One of the prices celebrities have to pay for fame is receiving weird, wonderful and sometimes hair-raising gifts from obsessed fans.
We told how telly weather presenter Judith Ralston has been inundated with underwear from male admirers but believe it or not, when it comes to bizarre fan mail, saucy Y-fronts are pretty tame.
In fact, to prove just how much you worship your idol, it seems you are not a real fan unless you gift them a little bit of yourself, and yes by that I mean an actual body part.
A severed ear, teeth, skin, letters written in blood and even a baby are just some of the craziest sacrificial offerings groupies have made at the altar of their celebrity gods.
What’s even more unbelievable is the majority of the stars were more flattered than shocked.
Here we take a look at ten of the most insane and disturbing pieces of fan mail which have been sent to some of the world’s biggest stars.
A devoted fan once sent the Suicide Squad star a severed human ear, accompanied by a note which read.” Are you listening?” Instead, of being horrified by the gruesome gesture, the actor and singer dried the ear and wore it as a necklace to his next gig. I don’t know what’s sicker.
The American singer/songwriter didn’t seem at all perturbed when a few years ago, she received a whole variety of human teeth from appreciative fans. In fact she was that impressed by their dedication she commissioned jewellers to turn them into various decorative pieces. What a mouthful!
The Greatest Showman actor received hundreds of love tokens from crazed female admirers after sending teenage hearts a-flutter in High School Musical but the strangest has to be a piece of skin. Forever gracious, he said of the gift: “It’s hilarious because you don’t know how to handle it. You’ll never get around it. I love all my fans.”
With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes and baby dolls it will come as no surprise “The Godfather of Shock Rock,” has been sent some toe-curling tokens in the post, including a tiny coffin with the heart of a cat inside. Gross!
After starring in the “Harry Potter” series of movies, the actress who played Hermione Grainger in the hit movie franchise started receiving Holy Bibles in the mail, from people who claimed the films were “un-Christian.” Pretty tame in comparison to what Lord Voldemort could have dreamed up.
A fan once sent the singing sensation a turtle shell with her face painted on it. The guy just walked up to her and handed her the discarded reptile carapace with her portrait emblazoned on it. Did she mind – no, she said: “It was definitely a first. It’s always awesome when someone gives you a gift.”
After “Twilight” the star started chewing on toothpicks to stave off his craving for cigarettes, fans took it upon themselves to send him thousands and thousands of the tiny wooden sticks. Could have been worse, they could have given him a wooden stake – right through the heart.
The British boy band One Direction have received a number of truly bizarre pieces of fan mail over the years, but perhaps the strangest was when one fan sent them a very lifelike marriage certificate displaying the full names of all five members joining them in holy matrimony to each other.
The Jonas Brothers
The singers were naturally alarmed when they were handed a preserved dead shark in a tube by one of their fans. Nick Jonas said: “It was odd. They didn’t even leave a note explaining. It was just, ‘Here’s a dead shark.’” Odd – just a tad!
And the award for most insane fan gift ever goes to…..country icon Dolly Parton who woke up one morning to find a newborn baby named Jolene – after her famous song – on her doorstep. She immediately called Human Services. This outlandish gesture gives a whole new meaning to “special delivery.”