If you’re a Star Trek fan, you’ll be delighted to learn that astronomers have discovered a planet analogous to Spock’s Vulcan. The Dharma Endowment Foundation Telescope (DEFT), which sits on top of Mt. Lemmon in Arizona, spotted the planet.
“The new planet is a super-Earth orbiting the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth orbiting another sun-like star,” said University of Florida’s Jian Ge, an astronomer working on the project. “The planet is roughly twice the size of Earth and orbits its star with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone.”
HD 26965 is also known as 40 Eridani A, which Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry confirmed is the star Spock’s planet revolves around. This planet was unknown until spotted by the DEFT. The host star is very similar to our own, one astronomer said, “only slightly cooler and slightly less massive than our own sun, is approximately the same age as our sun, and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle nearly identical to the sun’s 11.6 year-sunspot cycle.”
With this in mind, experts in the field say such a planet is in within the “Goldilocks” requirement for an inhabitable world. Just like Goldilocks in the children’s tale, Goldilocks conditions mean it’s not too hot and not too cold for life to flourish.
This is the first such super-Earth discovered by the telescope. Super-Earth denotes a class of planets whose mass is greater than that of Earth, but substantially less than the giant gas planets.
“Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A,” said astronomer Gregory Henry, who notes that “Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in the publications Star Trek 2 by James Blish (Bantam, 1968) and Star Trek Maps by Jeff Maynard (Bantam, 1980).”
“This star can be seen with the naked eye, unlike the host stars of most of the known planets discovered to date,” said Bo Ma, a University of Florida post-doctorate student working on the project. “Now anyone can see 40 Eridani on a clear night and be proud to point out Spock’s home.”
Celebrities have security teams and bodyguards for lots of reasons. Some need safety from fans, others from stalkers, and some from other celebrities. Plus, everyone knows that walking around with a team of bodyguards makes you look pretty important. It definitely makes you look rich! While some celebs have bodyguards just for certain events, others are flanked at all times. Let’s take a look at the specially secured celebrities that are always with a bodyguard.
Understandably, mega star Lady Gaga needs security at all times. The popstar has millions of Little Monsters, and some people that are seriously obsessed with her. For this reason, Gaga is always seen with security when she’s out and about.
Some celebrity bodyguards end up with followings of their own. Pete van der Veen worked for Lady Gaga for years, and even featured on one of her tracks. The Dutch bodyguard is also a bodybuilder, and even once won a beauty contest.
Actors from major franchises are in particular need of extra security. Daniel Radcliffe played the boy who lived for over a decade, gaining him lots of fans all over the world. One of his bodyguards is named Sam (pictured) and he’s apparently “never more than an arm’s length away” from the star.
Sam has to plan out how he’ll get Daniel Radcliffe to the bathroom without screaming fans mobbing the actor. He has been described as like one of Radcliffe’s older brothers.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Apparently, when Blue Ivy Carter was dropped at preschool by a security motorcade and three bodyguards, the other parents complained. But what else would super stars Bey and Jay do? The couple have been attacked by fans several times, leading them to tighten up their operation.
Famously, one of the Carters’ bodyguards is Julius DeBoer (pictured). This bodyguard is one of the few people in the world that knows what went down in that elevator. DeBoer pulled Solange off Jay-Z in the well-publicized incident.
When Cardi B stepped out with her bodyguard, the internet collectively swiveled its head. The rather attractive looking bodyguard is named Price, and now has his own Instagram following. Multiple articles popped up discussing the suave looking security guard, with fans even telling rapper Offset to watch his back.
Apparently the fashionable bodyguard has a son, and has made supportive posts featuring Cardi and Kulture. The only thing is, we’re not sure this bodyguard would keep people away…
Look, rapper 50 Cent—or Curtis James Jackson III—has been shot nine times. If you had been shot nine times, wouldn’t you hire security to follow you at all times? We sure would. The star was attacked in 2000, allegedly by a man that had worked as Mike Tyson’s bodyguard. During the shooting, the star’s son and grandmother were present.
It took 50 Cent five months to recover from the attack. It’s thought that the shooting was revenge for the rapper’s song “Ghetto Qur’an.”
It’s no surprise that supermodel Bella Hadid hires her own security team. After all, a strange man picked up her sister Gigi at Milan Fashion Week—that would be enough to convince us to hire a bodyguard! Bella always travels with security, and one of her guards, Simon Newton has been praised for his fashion forward looks.
