while traveling.
25 Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is a favorite celebrity that has accumulated quite a fan base over the years. From the kids that remember seeing her on the small screen to the music fans that really resonate with her lyrical sound, it's clear that she has become a figure in the entertainment industry. Yet, that doesn't mean that she's always ready to pose for the cameras. This particular photo was taken in October 2014. Gomez was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport and it was obvious that she wasn't going to stop and smile for the paparazzi. Her ensemble seemed a bit thrown together and she tried to hide her face from the flashing lights.
24 Kristin Cavallari
When Kristin Cavallari was first introduced to the world, she was just a high school student on the reality television series, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Yet, it didn't take long for the world to sit up and take notice of her star quality. She eventually moved on to appear in a number of other shows. However, she wasn't just another reality TV star. She went on to marry the professional football player, Jay Cutler, and she garnered increased attention for being the wife of a famed quarterback and a mother that seemed to have it all figured out. This particular photo was taken while Cavallari was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport and by the way she's posing, it's obvious that she doesn't exactly feel like being approached by anyone.
23 Zayn Malik
Many people think of One Direction when Zayn Malik is mentioned since he was once a member of this platinum-selling singing group. Yet, he actually started out in the music industry, trying to garner fame as a solo artist on the reality singing competition show, The X-Factor. Once he started to pursue a life in the music industry, outside of One Direction, many fans became extremely upset. He used his increased celebrity status to speak out about his anxiety over people and being in big crowds. In an interview with Vogue, Malik stated, "Personally, I am not a very outgoing.. person. Like, in terms of big groups of people." This 2013 photo of Malik arriving in an airport in New York was definitely an example of how difficult it must have been for him to be in such a big crowd.
22 Kendall Jenner
When Kendall Jenner was first introduced to the world, she was simply seen as one of the younger half-sisters of the Kardashian sisters on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Yet, she eventually evolved into one of the biggest models in the fashion industry. She garnered a huge amount of attention because of the fashion runways she's walked around the world and for the ad campaigns that have been proud to feature her for product endorsements. However, this photo of Jenner walking through the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris in 2016 showed that she's not always up for being the photographed model.
21 Scott Disick
When Scott Disick was first introduced to the world, he was seen as just the boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian on the reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. His storyline on the show wasn't always that flattering but there were still people that really rooted for his relationship with Kourtney to ultimately work out in the end. When the two ultimately split, photos of Disick kissing Bella Thorne at Cannes in 2017 wasn't exactly taken well by the world. When they were spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on the way to a resort in Cannes, it was obvious that they weren't trying to be approached by anyone since they were quite incognito.
20 Britney Spears
When Britney Spears first emerged as one of the music industry's newest pop artists, the public really latched on to her as a celebrity. People wanted to know everything about the young pop artist, from who she was dating to who she was spending time with in the elite young Hollywood inner circle. The paparazzi really hounded Spears to try and catch her in every aspect of her life, from catching her going through a fast food drive-thru to nabbing photos of her coming out of Hollywood hotspots. On numerous occasions, it was obvious that Spears wasn't taking the constant spotlight well. This particular photo was taken in 2009 when she was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport after the Australian leg of her Circus tour. Not only was she surrounded by bodyguards to keep people away but she had a no-nonsense demeanor that warded off photographers.
19 Ally Brooke (Fifth Harmony)
When Ally Brooke auditioned as a solo artist on the U.S. version of The X-Factor, it was Simon Cowell that had the brilliant idea to put her into a girl group. Fifth Harmony became a huge hit with music fans and the group began traveling around the world to perform at various shows. Increased fame also brought increased attention from fans and Ally Brooke learned that firsthand when she was grabbed by a fan at an airport in Mexico. While trying to navigate the crowd, Brooke was grabbed by a fan and dragged from the crowd. This incident has caused her to become even warier when dealing with fans at airports.
18 Sophie Turner
When Sophie Turner was first introduced to the world, she was seen as little more than a child as the eldest daughter of Catelyn and Eddard Stark. She began growing up in front of the cameras and it wasn't long before she transitioned onto the big screen. Nowadays, she's seen as one of Young Hollywood's hottest actresses and has created even more of a fan base portraying the young version of Jean Grey in the X-Men film series. Yet, increased attention hasn't always been something she's wanted and that's apparent in this photograph of Turner walking through the airport in Aberdeen, Scotland, while traveling to attend the wedding of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie.
