While fame may provide protection from many things — bad hair days, waiting in line for the latest designer handbag and doing your own laundry — celebrity status doesn’t guarantee immunity from things that go bump in the night.
It seems celebrities see dead people too.
Just in time for Halloween, these homegrown and international stars reveal their beyond-the-grave tales, some of which are guaranteed to leave you with the chills.
A 2009 European tour wasn’t all fun and games for chart-topper Miley Cyrus, who discovered that the plush London apartment she was renting as a base in between tour dates was haunted!
“It was seriously so terrifying,” the Wrecking Ball singer told British Elle. “One night, my little sister — it sounds crazy to tell you — but she was standing in the shower and all of a sudden, I hear her scream. I run in there and the water had somehow flipped to hot.”
And that wasn’t the only spooky experience Miley had in the former bakery. “I thought I had seen a little boy sitting on the sink watching me take a shower,” she says. “I was sitting there the next night and maybe I’m crazy, but I could have sworn I could see this little boy sitting there on the sink, kicking his feet.”
After one too many odd encounters both the songstress and her family made the decision to relocate to a nearby — ghost-free — hotel. “I had to move,” she recalls. “I will never stay there ever again.”
While starring in the musical Chicago during its Perth run, Nat Bass had a close encounter with the supernatural.
“Myself and a few of the cast were staying in a house there,” the 41-year-old explains to news.com.au. “I remember waking up in the middle of the night and felt this heavy feeling on my chest. It was hard to breathe, the air was thick, I was sweating and I felt that there was a presence in the space.
“A girl in the other room told me the next day that exactly the same thing had happened to her. We ended up having someone come in and sage the entire house. It was really spooky!”
Actor Nicolas Cage is a longtime fan of things that go bump in the night. He bought his own tomb (pyramid-shaped, no less) and once owned the most haunted house in New Orleans (the LaLaurie Mansion of American Horror Story: Coven fame) so it comes as little surprise that he’s had a real-life run in with a spectre.
While staying in the Napa Valley home of his movie director uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, the star decided to sleep in the attic (go figure) and encountered the spirit of a woman with “big hair”, which prompted him to make swift exit.
Following on from the death of a close friend’s mum, singer and stage star, Rob Mills, had a strange encounter that would stay with him for life.
“They buried her ashes in their back garden,” remembers the 34-year-old. “One day soon after my mate’s dad swore he could smell oranges. Apparently, in her later years, she had been doing a lot of Reiki and the scent she associated with it was oranges.
“There are no orange trees or orange blossoms anywhere near their property. I love that she will always remain there, coming and going with the breeze.’
Self-proclaimed “ghost hunter” Demi Lovato lives and breathes things that go bump in the night.
“My house in Texas is so ridiculously haunted,” the singer and actress told Buzzfeed. “Not by a bad spirit, but a little girl. I think her name is Emily. I’ve had a medium come over and ghost hunters, and they both told me the same name.
“There were so many times that I saw her when I was growing up. I saw her in my closet one time. When I was three-years-old my mom caught me talking to something by myself. She asked, ‘who are you talking to?’ and I said, ‘my best friend Emily.’”
If that wasn’t spooky enough, the 24-year-old claims that both she has psychic abilities. “Stuff will just happen,” she says. “When I walk into a room, I can tell if something has happened there or not, or if a hotel is haunted.”
Shortly after moving into a new home in the Hollywood Hills in 2003, Magic Mike actor, Matthew McConaughey, was woken in the middle of the night by a series of loud noises.
“I get up with my dog Miss Hud and start running around buck naked with a bat to investigate,” the 46-year-old recalled to Askmen. “I go downstairs and there’s nothing there.”
According to the star, he later saw a female apparition several times, which he has since christened “Madame Blue.” And while most would baulk at the idea of living in a haunted house, the handsome screen star is at peace with the idea.
“She’s a cool ghost,” he says “Maybe me being nude all the time is why we get along!”
Former The X Factor judge, Ronan Keating, is in no doubt that his late mum is watching over him.
“I’m constantly reminded that my late mum is with me,” he says. “Although she passed away in 1998, things keep happening that make me believe I’m being looked after.”
One of the things that the Boyzone star references to is his Australian TV producer wife, Storm, with whom he tied the knot earlier this year. “Putting someone like my wife, Storm, in my life, I know my mum has done that,” he says.
“And on our wedding day, the sun was shining — in Scotland! It was one of the hottest days of the year. If that isn’t proof, I don’t know what is.”
His stellar path to stardom as Breaking Bad character Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in the hit TV series is crazy in itself, but actor, RJ Mitte’s, life off screen is even stranger.
“I’ve had so many paranormal experiences,” says the 24-year-old “Mainly at home. My grandparents built a house from scratch and the house was haunted — and I mean haunted!
“I remember after my grandmother passed away, I would hear her footsteps pace the hallways at night at around three in the morning — just like she had done while she was alive. I’ve technically ‘died’ several times while I was a child and I think that has made me more open to these experiences.”