However, Bella has stepped in to reprimand her security. On one occasion, they pushed a female paparazzi, prompting the model to say, “Do not! Can you please? Don’t touch her.”
Famously, Kim Kardashian was held in an armed robbery in a hotel in Paris. At the time, the star’s bodyguard, Pascal Duvier (pictured), was in a club with Kar-Jenner siblings Kourtney and Kendall. Just days before, Duvier had stopped Vitalli Sediuk from assaulting Kim, and she tweeted calling him “a G.”
Pascal Duvier was in the German army, and first worked for Kanye West. The experienced bodyguard has also worked for the Black Eyed Peas, Nick Jonas and Frank Ocean. After the robbery, Kim stepped up security.
Famously, singer Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, a movie about a superstar and her relationship with her bodyguard. Indeed, the film was partly based on Houston’s bodyguard, David Roberts, a Welsh former police officer.
Tragically, David Roberts worked for Whitney Houston between 1988-1995 but was fired for expressing concerns about her wellbeing. Since the singer’s passing, Roberts has commented that she might be alive if his concerns hadn’t been ignored. He has said, “It was part of my duty […] to protect them from themselves.”
Action star Tom Cruise only wants top level bodyguards around him. At one point, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise were protected by bodyguard Sean Ringgold. However, in 2009 Ringgold started his own successful acting career.
Tom Cruise has also been protected by Mark “Billy” Billingham, who now stars in UK military reality TV series SAS: Who Dares Wins. The former sniper and SWAT officer has also worked for Brangelina, Kate Moss, Hulk Hogan, Michael Caine, and Russell Crowe.
Drake’s entourage aren’t to be messed with. In fact, the rapper’s security team have been connected to several violent incidents. There are videos of the bodyguards yelling at people, and being physically aggressive. A former sever at a West Hollywood restaurant claims Drake’s bodyguards beat him up.
On another occasion, Drake and his entourage were involved in a massive fight with Chris Brown and his crew. Then, in 2017, the star’s team bullied drivers in Toronto so Drake’s motorcade could pass.
The Beckham Family
David Beckham has said that he would love to walk down the street with his family, but they’re simply too famous. Instead, Becks picks his kids up from school in a bulletproof Rolls Royce and two cars full of security guards. One of the Beckham’s longtime bodyguards is Bobby Rich (pictured).
If Brooklyn Beckham pops out for ice-cream, you’ll see Bobby Rich somewhere beside him. The bodyguard represented Great Britain in judo and has a black belt in Brazilian ju-jitsu. He is also a personal trainer!
How absurd is this photograph of Justin Bieber on a date with his bodyguard? Though Biebs is undeniably mobbed by fans everywhere he goes, this seems a little excessive. However, we bet his date felt nice and protected.
Now, Justin Bieber’s head of security is Michael Arana, and he organizes the rest of the team. The Beliebers are organized when it comes to supporting their man, and fan page “Bieber Bodyguards” supports the star and “the men who keep him safe.”
After the Paris robbery on Kim Kardashian, both Kim and Kanye stepped up their security (as did the rest of the Kar-Jenner family). While Kanye West used to walk alone or with just one guard, now he’s surrounded at all times and travels in a bulletproof car.
One of Kanye’s bodyguards was former police officer turned exotic dancer Savage Steve. After the pair parted ways, the bodyguard claimed Kanye was the “neediest” celebrity he’d ever worked with. We buy that!
Socialite Paris Hilton has always played the role of rich girl well. Of course, she is actually a rich girl, but for years the heiress has played up the idea of herself as an out-of-touch blonde. As part of her ever-so-Paris persona, the star likes to surround herself with handsome bodyguards.
When Paris was proposed to by Chris Zylka, she hired 24/7 security to protect her and the 22 carat multi-million dollar ring. As it turns out, the relationship didn’t last, but we bet that ring stayed safe!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Remember Mark “Billy” Billingham, the former sniper who protected Tom Cruise? Well here he is again. Mark Billingham worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, becoming very close with the family. Actually, Billingham has claimed that he basically “fathered” the couple’s six children.
Apparently Brangelina has fingerprint scanning locks at their homes and a cybersecurity team to monitor their kids online. Billingham was the couple’s head of security and has commented that “the military set me up perfectly for what I did with them.”
When the internet caught sight of Kylie Jenner’s bodyguard, they took to Twitter to show their support. Actually, some fans became so obsessed with Tim Chung (pictured) that they decided he was actually the father of the reality star’s baby, Stormi.
