What’s your favorite body part? On yourself? Is it your nose? Do you have a cute little button nose that’s just adorable? Or maybe you’ve got a big juicy butt that drives everyone else wild? Whatever it is, chances are you haven’t got it insured. Not like the fifteen celebrities on this list. So precious are their individual body parts and so integral are they to their revenue streams, that they take out enormous insurance premiums on them. Seriously. Sports stars insure their legs a fair bit, did you know that? Well, now you do. And you’re about to learn a whole lot more about the top fifteen most expensive celebrity body parts. So strap in!
Let’s start off with a pretty crazy one, shall we? Kanye West’s wife, North’s mother, reality TV star and butt owner, Kim Kardashian has her backside insured by the quite incredible price of $21 million. Sure, it’s all anyone cares about when it comes to Mrs. Kardashian West, but still. Imagine that contract. ‘If your butt goes up in flames, we’ll hand you $21m.’ What a meeting that must have been.
What do you think of when you picture Julia Roberts? Her massive great big Mona Lisa Smile, of course. Her lips, teeth, gums… All massive, all seemingly trademark of the Pretty Woman. But it’s the insurance we’re interested in. And she has her pearly whites valued at a whopping $30m! That’s quite a payout were she to, say, lose her smile in a bizarre boating accident or something. We don’t know. How do you lose your mouth…?
When you bag the biggest job in the movie business, you need to look after yourself. When Daniel Craig nabbed the Bond job from under the noses of Henry Cavill and Sam Worthington pre-Casino Royale, he immediately bulked up and got buff. And it told. When he emerged from the sea in his first 007 flick – in those little blue shorts – he made a billion women swoon at once. So it made sense to get his bod insured. For a princely $7.5m.
The Boss. The epitome of America, Mr. Bruce Springsteen has a body part insured too, you know? What part? Well, he may be Born In The USA To Run, but it’s not his legs he’s insured. It’s not even really a body part. It’s more abstract, but the insurance broker accepted it anyway. Unlike Tom Jones, The Boss did decide to insure his voice. Lloyds of London were the company, $5m was the amount.
Despite being a singer, actress and director – and not a glamour model of wet nurse, it may seem a little strange that Madonna might insure her breasts for $2m, but that’s exactly what she’s done. So if they fell off, The Queen of Pop would stand to make a quick couple of million. It’s all rather bizarre, isn’t it really? Ms. Ciccione’s formerly conical norks are worth a million bucks each. There’s some trivia for you.
Rolling Stones guitarist and Jack Sparrow inspiration, Keith Richards would be pretty much out of work without use of his middle finger. He’d also be useless at flipping people off. So he values it highly. Very highly indeed. $1.8 million, indeed. Which is a lot for one little digit, isn’t it? He must really love flipping the bird about the place, mustn’t he? Mind you, you would too if you had to hang around with Mick Jagger all day.
Diva Mariah Carey hasn’t got her voice insured like Brice Springsteen has, oh no. She has her legs insured. For an amazing $1 BILLION! Yep. That’s right – you read that correctly. BILLION. Not million. Why? Well, she had just signed up to a huge promotional campaign for the Gillette ‘Goddess’ range. So the insurance premium – which, obviously, made the news – may well have been a publicity stunt.
Gene Simmons, the 60-year-old co-founder of the rock band Kiss, at the height of the band’s fame, insured his very famous – and very long – tongue. For a cool million dollars. Nowadays, despite his rock n’ roll leanings, he’s still in the insurance game. He co-runs Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy, an insurance company for the mega rich and super famous. And super rich and mega famous.
Keen to keep it nice and vague, German supermodel Claudia Schiffer got her entire face insured for a million bucks. Not her mouth or lips or anything, her whole pretty face. And we can see why, he was unlikely to bag too much modelling work without her face. If a burglar stole it or she left in on a bus or something, it’s going to affect her earnings. So she needed to have that cushion of a million wazoos to fall back on if it all went wrong.
Van Halen singer David Lee Roth insured his penis – nicknamed ‘Little Elvis’ some years ago before a big tour. “It wasn’t my body, it was Little Elvis,” he said. “Before we were leaving they said, ‘We’ll have to insure Eddie [Van Halen, guitarist]’s fingers, because he’s going to be using those a lot on the road, and [drummer] Alex Van Halen’s elbows, we’re going to have to insure those because he’s going to be using them a lot.’ And I said: ‘What about Little Elvis? We’re going to be using him a lot.”‘
$144 million. That’s how much the Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has his precious legs insured for. And with good reason. Should the best – or second best – soccer player in the world become unable to kick a ball, all sorts of people, not least himself, become incapable of raking in the cash as easily as before. That said, he’s so good, he’d probably still be pretty good sans legs.
Welsh crooner and Las Vegas legend Sir Tom Jones has insured a part of his body for a cool $5 MILLION! His voicebox you might think…? Erm, no. Not quite. His chest hair, if you please. He may sing that ‘it’s not unusual…’ But insuring your tight and curlies for $5m really is! How odd, huh? This really is one of the weirder celebrity insurance premiums.
Pittsburgh Steelers player Troy Polamau is a professional NFL player. So has he got his kicking leg insured? Or throwing arm insured? Nope. He’s got his scraggly greying locks insured. It’s three feet long, his hair. And the insurance premium was taken out for him by the shampoo company Head & Shoulders. Which is all very weird, isn’t it? It’s not like the old days of sport, is it?
Rihanna is one of the world’s most famous and desired women. Her shapely legs are plastered over many a magazine and the star of many a music video. So it’s not a huge surprise that the singer’s pins are worth more than a million bucks. Damn, some of these insurance companies would be in some serious trouble if a fire broke out at the Grammys or Oscars, wouldn’t they?
Adam Lambert stood in for the, well, dead Freddie Mercury who couldn’t make it for Queen’s 2014 tour. $47 million he insured his voice for. That paperwork was filed halfway through the tour, so you’d have to imagine that the tour was something of a success. Not bad for a TV talent show type, huh?
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.