17 Kit Harington
When Kit Harington first appeared as the young Jon Snow in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, the public already saw a bit of star quality in this actor. As his character's plotline began to grow, so did his fame. He eventually transitioned onto the big screen and has also starred in a number of other noteworthy roles on the small screen. He is seen as one of Hollywood's most sought after actors and has garnered even more attention through his romantic life with fellow actress, Rose Leslie. The media has hounded the couple on more than one occasion and this photo makes it clear that he's not always ready to stop and sign autographs. Harington and Leslie were surrounded by photographers and fans as they landed at Los Angeles International Airport and both of them couldn't get away fast enough.
16 Harry Styles
When Harry Styles first introduced himself to the world as a contestant on UK's hit reality singing competition series, The X-Factor, no one could have guessed how big he would eventually become in the music industry. Styles was thrown into a group that later became known as One Direction and received worldwide fame through their various performances and hit songs. His fame became even more noteworthy once he pursued a life as a solo artist and the media attention increased exponentially. This particular photograph was taken when he landed at Los Angeles International Airport as he was mobbed by throngs of screaming fans.
Rihanna is a music artist that has come a long way since she was first discovered as a burgeoning vocalist from Barbados. She has continued to evolve as an artist and has also made a name for herself as a fashion icon. From her product endorsement campaigns to the increased attention regarding her personal relationships, it seems like the media just can't get enough of this music artist. While she's been known to share much of her life through her social media sites, that doesn't mean that she's always up for stopping to chat and pose with photographers while traveling. This particular photo was taken at John F. Kennedy International Airport and it was obvious that she wasn't in the mood to get approached.
14 Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a music artist that has created quite a fan base over the years and the public just can't seem to get enough of this "Roar" singer. She received a huge amount of acclaim for her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and she's also made a name for herself as a television personality. With all of these achievements in her professional life, it's not surprising that she's often spotted traveling around the world. However, she doesn't always want to be approached while traveling and she's been spotted numerous times trying to go incognito. This particular photo was taken while she was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport as she used a pillow to hide her face.
13 Hailey Baldwin
There have been a number of celebrity kids that have tried to make a name for themselves, outside of their celebrity parents. Yet, not all of them have had the same sort of success as Hailey Baldwin. As the daughter of Stephen Baldwin and the niece of Alec Baldwin, she has spent her childhood in the limelight. Yet, she was able to gain her own fame through her modeling endeavors and the relationship with Justin Bieber. Increased fame for her professional and personal relationships have caused the media to seek her out while she travels. This particular photo was taken while she was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport.
12 Justin Bieber
It's interesting that Justin Bieber first tried to get noticed through the videos he posted online but has started to really regret his fame. While he once hoped that he would gain enough fans to make him famous, he has since spoken out about the aggravations that have come out of his fame. From being hounded by photographers to screaming fans wherever he goes, Bieber has been known to be more than just a tiny bit standoffish while out in his personal life. This particular photo was taken while he was swarmed by photographers in France. Despite being surrounded by his bodyguards, Bieber still couldn't get away fast enough.
11 Robert Pattinson
Although Robert Pattinson had already appeared on the big screen prior to appearing as Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, it was this glittering vampire role that really made the public sit up and take notice. From the fact that the Twilight franchise became a huge hit to the fascination regarding his romantic life, it seemed like the public just couldn't get enough of this British actor. Yet, the increased attention wasn't always seen as a positive for Pattinson, especially while he was traveling. This particular photo was taken while he was spotted at an airport in Toronto. Despite walking quickly and trying to disguise his look, he was still spotted by the paparazzi.
10 Mike Tyson
During Mike Tyson's heyday, he was seen as the greatest boxer of his time. He was famous for his extravagant lifestyle and the media couldn't get enough of knowing about everything regarding his personal life. While he definitely went through some major ups and downs throughout his time in the limelight, it hasn't appeared like the public has lost their fascination regarding this former heavyweight champion boxer. This particular photograph was taken while Tyson was traveling to Mumbai and he can be seen trying to get away from the huge mob that had gathered at the airport. Surrounded by bodyguards and forcefully trying to get away, this is not the picture of a man that wants to be approached.
