A child would bring them down to earth

LAWRENCE MURPHY: A worthy alternative to roasties?

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Imagine starting a new job and being told you can have whatever you want and it will be yours in minutes.

What would you choose?

This is the enviable life of many celebrities across the globe who simply ask and wait (but not for long) for it to be given.

I was recently reading an article about so called A list celebrities who are so famous they can have whatever they want in the blink of an eye and people will be happy to say yes to their sometimes odd requests.

For example, one American female singer, who has had a string of hit songs, apparently demands that each venue she performs at has gym equipment available for whenever she has an urge to do some exercise.

Another Oscar-nominated male movie star apparently requested that the manager of a five-star hotel clear out all the rooms so he can eat in silence.

But my favourite diva demand comes from one of the most successful female singers of all time who, according to the article, demanded a new toilet seat be fitted in her dressing room on every night of her world 
tour.

Oh, and a special mention goes to the singer who hired an attendant to dispose of her used chewing gum.

It must be the strange culture of being worshipped by thousands of fans, having millions in the bank and having everyone around you so in awe of your presence that they will always answer your demands with a ‘yes’ that creates someone with a high level of self-importance.

But I have some advice for these stars and a way to bring them straight back down from planet celebrity to planet earth and that is to have children.

OK, that might be a bit drastic, so maybe borrow a child you have in the family for a few days.

The reason for this is they will bring you back down to earth with an almighty bang.

The other day I was feeling a bit special and self-important when my daughter Caitlin told me how much she loved me.

How things changed though. Just a few minutes later when we were about to leave the house for Caitlin’s school she announced: ‘Dad I don’t want 
you to take me to school, I want mummy.’

I was shunned. Bang, back down to earth. But then that night when her mum was preparing to take her 
up to bed she declared: ‘Mummy, I don’t want you I want daddy.’ In 
an instant I’m back to feeling loved again.

But I know it wont be long before I’m shunned again. So my advice to these celebrities is to spend some time with children – they’ll make you feel normal.

Oh and they wont always say ‘Yes’.