34 celebrities who say they believe in ghosts



From left: Rihanna, Keanu Reeves, and Courteney Cox.
Rihanna, Keanu Reeves, and Courteney Cox believe in ghosts.

  • Some celebrities, like Ariana Grande and Keanu Reeves, believe in ghosts.
  • A few stars have also shared stories about their personal paranormal encounters. 
  • Miley Cyrus said she stayed at a haunted apartment and Grande said she had "a ghost/demon experience."
Kristen Stewart said that she talks to ghosts.

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Kristen Stewart in October 2019.

"If I'm in a weird, small town, making a movie, and I'm in a strange apartment, I will literally be like, 'No, please, I cannot deal. Anyone else, but it cannot be me'" the actress told Vanity Fair in her September 2019 cover story.

"Who knows what ghosts are, but there is an energy that I'm really sensitive to," she said. "Not just with ghosts, but with people. People stain rooms all the time."

 

 

Lisa Rinna said she's "always believed in the paranormal of the spirit world."

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Lisa Rinna in September 2019.

The reality TV star appeared on the show "Celebrity Ghost Stories" and said that she used to "feel this breeze go behind me" in a luxurious house that she and husband Harry Hamlin moved into together. 

After the birth of their first child, Rinna said that she felt like the 6-week-old baby was talking to someone that wasn't in the room in a "coherent" manner. 

Rinna said that the same thing happened with her second daughter, and one night at 3 a.m., she heard a "blissful laugh." The actress said that she saw "a woman standing at her crib" as her baby laughed and talked with the ghost. 

 

Jenna Bush Hager said she "felt something" during her stay at the White House.

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Jenna Bush Hager in June 2019.

"The White House has to be haunted, right?" Hager said to "Today" show cohost Hoda Kotb in 2018. 

Hager went on to say that she heard "1920s piano music, as clear as day, coming out of the fireplace." The following week, Hager said that she heard opera music. 

An employee at the White House also told her that the building is "haunted."

Keanu Reeves said that he saw a ghost in New York and "it was cool."

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Keanu Reeves in June 2019.

The "Matrix" star said that he was six or seven years old at the time.

"There's a doorway and all of a sudden we're looking over there and this jacket comes waving through the doorway, just an empty jacket," he said during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2014. "There's no head, there's no body, there's no legs, it's just there. And then it disappears."

Reeves continued: "I was a little kid and I thought, 'OK, that's interesting,' and then I looked over at the nanny and she's like this [mouth agape]. And I'm like 'Oh wow, so that was real.'"

 

 

"Ghostbusters" star Melissa McCarthy has encountered ghosts more than once.

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Melissa McCarthy in February 2019.

McCarthy told Ellen DeGeneres that her great-grandmother lived with her family and three weeks after she died, the actress "saw her, just fully standing there in the same house dress and apron that she always had on."

She also said she had another paranormal experience when she moved into a house in Colorado with her sister and saw a mysterious force repeatedly slam the kitchen door open. 

Miley Cyrus said she stayed at an apartment in London that was haunted.

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Miley Cyrus in February 2019.

"It was seriously so terrifying," Cyrus told Elle UK in 2013.

The singer detailed her experience at the building, which "used to be an old bakery." Cyrus recalled the bathroom shower faucet turning to the hot setting while younger sister Noah Cyrus was inside.

"The knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her," she recalled. 

Cyrus also said that she saw "a little boy sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out."

The "Slide Away" singer told Elle UK that she had a few paranormal experiences and vowed to not stay at the building again. 

"Liam [Hemsworth, her ex-husband] had an experience, my mom had an experience, we all had these crazy experiences and it was terrifying," she said. 

 

Ariana Grande said that she had "a ghost/demon experience."

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Ariana Grande in December 2018.

"We'd be so stupid to believe we are the only people here," the pop singer told Complex in 2013 when asked if she believes in aliens and ghosts.

Grande said that she was on her way to Stull Cemetery, "which is known as one of the seven gates to hell on Earth," but left because strange things started happening. 

"I felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulfur, which is the sign of a demon, and there was a fly in the car randomly, which is another sign of a demon," she said. 

The "Thank U, Next" singer said that she "used to have a folder called 'Demons' that had pictures with all the screencaps in it, "but then weird things started happening to me so I deleted it."

 

 

"Luke Cage" star Mike Colter used to feel a force "holding" him down in his bed.

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Mike Colter in April 2019.

"I'm from the south and there's a lot of things that happen in the south that don't happen anywhere else," the actor told Kelly Clarkson on her talk show in 2019. 

"When I was a kid, I used to have this thing that was sitting on my chest when I would sleep and it was keeping me from getting up and I couldn't open my eyes and I would struggle," the actor said. "I couldn't breathe very well."

