Hide Ya Kids (And Your Home Address): Scary Celebrity Death Threats
Being a public figure comes with major benefits but there are also some down sides. There are a lot of crazy people out there, and as a result of their fame these stars were the targets of serious death threats.
In 2009, Kanye West learned a very valuable lesson: don’t mess with Taylor Swift. After he crashed her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and insisted that Beyonce should’ve won the award instead, the Chicago rapper has admitted that he had to go into hiding for six months because of the death threats he received. Staying out of the public eye, West would emerge a year later on the very same stage to perform his new song “Runaway.”
Kim Kardashian is one of the most followed users on Twitter and while she normally posts selfies and brags about a new purchase or vacationing in at an exotic location, a couple years ago the reality show star used the social networking platform to wish peace for Israel. Needless to say, she was soon barraged with numerous death threats along with people urging her to kill herself.
Ever since he physically assaulted Rihanna before the Grammys in 2009, Chris Brown will never be able to get back into everyone’s good graces. The “Don’t Judge Me” singer has been in and out of trouble since then but for some reason last May he got under someone’s skin so bad, death threats aimed at the young star were called into his lawyer’s office. The LAPD opened an investigation and Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos has vowed to work closely with the police.
Normally, a high-rating sitcom would be a fun place to work at but for Jon Cryer there was one day when he wished he didn’t show up. The “Two and a Half Men” star was in the middle of a nasty divorce battle with his soon-to-be ex-wife. After she made a significant threat against his life, security around the set was beefed up and the taping went on as scheduled but without the live studio audience.
Actress Halle Berry has been vocal about her fear of the paparazzi and how their relentless chasing could cause a serious accident but in 2012, someone else had the Oscar-winning actress scared to death. A mentally unstable man threatened to slit Berry’s throat. This was the same man who threatened to slit Madonna’s throat and was actually shot by her bodyguard back in 1994.
It can be a cold, cruel world for R&B singers while Beyonce holds the crown. Keri Hilson has never been a fan of the “Drunk In Love” singer and she has always been subliminally vocal about her disdain for Beyonce. But Hilson must’ve had enough of the backlash and constant death threats from the Beyhive because the “No Girls Allowed” singer took to twitter to beg Beyonce’s fans to leave her alone once and for all.
Justin Bieber has been called a spoiled and self-entitled brat because of his behavior over the recent years but that’s no reason to kill him. Last year a murder plot came to light that had the blonde-haired singer as the main target. A Boston inmate ordered a hit on Biebs and his manager, wanting them both castrated and strangled. The bumbling hit men were pulled over and held for outstanding warrants when police came across the plot.
He may be considered a public nuisance now but back when Justin Bieber’s image was sticky sweet, he had a legion of young female fans in love with the baby-faced star. When he first started his romance with on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, some Beliebers were not too happy about their union. As a result, Gomez was the target of a hate campaign that included some serious death threats.
It must be very emotional being in the middle of a love triangle. And it’s even worse when it plays out for the public to see. Back when Chris Brown was juggling both Rihanna and Karrueche Tran, basketball watchers caught a glimpse of the “Loyal” singer canoodling courtside with the pop diva at a Los Angeles Lakers game. Tran decided to call the pair out on Instagram as liars but the legions of fans from both of the singers weren’t having that. The sometimes model found herself on the receiving end of numerous death threats.
The popular rap song and saying “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” has never been truer for Rick Ross. The Miami rapper may run his own record label but death threats had him running for his life. He ruffled the feathers of a Chicago gang after mentioning one of their founding fathers in a music video. Ross also survived a shooting attempt on his life and had to skip performing at a concert when he was recently run out of Detroit by rapper Trick Trick.
Things came crashing down for Michael Vick when he was thrown in jail during the height of his career for taking part in organized dog fighting. After paying his debt to society and returning to the football field, the NFL quarterback recently had to cancel several appearances to promote his book. People who were none too happy about his past involvement with the illegal and cruel activity called in death threats to venues aimed at both Vick and his family.
Ever had a song follow you and everywhere you went, it would play on the radio, in the stores you visited and in cars passing by? That was certainly the case with Rebecca Black’s ubiquitous song “Friday.” The 13-year-old had a smash hit on her hands that quickly went viral but not everyone was a fan. Black was the recipient of numerous death threats from people that were sick of the song. Two of the threats were serious enough for the police to investigate.
British actor Daniel Radcliffe became a child star after landing the role of Harry Potter in the money-making franchise but several years ago, he had to deal with a very adult concern. After the 18-year-old actor received death threats, security during filming at the Warner Bros. studio was beefed up. His driver was switched out and his every move was followed by four ex-army men from U.K.’s Special Air Service Regiment. “There is a real concern for Daniel’s welfare,” a source told the “Hollywood Reporter.” “The bigwigs haven’t said what has been going on. It’s all hush-hush but security has been massively ramped up.”