25 Celebrity Recluses Who Stay Out Of The Spotlight

Posted by , Updated on May 25, 2018


For many celebrities, being in the spotlight is part of the job. However, some celebrity recluses go to great lengths to avoid it like the plague. It’s easy to see why. With paparazzi and smartphone-wielding fans ready to take your picture at any moment, constantly being watched sounds exhausting and paranoia-inducing; some famous reclusive celebrities just can’t handle it. Despite that, quite a few have somehow remained famous while in hiding, putting out more work and striking a healthy balance to their life. From authors to actors, you might be surprised by who these private celebrities are. Here are 25 Celebrity Recluses Who Stay Out Of The Spotlight.

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David Letterman

david lettermanSource: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/23/arts/television/david-letterman-late-show-retirement.html

After he retired from The Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman fell out of the spotlight quickly. He grew a beard and faded into a distant memory for a while. Many wondered what happened to the guy, thinking he maybe got depressed. Of course, he didn’t stay out of the spotlight for too long. He recently did a show for Netflix.


Cormac McCarthy

cormac mccarthySource: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/the-late-harper-lee-and-five-other-reclusive-authors/

He’s been writing for decades but grew to general celebrity status when his book The Road became one of Oprah’s recommended books and his other book No Country for Old Men was made into a popular movie starring Josh Brolin. However, after that brief celebrity stint, he went back into hiding and fell off the map once again.


Johnny Depp

Johnny DeppSource: http://metro.co.uk/2010/01/22/johnny-depp-im-a-recluse-51563/

Despite being a superstar since the 80’s, Johnny Depp has taken great lengths to avoid the spotlight. He admits he hates attention and is a recluse. Today, he rarely leaves his house unless it’s absolutely necessary.



adeleSource: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/15/adele-im-not-a-recluse-observer-interview

Though a huge pop star, Adele is rarely seen in the spotlight or doing promotion. She claims as a way to keep control of her former, unpopular self, she rejects promotional offers sent to her, like appearing for books, clothes, toys, and apps. She’s become well-known for being tough to contact and even though many have called her a recluse, she denies the label, saying she still goes out to do normal life activities.


Bill Watterson

bill watersonSource: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1902376_1902378_1902435,00.html

The famous illustrator and author of the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, garnered vast popularity and awards, winning the prestigious Reuben Award three times. Despite having a rabid fan base in 1995, he decided to retire the comic out of frustration with the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. Since then, he’s refused all commercialization of the characters and has strictly stayed out of the spotlight.

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