Colter said that the incident recurred "night after night" and his mom told him that a "hag" was attracted to him because his "spirit was unsettled."

 

According to Rolling Stone, Rihanna avoids a popular California spot "because she's afraid of ghosts."

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Rihanna in July 2017.

In a 2013 cover story for the magazine, the singer said that she stays away from Chateau Marmont. 

"You can feel it, man," she said. "It's borrowed space."

Emma Stone said that her late grandfather would leave quarters for her.

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Emma Stone in May 2019.

"There's a long family history with quarters," Stone said during an appearance on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." 

The actress didn't share too many details because "it's such a long story," but was insistent that it was actually her relative leaving the money for her. 

 

 

Ellen DeGeneres said she's "seen people and they just wear the same clothes."

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Ellen DeGeneres in October 2017.

"It's weird, it's a very strange thing," the talk show host said during a conversation with Melissa McCarthy. "It was a man that was in turn-of-the-century clothes and a hat and a three-piece suit."

 

Matthew McConaughey said he "was not even under the influence" when he saw a ghost.

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Matthew McConaughey says he's seen a ghost.

The "Ghost of Girlfriends Past" star told ScreenSlam that he was haunted by a spirit named Madame Bleu. 

"I was not even under the influence and she was there," he said. "She wasn't that happy, it didn't seem like she was going to be much fun to hang around or have in my house, so I went ahead and stood my ground."

He continued: "I opened the door and said, 'You can move around all you want, but I'm not going anywhere.'"

The actor went on to say that "for weeks," people visiting his home would insist that someone or something was around.

 

Demi Lovato said that they had a few experiences with ghosts.

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Demi Lovato in May 2018.

"One night, I went to go to bed and I went to shut my closet door and when I shut it, I saw a little girl dressed like she was from the 1800s or 17000s just standing in my closet," Lovato said during a 2011 interview with radio show "Mack At Nite." "I froze and I ran into my older sister's room."

The singer also said that when they were younger, their dad's belt would go missing, then reappear "perfectly coiled on the bed." Their mom also used to hear footsteps in the middle of the night when the whole family was asleep. 

The "Confident" singer elaborated on their belief in the paranormal in a 2013 BuzzFeed article. Lovato said that they go "ghost hunting" and "my house in Texas is so ridiculously haunted."

"I think I have a really strong connection to the afterlife," they said. "My mom's friend is a medium, and we've talked about things … Stuff will just happen."

Lovato added: "When I walk into a room, I can tell if something has happened there or not, or if a hotel is haunted. I feel like the more present you are in your everyday life, the more aware you are of your surroundings and the energy in the room."

Kate Hudson said that she and her mom, Goldie Hawn, have the ability to feel spirits.

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Kate Hudson in June 2018.

"It's not really seeing dead people, it's feeling a spirit," Hudson said during an appearance on Alan Carr's "Chatty Man Show" in 2014. "It's energy."

"I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things."

"When you see something, you are supposed to tell the energy what year it is and that they don't belong there," she said. 

Hudson also recalled one particularly frightening incident when she saw a "ghost of a woman with no face." 

Zach Braff said that he "saw a dead person once."

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Zach Braff in April 2019.

"I'm not even joking," the actor, who starred alongside Kate Hudson in "Wish I Was Here," said on "Chatty Man Show." 

"I saw a ghost in my house," he continued. "I woke up and I did the thing that people do in the movies and literally spent a couple [of] seconds rubbing my eyes and it was still f—ing there."

Laura Linney wasn't a believer in ghosts until she went to a New York theater that's supposedly filled with them.

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Laura Linney in September 2019.

The "Ozark" star appeared on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" in 2017 and said that she was on Broadway at one point and was warned about paranormal activity at the Belasco Theatre. 

Linney said that during a rehearsal, she looked up at the balcony and saw a woman standing with a dress and blonde hair. After the actress looked away and turned back to the spot, the ghost disappeared. 

Linney went on to say that she later told the house manager about the encounter and he immediately knew which ghost she was referring to. 

Selena Gomez had an app specifically to detect ghosts.

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Selena Gomez in June 2019.

"I believe that spirits can tap into technology," the singer said during an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." 

"Look, I was in a venue and it actually said people in my life by name," she added. 

In 2011, the singer also told Z100 that there was a ghost in her house, which was seen by her, her mom, and her ex-boyfriend. 

"I swear to you, it's a good ghost, which makes me happy, but it is a girl ghost in a white dress," Gomez said. 

 

Sting said he "never believed in ghosts" and was "very skeptical about it until I lived with them."

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Sting in May 2019.

The musician told Jimmy Fallon that he lived in a "haunted house" in North London and each morning "everything had been reorganized in the kitchen."

