South African celebs talk about their phobias

By Kirstin Buick
09 October 2013

Our story on unusual phobias had many YOU readers talking – and some of our celebs are sharing theirs too.

Our story on unusual phobias had many YOU readers talking – and some of our celebs are sharing theirs too.

Trypophobia Actress and TV presenter Minnie Dlamini has a fear of clusters.  “I can’t stand lots of things at the same place, they just freak me out,” she says. “Like if I see a whole lot of ants I freak out and I imagine them all over my body.”

Acrophobia Vuzu presenter Lalla Hirayama has a fear of heights.  “It’s so disabling. I can’t even breathe and I immediately think I’m going to die.” When the Strictly Come Dancing contestant went to the Eiffel Towers in Paris she went up three elevators to get to the top of the 324-metre iron lattice structure – and was then paralysed with fear.

 Entomophobia TV presenter and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss has a fear of one or more classes of insects. “I’m so scared of praying mantis – well, any stick insects. I actually remember I once came home from a long trip and I stayed outside my house for five hours because there was a praying mantis on my door.”

Acrophobia/claustrophobia Rapper AKA has a combination of acrophobia and claustrophobia, which is a fear of confined spaces. “I’m okay with getting on aeroplanes and things like that but I don’t like to be confined. I remember I went to Jamaica while shooting Tropika Island of Treasure and we were meant to jump off a cliff and I couldn’t. Reeva (Steenkamp) and I were the only ones who couldn’t jump.” Share your thoughts:

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