The other day, I agreed to leave the last chocolate mousse to my little sister when I really wanted it. Then I saw that no one was giving me a generosity medal so I snatched it out of his hands and ate it all. There’s no Mother Teresa written on my forehead either, I need recognition. And maybe that’s why I’m not a star, because some people give pretty incredible gifts to strangers without expecting to be thanked. Real examples to follow for us little stingy people.
You will give every time to homeless people, pay for drinks for your friends and leave tips, you will never be as generous as Drake. He can be seen handing out a million dollars to residents of an underprivileged Miami neighborhood in his music video God’s plan. He also offered $50,000 to one of his fans to offset the cost of her tuition at the University of Miami, then showed up at a supermarket to pay for all the groceries for the customers present. He also offered an unlimited credit card to an employee of a luxury hotel. If some see it as a marketing gesture, it’s still a pretty cool act, we’ll tell each other.
This person is not just a cream, he is a cream company, what am I saying, a multinational cream company. After donating $4,000 to a homeless woman, offering $15,000 to a fan whose mother had been in a coma for three years, and paying singer Kesha’s attorney fees in her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke, Taylor Swift has paid more than £23,000 to a student who started a fundraiser to study maths at the University of Warwick, UK. A rather nice gesture, indeed.
3. Keanu Reeves
After having played in the three parts of the saga Matrix, the actor made a point of handing over part of the money he had received to actors who were less well paid than him. He also offered bonuses to props, technicians and costume designers who worked on his films. A man who doesn’t really like injustices, then.
4. Paul Walker
When he was still alive (yes otherwise it would be a bit complicated), the actor of Fast and Furious met a couple at a jewelry store in Santa Barbara, USA. The lovers wanted to get engaged before the man, a soldier, leaves for a second mission in Iraq, but they did not have enough to pay for a ring, as they explained during a discussion with the actor. But after leaving the store, they were called back to pick up a $9,000 ring with diamonds that someone had paid for them. It was actually a gift from Paul Walker who couldn’t stand that a military man couldn’t afford an engagement ring. The fucking hairs.
5. Nicki Minaj
It all started with a tweet for a contest that allowed the winner to accompany the singer in the studio or go see her at the Billboard Music Awards. After tweeting that she had received enough money to pay for the winner’s airfare from any country in the world, the singer was asked if she could pay for the tuition of one of her fans. She then received dozens of messages asking her for help. In the end, Nicki Minaj paid the tuition fees of a dozen of her fans. Nicki, if you see this message, I still have my contribution to student life to pay…
6. Antoine Griezmann
In 2016, after a France-Ireland match, Antoine Griezmann gave a very nice gift to a little boy who had come to see the match. He was indeed the son of Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and Jessica Schneider, a policeman and a policewoman killed in Magnanville on June 13, 2016 during a jihadist attack. When added time ended, Antoine Griezmann went behind the scenes to meet the little boy and presented him with the match ball. A nice tribute from the footballer.
7. George Michael
It was only after his death that the singer’s many acts of generosity came to light. For example, he had offered £5,000 to a waitress who was also a student nurse in debt. He had also given over £15,000 to a woman who needed the money to perform in-vitro fertilization. A man with such a big heart.
The singer had a somewhat strange passion for Cadillac cars, so much so that he paid everyone. He first started by offering one to his mother (who couldn’t drive, by the way), then to his dentist, his jeweler, his valet, his hairdresser, one of his choristers. Then one day he went to the Madison Cadillac showroom in Memphis and bought 13 cars to distribute to the people who worked for him. He also offered one to the cashier before offering a check to spend exclusively on Cadillacs to one of the salespeople whose birthday was a few days later. He also gave it to doctors, police officers and even a TV presenter. Otherwise I have a problem with my Clio, does anyone know the address of the secret island where Elvis has been living for the past few years?
9. Zach Galifianakis
Alan Garner actor in very bad trip, when he was not yet known, he was befriended by a 70-year-old lady named Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist while doing his laundry in a laundromat. Years later, when he had risen to fame, Zack Galifianakis learned that his friend Mimi was now homeless. He found her an apartment, asked to pay the utilities and the rent and called on a friend to furnish the apartment. He also took her to lunch several times a month and invited her to his previews. It’s nice. No, I’m not crying, it’s just my dust allergies, okay?
10. Lady Gaga
While she was having dinner with her boyfriend, Lady Gaga was approached by a fan who had not recognized her and who wanted to compliment her on the jacket she was wearing. After recognizing her, she confessed that it was thanks to the star that she had come out and a few seconds later, the singer offered her his jacket. At the same time, who still doubted the generosity of Lady Gaga after she organized the greatest online concert of all time during confinement?
And yes, having money allows you to do cool things as shown by these good deeds done by rich people. But it also works the other way around when it’s the stars who receive gifts from strangers, even if they aren’t always nice, as the worst fan gifts given to stars show.
Sources: Le Figaro, Le Parisien, L’Express, La Libre, Purebreak, 7 Jours, Here, Oh my mag, Cracked.