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15 Famous People With ADHD

Famous People With ADHD:


ADHD is a chronic condition that can have a serious impact on the lives of affected children and parents.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder includes a combination of persistent problems, like – difficulty sustaining attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity.

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder usually first appear between the ages of 3 and 6.


The exact cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not fully understood, although a combination of factors is thought to be responsible, such as –  genetics, environmental factors, nutrition, brain injuries, and social environment.

Risk Factors

Certain groups are believed to be more at risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including:

  • people with brain damage;
  • people with epilepsy;
  • people with low birth weight;
  • people who were born prematurely.

List of 15 Famous People With ADHD:

#1 Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

She is an American model, actress, and singer-songwriter who is best known for her deadpan comedy roles in films like:

  • 500 Days of Summer;
  • The Good Girl;
  • Yes Man;
  • The New Guy;
  • Failure to Launch;
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy;
  • Elf.

Zooey Deschanel revealed her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis on her blog and said she turned to crafting to help her focus.

#2 Michelle RodriguezMichelle Rodriguez

She is an American actress who is known to the public by her roles in the movies “Avatar” and “Resident Evil” as well as by her participation in the successful franchise “Fast & Furious.”

Her breakout role was as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight (2000), which earned her a few awards, including the Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

Michelle Rodriguez told Cosmopolitan that she has difficulty focusing when she is alone.

#3 Paris HiltonParis Hilton

She is the multi-millionaire heiress of the Hilton Group of Hotels. As a socialite and hotel heiress, Paris won the Guinness World Record for Most Overrated Celebrity in 2007.

Paris Hilton said she’s had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder since she was about 12. Additionally, Paris told CNN’s Larry King  – “It’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life.”

#4 Will SmithWill Smith

He is an American rapper and actor who was born and raised in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. While still too young to drink legally, Will released a few platinum rap albums and won the 1st-ever Grammy Award given in the rap category.

While he wasn’t diagnosed as a child, Will Smith says he would have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder if he were growing up today.

#5 Howie MandelHowie Mandel

American comedian, actor, and television personality, Howie is best known for hosting ”Deal or No Deal,” creating the cartoon series ”Bobby’s World,” and being a judge on ”America’s Got Talent.”

Mandel has both obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD.

Howie Mandel wrote for ADDitude magazine – “Back in the 1960s, when I was growing up, my symptoms didn’t have a name and you didn’t go to the doctor to find out. So, in my case, they were called ‘Howie Mandel.’”

#6 Solange KnowlesSolange Knowles

She is the younger sister of performer Beyoncé and a Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter.

Solange Knowles said she was diagnosed with the disorder twice before she believed it. “I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me. I guess I was in denial,” she said during an interview.

#7 Jamie OliverJamie Oliver

He is a British chef who achieved worldwide fame with his television shows Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and The Naked Chef.

Jamie was diagnosed with ADHD in childhood. He said that he manages his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms with a healthy diet.

ALSO READ: Famous People With Autism

#8 Jim CarreyJim Carrey

He is a Canadian-American comedian, singer, actor, and writer who began stand-up comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Ontario. Jim has received 2 Golden Globe Awards and has also been nominated on 4 occasions.

Jim Carrey has been open about his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Currently, he uses his celebrity status to bring attention to the problem.

#9 Adam LevineAdam Levine

He is an American songwriter, singer, and actor. Adam is the lead singer for Maroon 5, a pop-rock band. Levine met his future bandmates, Mickey Madden and Jesse Carmichael, while attending Brentwood School.

“ADHD isn’t a bad thing, and you shouldn’t feel different from those without ADHD. Remember that you are not alone. There are others going through the same thing.” – Adam Levine said.

#10 Glenn BeckGlenn Beck

He is an American conservative political commentator, television producer, and radio host. Glenn is the founder, CEO, and owner of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his radio and television network TheBlaze.

“I believe that my success in business is because I can process a million things at a time and move very rapidly, but my failure at home is because of ADD,” Glenn Beck said.

#11 Bill GatesBill Gates

He founded the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen, and subsequently became one of the richest men in the world.

Bill Gates has admitted that he’s struggled with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, saying that he always had trouble learning things.

#12 Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps

He is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.

His teachers complained about his inability to sit still until the 5th grade. Thereafter, the family physician diagnosed him with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and informed his parents about this condition. At age 9, he went on Ritalin.

ALSO READ: Famous People With Dyslexia

#13 Simone BilesSimone Biles

She is an American artistic gymnast who was part of the gold-medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore, she is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist.

“Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” Simone Biles tweeted last year.

#14 Karina SmirnoffKarina Smirnoff

She is an American professional ballroom dancer of Greek and Russian origins. Karina won the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, with soap opera star J. R. Martinez.

Karina Smirnoff began to practice ballet dancing at age 5. Additionally, she practiced gymnastics, figure skating, ballroom dancing, aerobics, and piano.

Smirnoff told The Saturday Evening Post – “As a professional dancer, I’ve become known for my moves and my career accomplishments, but most people don’t know about another part of my life — I’m an adult with ADHD.” 

ALSO READ: Famous People With Schizophrenia

#15 Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake

He is one of the most popular and successful singers in the world. Justin rose to fame as the lead singer of the boy band ‘N Sync’, which is considered the 3rd best-selling boy band in the music industry.

“I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that [combination],” Justin Timberlake said.

Here is a quick recap of the famous people with ADHD:

  1. Zooey Deschanel
  2. Michelle Rodriguez
  3. Paris Hilton
  4. Will Smith
  5. Howie Mandel
  6. Solange Knowles
  7. Jamie Oliver
  8. Jim Carrey
  9. Adam Levine
  10. Glenn Beck
  11. Bill Gates
  12. Michael Phelps
  13. Simone Biles
  14. Karina Smirnoff
  15. Justin Timberlake


Sunday 27th of January 2019

Taylor Swift has ADHD too