While he no longer works for the family, Tim Chung was the bodyguard for Kylie, Kourtney, Kim and Kanye too. Apparently, Chung is also in the LAPD, and works as a professional model. This guy is seriously well-rounded!
It’s now known that popstar Britney Spears has been under a controlling and abusive conservatorship for years. Because of her situation, it’s likely that Britney’s father hires her security guards.
Since Britney’s explosive testimony about her conservatorship, various former staff members have come forward. One of the star’s former bodyguards, Fernando Flores (pictured), has confirmed the singer’s testimony that Jamie Spears controls and abuses her. Reports used to claim that Spears was uncooperative with staff, but now that all makes much more sense.
Action star Bruce Willis has always had bodyguards, and often develops friendships with them. Willis met former bodyguard Michael Clarke Duncan when he was cast as Bear in Armageddon. The pair became friends and Willis influenced Duncan to land the role of John Coffey in The Green Mile.
Before that, Michael Clarke Duncan was a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Notorious B.I.G. He had always wanted to act, and stopped being a bodyguard when Biggie was murdered.
If you were as a big a sitcom star as Jennifer Aniston, you’d never be caught without a bodyguard. Seriously—think of how many people must scream quotations and catchphrases at her every single day! “We were on a break!” “It’s a metaphor Daddy!” “I’m gonna’ go get one of those job things!”
Jen is usually seen with three male bodyguards at all time. With this level of security, the A-Lister can feel safe and secure while out and about.
Here’s another celebrity that’s been in an absolutely huge franchise. Though actress Kristen Stewart is known to be very private, she still needs to hire bodyguards to maintain her privacy. Twilight fans aren’t exactly lowkey…we’re just saying.
One of Kristen Stewart’s bodyguards ended up with his own following and became known as “The Original Hot Bodyguard.” This same handsome bodyguard also protected actresses Emilia Clarke and Nina Dobrev. According to Stewart, he was a good sport about all of the media attention he received.
Celebrities need bodyguards regardless of their own size and shape. Once you’re world famous, there’s no way of predicting the ways people might try to harm you. It’s grim, but it’s true.
English actor Tom Hardy is often seen with his bodyguard “Big John” (pictured). The star’s bodyguard has been spotted carrying a folding knife, and carries high power flashlights to shine in the eyes of potential attackers. With Big John involved, we don’t think anyone will bother targeting Tom Hardy.
There are lots of online pictures of popstar and billionaire Rihanna riding on the shoulders or backs of her bodyguards. In fact, when she’s at concerts and needs a better view, her security team come in very handy.
At one stage, one of the Barbadian singer’s bodyguards was involved in a physical altercation outside a club in London. Apparently, the bodyguard punched a photographer who wouldn’t move back from the star’s vehicle. On another occasion, a bodyguard slammed the car door in Rihanna’s face!
When actress Katie Holmes was married to action star Tom Cruise, the couple shared a security team. It’s no surprise that the rather intense Cruise wanted to make sure his wife and daughter were safe at all times.
However, after the couple broke up, Katie Holmes had other reasons to need her own security detail. The actress was scared of her ex’s Scientology links, and her father ended up firing every staffer with a connection to Cruise. Now, the star is always flanked by guards.
You’d be right to notice that this picture doesn’t really look like the others on this list (except perhaps for the snap of Bruce Willis and Michael Clarke Duncan). Here we have actor Ezra Miller with his bodyguard, Gu Rubee.
Gu Rubee is a flamboyant dresser and describes himself on Facebook as a “Yogi, Martial Artist, Trainer, Spiritual Advisor, Bodyguard & MUCH MORE!” Personally, we’d like to hang out with Ezra Miller and Gu Rubee—they look like they’d have a good time.
Jennifer Lawrence’s bodyguard Greg Lenz (pictured) is another person that ended up going viral. The handsome former model was snapped carrying J Law’s chihuahua, and that’s basically enough for the internet to make 1000 fan pages. Apperently Greg Lenz worked for the actress for some time, and can be spotted in the background of photos from the Hunger Games sets.
Greg Lenz isn’t the only handsome bodyguard to spotted with J Law. Justin Riblet also went viral when he was seen with the star at LAX.
Shakira knows that when it comes to keeping herself safe, there’s nothing like a big brother. That’s why, in addition to various guards, the pint-sized singer has also enlisted the help of her older half-brother, Tonino Mebarak.
While Mebarak is now based in Miami, Florida, he is often spotted next to his pop star sister. The former watch dealer has often been photographed guarding his younger sister when paparazzi or fans get too close.
