You can’t buy healthiness!

27 Jun

“Sounds quite like a fairytale”:

“ When I was a little girl I always dreamed of becoming a famous star, known all over the world. Maybe a beautiful singer like Whitney Houston or a graceful actress or a Victory Secret model with a perfect body.”

Alright, who of us has not dreamed at least once about being super star?! You have thousands of  fans, you have your personal body guard and all the money in the world to buy everything you long for. And all you have to do for it is walking all the red carpets in the world always carrying a smile on you your face and maybe going on stage from time to time hailed by hundreds of people who adore you or playing the main role in the next Hollywood blog buster.

Sounds like the perfect life, right? But most people only see the enigmatic façade behind which stars hide their unhappiness and the difference to us “normal” people is that they are not allowed to show it because they must keep up appearances.

Where the idea came from:

This is my last blog post and in the beginning I didn’t know what to right about because in my opinion I had already discussed most possible topics related to burnout which was my initial idea in the beginning for the last four weeks.

So I asked my group members what they want me to address in my last blog post that is somehow related to burnout. and the two lovely girls Angi and Sabrina brought me to the idea that it would be quite nice to get away from managers burnout and start talking about stars and what kind of problems they have to face with burnout and if this differs from the things I have already talked about in my former blog posts. And a big thanks to Angi for having provided me with a link where I found some interesting information on that topic.

So here we go:

Are stars more at risk that others?:

At least 300,000 people in Germany suffer from a burnout. Not the weak ones, or the mid-life crisis-afflicted people burn out. Those who are the committed, high performers, for whom the sudden loss of energy is like a beat in the face are the ones who burn out. The ones from whom one would have never expected it, though it seems quite logical: Only those who burn for what they are doing can also burn out which is usual for celebrities because they love what they are doing.

And the age of those who are at risk of having a burnout drops dramatically: young celebrities such like Oliver Kahn (36), Sven Hannawald (30), Sebastian Deisler (25) and Britney Spears (23) came out to be a victim of the burnout syndrome. Even among non-celebrities, the pressure is growing enormously. According to a recent reader survey by “karriere” more than one-third suffers from an extreme workload, and one out of five fears for the job.

The pressure is everywhere:

“Young people who want to make a career are the perfect victims. They show maximum effort and the willingness to shift everything until later: normal working hours, family, leisure. “

says Angelika Kallwass, an economist and psychologist.

Here, she says that in a more general way but I think it applies also to stars and other celebrities because most of the time they are not given a chance to live a life that someone would consider as “normal”. They have to travel from one end of the world to another and usually do not get a chance to spend a lot of time with their families Stars like Britney Spears are especially affected because her career already started when she was a child.

The soap stars:

They play in the ideal world of soap operas, but many of the young soap actors, cannot bear the long days of shooting, the sudden popularity and the often excessive adoration of fans, not quite as simple as their series-ego can handle all the problems of everyday life, kidnapping, addictions and heartbreaks.

Examples of German soap stars with burnout are:

  • GZSZ star Nina Bott quit her role in 2005 because she couldn’t hold up against the pressure anymore
  • Christiane Klimt left the set of “Alles was zählt”
  •  also soap stars such as Stephen Dürr, Valerie Niehaus or “Marienhof” veteran Michael Hunter all finished their careers due to  a series of stress, exhaustion and a feeling burnout

The musicians:

The music industry is considered one of the hardest in show business. Not only top figures in record sales, also endless self-promotion and countless performances are part of the daily workload. No wonder that even in this “celebrity division” some are burnt out completely:


  • Rosenstolz-Singer Peter Plate
  • crooner Wolfgang Petry
  • even very young musicians are affected. A member of the boy band US5, Chris Watrin left the band in 2008
  • also international super stars had to take a break to rearrange their lives like Eminem, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey

Celebrities from all subjects:

Whether a juror or super star chef, bestselling author or political hope, life as a public figure with massive media attention that is a burden on these ever-present faces, seems to be huge. Even here in Germany, there are many prominent burnout victims who realized at some point in time that they needed a break.

Examples from Germany:

  • celebrity chef Tim Mälzer due to his TV cooking show “Schmeckt nicht gibt’s nicht”
  • runway-coach and TV juror in “Das Supertalent” Bruce Darnell admitted that he also suffered from a burnout before he started working for TV
  • successful author Frank Schätzing, who wrote the best- selling novel “Der Schwarm” suffered also from the burnout syndrome
  •  prime minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck


This shows that a burnout can happen to everyone and surprisingly there are many people in the show business who suffer from a burnout and here I have only listed a few of them who are mostly from Germany but this list could go on and on and on if you also consider all the international stars which I didn’t talk about

This shows once again that even stars cannot always be happy even if they pretend to be and what’s the most important all their money can’t make them healthy. That is one thing stars and celebrities have to do on their own, to press the stop button and organize life in a more healthier way what most of them have done but the latest cases of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse show that it can also end differently.

3 Responses to “You can’t buy healthiness!”

  1. melissano18 June 28, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Hey Julia!
    What a great post! It was a very good idea to go from managers burnout to celebrities burnout. It makes your topic very interesting, because you tried to show this important theme in many different ways as possible.
    I liked that your posts are always very structured considering the little subheadings. It is not hard at all for the reader to follow your thoughts.
    The pictures are very well chosen and support your topic. I like that you put your quotes in a blogquote.
    Maybe after writing such a post you should check your spelling (“I didn’t know what to right about” instead of write…). This happens to me also often. Just try to check the post after writing.
    What I liked most about this post is that you write about how you developed the idea and how you summarize your last posts.

    Great work, Julia!

  2. angi2012 June 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Hey Julia,
    Great job Julia! It looks like a lot of research. I think the facts are very interesting and I also believe that we can learn from stories like this. I guess that no one wants to end this way- death.
    Because a friend of mine was affected by burnout I find the subject very interesting and I think it should not be left irrelevant. You showed in your article that really a lot of people are affected. You could add more links, so people can read about the stories of individuals. But hey, you go girl- great job!

  3. Anh September 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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