All of Hollywood's Strangest Fears and Phobias, from Bellybuttons to ... Dust in a Cup (?)
Kylie Jenner: Dust in a Cup
The 22-year-old revealed that she has quite an interesting fear while playing "Burning Questions" on Ellen.
With her daughter Stormi in her lap, Jenner revealed, "The strangest thing I'm afraid of is, like, dust in a cup. I don't know why. It's like one of my pet peeves is when there's a lot of dust in a cup and it's getting in my system."
We have some questions: Why is there so much dust in Kylie's cups? Does she live in an old Victorian mansion that has been abandoned for years? Or is Travis Scott doing renovations on their home and getting construction dust in her cups? Maybe Stormi's playing a prank on her? We want answers!
KYLIE JENNER (AGAIN): BUTTERFLIES
On an episode of Life of Kylie, the reality star came clean about her fear of butterflies — also known as lepidopterophobia. "I'm terrified — terrified — of butterflies. All butterflies," she proclaims, admitting her statement is ironic considering that boyfriend Travis Scott gifted the 20-year-old a diamond-studded butterfly necklace for her birthday.
“This is how I think of them: Cut the wings off, and if you just look at their bodies, they’re not that pretty,” Jenner said. “It’s literally a bug.”
KRISTEN BELL: PRUNEY FINGERS
In a July 2018 Instagram, Dax Shepard blew up his wife's spot with this photo and caption: "My bride wears gloves in the pool because she hates the feeling of pruney finger tips on skin. #Hollyweird #iloveher."
He expanded on the story during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live days later.
"What I had been told thus far is she just doesn't like going in the pool," he said. "She'll take the kids out there but she just sits in a lawn chair or whatever.
But with the recent heat wave in L.A., she "had to get in the pool," he recalled. And said, "I have to get my pool gloves!"
"She appeared with those gloves, seemingly intended for pool wear," he continued, giving an explanation for the gear. "When her fingertips are pruney she doesn't want to touch other people's skin."
MARTIN FREEMAN: AVOCADOS
Freeman is so afraid of choking that even looking at the fruit makes him uncomfortable. "Every time I have an avocado — every time I cut through an avocado, and I see the stone, I envision that stone being lodged in my windpipe. And every time I think I physically [cringe]. I can't stand it," he said on The Graham Norton Show. Luckily, the actor has a pretty simple solution for coping with his fear: "I just don't have that much avocado."
TYRA BANKS: DOLPHINS
"You think a dolphin is sweet and friendly — to me, they're not," Banks declared on her now-defunct eponymous talk show. "I feel anxiety and I feel panic whenever I'm confronting or even thinking about or talking about a dolphin. It's happening right now."
DJ KHALED: HEIGHTS
You would think a hip-hop mogul as successful as DJ Khaled would have no problem flying from one city to another for his sold-out performances — think again. "I haven't flown in 10 years. In 10 years!" the 41-year-old producer said in a recent Instagram of himself on a jet with his 10-month-old son, Asahd, perched on his lap. "That's the only thing I had was fear of flying. Asahd made me overcome my fear of flying."
KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN: BELLY BUTTONS
The reality star admitted her biggest phobia on her app — and it's a touchy subject. "I hate belly buttons," Kardashian shared. "You can't touch mine and I don't want to touch yours. When I'm in the shower, I wear hand mitts and I scream every time I wash my belly button."
DANIELLE JONAS: BALLOONS
"I know it's crazy but balloons scare the crap out of me," the wife of Kevin Jonas revealed on Married to Jonas while preparing for a family party that boasted a balloon arch. "It's the movement of the balloons and the hitting things. It just feels like it's out of control."
LIAM PAYNE: SPOONS
So, where did the former One Direction member's fear of spoons come from? "It is a bit weird. When I was a kid I was a bit naughty at school and when you were naughty they made you do the washing up," Payne said. "I had to wash all these nasty spoons and then it's just stuck with me after. I don't know what people are doing with their spoons, I don't want to know!"
KENDALL JENNER: TINY LITTLE HOLES
"Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia," the model explained on her app. "Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns. Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!). It sounds ridiculous but so many people actually have it! I can't even look at little holes — It gives me the worst anxiety. Who knows what's in there???"
SCARLETT JOHANSSON: BIRDS
"Something about wings and beaks and the flapping," the actress told Vulture in 2011, opening up about her lifelong fear. "I'm terrified of them. That still hasn't gone away ... I was terrified of the peacocks on set [of her movie We Bought a Zoo]. Like, 'Ahh, don't get too close.' They're like, mean."
KATIE HOLMES: RACCOONS
While stopping by The Tonight Show in 2011, the actress revealed a moment she came face-to-face with her fear of raccoons. "I was recently sitting outside and this raccoon comes right up, like right there, and I'm expecting it to be more afraid of me and I'm staring at it and it's staring right back like he's gonna kick my butt," she said. "I didn't know what to do so I just stood up and barked at it and he just ran away."
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: REVOLVING DOORS
Talk about an inconvenient phobia! The Oscar winner shared he gets nervous whenever confronted with a revolving door. "I get anxious just being near them," he revealed.
NICOLE KIDMAN: BUTTERFLIES
The Oscar winner has had a fear of butterflies since childhood. In an interview, Kidman shared an experience she had as a child in Australia: "Sometimes when I would come home from school the biggest butterfly or moth you'd ever seen would be just sitting on our front gate. I would climb over the fence, crawl around to the side of the house — anything to avoid having to go through the front gate." She added that she has attempted to surmount her fear through the years. "I have tried to get over it ... I walked into the big butterfly cage at the American Museum Of Natural History and had the butterflies on me, but that didn't work," she said. "I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don’t like the feel of butterflies' bodies."
RITA ORA: TOILETS
"I always feel that when I go to the toilet that something's going to come out of the bottom," the singer revealed to the U.K.'s Daily Star. "I have this thing where I think this tunnel must start from somewhere and sometimes I think, 'What if something comes out of the toilet?' That's been one of my fears. I always make sure I put the light on when I go."
CHRISTINA RICCI: HOUSE PLANTS
"If I have to touch one, after already being repulsed by the fact that there is a plant indoors, then it just freaks me out," the actress shared, revealing her fear of plants.