Celebrity superstitions – the normal, strange and weird

Don’t walk under a ladder, black cats crossing your path and don’t break a mirror – these are just some of the common superstitions we come across in day-to-day life. But these celebrities have their own superstitions and we think some of them are going to make you laugh.

New research from luck experts Roulette Online reveals the ways that the celebrities keep themselves at the top of their game – and some are definitely weirder than others.

Whether it’s how they dress, how they treat certain animals or items they keep with them during nervous moments, each of the celebrities has something to keep them on the right side of Lady Luck.

Not all celebrities are luck-focused, however. Christian Bale, for one, not only doesn’t have a lucky charm or tradition, he actively goes out of his way to try and bring bad luck on himself, walking under ladders to defy the odds.

Here are some of the strangest celebrity superstitions we’ve come across.

Paul McCartney

The singer follows the more traditional superstition of reacting when he sees a magpie.

Paul says: “Probably the only thing I’m superstitious about is magpies. You see one and you spit or salute. I happen to spit.”

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift believes that the number 13 has a big significance in her career, bringing her vast amounts of luck and success.

The singer has won 4 Grammys, 2 Brit Awards and 12 additional awards.

She says: “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No 1 single has a 13-second intro. Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.”

Jennifer Aniston

Whenever Jennifer Aniston walks onto an airplane, she has a very specific good luck ritual she follows.

“If I walk onto an aeroplane, I always have to go on with my right foot first and tap the outside of the plane.”

Axl Rose

He believes the letter ‘M’ is evil, or cursed, and refuses to perform in a city that begins with ‘M’.

Chris Martin

Christ Martin won’t go out to perform without brushing his teeth first.

“I have to brush my teeth before I go on stage, otherwise I just don’t feel smart enough.”

Christian Bale

When it comes to superstitions, he likes to defy them, to provoke bad luck. “I do all that stuff. I do it on purpose.”

Benicio Del Toro

The year Benicio Del Toro was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Traffic, he revealed he had a lucky talisman: a ring with a centre that’s wood instead of stone.

He said: “What I like is that I can knock on wood anytime.”

Geoffrey Rush

The actor carries a rubber duck called Daffy that he stashes in his pocket when he attends award shows for good luck.

Ariana Grande

Ariana always makes sure she has a snack to hand before an audition. She has previously said:

“I used to eat donuts for good luck before auditions when I was little.”

Judi Dench

Judi Dench is a firm believer that carrying real flowers on stage will bring on bad luck.

She said: “I’ve always felt uneasy carrying real flowers on stage. I suppose that’s because if the heads drop off you go flying and break your leg.”

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell believes that wearing a specific pair of shorts his first day of filming will bring him luck.

“I wear shamrock shorts for luck on the first day of filming any movie. I’ve worn the same pair for about seven films.”

Foo Fighters

For good luck before every show, the Foo Fighters listen and dance to Michael Jackson songs while taking shots.

“We listen to Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall and do Jager bombs.”


The rock singer will not travel without his two teddy bears Marietta and Mandy.

James McAvoy

There are many 1st of the month traditions for James McAvoy, and it involves a white rabbit.

“On the first of every month, I have to say ‘white rabbit’ to the first person I see.”


Lorde has a favourite blanket she always naps with before every concert. Her pre-show ritual also involves eating tons of berries.

“Before a gig, I have a sleep in my dressing room under a blanket. I also eat some berries or some dried nori in place of dinner.

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