Jennifer Lopez is not known for her subtlety – whether it’s her designer wardrobe or pricey jewels, the pop diva and actress knows how to travel in style. Her most important accessory?
The throng of bodyguards and assistants that seem to accompany the star wherever she goes. In September of 2021, Lopez was faced with an overly aggressive fan. While her boyfriend, Ben Affleck, was able to hold the fan off, her team of bodyguards soon stepped in to help.
Just like the pop star herself, Madonna’s bodyguards seem to make the news also. In the early 90s, the star dated James Albright, her former bodyguard.
In 2013, it was revealed that she sent her bodyguard to chaperone one of her daughter Lourdes’ dates with actor Timothée Chalamet. Given that Madonna is one of the biggest stars on the planet, it’s no surprise that she has an unusually close relationship with the people she hires to protect her.
Cheryl Cole may not be familiar to most Americans, but she is one of the biggest pop stars in the U.K. Cole is known for being a member of the band Girls Aloud, and for being a judge on the U.K. version of The X-Factor.
Cole also made headlines when it emerged that she skipped out on paying her security guard, Craig Balkam, when she starred on the American version of The X-Factor. These days, the pop princess is being protected by Irish bodyguard, Patrick O’Brien.
Even though Christina Aguilera is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, she is actually quite tiny. The singer is only slightly over five feet tall and looks even smaller when compared to her massive bodyguards.
In 2003, the “Genie in a Bottle” singer made headlines when her bodyguard was involved in a physical altercation with a paparazzi photographer in Los Angeles. These days, the singer and her bodyguards have chosen to keep a low profile.
Johnny Depp is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but lately, his personal life has been gaining more attention than his acting. The actor has frequently been in the headlines for his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard.
Even the actor’s bodyguards were dragged into his legal battles. The actor also made the news when in 2018, it emerged that the actor was being sued by two former bodyguards for unpaid wages and for “unsafe” working conditions.
Being a celebrity bodyguard can come with many perks including a relationship with a supermodel! In 2012, model Heidi Klum began dating her South African bodyguard Martin Kirsten.
While Kirsten had worked with the supermodel for several years, their relationship didn’t become romantic until after she separated from the singer Seal. The two dated for over a year, and it was reported that the model frequently gave the security guard money and even a house in his home country of South Africa.
Former Black Eyed Peas member and singer, Fergie, decided to turn to celebrity bodyguard Pascal Duvier for all of her security needs. The bodyguard to the stars became famous when it was reported that Kim Kardashian had fired him after her infamous Paris robbery scare.
While Duvier’s bodyguard skills weren’t enough for the reality star, Fergie seemed pleased to have the towering bodyguard around. Duvier has been spotted alongside the star as she travels the world.
Celebrity bodyguards are usually the background characters in their celebrity clients’ lives. That said, some bodyguards often get more attention than the stars they work for. Katy Perry’s bodyguard gained attention when fans began noticing his similarity to actor Hugh Jackman.
With his toned physique and brown eyes, it’s hard not to see a resemblance to the Australian actor. The still-unnamed bodyguard has attracted a following on social media and has appeared on several lists of most attractive bodyguards.
It might seem strange that someone with Jason Momoa’s build would need a bodyguard, but sometimes Hollywood can be a strange place. The Game of Thrones star was spotted with several bodyguards prompting fans to ask, “what’s the point?”
The picture of the Aquaman star, and his considerably smaller bodyguards, inspired countless memes and hilarious comments. While there must have been a reason why these bodyguards were hired, it’s still quite a funny sight to see.
Though he has passed away, Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld was often spotted with his longtime confidant and bodyguard Sébastien Jondeau. Jondeau met the designer when he was still a teenager, but quickly began working for Lagerfeld and even appearing in his fashion campaigns.
Jondeau has said that his relationship with Lagerfeld was more like a father-son bond despite being employed by him. In early 2021, the former bodyguard and personal assistant released a tell-all book about his close relationship with the late fashion designer.
Few people know that pop star Taylor Swift has had several dangerously close encounters with stalkers in the past. The singer has admitted that she even keeps an emergency kit in her house in the event that something happens to her, including military-grade bandages.
Following several events involving stalkers, the singer has often been seen with her security entourage which includes a former police officer. The singer’s bodyguards are apparently in such demand that they accompanied Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their recent trip to New York City.
