Fame can be both a boon and a bane.
While it allows the stars to improve their lives in financial and professional ways, their popularity also diminishes their amount of privacy.
In this age of social media, the stars’ dilemma is how to remain inconspicuous so they can enjoy their free days.
On the other hand, fans seldom see their idols in person. Not many of them realize that their favorite celebrity might have just come from working for 48 hours and just taking a day off to rest, or that he or she is enjoying quality time with family and friends.
But seeing their idol in the flesh is a rare occasion that needs to be captured, and a photo is the only lasting memento they can have.
Some fans are a bit shy, and are happy to take photos from afar.
What can a star to do? PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) offers a few suggestions.
1. Announce it on social media.
Take a page from Justin Bieber's book, and tell your followers you’re not going to take photos with fans anymore.
The Canadian pop superstar posted on Instagram in 2016 and told his fans that he felt like a zoo animal, and the amount of people asking for photos was already affecting his mental health.
His post read: “If you happen to see me out somewhere, know that I’m not gonna take a picture.
“I’m done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.
“I realize people will be disappointed, but I don’t owe anybody a picture.
“And people who say ‘but I bought ur album’ know that you got my album, and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM!
"It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo.”
2. Draw the line.
Lea Salonga unleashed the tiger mama in her after an incident with fans ended up making her daughter Nicole cry. This pushed the acclaimed singer-actress to consider refusing to take photo requests.
In a series of tweets in March 2017, Lea berated fans and gave them a piece of her mind.
Let me get this off my chest. There were some fans who yesterday approached my daughter. Afterwards, she ran back to me in tears, scared.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) March 20, 2017
For the most part I try to be accommodating. But when you mess with my kid and make her cry, you've messed with me.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) March 20, 2017
And you do not want to see me angry.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) March 20, 2017
If she develops a hatred for fans, I honestly cannot blame her. On behalf of all artists, please respect our personal space and boundaries.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) March 20, 2017
3. Tell them you’re not camera-ready.
Stars have images to project and protect, and some don’t wish to be captured on camera when they feel they are not as presentable as they should be.
This is especially applicable when celebrities are encountered doing the groceries or even when working out.
Some stars have also taken to wearing huge sunglasses, and even caps, to make themselves quite unrecognizable when they’re out doing personal errands.
This might not totally deter the fans from asking for photos, but it does send a clear signal that you’re keeping it low key.
4. Do as the royals do.
Prince Harry, who is days away from marrying actress Meghan Markle, was caught on video saying what he thought of selfies when a girl asked him for one back in 2015.
Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana’s youngest son said in jest, “No, I hate selfies. Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you’re young, but selfies are bad.”
The Prince, who was then visiting Australia to train with their troops, eventually doubled back and told the girl with a smile, “Just take a normal photograph.”
5. Make small talk with them instead.
Essentially, fans want to have a connection with their idols, and they think taking selfies with them is the way to have that.
But if stars are not up for a photo, politely refuse and make small talk.
The moment could last as quick as it takes for a selfie, but the impact on the fans would definitely last far longer.
6. Or simply find creative ways to say no without being rude.
How about telling the fan that it's a bad time? "Pasensiya na, low bat na, tao lang."
Or, if you are being approached by a group of fans, you can still be charming and say, "Write down all your names, I'll say hi to you via Instagram Story later."
And what if you suspect a fan has secretly taken your photo?
You may approach her, check her shot, and politely ask her to delete it.
But if that's too much of an effort, you can raise awareness for charity the way Hollywood stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone did.