The Most Absurd Ways Celebrities Have Avoided The Paparazzi

Leonardo DiCaprio Hid In His Coat

The Most Absurd Ways Celebrities Have Avoided The Paparazzi
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  • Fun Fact: The photo was taken in the middle of spring.
  • Creative ways to hide: Leonardo DiCaprio once wore a Darth Vader mask to remain incognito!
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Dustin Hoffman Ducked Behind A Mailbox

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  • Fun Fact: Dustin Hoffman likes to play hide and seek with Paparazzi.
  • Creative ways to hide: Hoffman has been known to hide behind tree branches, light posts, or anything else that might be at his disposal.
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Shaquille O’Neal Played Peek-A-Boo

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  • Fun FactFormer NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is known for goofing around with photographers. 
  • Why we love him: It’s refreshing to see a celeb play around with intrusive photographers instead of getting angry!
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Katy Perry Hid Behind A Donut Pillow

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  • Fun Fact: Katy Perry attempted to hide from the paparazzi as she made her way through Miami International Airport by covering herself with a large donut pillow, along with a baseball cap and sunglasses.
  • She even shared it on Twitter: “Bought GIANT doughnut pillow at Kidrobot NYC and it wouldn’t fit in any of my bags […] When gettin off the plane it was the best paparazzi shield.”
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Kesha Wore A Tiger Mask

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  • Her way of hidingKesha tapped into her wild side to scare away the paparazzi by wearing a tiger mask as she walked through the streets of New York City.
  • The impact social media and tabloids on her mental healthSeeing paparazzi photos of myself and the accompanying catty commentary fueled my eating disorder […] The sick irony was that when I was at some of the lowest points in my life, I kept hearing how much better I looked.”
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Justin Bieber Hid Behind A Gas Mask

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  • Fun FactThe singer was spotted around town wearing a gas mask several times during his visit in London, but was reportedly pranking the paparazzi. 
  • Friends joke: An insider close to Bieber revealed to Us Weekly that Justin’s close friend Julian Keyz (a young songwriter/producer also known as Julkeys) also wears it to pretend he’s Justin and throw people off as they’re the same height.
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Alec Baldwin Dressed As A Ghost

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  • Fun Fact: Earlier on the day that photo was taken, the actor and his then-fiance supposedly visited the marriage bureau to obtain a marriage license when he had a physical confrontation with a photographer. 
  • Creative way to hide: Dressing up as a ghost is an effective way to disappear from sight!
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Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield Hid Behind A Cause

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  • Generous way to hide: The former couple used the media for good after they saw a group of photographers waiting to snap their pic by carrying handwritten notes that called attention to their favorite charities.
  • Fun FactThe message became viral and other celebrities started pulling the same stunt.
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Cara Delevingne Wore A Pizza Onesie

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  • Creative way to hide: The actress took her love of food to the extreme and wore a pepperoni pizza onesie, covering herself from head to toe.
  • Fun FactDelevingne wasn’t the first actress to sport the pizza onesie. The paparazzi spotted Katy Perry the week before wearing the same getup.
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John Voight Did An Evasive Maneuver

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  • Useless way to hide: John Voight was caught off guard when he encountered photographers and took cover behind a traffic cone.
  • Fun Fact: He may not be the best hider, but the actor (and Angelina Jolie’s father!) has become the master of evading tough questions from the media.
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Ashley Tisdale Hid Behind Her Dog

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  • Creative way to hide: Ashley Tisdale was forced to use the nearest object to avoid the paparazzi and shielded herself with her dog.
  • Alarming FactIn 2008, a photographer broke into her home and tried to capture exclusive video footage of the star. “They don’t want middle America to know this is what they do to try to get pictures,” Tisdale revealed.
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Isla Fisher Took Cover Behind Her Baby

