10. David Beckham
He is renowned for his perfectionism on the pitch, but everything has to be just right for David Beckham at home as well. David says that his OCD “haunts” him, manifesting itself through constant cleanliness and perfectionism when it comes to his environment. Anything out of order is enough to cause a conflict and must be attended to immediately. Examples of David’s need for complete order include everything being in pairs. If, for instance, there are three books on a table, one must be added or one removed. In a television interview, he confessed: “I’ve got that problem. I’ll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect.” Asked if he had tried to rid himself of the condition, which affects about two per cent of the population with this intensity, he replied: “I would like to. I’ve tried and I can’t stop.”
9. Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as an occasional director, playwright, and singer. He came to fame in the mid-1990s after writing, directing, and starring in the film Sling Blade, and was married to Angelina Jolie before the couple split in 2003. In the wake of her divorce from Brad, he has said that his feelings of inadequacy disrupted their marriage. Billy Bob has also confessed to a particular penchant for repetitive, compulsive actions, saying: “I have a little bit of OCD. The simple ones I can explain to you. The more complex ones, I don’t even know how to tell anybody.” He and rock singer Warren Zevon became close friends after sharing their common experiences with the disorder. In 2004 the actor and musician told Ann Curry on Dateline that the disorder was a response to a difficult, abuse-filled childhood. One of his compulsions is “constantly doing mathematics. Certain numbers represent certain people. And I can’t use that number in a certain circumstance. And then I have to use it in another circumstance.” He has said of his experience with the disorder: “It exhausts you”.
8. Charlize Theron
In the seemingly endless list of glitzy Hollywood stars who have confessed to struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder, it may surprise you that the composed and exceptionally beautiful Charlize Theron is amongst their number. Like Billy Bob, Charlize had a difficult childhood, watching her mother shoot her father in self-defense at a tender age, after years of his alcoholism and abuse. Despite rising to the dizzy heights of fame for her modeling career and acting performances, Charlize is still afflicted by details of daily life that most of us would overlook. She has been quoted saying: “I actually have a serious problem — obsessive compulsive disorder. I have a problem with cabinets being messy and people just shoving things in and closing the door. I will lie in bed and not be able to sleep because I’ll say to myself: ‘I think I saw something in that cabinet that just shouldn’t be there.”