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Nanny Requests from Celebrity Clients – Part 2
 
 

Nanny Requests from Celebrity Clients - Part 2
 
Don’t you often wonder what life is like for those who work with celebrities? Being around all the glamour without the liability? It sounds nice but little do we know how strange life can be for those employed under celebrities. Often times these domestic workers find themselves fielding some unusual requests.
 
Kimberly Love over at Moms.com wrote a detailed list of some rather bizarre requests celebrity nannies have had to fulfill on the job. Here’s part 2 of that list!

 
12. KATE GOSSELIN WANTS NANNIES TO TEND TO THE CHICKENS
You would think that tending the chickens would not be on the list of tasks for a nanny, but in Kate Gosselin’s home, it’s on top of the list. We already know that Gosselin is not an easy person to work for but this might be way over the top. One nanny claimed that not only was Gosselin mean to her but she expected her to tend to the family’s flock of chickens. Gosselin also insisted that when her staff walked around that they would walk “lightly.” She’s another employer that expected her staff to do exactly as she said.

11. KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN EXPECTS TO BE CALLED MADAME
Kourtney at times seems to be the most down to earth of the Kardashians but that’s not the case according to the nannies. One nanny stated, “She asked me to call her madam at all times.” It’s hilarious to think in this day and age that it would actually be a rule. “I once slipped up and called her Kourtney, and she threw a hissy fit,” continued the nanny, “I never made that mistake again.” It seems as if Kourtney expects to be the queen of her household and don’t you forget it.

10. HALLE BERRY SAYS NO KISSES OR HUGS
Halle Berry is a hard actress to get a read on. She is a very different person in interviews and she is rarely seen in public. She is a very private person so it’s hard to see what she’s really like. When it comes to her nannies, she has a rule that you don’t hug or kiss them. It’s kind of sad that she doesn’t allow her nannies to get close to her children. Many kids get attached to their nannies. If the nanny is spending a lot of time with the children sometimes it’s nice to get a hug every once in a while, especially if she is the one putting the children to bed at night.

9. MARIAH CAREY WANTS TO HEAR SHE’S BEAUTIFUL
Mariah Carey has always been known to be a bit of a diva. She lives a very lavish lifestyle and she likes a lot of attention. She loves the finer things in life and she especially loves being complimented. One nanny stated that Carey needs to be praised by the people in her household, even her twins. Her twins have been asked to call her beautiful and talented every day. The staff and the nannies are also expected to tell the songstress that she’s beautiful. It’s a little weird, to say the least.

8. JESSICA SIMPSON WANTS HER NANNIES TO LOOK A CERTAIN WAY
Jessica Simpson isn’t even playing around with her nannies and she also isn’t going to have one steal her husband. She has certain criteria when it comes to choosing a nanny and that means she better look like Mrs. Doubtfire. There will be no beautiful women working around her husband if she can help it. Her husband “has a real thing for blondes, so the last thing she wants is temptation in her house,” a pal suggested, “The night nannies that she hires aren’t exactly blessed in the looks department.” Way to go, Jessica!

7. SARAH JESSICA PARKER EXPECTS SONGS TO BE SUNG
Imagine getting a job with a high-profile client like Sarah Jessica Parker and then being asked to sing, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” to her children? That’s exactly what Parker’s nannies are expected to do. The song helped put her children to sleep one time, and now she’s obsessed with it. A source told the Star, “Her nanny has to sing ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ over and over until the drift off.” We couldn’t imagine what it must be like to work for Parker when she expects tasks like that.

6. GWEN STEFANI SAYS THEY MUST WEAR SPANDEX
Gwen Stefani only hires male caregivers, and that may have something to do with her ex-husband becoming involved with their nanny. Can you really blame her? She says the reason she hires guys is that they look the best in spandex. That’s needed for the superhero costumes she wants them to wear. “Batman, Superman, Spiderman—you name it, I’ve dressed up as it,” revealed a former nanny of Stefani’s. “She once promised it as a treat for the boys if they went to sleep, but I ended up doing it every night!”

5. GWYNETH PALTROW EXPECTS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
We know that Gwyneth Paltrow lives a very healthy lifestyle and she offers us tips on that through her lifestyle publication and blog, GOOP. She has a couple of cookbooks available as well that are not for the faint of heart. You must be kind of extreme to want to go there. She promotes healthy eating and she wants the same for her children. We understand that but is it okay for her to expect her staff to live the same rigid lifestyle? If you want to work for her, then that is what she expects. If you can’t live on beans and quinoa, then you won’t be working for Gwyneth.

4. PHILLIPPA COULDN’T HAVE A BOYFRIEND
There are some celebrities that actually expect their nannies to never get a boyfriend. It has a lot to do with the idea that they want you to work for them as long as their kids need you. So that means that they wouldn’t want you to fall in love, get married and then quit your job. Celebrity nanny Philippa Christian experienced that herself with some of her clients. “They don’t want you to fall in love and leave the job and get love sick,” Christian told Daily Mail Australia. In order to get a $500,000 paycheck, Philippa was forbidden to have a boyfriend, go out past 10 pm or drink alcohol, even when she was off the clock.

3. VICTORIA WANTS NANNIES TO ANSWER TO “JO”
Victoria Beckham once had a nanny named Jo for her daughter, Harper, but she eventually left the family. Harper was so devastated that the nanny was gone that now when a new nanny comes around, she has to answer to “Jo” as well. You would think mom and dad would just sit her down and explain the situation but instead they have to put a nanny through taking on a different name. “Harper was absolutely devastated when the original Jo stopped working for the family, and since then, she’s continued to call every new minder by the same name,” a source told the Star.

2. SPEAK SPANISH WHILE THEY SLEEP
Chris and Elsa Hemsworth read somewhere that children can absorb languages while they sleep so they instructed their nanny to speak in Spanish for two hours before the children went to bed. That’s a lot of talking. The worse part was that they didn’t have a Spanish speaking nanny at the time. “I didn’t even speak Spanish,” said the couple’s former nanny, “I used to read from a book and make up funny phrases that made me laugh.” Thor may just have gone a little too far with this nanny request; it’s definitely a little “extra.”

1. NICOLE KIDMAN WANTED NANNY TO GO DOWN UNDER
We love that Nicole Kidman is from Australia and that she wants her children to appreciate their heritage, but there are many ways to do this without involving the nanny. Kidman instructs her nannies to wake the children up in the morning by saying, “G’day Mate!” We’re not sure if that’s the best method of bringing heritage to a child’s life. “I always thought it was a bit of a joke,” said one of Kidman’s former Nashville nannies. “But I was never quite sure, so I said it every day just in case.”

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Glenn Greenhouse
Glenn began in the “family business” more than 30 years ago, by coming to work for his Father, Martin Greenhouse. He often recounts how nervous he was, when at 19 years old his Father forced him to pick up the phone and speak with David Suskind. This was to be the first of dozens of phone calls and meetings to come for Glenn……with Celebrity Clientele. Glenn considers himself very fortunate to have spent his life working at a job he truly loves and as he puts it: “earn a comfortable living at the same time.”
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