What Was That About? Celebrities Who Went Through Weird Phases
We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
Justin Timberlake got his start with the boy band N’Sync. Touring the world while most other teenage boys attended high school, JT was experimenting with his look with millions of eyes glued on to his every move. Wanting to try something new, Timberlake took his naturally burly hair and had it braided into cornrows. Perhaps trying to get a little street credit, Timberlake would also rock bandanas and football jerseys to complete the look. Thankfully, he grew out of that phase and brought the sexay back with a haircut.
Jennifer Lopez got her start as one of the dancers on the comedy sketch show “In Living Color.” Ready to steal the spotlight for herself, the Bronx native started working on music of her own which had a more urban appeal back then. Channeling her Bronx roots while dating hip-hop producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, J.Lo embodied the urban look a bit too much at times. Sporting skintight leather pants and a white sequenced Sean John tank top, Lopez showed up to the MTV VMAs on the arm of her new boo wearing a bedazzled bandana tied around her forehead. This wouldn’t be the last time. J.Lo rocked the West coast gangsta look until she retired it once and for all after her relationship with Diddy fizzled out.
Miley Cyrus certainly knows how to create a buzz. The 20-year-old has been eager to shed the squeaky-clean tween image of Hannah Montana for some time now and after her MTV VMAs performance with Robin Thicke, it’s safe to say Hannah Montana is officially dead. Jumping on the twerking bandwagon that has seemed to sweep the country, the “We Can’t Stop” singer has taken the dance craze to new heights. Unfortunately, since Miley is still in this weird phase, we can’t say how long it will last or what’s next.
Rapper Lil Wayne has never been the type of entertainer you can put into one category. The New Orleans native has always prided himself on being different from the rest. He was certainly different when he hit the stage at the 2011 MTV VMAs wearing skintight leopard print jeggings. Already a fad with women and even some men who prefer the rocker or Goth look, rap fans were scratching their heads and wondered where hip-hop was headed because one of its biggest stars started wearing women’s tights. Thankfully, this was a short fad for Weezy.
In just a few short years, rapper Nicki Minaj has become such a phenomenon. Her millions of fans, or Barbz as she calls them, helped turn her into a multimillionaire. Following her every move, advertisers know the “Roman’s Revenge” rapper can start a trend just by wearing something unusual. But there was one trend even her fans found strange. In the fall of 2011, Minaj wore a pink fried chicken necklace to an event in Las Vegas. The chicken wing looked freakishly real. Luckily, most of her Barbz decided to pass on the $80 necklace and save the chicken for eating and Nicki has since toned down her look.
Farnsworth Bentley first began to pop up in photos carrying an oversized umbrella to shield his boss Sean “Diddy” Combs from the elements. For a while Farnsworth, real name Derrick Watkins, became synonymous with an umbrella and he and his trusted tool even made a cameo appearance in one of Kanye West’s videos. Thankfully, he finally retired the dancing peanut routine and has gone on to a more respectable solo career.
In 1992, Kris Kross had everybody jumping. The pre-teen duo consisted of rappers Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith and Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and was the brainchild of producer and So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri. Besides their catchy hit “Jump,” Kris Kross caught the attention of many for their habit of wearing their clothes backwards. Their jeans were commonly worn with the back pockets in the front and they would frequently rock football and hockey jerseys backwards as well. Although it was eye catching at the time, the fad quickly wore out. Earlier this year, Kris Kross reunited at So So Def’s 20th anniversary and Kelly was photographed still wearing his jeans backwards. Just several months after that public appearance, Kelly died from a drug overdose at the age of 34.
Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City before she was 20 to pursue her dreams of becoming a star. Soon the “Like A Virgin” singer was traveling the country and then the world. Madonna went on to become one of the biggest names in music selling over 300 million albums worldwide. Along the way, Madge apparently fell in love with all things British. She married English director Guy Ritchie and moved across the pond. And she also picked up the accent. For a time, Madonna would slip in and out of a slight British accent while conducting interviews, causing reporters and fans alike to wonder just how long she has been calling the UK home.
Before she became known as a mother of six, Brad Pitt’s partner and a humanitarian with a heart of gold, Angelina Jolie, went through a much darker phase. The budding Hollywood heavyweight was once married to fellow actor Billy Bob Thorton. Their borderline obsessive love for each other was well chronicled by the tabloids. They couldn’t keep their hands off of each other in public and they even reportedly rocked a vial of each other’s blood. Long after the couple divorced, Jolie revealed the truth behind the infamous vial. “It was never a vial anyway. It was like a flower press,” she said. “It was like from a slight cut on your finger and you press your fingerprint in. It was kind of a sweet gesture. I thought it was kind of romantic!”
Rapper Nelly started out in a crew before breaking out on his own with the hit debut album, “Country Grammar.” A mainstay on the hip-hop scene, fans started noticing the band-aid that seemed to always be on Nelly’s left cheek. Originally covering up a minor scrap he got while playing basketball, the “Hot In Here” rapper revealed that he kept wearing it well after the cut healed to honor his friend Lavell Webb who was serving a 10-year sentence for a crime he says he didn’t commit. “I know when he sees me on TV and sees me wearing this Band-Aid, he knows I’m wearing it for him,” said Nelly.
Britney Spears became a pop star in her late teens and had a difficult transition into womanhood. There was the random overnight Vegas wedding, the media frenzy over the end of her relationship with Justin Timberlake, and the bald haircut that let everyone know the Louisianian was having a full-blown breakdown. Thanfully, Spears is on the mend now dropping more hits and still letting people know, “Ooops I did it again.”
Heidi Montag rose to fame just as the popularity of reality television shows were on the rise. Montag first got her taste of the limelight when she appeared on a couple of episodes of “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” before starring in the spin-off, “The Hills.” Addicted to having the camera around her, Montag and her husband Spencer Pratt were regular items in the weekly magazines. Montag also fell victim to plastic surgery addiction for a brief, yet potentially dangerous, time. In late 2009, Montag underwent a whopping ten surgeries in one day, including brow-lifts, ear-pinnings, a chin reduction, a second rhinoplasty and a second breast augmentation. Three years later she talked about why she regrets what she did. “I’ll never be able to be Heidi Montag, a normal person, again. What [I’ve] done is something that you can’t undo and that’s what I didn’t realize. It’s a very different life. It’s like a lifelong sentence.”
Innovator Steve Jobs started a company in his parents’ garage and went on to changes six industries. Considered a genius ahead of his time, the Apple founder wasn’t without his weird proclivities. There was a time when Jobs’ personal hygiene was slightly neglected. The billionaire went through a phase of despising showers so much he would go days without taking one. As a student at Reed College, Jobs believed his all fruit and vegetable diet that he was on at the time would eliminate the need to bathe. This was revealed in Steve Jobs’ 2011 biography along with other quirky habits that helped shape and mold Jobs to become the CEO of a billion dollar company. Jobs passed several weeks before the book was released at the age of 56.