When celebrities turn bad, often in the full glare of the media spotlight, it’s a little like watching a slow motion car crash – we know we should turn away, but somehow, we just can’t. Could celebrity bad behavior be rooted in the stars? Does a celebrity’s star sign play a part in their meltdown? Yes, to a certain extent. Sun signs are only one small part of astrology, and the full picture is much more complex than that, but here’s our guide to the type of tantrums we can expect from celebs.
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
Even on a good day, Aries finds it hard to walk the line between assertiveness and aggression, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Aries celebrities can become known for their foul tempers. An Aries person sees the world in quite simplistic, black and white terms – if you’re not for them, you’re against them, there is no middle ground as far as they’re concerned. They’re also not very bothered about what others think of them, and are quite happy to scream and shout in public. To be fair, sometimes the anger is triggered by the Arian desire to protect their loved ones – Alec Baldwin, for instance, has a history of tweet fights and scuffles with photographers and those he believes are harassing him or his family. Other times, though, it’s just plain scary behavior – such as Shannon Doherty’s gunpoint threats against her ex-fiance, or her highly publicized bar fight with Bonita Money. Personifying Arian ego in action, actor Russell Crowe is known for his outbursts on set, particularly when he believes a scene is beneath him – because fundamentally with Aries, it’s all about “me, me, me”.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
By and large, Taurus people are relatively placid and kind. The sign does have a darker side, however. A Taurus can be very possessive and controlling when life doesn’t go his or her way. It may take a while for problems to emerge, but bubbling under the surface is quite a temper. When it does burst through, it’s typically followed by remorse, but Taurus can go through many such cycles before finally learning a lesson. Chris Brown, for instance, was reported as having said in April 2013 that he had finally learned that beating a woman was wrong – four years after his infamous assault on Rihanna. Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman has also been in trouble with the law multiple times for spousal abuse issues, in his case following a troubled upbringing. Taurean violent outbursts are relatively rare, however. As Rihanna said of Chris Brown, “He's a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He's giving and loving. And he's fun to be around.” It’s often all roses, until something snaps.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
When Gemini celebrities act up, more often than not it’s with words rather than with physical violence. Gemini is the consummate communicator, and this sign knows more than most how words have a power all of their own. It’s also quite easy for Gemini to lie and to dupe others with their charm, so this sign is the home of con artists and thieves. When Gemini loses it, it’s often over something relatively minor. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has a long history of diva-like behavior, including verbal and physical abuse of various assistants, in some cases triggered by something as simple as not being able to find a pair of jeans. She was also called to give evidence at the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, having allegedly received blood diamonds from him under somewhat shady and unclear circumstances. Perhaps the most typical Gemini bad behavior, however, comes from comedian Russell Brand. Known for his controversial brand of humor, he has also recently become well known for turning the tables on interviewers, leaving them humiliated and defeated as he talks his way to victory.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
Cancer is a sweet, loving and gentle sign – most of the time. However, Cancer people often struggle with depression, and in the high pressure celebrity world, that can lead to drink and drug issues. Known also for mood swings and psychotic behavior, Cancer actually accounts for a higher proportion of serial killers than any other sign – surprising, perhaps, unless you actually live with a Cancer, in which case, possibly not. Not in the realm of serial killers, but troubled nonetheless, typical Cancerian celebrity behavior is shown by Lindsay Lohan. Director Paul Schrader said this year of her: “In the past 16 months, I have been hostage to Lindsay Lohan. She is a great actress, she should be here, but her behavior is unspeakable.” Struggling with sobriety issues, Lindsay’s checkered past is typical of how Cancer can go off the rails. Similarly, David Hasselhoff, shamed in a leaked video clip of him in a drunken stupor in 2007, has ongoing battles with alcoholism which affect his work and his celebrity status. Once Cancer has a problem, depressive cycles and emotional hurts make it difficult to resolve.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
Leo has perhaps the biggest ego of all of the star signs, so it’s no surprise that celebrity bad behavior Leo style tends to show itself most when that ego is threatened. This is typical “Don’t you know who I am?” behavior at its worst. Madonna and Sean Penn were a double Leo couple whose joint bad behavior in the 80s regularly made the headlines; 30 years later, Madonna is still “difficult” by all accounts, and her bored and superior attitude in interviews has been remarked upon recently. At an Oscars party this year, guests were reportedly infuriated by her rude and egotistical behavior – this is one Leo who’s not willing to accept that these days, there may be bigger stars in the room. Another Leo who found himself in trouble over ego is Michael Richards from Seinfeld. In 2006, he let loose a racist tirade at hecklers in a comedy club, an incident which still haunts him to this day. Richards explained that he was trying to defuse the heckling by being even more outrageous, and it backfired – that’s what happens when that Leo ego gets in the way.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Ah, Virgo. Quiet, modest and definitely not the party type – right? How can Virgo celebrities get themselves into trouble? Ironically, given that this is the sign of the virgin, it’s often trouble with sex which thrusts these celebrities into the wrong kind of limelight. Virgo has a hidden sexuality which can border on the perverse, and it’s also quite a secretive sign. Hugh Grant was famous for his image as a proper, polite, educated English gentleman – very Virgo – until 1995, when he was caught in compromising circumstances with a prostitute in his car, and received two years summary probation. Incidentally, Grant’s grumpiness, criticism of the movie industry and all round sarcasm are also very Virgo traits. Charlie Sheen is another Virgo celebrity whose increasingly erratic behavior has often involved prostitutes and porn stars. If they’re not in trouble over sex, it’s drugs which cause problems for other Virgo celebs. Virgo, for all its health conscious image, does tend to get addicted to substances quite easily – particularly prescription drugs or painkillers, as in the tragic case of Virgo Michael Jackson.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
