7 Celebs Who Set Up Photo Ops With The Paparazzi

Published on July 25, 2014. Updated April 4, 2017

As Rolling Stone magazine pointed out earlier this year, there are countless celebrities who are actually in cahoots with the paparazzi to boost their exposure. The idea that some photographers just happen to be in the right place at the right time is actually a myth. Some celebrities will actually call the paparazzi in advance and let them where they will be so they can come get photos and, even worse, some celebs actually get a cut! We decided to go see which celebrities are notorious for setting up photo ops with the paparazzi. Some of these 7 celebrities will definitely shock you!

7. Lindsay Lohan

When Lindsay Lohan was first starting out in Hollywood, she called the attention she received from the paparazzi “a blessing;” however, that was before her numerous car accidents and DUIs. For years now, the troubled starlet has had nothing but complaints about the paparazzi. Rumor has that Lohan used to let the paps know her whereabouts. She was reportedly worried that, if she stopped appearing on the cover of gossip rags, that she would no longer be considered relevant.

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6. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian routinely tipped off the paparazzi in her early days. According to Nick Lachey, when he briefly dated her before she became a reality TV star, she tipped off the paparazzi about one of their movie dates. “Let’s just say this: We went to a movie. No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside. [Laughs] There are certain ways to play this game, and some people play it well,” Lachey said.

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5. Denise Richards

Denise Richards is reportedly another celebrity who routinely calls the paparazzi. She has been accused of staging numerous photo ops over the years. When things were rough with Charlie Sheen several years back and when she got a lot of bad press for hooking up with her friend Heather Locklear’s ex Richie Sambora, Richards would call the paps and let them know where she and her daughters would be so they could get pictures.

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4. Britney Spears

When Britney Spears was completely out of control several years ago, she reportedly did not leave the house without calling the paparazzi first. She allegedly had a few on speed dial that she would phone but, once they were following her, other paparazzi would join in the chase. Soon the pop princess would be swarmed. Back then, Spears was pretty intimate with the paps. She was even dating one, Adnan Ghalib.

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3. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have become pros at generating publicity for themselves. These two are so desperate for attention that they are rumored to set up photo opportunities with the paparazzi for cash. Last October, when their relationship was on the rocks, Spelling and McDermott brought a photographer from a prominent pap agency to get exclusive pictures of them visiting a pumpkin patch with their four children and McDermott’s son Jack from his first marriage.

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2. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Unlike most celebrities, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have actually admitted to having a mutually beneficial relationship with the paparazzi. According to the controversial couple, when “The Hills” was at its peak, they would stage photo shoots with the paparazzi. “They were never following us, I was calling them,” Pratt said. “There’s big money in there. Every photo you take, they are selling them to the tabloids. So if you partner up with them, you get a cut. We were making like half a million dollars in photos a year.”

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1. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus may act like she hates the paparazzi now, but it hasn’t always been this way. Before she became a twerking sensation, the “Hannah Montana” star would call the paparazzi herself and let them know where she would be. When her father Billy Ray did an interview with GQ back in 2011 about how the entertainment industry ruined his family, Miley and her mother Tish chose to arrange a photo op with the paparazzi, showing a united front.

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