What do Bradley Cooper, Keira Knightley and Adele have in common?

Given that people with social anxiety fear being negatively judged or evaluated, sufferers often do not divulge their condition to family and/or friends, yet alone the general public.

I am always delighted to read about celebrities or public figures who are happy to discuss their shyness and/or social anxiety in the media as it helps to destigmatize mental health issues.

Keira Knightley, actor , was interviewed for Harpers Bazaar February 2013 and journalist Jennifer Dickinson wrote when she first met Keira she had no idea then “That her shyness was almost overwhelming when faced with a room full of strangers”.

In the interview, ‘Keira Royale’ , Keira said she found red carpet events stressful. “I get really, really, really, really, nervous, every dress has to be sweat proof!”.

Another quote from Keira was “I do have quite a boyish thing of just shutting down and not actually having the conversation, because the conversation will be too embarrassing and I don’t want to get emotional about it, mainly because I find it awkward, so I just don’t do it”.

Actor Bradley Cooper, has also divulged that in the past he did not like public speaking. In April 2013 in British GQ , Bradley Cooper said “I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything”.

Singer Adele was interviewed for Rolling Stone in April 28, 2011 and admitted to experiencing stage fright. “I’m scared of audiences,”she says. “Ï get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a few times. Once in Brussels I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it…… I have anxiety attacks a lot”.

if you know of any other famous people that have shyness and /or social anxiety feel to let us know.

This article published on Mar 11, 2014. View related Articles

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