There are a lot of perks to being a celebrity: they have the large house, the private swimming pool and an array of brand new cars. And who can blame them? If you think about your “If I win the lottery” wish list, we can bet it will include all of the above. Not completely devoid of drama though, being part of the elite rich and famous comes with its drawbacks too, and for many, car accidents are not a stranger.
Perhaps we could forgive them for the nearby paparazzi or the distraction of their own beauty in the mirror… but when many are faced with DUIs and court orders, it’s difficult to think of a good excuse.
Perhaps for those of us that live in a more restricted world financially, buying a brand new car is a big deal. We cherish our motors and some even bless them with a name. But it appears that cars are more disposable to those few who can afford them to be. Ah to live how the other half live!
Here are a few celebrities who could perhaps benefit from some additional lessons and maybe a cheaper car next time.
Britney Spears – It looks as if the pop princess has turned her life around in the past year or so, but there was a point where car incidents weren’t a stranger to Britney Spears. In 2007, she was charged with a hit and run without a valid licence after crashing into a parked car in Los Angeles.
Lindsay Lohan – The young star has become more famous for her brushes with the law than her film credits, and some of those contain driving offences. Speeding tickets, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and as recently as this month, she has been accused of a hit and run. Perhaps it would be best to get a cab next time Lindsay Lohan?
George Michael – Under the influence of marijuana, George Michael whammed his £80,000 Range Rover into a lorry. He spent the subsequent five hours at a police station being questioned on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol but he was released without charge.
Anne Robinson – Said to be worth in the region of £60 million, the TV presenter may not have been too badly put-off by her first three speeding offences, with fines of only £100, but after her fourth, she was disqualified from driving altogether. Luckily for her, and any fans of her BBC shows, she is chauffeured to work giving her time to think about what she’s done.
Nick Hogan – Son of wrestler Hulk Hogan, and made famous by the reality TV show based on their family life, Nick Hogan has hit the headlines time and time again for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps Nick is safer behind a camera than behind the wheel, as in August 2007 he was the driver in a serious accident that left the car – a yellow Toyota Supra – destroyed, and his passenger requiring hospital care for the rest of his life. Nick Hogan spent five months in jail for reckless driving in relation to this crash, and he hadn’t even reached aged 20 yet.
Can you think of any more celebrities that can’t or don’t drive? Let us know below…