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  • Shameless way to hide: Isla Fisher ducked behind her daughter Elula’s stroller when she noticed photographers trying to snap a pic while on a pleasant mother-daughter stroll through the streets of New York City.
  • Ironic Fact: She spoke with People Magazine about the challenge of protecting her children from photographers. Seems like she preferred protecting herself that day!
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Shia LaBeouf Put A Bag Over His Head

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  • Creative way to hide: Shia LaBeouf put a paper bag over his head and cut out eye holes so he could see as he made his escape.
  • Behavioral problem: LeBoeuf has earned a bit of a reputation for being confrontational with the paparazzi and once threw a cup of coffee at an intrusive photographer.
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Miley Cyrus Hid Behind A Honey Boo Boo Mask

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  • Creative way to hide: Miley Cyrus covered her face with a Honey Boo Boo mask as she made her way into ABC Studios in New York City.
  • Fun FactCyrus admitted that she was a fan of the show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo when she was a guest on Chelsea Lately. “I put in a home theater in my house, and then it wasn’t quite loud enough so we got subwoofers so I can really hear her extra loud,” Cyrus said. “So when I hear her, ‘Holla for a dolla!’ The whole house shakes.”
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Gwyneth Paltrow Took Cover Behind Her Tiny Purse

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  • Common way to hide: Gwyneth Paltrow did like many other Hollywood leading ladies and uses her small purse to take cover as she fought her way through throngs of people wanting to snap a pic.
  • She didn’t plan itMost of the time, female stars carry oversized bags that serve as the perfects shields, but that day, hers was really small.
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Scarlett Johansson And Alicia Keys Turned The Tables

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  • Denunciatory way to hide: Scarlett Johansson and Alicia Keys called the photographers out by holding signs, “I am being harassed by the person taking this picture” and “Me too!” 
  • Endless Problem: Until paparazzi are considered by the law for the criminal stalkers they are, it’s just a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana,” Johansson once said. 
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Alex Rodriguez Ducked Behind A Parking Meter

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  • Creative way to hide: Alex Rodriguez was spotted paying at a parking meter before heading to the gym in Miami Beach, Florida. He noticed the shutterbugs and ducked behind the meter.
  • Paparazzi problemsAccording to TMZ, Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s driver clipped an overzealous photog who was trying to snap a pic as they left in their SUV while they were leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles.
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Eva Mendes Hid Behind Her Hair

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  • Creative way to hide: Photogs cornered Eva Mendes as she left the Salon Desire in Los Feliz, California, so she took matters into her own hands and hid behind her perfectly styled hair. 
  • Dog protectionMendes opened up to New York Magazine, revealing that she wished her dog could have legal protection from the paparazzi.“I’ll go somewhere and they’ll be like, ‘Hey, Hugo!’ and I’m like, ‘How do you know Hugo’s name?’” she said. “That’s so creepy!”
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Pete Wentz And Ashlee Simpson Wore Halloween Masks

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  • Funny way to hide: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz noticed the paparazzi and ducked into the store Halloween Adventure. They emerged in creepy Halloween masks to throw off photographers.
  • Fun FactWentz is another celebrity that likes to have fun with the paparazzi and once wore a paper plate over his face with a handwritten message that read, “YOUR AD COULD BE HERE… EMAIL: [email protected]—–BAG.COM”.
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Amanda Bynes Covered Up With A Shirt

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  • Creative way to hide: Amanda Bynes made an attempt to hide from the cameras by draping a blue blouse over her head.
  • Strange choiceFor a while, the actress often went on Twitter rants and had several run-ins with the law as she struggled with substance abuse. During that time, she was spotted wandering around the street in Times Square of New York City. We can’t help but wonder why she chose to go to the busiest area of Manhattan if she wanted to avoid media attention. 

Leigh Hewett

Freelance writer and pop culture junkie, Leigh Hewett loves to keep her finger on the pulse of celebrity news. Her work has been featured on TheTalko, Babygaga, and TheRichest. Her hobbies include keeping up with the Kardashians, eating french fries, and driving her two sons to and from basketball practice, all while blasting 90s hip hop from her minivan.

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