Walking the red carpet can be a great way for celebrities to meet and greet their fans. Unfortunately, getting so close to the public can also become a dangerous situation if a fan decides to get a bit too aggressive or pushy.
For this reason, stars can often be seen next to a throng of security guards in order to protect them from any overzealous fans. This picture of Amy Adams’ security guard had the internet commenting on how attractive the bodyguard was, with the unnamed guard making Yahoo’s list of “Celebrities With Super Hot Bodyguards”.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
She might be married to The Hitman’s Bodyguard star Ryan Reynolds, but actress Blake Lively still occasionally needs the help of professional bodyguards.
Filming the teen drama, Gossip Girl, often meant spending hours on the streets of New York City where the show takes place. Lively was often seen next to her bodyguards in between takes. Despite the professional help, Reynolds still jokes that his wife would make a better bodyguard than him!
Being an in-demand model can sometimes mean needing extra protection. Model and actress Cara Delevingne must have been happy to have her security around when, in 2013, she and best friend Rihanna were attacked by a man in a London nightclub.
While the bodyguard and singer were slightly injured, things could have been far worse. These days, the model can be frequently seen shopping and clubbing, all under the close supervision of her bodyguards.
While Halle Berry wasn’t always known for having a large security entourage, having a child changed everything. Following the birth of her daughter, Nahla, Berry began receiving disturbing threats. She immediately hired bodyguards to watch over her daughter.
Those guards also came in handy when her ex and Nahla’s father, Gabriel Aubry, got into a physical altercation with her boyfriend at the time, Olivier Martinez. We’re sure the Oscar-winning actress isn’t taking chances and still keeps her bodyguards around, just in case.
Actress Scarlett Johansson might play a superhero on the big screen, but that doesn’t mean she’s above hiring professional bodyguards on occasion. The Black Widow star has often been seen hitting the red carpet with her security team in tow.
When she’s not on the red carpet, however, the actress prefers to keep a lower profile. Considering how much training she did for her role as the superhero, we think she’ll stick to protecting herself in the future.
Being one of the most well-known pop icons, the need for professional bodyguards would be obvious. Yet, to Cher, the need only arose after a particularly violent episode early in her career when a man physically assaulted her.
While her manager was finally able to pull the man off, she realized she needed bodyguards. For many years, she employed Michael Francis as her personal bodyguard. Though he was hired after the star received death threats, their relationship turned into a friendship with Francis calling her “a sister.”
He may play a super-strong and immortal vampire in the Twilight series, but even Robert Pattinson sometimes needs to hire professional bodyguards. The actor is frequently spotted next to an entourage of security guards following his meteoric rise to fame as the teen vampire, Edward Cullen.
It seemed that for many years, the actor couldn’t leave his home without being swarmed by crowds of screaming fans. While “Twilight-Mania” may have faded, the actor will probably be back in the spotlight with his upcoming role in the new Batman movie.
Popstar Billie Eilish may not seem like the type to be surrounded by an entire entourage of minders, but the singer decided to hire professional help after a particularly scary incident.
In 2019, the singer hired a bodyguard to sleep in her living room after her address was made public and several fans entered her home. Eilish has also had to have security protect her from overzealous fans at her concerts after several got a bit too rough with her.
Following her role in the Transformers films, actress Megan Fox became one of the most popular women in Hollywood. With her fame, came the need to hire professional bodyguards.
These security experts came in handy when, in 2021, a violent altercation broke out between the actress’ boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, and UFC star Conor McGregor. For a short period of time, the actress was caught in between the two men, only to be saved when security intervened.
Having been in the spotlight since she was a child, fame is nothing new for actress-turned-singer Miley Cyrus. That said, Cyrus began beefing up her security after an overly aggressive fan tried to kiss her in 2019.
The singer continues to rely on her security personnel to protect her from crowds of unpredictable fans. One video, which recently made headlines, showed the singer and her bodyguards fighting off a crowd of fans outside of her New York City hotel.
While some celebrities have regular bodyguards, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has his own “Money Team”. Mayweather gave his entourage the name due to the fact that they handle the large sums of cash that Mayweather frequently has on him.
Sporting “TMT” shirts, the security team is so loyal to the boxer that one even took a bullet for Mayweather in 2018. Mayweather is usually seen with anywhere from four to eight members of his TMT security detail.
Being part of one of the biggest boy bands in history can sometimes mean dealing with large crowds of adoring fans. While these fans are usually harmless, things can take a dangerous turn at any moment.
