13 Outrageous Diva Demands — Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Kanye West, and More (PHOTOS)
Beyonce added power to the word "diva" in her 2009 hit song — defining it as the “female version of a hustler.” But the following stars, both male and female, have a tendency to go a bit overboard with their star status (ahem, Mariah Carey).
From police escorts to pristine toilet seats, these celebs hold their surroundings to a higher standard than one might consider reasonable. Here are 13 of showbiz's most notorious divas and their craziest demands.
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Was Bey’s “Diva” song about her hubby? TMZ claims Hova demands there be no vacuuming around his dressing room, requests for concert tickets to “avoid embarrassment,” allows no sharp corners or uncovered electrictrical outlets in the room (for Blue’s sake). OK, not so bad — at least not as bad as his Watch the Throne collaborator…
While the Grammy-winning diva certainly has the pipes and resume to back up the title — she holds the record for most no. 1 singles by a female recording artist — does Mariah’s Billboard status justify her outrageous demands?
For example, reports surfaced around 2009 claiming she wanted 20 white kittens and 100 white doves to be released while she turned on Christmas lights at Westfield London Shopping Centre. (The request was denied.)
During her heyday, Xtina’s contract rider demanded items like Flintstones vitamins, Oreo cookies, soy cheese… and a police escort to route her car through any potential traffic delays. Because, obviously, no diva should have to endure the utter agony of a red light.
According to Perez Hilton, J.Lo’s demands have skyrocketed in recent years. At the 2010 American Music Awards, the former American Idol judge demanded a custom-fitted ferry — complete with faux leather seats, a champagne fridge, and a pair of diamond-encrusted headphones — to usher her from Cannes to Monaco. (But seriously, guys, she’s still Jenny from the block.)
This “Good For You” songstress’s demands, if the rumors are true, have been motivated by something different: heartbreak. A report from Hollywood Life says Selena spent her whole March 2014 Adidas Neo commercial shoot in breakup mode after splitting from Justin Bieber (again) and banned the name “Justin” from being said on-set. It’s a pretty common name, so a few crew members reportedly had to go by a different name for a while.
From “a mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair” to 28 bottles of water at room temperature and 28 cold, Mother Monster’s requests (via Celebuzz) run the gamut from totally bizarre to oddly specific. But what else can you expect from someone who looks at raw meat and sees formal wear?
According to The Smoking Gun, this “Roar” star’s backstage dream suite includes “two cream-colored egg chairs, one of which should have a footstool,” as well as a refrigerator with a glass door.
The “Wide Awake” singer is also firmly anti-carnation. “ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS,” her rider specifies.
This Rebel Heart singer is the Queen of Pop, so it’s only fitting she would demand her very own throne while on tour. According to the Daily Mail, Madge requires a brand new toilet seat at every show, in addition to dozens of white roses and candles to protect from “negative glances and mean-spiritedness.”
Perhaps even more shocking is Madonna’s request to ban air conditioning in every venue to protect her vocal chords. Fans who flocked to see her Confessions World Tour in London in 2006 began fainting as temps inside the arena hit the 90-degree mark.
This Kardashian matriarch tried to play the celebrity card to bypass ordinary people — you know, us mere commoners — while waiting in line for an iPhone 5 at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, reports Radar Online.
Rebuffed by the managers, Kris sent her assistant on the fool’s errand anyway. Guards keeping order among the throngs of Apple devotees simply told the gofer to get in line.
Tom Cruise The Sun reports that, while touring the Adriatic Sea in his luxury yacht, the Mission Impossible leading man stopped in the port of Kotor and asked the manager of the five-star Forza Mare to clear out the 10-room boutique hotel so that he could spend quality solo time with his dinner. The manager balked at the request — and rightly so — so a disgruntled Tom had a seafood spread delivered to his yacht instead.