"Furniture was in a different place, bottles were smashed, plates were smashed on the floor," he said.

The singer said that he and his wife also saw a female ghost and a child ghost in the home.

"I liked the ghosts," he added. "I enjoyed their company."

Kendall Jenner said she's "experienced some pretty ghosty situations."

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Kendall Jenner in September 2019.

"In the house that my mom lives in, Kylie and I would always hear footsteps on the roof when no one was home," she said in a video for Vogue.

"[Kylie Jenner's] shower used to turn on all the time and we never knew why. So yeah, I'm convinced it was a ghost," Jenner added. 

Lily Collins said that she was "visited" at night by the spirits of Ted Bundy's victims.

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Lily Collins in February 2017.

The actress, who starred as Bundy's ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer in the 2019 Netflix movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," told The Guardian that she "started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle" while preparing for her role. 

Collins added: "I discovered that 3 a.m. is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited."

"I didn't feel scared — I felt supported," she said. "I felt like people were saying: 'We're here listening. We're here to support. Thank you for telling the story.'"

Previously, the actress told Jimmy Fallon that she stayed at a haunted hotel in Ireland. 

 

Jessica Chastain thinks that she stayed at a haunted house in London.

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Jessica Chastain in January 2018.

The actress shared the story during an appearance on "The Late Late Show" in 2016 and said that at the time, she was busy filming "a lot of night scenes" for "The Huntsman: Winter's War" and typically wouldn't return home until around 3:30 a.m.

"As I started taking my clothes off to put my pajamas on, the light started to dim and I thought, 'OK, I might be having a stroke,'" she said.

"Every light in the room, even the bedside tables, slowly started to go on," the actress added, saying that she felt like she "was on some alien spaceship."

Chastain said the room also "went pitch black" and she spoke aloud to the spirit in the hopes that it would leave her alone. 

 

"Ghostbusters" star Dan Aykroyd said that he's had "several experiences" with ghosts.

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Dan Aykroyd in December 2017.

"I saw things moving around on our counter, and doors opening and closing," the actor told Esquire in 2013.

He added: "The staff also had experiences, direct contact in terms of tactile touching, and then turning around and there's no one there. Somebody crawled in bed with me once."

 

Kesha said that a ghost "caressed" her.

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Kesha in May 2018.

"I don't know his name, but he was in my house," the singer told Conan O'Brien in 2012. 

She went on to say that "it was a sexy time. It wasn't sex."

According to the Huffington Post, Kesha told Ryan Seacrest that her song "Supernatural" was inspired by "experiences with the supernatural."

 

Jenny Slate said that she "grew up in a genuine haunted house" in Massachusetts.

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Jenny Slate in May 2019.

The actress appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2014 and said her family found a bunch of notes addressed to the woman who lived in the house before her death, but the "romantic letters" weren't from her husband. Instead, they were from a sea captain and Slate's dad ended up later seeing the ghost "just looking at him, pleading."

Slate said that they burned the letters and the ghost didn't revisit the family.

 

Megan Fox said that she's "heard ghosts."

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Megan Fox in October 2014.

"I believe in everything," Fox told MTV News in 2014, adding that she also thinks aliens and Bigfoot are real. 

The actress said that she was in Mexico with her family and someone came into her hotel room 30 minutes before breakfast was scheduled to arrive and made noises. 

 

 

Lea Michele said that her previous New York apartment was haunted.

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Lea Michele in April 2019.

"I feel like a lot of people say, 'Yes, I saw a ghost,'" the "Glee" star said on "A Little Late With Lilly Singh" in 2019. "But I really, truly had a ghost in an old apartment that I lived in New York."

Michele recalled being in the home and hearing a "burst from upstairs." When we went to investigate, she found that nothing was "out of place" and assumed that her window might have opened due to a wind storm. 

"I'm alone and I'm looking at this window and I'm like, 'It's all in my head,'" she said. "And just as I say that, the window goes, 'woosh.'"

She added: "Also, weirdly, I would hear someone singing in the apartment. And then I left."

"Doctor Sleep" star Ewan McGregor said he was haunted on his 20th birthday.

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Ewan McGregor in October 2019.

During an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" in early 2020, the actor said that he was at drama school in London, around the same time as Easter and Passover when he had a supernatural encounter. 

McGregor said that everyone had gone away for the holidays except him, so he stole someone's VCR and watched the movie "Blue Velvet." Afterward, something strange happened. 

"I was standing running a bath, leaning in the doorway in a robe," he recalled. "I was suddenly struck with this pain in my back and I ripped off my robe and there was a big black burn mark on the back of my robe."

The "Birds of Prey" star said that there was no indication that his robe caught on fire, so there was no logical explanation for what happened. When he looked at the robe again, it was "singed" and he had a black burn mark on his shoulder.

