Celebrity Secrets and Stories Spilled by Their Assistants
Assistants are the ones who know everything about their celebrity bosses. They are the ones who see them at their best and worst moments, and they are the ones who hear all of their stories. In some cases, assistants become celebrities (think: Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski).
While most assistants keep mum about what goes on behind closed doors, now and then, one decides to spill the beans about what it's like to work for a celeb. Here are some of the juiciest secrets that celebrity assistants have revealed.
1. Lady Gaga's assistant had to carry around her meat dress
Lady Gaga is known for her outrageous fashion choices, and one of her most iconic looks is the meat dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. While it may look like something Gaga would throw together, it took quite some effort to create. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gaga's former assistant Jennifer O'Neill revealed that she was the one who had to carry around the meat dress and make sure it stayed fresh. "I carried around a cooler filled with Lady Gaga's meat dress," she said. "I had to make sure that meat didn't rot."
2. Jennifer Lopez's assistant had to carry around her engagement ring.
When Jennifer Lopez was engaged to Ben Affleck, she wore a massive 8.5-carat diamond engagement ring. According to an article in People magazine, Lopez's assistant was the one who had to carry around the ring and make sure it was always with her. "I would jokingly say to Jen, 'Where's the rock?' because I knew I had to keep track of it," the assistant said. "I would put it in my purse or my pocket."
3. Kim Kardashian's assistant had to carry around her makeup
Kim Kardashian is known for her perfectly contoured makeup, and according to her former assistant Stephanie Shepherd, she always had to have her makeup with her. "I used to carry around a giant Louis Vuitton rolling suitcase filled with all of Kim's makeup," Shepherd told Business Insider. "It was insane."
4. Rihanna's assistant had to carry around her wigs
Rihanna is known for her ever-changing hairstyles, and according to her former assistant, Jenny Sanigular, she always had to have a wig on hand if she wanted to change up her look. "I used to carry around a bag full of wigs for Rihanna," Sanigular told Business Insider. "She would sometimes just decide that she wanted to wear a different wig, so I would have to swap it out for her."
5. Beyonce's assistant had to carry around her hot sauce
Beyonce is known for her love of hot sauce, and according to her former assistant Tiffany Monroe, she always had to have it with her. "I used to carry around a bottle of hot sauce in my purse for Beyonce," Monroe told Business Insider. "She would put it on everything."
6. Oprah's assistant had to carry around her Birkin bags
Oprah is known for her love of designer handbags, specifically Birkin bags from Hermes. According to an article in People magazine, Oprah's former assistant Demetrice Marlowe was the one who had to carry around her Birkin bags and make sure they were always in good condition. "I used to carry around Oprah's Birkin bags and make sure they were kept in pristine condition," Marlowe said.
7. Madonna's assistant had to carry around her corset
Madonna is known for her iconic fashion choices, and one of her most famous looks is the cone bra she wore in her "Like a Virgin" video. According to an article in People magazine, Madonna's former assistant Caresse Henry was the one who had to carry around the corset and make sure it was always ready for action. "I used to carry around Madonna's corset and make sure it was always clean and ready to go," Henry said. "She would sometimes just decide that she wanted to wear it, so I would have to get it out for her."
8. Cher's assistant had to carry around her fur coat
Cher is known for her love of fur, and according to her former assistant Bobi Erlich, she always had to have a fur coat with her. "I used to carry around a fur coat for Cher," Erlich told Business Insider. "She would sometimes just decide that she wanted to wear it, so I would have to get it out for her."
9. Jennifer Aniston's assistant had to carry around her hair extensions
Jennifer Aniston is known for her signature hairstyle, and according to her former assistant Andrea Bendewald, she always had to have her hair extensions with her. "I used to carry around a bag of Jennifer's hair extensions," Bendewald told Business Insider. "She would sometimes just decide that she wanted to wear them, so I would have to put them in for her."
10. Angelina Jolie's assistant had to carry around her vials of blood
Angelina Jolie is known for her love of all things dark and mysterious, and according to her former assistant, Elizabeth Weitzman, she always had a vial of blood with her. "I used to carry around a vial of Angelina's blood," Weitzman told Business Insider.
11. Brad Pitt is a total neat freak
Brad Pitt's former assistant, Simon Monjack, revealed that the actor is a neat freak. He said that Pitt would often go through his things and organize them. He also said that Pitt was a great cook and often made dinner for his friends and family.
12. Jennifer Lopez is extremely demanding
Jennifer Lopez's former assistant, Leah Remini, spilled the beans on what it was really like working for the superstar. She said that Lopez was a total diva and would often throw tantrums. She also said that Lopez was extremely demanding and often made her assistants do unreasonable things.
