Everyone has their own opinions about luck, and the role it plays in shaping our lives. Some say that everything is already planned, and luck has nothing to do with it. But some people are very aware of how one thing affects another, and this can lead to bizarre superstitions and rituals. You might have that one friend who always wears a certain necklace on game day or never steps on cracks on the sidewalk, but some of your favorite celebrities take their superstitions to interesting places.
It's impossible to know where all these special superstitions come from, but who knows, some of them might even tie back to the Illuminati. Whether you believe that or not, it's still fun to hear about the quirky things that stars do in the name of luck (or bad luck!), so let's dive in.
While Ariana Grande is probably better known for an incident with licking a donut, she also loves eating them. One of her biggest superstitions used to be eating donuts before performances or auditions for good luck. We're not sure what the science is behind this theory, but it definitely sounds delicious. We'll take any excuse to eat donuts, so Ari picked a smart good luck charm. We're not sure if she still does this since the infamous donut-licking incident because maybe the ritual turned out to be bad luck after all?
Out of all the people on this list, Leighton Meester might have a good reason for her superstition. She has a pair of Marc Jacobs shoes that she swears got her the part on Gossip Girl, and we won't argue. When she flew to New York for her audition, her luggage got lost, and she had to buy a new pair of shoes. She couldn't really afford the Marc Jacobs shoes at the time, but her mom told her to buy them anyway. Leighton obviously got the job, and the rest is Upper East Side history.
The Irish are known for having lots of superstitions, and Colin Farrell is no different. His most important good luck charm is a leather belt that his father gave him decades ago, and this belt has been through it all. Colin has reportedly spent thousands of dollars through the years having the belt fixed and altered as he has gained and lost weight. If that seems like a lot of effort for a belt, listen to this: in 2016, the belt was allegedly stolen, and Colin offered a $16 thousand reward for getting it back. That's dedication.
Superstitions don't always have to take a physical form. Lady Gaga believes that sexual energy is closely tied to creative energy, and that one can mess up the other. She says that if you're having sex with someone who doesn't really care about you, it can throw off your creative energy. This is probably a good life philosophy, and it's clearly working for Gaga, who is one of the most creative people around. She doesn't have time for anyone to get in the way of her hustle, and we respect that.
When you think about Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, her shoes most likely aren't the first thing that comes to mind. Pay attention next time then, because you might be surprised. She loves wearing 'stripper shoes' with a super high heel and clear plastic platform, saying she loves the height they give her. She also says she wears them anytime she's nominated for an award, and clearly, it's worked out well enough for her. She's also said she's sad about the fact that they can be bought anywhere now because she used to have to go to sex shops to get them.
Even some of the best athletes of all time have their superstitions. Tennis legend Serena Williams ties her shoelaces the exact same way every time she comes to the court, and that's not all. She always uses the same shower in the locker room, and then she brings her shower sandals onto the court in her bag. We hope she dries them off first, or else that bag might not smell great. Serena also bounces the ball exactly five times before every serve she hits. Whatever she's doing, it's made her an incredible champion.
Just like Serena, Michael Jordan is a top athlete with a surprising good luck ritual. While playing for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, Jordan always wore the same pair of shorts underneath his uniform. Like, for every single game. Michael had a long career, so we really don't want to see what those shorts looked like by the time he retired, but they did win him six championships along the way. Sometimes when someone is the best at what they do, you just let them do their thing.
Cameron Diaz has always seemed like a very down to earth kind of person, and her superstition really isn't any different. She has a beautiful horseshoe necklace that was given to her by a friend, and she often wears it for good luck. The necklace is small and lovely, so you wouldn't even know that it's one of her superstitions. Cameron also has said she's a firm believer in knocking on wood to reverse a jinx. Compared to spending thousands of dollars on an old leather belt, Cameron's habits seem pretty harmless.
Just when things seemed pretty normal, Heidi Klum shows up. Heidi's is an interesting one because she loves to carry around a pouch of her baby teeth for good luck. If that sounds gross, it's because it really is. Heidi is 44 years old, which means these teeth probably fell out more than 30 years ago. Maybe she's still waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come and give her a dollar or something, but these should really be thrown in the trash.
As the frontman of the world-famous Coldplay, Chris Martin has a lot of responsibility on his hands. Before he takes the stage, he says he has a list of 18 things he must do to be ready. He won't tell anyone the full list because he says it's too strange, but we do know one of the items. He always brushes his teeth, even when playing for a huge stadium, because it makes him feel put together. That's a good reminder for all of us to brush our teeth, because Chris Martin does it, and he has Grammys. Don't you all want Grammys?
When you're a major pop star, you get to make some rules about what you need before performing. For Lorde, it's all about two things: berries and a blanket. She eats fresh berries before every single show, along with dried seaweed. As for the blanket, Lorde has a special blanket that she travels with, and she takes a little nap before going on stage. We're not sure we could sleep before a big concert, but she makes it happen. Maybe the blanket has magical powers because Lorde is pretty much the coolest person on the planet.
Black cats are one of the oldest superstitions in the book, but Missy Elliott does not mess around. Plenty of people don't like cats, but Missy wants nothing to do with the black ones. She says that she will absolutely turn around or cross the street to avoid coming into contact with a black cat, no matter what. We have a feeling if cats are such an issue, Missy probably has other superstitious beliefs too. Don't break a mirror in front of her, because it might not end well.
Lots of people really don't like flying, but movie stars don't really have a choice. Jennifer Aniston has come up with a superstitious routine that guarantees her a safe flight every time. When entering the plane, Jen always steps on with her right foot first. While she's doing that, she taps the outside of the plane, and then she's set to go. She says someone else told her about it initially, but she's been doing it for years and her plane hasn't crashed yet. We're definitely trying this one next time we're nervous to fly, thanks to Jen!
You know and love Patrick Dempsey from his many seasons on Grey's Anatomy, but acting isn't his only gig. He also loves race car driving, and he takes it very seriously. He has a special pair of red racing shoes, and they go everywhere with him. Maybe he should have lent them to McDreamy, because we really wish he had some better luck. Either way, Patrick's red leather shoes are very snazzy, and we would probably wear them all the time, too, if we could afford them.
Having a baby is a huge deal, and it makes sense that people can develop some strange superstitions when they're pregnant. When Jessica Alba was having her first child back in 2008, this definitely happened to her. At her baby shower, she gave each a guest a leather bracelet with a prayer printed on it. That's nice! But then she told the guests that they couldn't take the bracelets off until after the baby was born. Seems a little bossy, but Jessica now has three healthy children, so what do we know?
Taylor Swift is OBSESSED with the number 13. Lots of people have a favorite number, but Taylor takes it to a whole other level. She was born on December 13th, and it's been her good luck charm ever since. In her song "The Lucky One," she says the word 'lucky' 13 times, which can't be a coincidence. She used to always write the number 13 on her hand before performing, and she says that every time she's won an award, she's been seated in the thirteenth row, chair, or section. Spooky!
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