9 Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller seemed to have a great start to her life as a Hollywood actress since she made a huge impact in films that she starred in and was acclaimed as one of the entertainment industry's most beautiful actresses. Yet, things took quite a turn once details regarding the demise of her romantic relationship with Jude Law came to light. After the seemingly endless tabloid headlines and the messy court case, the media scrutiny became even more intense. Miller didn't seem to want to engage in questioning or photographs and that was definitely evident in this photo while she was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport.
8 Gigi Hadid
When Gigi Hadid first appeared as one of Yolanda Foster's daughters on the reality television series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she had already embraced her life as a fashion model. The show wound up giving audiences a glimpse of what it was like as an accomplished model and it didn't take long for her fame to surpass her mother's. Nowadays, she's seen as one of the most popular young models to walk the runways in fashion shows around the world but that doesn't mean that she's always up for a photo opportunity. This particular photo was taken when Hadid was fresh from a flight into Montreal and it doesn't even look like she's up for small talk.
7 Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid was introduced to the world as Gigi's younger sister and Yolanda Foster's daughter on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. However, she ultimately made a name for herself in the modeling world and has achieved the same amount of fame as her sister. There has been an increased focus on her romantic life, especially after dating the rapper, The Weeknd. From fashion shows around the world to the myriad of celebrities in her personal life, it's not surprising that she wound be hounded while traveling. Yet, it doesn't look like she wants to be approached by anyone. This particular photo was taken when she landed in Milan and the multiple bodyguards around her is definitely a hint that she doesn't want to chitchat.
6 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is seen as a hugely successful actor and has starred in a number of hugely acclaimed roles. Yet, he's also caused a few waves due to the fact that he's known to have a bit of a temper. There have been a number of occasions in his personal life that have created headlines over the years and it's caused many people to think of him as more than just a tad standoffish. This particular photo was taken after an incident at the airport that resulted in him to being removed from a Los Angeles-New York flight. After such an ordeal, it's not surprising that he wasn't up for signing autographs.
5 Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is an actress that seemed to come out of nowhere when she was first invited to the Academy Awards for her role in Winter's Bone. Yet, she was actually a television actress prior to appearing on the big screen. She was able to evolve her craft over the years and ultimately won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. From her acclaimed acting on the big screen to her product endorsement campaigns, it seems like the public just can't get enough of Lawrence. However, she's not always up for being that fun and quirky girl that people see at award shows. This particular photo was taken at JFK Airport and the hat and glasses show that she's not exactly trying to get approached.
4 Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is an Academy Award-winning actress that has garnered a huge amount of acclaim over the years. From her incredible acting performances to her singing, it's obvious that this is an extremely talented celebrity in the entertainment industry. While many people know her for being the actress on the big screen, she's also known for her Goop lifestyle website. Telling the public about how the other half lives is just one of her many achievements in recent years but that doesn't mean that she wants to talk to people while she's traveling. This particular photo was taken at Los Angeles International Airport and it's obvious that she's not in the mood to be approached.
3 Liam Payne
When Liam Payne was first introduced to the world, he was just a lowly contestant on the UK singing competition series, The X-Factor. He started out as a solo artist by Simon Cowell wound up putting him in a group that later became the world-renowned singing collaboration, One Direction. While Harry Styles and Zayn Malik made their own headlines for their romantic relationships, Payne also made a few headlines of his own. He wound up engaging in a romantic relationship with Cheryl Cole and the two had a child together. The increased focus on his personal relationship definitely added to the increased attention from the public and it wasn't always received well. This particular photo was taken while he was traveling to Cannes and it's obvious that he's rushing through just to get away.
2 Kanye West
Kanye West is a hugely popular rap artist that has had a string of hit songs over the years. However, he's also created a number of headlines due to his outlandish behavior. From jumping onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards to his awkward television performance alongside Mike Myers, it's become obvious that West doesn't always follow the unspoken rules of being a celebrity. One of the other issues he's had over the years is in regards to the way photographers hound him at every turn. This particular photo was taken when West got into a scuffle with a photographer outside of Los Angeles International Airport.
1 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood's most acclaimed actresses and has even won an Academy Award for her portrayal in the hit film, Monster. Apart from being seen as hugely talented, she's also viewed as extremely beautiful and she's capitalized on that over the years. From her ad campaign work for Dior to her role as "the fairest of them all" in the Snow White and the Huntsman films, it's interesting how she can often appear so effortlessly stunning. Yet, that doesn't mean that she's always up for being photographed and that's definitely apparent in this photo from her travels through Los Angeles International Airport.