Strangest celeb phobias from Adele’s seagull fear to Niall Horan’s pigeon attack

Fans ain’t always funny for comedian Rob Brydon, who has a phobia of snakes, as we revealed yesterday.

Now the 56-year-old Gavin and Stacey star is trying to overcome his lifelong fear, which is one of the more common, along with a dread of spiders, rats or sharks.

But some famous folk are scared of more surprising critters as James Moore reveals…


Phobia: Seagulls

Singer Adele, now 33, says her fear started when eating an ice cream aged nine: “This huge f * g seagull came down and swiped it off me…I thought it was going to take me away with it.”

Kristen Stewart

Phobia: Horses

A nagging fear of steeds plagues the Twilight actress after she fell off one as a child. The 31-year-old says: “I hate ‘em.” and admits being terrified riding one for her film Snow White and the Huntsman.


Phobia: Giraffes

The 49-year-old rapper can’t stand them: “I have a weird thing with giraffes, man…I don’t like their necks.” He also has a serious fear of owls.

Orlando Bloom

Phobia: Pigs

The 44-year-old Brit is reckoned to have a case of swinophobia after he “ran like crazy” when a porker escaped on the set of his movie Kingdom of Heaven.

Taylor Swift

Phobia: Sea urchins

The spiny creatures leave the 31-year-old singer petrified. She explains: “They’re like a grenade. They’re sitting there waiting to completely injure you.”

Niall Horan

Phobia: Pigeons

The 28-year-old ex-One Direction singer says he can’t stand the birds “after one once flew in through my bathroom window and went for me while I was having a wee!”


Phobia: Fish

The singer, 33, is so alarmed by them she once had a panic attack when swimming in the sea off Barbados seeing “all these tiny fish swimming around my feet.”

Nicole Kidman

Phobia: Butterflies

Known as lepidopterophobia, the fear has plagued the 54 -year-old Aussie actress since she was a kid. She says: “There is something eerie about them.” Kylie Jenner has the same phobia.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Phobia: Ostriches

In his film Prince of Persia, the 40-year-old was chased by the birds and ended up scared stiff of them. He says: “They can kill you with their beaks, tear off your face with their claws.”

Scarlett Johansson

Phobia: Cockroaches

The Black Widow star, 36, once woke up to find a cockroach on her face and has been left horrified by the insects saying: “I cannot stand cockroaches.”

Tyra Banks

Phobia: Dolphins

The model has had delfiniphobia since she was eight when she suffered recurring bad dreams about them. Now 47, she says: “You think a dolphin is sweet and friendly – to me, they’re not.”

Katie Holmes

Phobia: Raccoons

The 42-year-old actress, famous for roles in film including Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, says the wild animals creep her out. She recalled encountering one staring at her “like he’s going to kick my butt.”

Walt Disney

Phobia: Mice

Plenty of people are afraid of the scuttling rodents, but even the creator of the iconic Mickey Mouse character is said to have suffered from musophobia in real life.

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