In February of 2020, the former One Direction band member was robbed at knifepoint in London. The incident left the singer shaken up, and prompted him to increase his security team with the addition of a particularly tall bodyguard – much to the internet’s delight! Countless memes and comments were made about how small Styles looked next to the bodyguard.
Fame can have many downsides including having to deal with aggressive paparazzi. These camera-wielding men and women will often provoke or harass celebrities in order to get the best shot. For actress Nicole Kidman, handling overly aggressive photographers has been part of her life since becoming famous.
After several close encounters, the Australian actress has decided to entrust her safety and the safety of her family to professional bodyguards. Kidman is often photographed close to her security team and even travels worldwide with them.
Celebrity bodyguards are trained to be able to handle some of the most extreme situations that may arise. This training was put to use when Demi Lovato’s bodyguard, Max Lea, found the singer unconscious after a bad reaction to an illicit substance.
Lea jumped into action and helped lift the singer in order to help her breathe. His heroic action is believed to have saved the pop star while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
For some celebrities, bodyguards are more than just people that provide protection, they’re practically family! When Gwen Stefani was just starting her career as a member of the band No Doubt, she became close with the band’s security guard, Curtis Garrett.
Unfortunately for Stefani and the other members of No Doubt, Garrett passed away in 2021. Fans of the band took to social media to express their sadness and send their condolences as many remember Garrett being a fixture at the band’s concerts.
Selena Gomez understands the importance of having a bodyguard nearby. After several frightening experiences including a home invasion and dealing with a stalker, the singer prefers to be safe than sorry.
The petite pop star is usually seen near her significantly larger bodyguards. Whether they’re by her side at the airport, or on the red carpet, her security team is always ready to leap into action to protect the star.
As the daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the world of celebrities and bodyguards is nothing new to Hailey Bieber. Despite being accustomed to fame, the model couldn’t imagine how much more exposure she would get when she married pop star Justin Bieber.
Since her marriage, the model has had to amp up her security after being targeted by some aggressive paparazzi. While her superstar husband is rarely seen without bodyguards, his wife has also had to follow suit.
Megan Thee Stallion
It’s rare that a celebrity’s bodyguard will become more famous than the celebrity themselves. For rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the media focus shifted to her bodyguard after it was revealed that the rapper was shot.
Fans of the artist immediately took to social media, demanding to know why bodyguard Justin Edison didn’t help Megan. Edison eventually calmed fans by reassuring them that he would always be there in the future. At 6’4, the former college football player is someone you would want by your side.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar and his bodyguard also went viral, but not for the same reasons as some others on this list. When a picture circulated of the pint sized rapper walking behind his extremely tall bodyguard, many memes were made. In particular, people compared the pair to Game of Thrones characters Bran Stark and Hodor (hilarious).
The “King Kunta” rapper is very low key and avoids being seen in public. Like The Carters, the star rarely gives interviews or appears on magazine covers.
Remember Lady Gaga’s former bodybuilder bodyguard that opened this list? Well here he is again! Dutch bodyguard Peter Van der Veen has also worked for English singer Adele. Specifically, he guarded her during the press tour for her third studio album 25, released in 2015.
As they had done before, internet fans swooned for Peter Van der Veen, complimenting his striking eyes and smart casual ensembles. It must be strange for these otherwise private men to suddenly find themselves the center of attention!
There’s something about a tiny celebrity and a large bodyguard—it just makes for a good photo. Here we have Australian popstar Kylie Minogue with one of her bodyguards. Like some other security teams on this list, Kylie’s team have been involved in some physical altercations.
Back in 2009, Kylie Minogue arrived at Los Angeles international airport to a group of paparazzi and fans. While trying to get into their vehicle, one of Kylie’s guards ended up pushing a female paparazzi. The incident ended up on TMZ.
If you’re the richest African American of the 20th century, it’s probably best you don’t go anywhere without some protection. Oprah Winfrey is always seen with security, because no one is getting close to the Queen of Media’s billions.
Like several others on this list, one of Oprah Winfrey’s bodyguards ended up having a successful acting career. Michael Jai White is a martial artist in eight different styles, and went on to become the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major movie.
Finally, we close with this rather amusing picture of Israeli actress Gal Gadot and her security team. When this picture—and a similar one with Gadot’s DC co-star Jason Momoa circulated, fans commented that the stars looked like they were the bodyguards.
Really, this makes total sense, considering Jason Momoa plays Aquaman and Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman. While these bodyguards mightn’t be larger than their celebrity client, we bet they can hold their own in a scuffle.