Libra people are generally known for being polite and diplomatic, and for avoiding conflict at all costs. When Libra celebrities behave badly, we often notice because of their rudeness or their very undiplomatic approach. Take rapper Eminem, for example. He raps about things we don’t like to talk about in polite society – and while that’s a form of art, and arguably a good thing, it doesn’t do many favors for women in particular and could be seen as normalizing abusive behavior. A perfect example of the shock factor when Libra behaves badly was Eminem’s ESPN interview this September, in which he appeared vague and distracted and openly stated that he was uncomfortable – the interview was so unexpected that it gave him huge publicity. Simon Cowell is another Libra celebrity who gets our attention precisely for behaving in a very un-Libra like way. His callous, unkind and caustic comments to contestants on American Idol and X Factor make us cringe – but keep us watching just the same. When Libra gets rude, the Libra celebrity’s bank balance goes up.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
When Scorpio celebrities turn bad, it’s usually to do with power or control. Scorpio as a sign absolutely needs to control others, and taking away that control can lead to extremely passionate outbursts and the unleashing of a temper which can rival even that of Aries. Top among badly behaved Scorpio celebrities must be chef Gordon Ramsay, who is now arguably more famous for his foul mouthed outbursts than for his food. Ramsay maintains that his no-nonsense attitude is necessary for the good running of a kitchen, and indeed his perfectionism is another Scorpio trait. It doesn’t take much for those Ramsay works with to feel the heat of his tongue, particularly if he asks them to do something and they fail – it’s the control factor again. He needs to be boss, and if he isn’t, because something isn’t working, that’s when the rage erupts. Ironically, when celebrity Scorpios don’t behave badly, they’re pilloried for that too – take Anne Hathaway, for instance – widely loathed for no apparent reason other than for being too perfect and, by and large, well behaved!
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
As a sign, Sagittarius really doesn’t care what you think. Sagittarius celebs don’t either – or do they? Generally friendly, gregarious and free spirited, Sagittarius people are generally content to do their own thing, but when celebrity strikes, Sagittarius seems to develop a strong need for attention. Witness Britney Spears and her 2007 meltdown and head shaving incident. In Britney’s case, her erratic behavior seems to coincide with the end of relationships, and indeed she is reportedly in trouble again after the ending of her engagement to Jason Trawick. Independent minded though Sagittarius is, a Sagittarius in trouble needs someone to lean on. The most recent Sagittarius behaving badly is Miley Cyrus, whose outrageous twerking performance on the MTV Video Music Awards was widely greeted with shock and disbelief. Despite those who believe Miley is being manipulated by the music industry, Sagittarius lives by its own rules, regardless whether society approves or not – Miley is probably entirely in control of her actions, and simply does not care whether we approve or disapprove.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
Capricorn is an authoritative kind of sign, and Capricorn people generally believe that they are in charge and answer to nobody. When Capricorn celebrities behave badly, there’s often an element of this at work, with the celebrity thinking that they are above the law or entitled to behave how they please. Jude Law is a typical example of this – not only did he have a much publicized affair with his children’s nanny, but he is widely considered to be quite arrogant by nature, and acts in a superior way. Having all of the answers is another Capricorn trait, and this one is illustrated well by Mel Gibson. Known for his ultra-conservative stance and his staunch traditional Catholic beliefs, Mel has been very outspoken in the past, holding some extreme views. He has been accused of anti-Semitism, particularly following the The Passion of the Christ, but he is largely unapologetic over his views – in this way, he exhibits some of the typical Capricorn gone bad traits of dogmatism and bigotry.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
Known as the rebel of the zodiac, Aquarius is a sign which breaks the rules on a routine basis. Aquarius celebrities tend to go off the wall in a fairly dramatic style, therefore, since they have so much to live up to! Celebrities such as Paris Hilton find themselves defined by the mistakes they’ve made – in Paris’ case, her infamous love life and sex tapes – rather than by their talent, which no doubt infuriates them. Christian Bale is another Aquarius celebrity who has a reputation for being “difficult”, even among his own family – and his foul mouthed tirade against a cinematographer during the filming of Terminator Salvation became an internet sensation and further underlined his status as a hard to work with actor. When life doesn’t go how Aquarius wants it to, this sign does have a tendency to throw its toys on the floor and sulk. Witness John McEnroe’s well documented tantrums and bad boy antics at the height of his tennis prowess in the 80s – another example of a celebrity’s poor behavior overshadowing their talent.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
Pisces is a gentle, mystical sign, and perhaps the sign least well equipped of all to handle the stresses of fame and celebrity. These sensitive people always seek the line of least resistance, and are easily susceptible to negative escapism – particularly to drugs and alcohol. Those who’ve experienced fame at a young age are especially vulnerable to this – Justin Bieber’s behavior, for instance, has become increasingly unstable recently, and he has chosen some unwise company, mixing with stars known to be involved with drugs. In August this year, his and his entourage’s luggage were searched by sniffer dogs, with police having responded to a tip-off. They found nothing, but concerns remain over this young star’s future. Drew Barrymore is another Pisces whose fame at a young age caused notorious problems with drugs and alcohol. Happily, most Pisces celebrities eventually sort themselves out, but for the unfortunate few who do not, what starts as bad behavior can turn to tragedy – as in the sad case of Kurt Cobain, whose final years were marred by heroin addiction and depression before his suicide in 1994.