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Diva demands not isolated to Hollywood

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
16 October 2017 1 minute readShare
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Apparent ‘diva demands’ by a prominent Hollywood actress have hit the headlines, but plenty of business owners are dealing with their own divas as customers wield their buying power with absurd demands.

News.com.au reported on the apparent “nitpicky” demands Sarah Jessica Parker made of her household staff, and compared it to singer Lady Gaga alleging requiring her assistant to sleep in her bed for company and Mariah Carey not being able to sleep “if she can’t have the Apple TV playing”.

There have been plenty of other celebrities caught out over the years with alleged “diva demands”, with a quick Google search unearthing these apparent demands:

  • Cher demanded a separate hotel room for her wigs while on tour.
  • Jennifer Lopez insisted her dressing rooms must be entirely fitted out in white.
  • Justin Bieber stipulated that he not be spoken to during a photoshoot, not even by the photographer.
  • Angelia Jolie threatened to turn down a movie role unless the studio paid for flying lessons for then-husband Brad Pitt.

Even Donald Trump put forward his own diva demands when visiting Sydney to film The Apprentice, with Wizard Homes Loan founder Mark Bouris revealing that the now US President tried to impose rules about not shaking hands, not being called Donald and not having any mention of his hair.

However as people in business, or indeed anyone who has worked in a service industry, will attest, customers and clients can be just as ‘diva-esque’ in their demands.

Just a few that come to mind are:

It got us on the My Business team thinking about just how often business owners suffer in silence at the hands of unreasonable demands from customers, as well as how often a customer has been put in their place or stop being served for bad behaviour.

So tell us in the comments section below, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to share your experiences (any names supplied will be removed to protect the identities of those involved)!

Diva demands not isolated to Hollywood
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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