5 Celebrities Who’ve Grown a ‘Thick Skin’ Because of The Spotlight

It can’t be easy to face constant criticism and made up news stories – these 5 celebrities all say they’ve grown a thick skin when it comes to dealing with the spotlight and don’t let anything get to them. Even though they are regularly in the headlines or being talked about as hot subjects, they’ve learned over time to just ignore the stories and wagging tongues. Some believe it’s the greatest lesson they’ve learned on their rise to the top because they think many other celebs have yet to develop a similar attitude and struggle with what people say about them all of the time.  It can’t be easy to listen to fake tales and harsh criticism but these stars have gradually figured out how to deal with it – by simply forgetting all about it and letting it go.

Kate Gosselin


Kate believes ignoring stories is the biggest lesson she’s learned from being in the spotlight: “It’s one of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned. Most of it I just ignore. I have a really thick skin. I don’t allow it to get to me. The things that I do see and read I sort of turn around, you know, people that say ‘Oh, you can’t do this, you’ll never do that,’ I take it as a challenge and go from there.”

Keira Knightley

Keira says that people in the spotlight need to develop a thick skin to handle the constant rejection and media coverage of their lives: “I think you do have to try and get a thick skin. And sometimes, the skin goes incredibly thin and everything gets in, and everything hurts, and other times, you’re able to turn around and laugh at it and go, ‘You know what? It’s all fine. It’s all good. It’s cool. It sort of depends on what day of the week it is.”

Kim Kardashian

Speaking about her now over marriage, Kim says she has tried to ignore all of the talk regarding the subject: “[Speculation about my marriage] doesn’t p**s me off, because I don’t care. If you’d asked me a few years ago, it would’ve made me very upset. I have thick skin now and I’m happy about that. I never thought I’d ever reach the point where I didn’t care.”

Mindy Kaling

Mindy says she’s never really fit in so has learned to be thick skinned about that: “I have a thick skin, which comes from being a not-really-skinny, dark-skinned Indian woman. I haven’t fit in every place, and so I’m kind of used to resistance.”

Sienna Miller

Sienna believes that the stories created by media and gossip sites can negatively impact stars who don’t ignore it: “I think that it’s had a really detrimental effect on celebrities. One bored person can sit there and make up something, put it on the internet – and two minutes later it’s everywhere. It’s scary. You develop pretty thick skin, but I tend to get emotional.”