I’m sure we all saw the video of a young woman named Obaa Yaa, professing her ‘love’ for Asamoah Gyan- even going as far to issue the threat that she would kill herself if her feelings were not reciprocated, and if he (Gyan) did not marry her by the 24th of December 2010.
Well that date has just recently gone by, and as far as I know, Obaa Yaa is still alive. After watching the clip on YouTube, I was really shocked at how offensive some of the comments targeted towards her were, with some even going as far to suggest that she was suffering from some kind of mental illness! Come on people- it’s not that serious! I just saw it as a young woman infatuated with a particular celebrity.
What about the hundreds and thousands of ‘Beliebers’ (aka Justin Bieber fans), or the other die-hard fans of other celebrities who post these kind of ‘love’ declarations online- are they mentally ill as well?
Obsessing over our favourite celebrities is nothing new- there are millions of videos on the web proving so. Understandably some celeb enthusiasts take things too far (i.e. stalking), but not all fans are really like that.
I have also heard of celebrities actually starting relationships with a fan they met. I guess hearing these kind of stories about NFL players or rappers taking a fan out for a date and entering into relationships with them may give some kind of ‘hope’ to certain die-hard fans.
I’m just wondering though- is it really and truly possible to actually fall in love with a celebrity?- someone you have never met before in your life, someone you just see via the media, someone who has a certain public persona yet you have no idea what their real characteristics in public may be- is the idea of love not that far-fetched, or is it all just plain infatuation?
Gosh, I know I love Will Smith to death, and would probably even go as far as selling my own mother (JOKE!) if it mean’t taking him away from Jada.
However, I am in no way disillusioned that I’m in love with him- I know that he’s just one of my celebrity infatuations, just like Blair Underwood, LL Cool J, Idris Elba, Van Vicker and a host of other fine men. Luckily for me, I know the difference between love and infatuation.
I am certainly aware there are die hard Jackie Appiah fans like Osei on here ( GhanaCelebrities.Com) as well as a host of them of Nadia Buari, Majid Michel, Yvonne Nelson, Michael Essien and others.
I want to know what you guys think though- is it really possible for a fan to fall in love with a celebrity? I mean actual love- like they would be willing to risk everything for that celebrity- that kind of love.