Rather a lot of celebrities are talking about fame this week.
It's interesting that those who seem to have pursued the spotlight so vigorously are later surprised by how harsh it can be, but never mind.
Let's hear from Lady Gaga, who claims that during the recent break in her career she didn't miss 'the circus' that surrounds her. She told BBC radio she missed being on stage during that six month hiatus when she got a new hip and, "I always love seeing my fans outside, but I wouldn't say I missed the fame, if that makes any sense. I think what I've realized more than anything is that I'm really not in it for that at all."
Likewise, Boy George has no further use for his youthful fame, calling it 'mental' and saying he didn't enjoy it very much. He says (on contactmusic) he enjoys what he does now, but at the height of Culture Club, "I was getting up in the morning, doing a hundred interviews, flying here, flying there. To start with it was really exciting but at a certain point you realize you're having a breakdown. My policy now is, 'What would Bowie do?' or, 'What would the Queen Mother say?' ... which is basically nothing. I have much more of a sense of where I want to go."
Twilight star Robert Pattinson is similarly thoughtful offering insight on the loneliness of being a movie star to Spain's GQ.
"It's strange, you don't have a normal life anymore. You spend much time trying to fight it, but in the end you find another way to live," Pattinson told the magazine.
"People don't realize how lonely you are. In any case, I feel fortunate because success didn't reach me very young, at least, I had the opportunity to have a life before. When you become famous, it's easy for some people to hate you just because you are famous. That's why, sometimes, you beat yourself up."
Let's just add that whatever fame Pattinson achieved through his Twilight run would likely look weak compared to the notoriety available via Fifty Shades Of Grey -- but he won't be in that movie.
Although author E.L. James is said to have wanted Pattinson to play Christian Grey in the film of her novel, the casting decisions have been made, and Charlie Hunnam will star in with Dakota Johnson. You have to wonder if Hunnam and Johnson have thought about the baggage that comes with these roles. Think they noticed, for example, the news from the Venice film festival about Daniel Radcliffe getting swarmed by fans while he was in the men's room?
Not too long ago, Hunnam said (in Stumped magazine), "I want to work with sensible people who are looking to make serious films with integrity, and who are looking to make great quality movies. The movie industry is just in a horrific state at the moment and I don't want to be involved in making disposable s---."
Uh, huh. Hold that thought.