McGregor went on to recount the story to the man who owned the apartment below him.

The tenant then told McGregor that the man who previously owned the apartment was a recluse who died after his kettle set fire to the kitchen and severely burned his back.  

"I never saw him, but that was a bit odd," the actor said of being haunted.

"The Craft: Legacy" director and writer Zoe Lister-Jones said that she had ghost encounters on the set of the 2020 horror movie.

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Zoe Lister-Jones in January 2019.

Lister-Jones spoke about the experience during an interview for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

They filmed in an old mansion and when she went to scope it out with the movie's cinematographer and they both felt a "heavy energy" when they stepped in.

Then when they began shooting the movie a few weeks later, Lister-Jones said that "things immediately started going awry." 

Other crew members said that they felt pressure in their chest and star Cailee Spaeny said that she saw a mysterious photo on her phone when she unlocked the device. 

Lister-Jones went on to tell Fallon that she was later informed by the house's owner that the building used to be a hospice where over 300 people died. 

"WandaVision" star Kat Dennings said she grew up in an old, "haunted" house.

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Kat Dennings in September 2019.

During a virtual appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in February 2021, Dennings said that she lived in a "very old house that was built in 1694," located in Wynnewood, Pennslyvania. 

"It was haunted as hell," Dennings said of the home, which was a historical landmark. 

The actress said that that she lived there from the ages of 7 to 15. During that time, she "saw some stuff."

"There were some intense experiences there, the classic stuff like lights going on and off, things going missing and showing up in weird places, and the cold," Dennings said.

"American Horror Story" star Lily Rabe felt "all kinds of magic and energy" while filming in New Orleans.

Lily Rabe wearing a yellow dress and gold drop earrings at a red carpet in October 2021.
Lily Rabe in October 2021.

"You feel things, and there's a lot of magic in that city," Rabe told Digital Spy of filming the anthology show "Coven," in which she portrayed a witch. 

"All kinds of magic and energy, and the feeling that you might be in a room alone but you're not necessarily the only one there," she added. "That definitely happened for a lot of us."

"Glee" star Chris Colfer recalled his paranormal experiences on a podcast.

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Chris Colfer in April 2018.

While appearing on "Ghosted! by Roz Drezfalez," Colfer said that his first experience happened when he was approximately 4 years old, when he was playing in his mom's closet.

The actor said that he saw the doorknob of the closet slowly start to turn and thought it was his mother returning home from work, so he came up with the idea to jump out and scare her. But when he popped out and shouted "boo!" there was no one in the room.

Colfer said that when he bought his first house in LA, "strange things started happening within the first month of me being fully moved in."

"I would wake up in the middle of the night and I would just see things at the foot of my bed," the actor recalled. "One night I woke up and I saw a man in a janitor's uniform, just standing at the foot of my bed just staring at me."

Colfer said he stared at the figure for several minutes and eventually it just "faded away."

A few weeks later, the actor said he saw a boy with blonde hair "hiding behind the curtains of my bedroom, just peeking out and looking at me" around dawn.

"My abrupt movement scared him and then he disappeared," Colfer said. 

Salma Hayek said that her London home is haunted.

Salma Hayek Pinault attends the Kering Foundation's Caring For Women Dinner at The Pool on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in New York.
Salma Hayek in September 2022.

During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in November 2021, Hayek said that strange things happened, like the piano playing on its own, lights turning on and off, and doors and windows opening and closing.

Hayek said that other people in the house have seen ghosts, including her daughter. She also said that a guide visited the home and found approximately 20 ghosts.

Courteney Cox said that she "saw something" in her London apartment.

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Courteney Cox in February 2022.

"I was awake and all of a sudden, I saw these faces," she said during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" in 2022. "Some of them didn't look that welcoming. Some of them looked a little like what I would imagine the devil to look like."

The "Friends" star also said that she saw "waves of light," but her partner, Johnny McDaid, didn't believe her. 

Vanessa Hudgens said that she has the ability to communicate with ghosts.

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2022 Tony Awards.
Vanessa Hudgens in June 2022.

"I've accepted the fact that I see things and I hear things," Hudgens said on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in April 2022, adding that she's had "a lot" of supernatural experiences over the years. 

The "High School Musical" star recalled having a mysterious experience when she was 8 years old and felt scared.

"I kind of shut it down for a while because it's scary," she continued. "The unknown is scary. But recently I was like, 'No, this is a gift and something that I have the ability to do, so I'm going to lean into it.'"

Hudgens said she went as far as to go on a "real paranormal investigation" with proper equipment. She said that her favorite tool is the "spirit box," which she said scans radio frequencies quickly and allows spirits to speak through the electricity. 

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