Is Cameron Diaz a ‘germophobe’ who’s sick of Benji Madden’s ‘filthy’ habits?

Cameron Diaz

These are photos of Cameron Diaz promoting Annie alongside Rose Byrne. Cameron’s been promoting this movie steadily but not with as much gusto as her romcoms receive. The studio probably assumes the movie has a built-in audience and doesn’t require heavy promotion. I’d love to see Jamie Foxx out there and shaking his thang, but we can’t always get what we want.

A few days ago, I talked about the kinder, gentler Cameron who looks back on her romantic past without fondness. Cam realizes she found a good dude in Benji Madden. They seem like an unlikely couple, but it’s working so far. This week’s issue of Star warns of trouble in rocker-boy paradise for Cam and Benji. The main issue? Cameron is “OCD” and wishes “filthy” Benji would stop treating her home like a laundry hamper. Really?

There’s trouble in paradise for Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden! The pair had their first big blowout since the rocker moved into her spotless LA mansion last summer, close friends told The National Enquirer.

“Cameron’s going nuts over Ben’s filthy habits, and he’s starting to feel like he’s moved back in with his mom!” a pal tattled.

“The problem is they’re both at a point where their habits are hard to change,” the pal said. Cameron is a “germaphobe” who’s been losing it over Benj’s poor hygiene, sources said.

“She washes her hands incessantly and even opens doors with her elbows to avoid getting germs on her hands,” said an insider.

Tensions reached “def-con” levels recently when Benji, 35, stormed out over Cameron’s control-freak ways.

“Cameron lost it after he left a pile of dirty laundry in the bathroom,” said the insider. “Benji told her he’d ‘had it,’ and he feels like a naughty teenager living at home!”

The blowout made Cameron rethink her OCD habits, said the insider, adding, “She realizes she went too far over something minor. They kissed and made up less than an hour after he walked out.

“She said she’ll chill more, and he agreed to tidy up after himself.”

[From Enquirer, print edition, December 12, 2014]

I never pegged Cameron for a germaphobe or someone with OCD. Speaking as a person who is both, I know the Enquirer isn’t describing OCD correctly. But we can’t expect a tabloid to care about the clinical definition of a mental disorder. Maybe Cam is a germaphobe. Her case can’t be too severe, or she’d wouldn’t even be able to open doors with her elbows. Because … germy elbows.

Anyway. I doubt this story is true. It feels like the Enquirer got bored and made up a story based upon Benji’s grungy fashion sense. Cameron and Benji are fine. We’ll know when they aren’t because Cameron will start lecturing everyone during interviews again.

Cameron Diaz

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22 Responses to “Is Cameron Diaz a ‘germophobe’ who’s sick of Benji Madden’s ‘filthy’ habits?”

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  1. AG-UK says:

    umm I think BS, it’s Star..

    • Liz Lemon says:

      There was a story about ten years ago (maybe less?) about how Cameron Diaz was so scared of germs that she refused to touch public restrooms door handles with her hands and used her elbows. I believe she said that during an interview. She commented on it later on saying that the story had been blown out of proportion. So yeah I believe she is a germophobe but not that it is putting a strain on her relationship.

    • homegrrrlll says:

      She talks about all kinds of bodily functions, and dates a man covered in tattoos. I doubt she’s smart enough to know an antigen from an antibody, so germaphobe and CD probably aren’t consecutive.

  2. Maria says:

    She banged A Rod so nope.

    • Cupcake says:

      Excellent point! She has banged a lot of nasty dudes. Maybe that’s why she’s hot for that type – it’s a departure from her germaphobe nature and refreshing for her?

    • Kosmos says:

      Good one !! Yes, I often wondered why she would bang a guy that’s been around the block so many times, gag. About those cleanliness tendencies, I can totally relate to that because it’s just nice to be clean and avoid germs if you can. Couples can often have very different habits and they can become problematic. Usually, one person doesn’t see what the other person sees, so they feel there’s really no need for change. But the other person could find it impossible to live around a dirty or messy person.

  3. Kiddo says:

    Bedhead, “start lecturing again”? Did I miss the part where she ceased?

  4. Frida_K says:

    They probably have maids to pick up after them. I really don’t see Cammy running around with a feather duster and a rag, playing the little housewife.


  5. Dawn says:

    No I don’t believe this and believe that she is a threesome queen.

  6. Catk says:

    She looks great in these photos.

  7. MelissaManifesto says:

    I wouldn’t describe myself as a germophobe, but I’m a germ-conscious person because I want to protect my immune system. I would love to hear from real germophobes and OCDs and how they deal with normal daily life.

    Hopefully this story isn’t true. I think they’re good for each other.

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    I remember a story from years ago where she said “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” If that’s her philosophy, she can’t be too germophobic. Maybe she developed it after several years of unflushed toilets. That would do it.

  9. Totes says:

    Cam is a Virgo. We are notoriously OCD clean.

    • thelazylioness says:

      My hubby is a Virgo and he’s a total slob. Maybe his rising sign is affecting his behavior?

  10. Juliette says:

    I want that coat.

  11. ashley says:

    Whoa I forogt Rose Byrne was in Annie and I thought she Winona Ryder…

  12. carly says:

    I remember reading she is emetaphobic , which is a fear of vomitting. I only know because I am too. And I am crazy about germs!

  13. dread pirate cuervo says:

    If I had Cammy’s $$$, I wouldn’t be sharing a bathroom with anyone. Her “spotless LA mansion” only has one shitter? Don’t buy it.

  14. LAK says:

    I totally relate!