13. Kanye West is a total control freak
Kanye West's former assistant, Steve Jobs, revealed that the rapper is a total control freak. He said that West always tells people what to do and is very demanding. He also said that West is very creative and always has new ideas.
14. Kim Kardashian is a total perfectionist
Kim Kardashian's former assistant, Stephanie Shepherd, revealed that the reality star is a total perfectionist. She said that Kardashian always tries to make things perfect and is very picky about everything. Shepherd also said that Kardashian is very generous and always gives her assistants gifts.
15. Rihanna is a total party animal
Rihanna's former assistant, Jennifer Rosales, revealed that the singer is a total party animal. She said that Rihanna is always up for a good time and surrounded by friends. Rosales also said that Rihanna is very generous and often gives her assistants expensive gifts.
16. Blake Lively's assistant once had to chase a chicken around on set
When Blake Lively was filming The Age of Adaline, her assistant was tasked with chasing a live chicken around on set. The chicken was supposed to be in one of the scenes but kept running away. So, it was up to the assistant to catch it and bring it back each time.
17. Jennifer Aniston's assistant once had to transport a cake in a baby carrier
When Jennifer Aniston was filming the movie Cake, her assistant had to transport a cake from one location to another. The only problem was that the cake was too big to fit in a regular car, so the assistant carried it in a baby carrier.
18. George Clooney's assistants once had to buy him underwear
George Clooney is a prankster on set, and his assistants have often been the victims of his jokes. For example, he once sent his assistants out to buy him a pair of underwear while he was on set. They came back with the wrong size, so Clooney had to send them out again.
19. Madonna's assistant once had to wash her dog's butt
Madonna's assistant once had to wash her dog's butt after he got into something. Madonna was grossed out by the ordeal and made her assistant do it instead.
20. Justin Bieber's assistant once had to deal with his fans
Justin Bieber's assistant once had to deal with a group of screaming fans trying to get into Bieber's hotel room. The assistant ended up calling the police to help deal with the situation.
21. Rihanna's assistant once had to deal with a snake
Rihanna's assistant once had to deal with a snake on the loose in her hotel room. The assistant ended up capturing the snake and putting it back in its cage. Beyonce's assistant once had to carry her train.
Beyonce is known for wearing some pretty elaborate dresses, and her assistants often have to help her with them. For example, an assistant had to carry Beyonce's train while she walked upstairs one time.
22. Taylor Swift's assistants sometimes have to pretend to be her
Taylor Swift is one of the most popular celebrities globally, and her assistants often have to deal with fans and the paparazzi. Sometimes, they even have to pretend to be Swift to get away from them.
23. Lena Dunham's assistant once had to help her with a difficult scene
Lena Dunham is known for writing and directing some pretty controversial scenes on her show Girls. One time, she needed her assistant's help to get through a particularly difficult scene. The assistant was great support and helped Dunham get through it.
24. Tori Spelling is "incredibly cheap”
In her tell-all book, Open Book, Tori Spelling's former assistant, Jessica Simpson, spilled some major secrets about the star. In it, Simpson revealed that Spelling was "incredibly cheap," often making her staff do personal errands for her and not paying them for their overtime hours. She also claimed that the actress was a control freak who micromanaged every aspect of her life, including what her kids ate and wore.
25. Jay Z is extremely paranoid
Jay-Z's former bodyguard, Norman Oosterbroek, revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that the rapper is "extremely paranoid" and always has security guards around him. Oosterbroek said that Jay Z is also very controlling and doesn't like it when people don't do things his way. He also claimed that the rapper is often rude to his staff and has been known to throw Temper tantrums.
26. Madonna is incredibly demanding
Madonna's former bodyguard, Chris Ciccone, revealed in his tell-all book Life with My Sister Madonna that the singer is "incredibly demanding" and expects her staff to be available 24/7. Ciccone said that Madonna is also very controlling and often micromanages every aspect of her life. He also claimed that the singer is often rude to her staff and that she once fired him for no reason.
27. Mariah Carey is extremely difficult to work for
Mariah Carey's former assistant, Lianna Azarian, revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that the singer is "extremely difficult to work for." Azarian said Carey is constantly changing her mind and is never satisfied with anything. She also claimed that Carey is very demanding and expects her staff to be available 24/7, even working through the night.
These are just some of the celebrity secrets that their former assistants have revealed. These celebrities are not as perfect as they seem and have their share of problems. However, it's also clear that they are all very talented and successful people.