Have you ever wondered which celebrities are allergic to nuts? A few answers might surprise you! There are some pretty well known players in the nut free community. Famous actors, athletes, singers, dancers, and even YouTubers are among those diagnosed with nut allergies. The next time you feel alone in your food allergy, take a look at this list! You’re in good company.
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1. Malia Obama
2. August Maturo
Have you ever seen the Disney Channel show Girl Meets World? It’s a sequel and spin off to the popular 90s show, Boy Meets World. In Girl Meets World, actor August Maturo plays the character of Auggie Matthews, a son to a grown up Cory and Topanga Matthews.
August experienced his first anaphylaxis attack on the set of this show when he was only six years old. He describes the experience of having his first allergic reaction in an interview by Future of Personal Health, entitled August Maturo Says Food Allergies Don’t Stop Him From Having a Wonderful Life. He’s now an advocate and a celebrity spokesperson for FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team). To learn more about August and his partnership with FAACT, you can visit his spokesperson page at FoodAllergyAwareness.org.
3. Stormi Webster
Stormi Webster, daughter to makeup mogul Kylie Jenner, is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. In an interview titled Everything Kylie Jenner Eats in a Day with Harper's BAZAAR, Kylie mentions, “We are a peanut free household because Stormi is allergic. All nuts actually, not just peanuts.”
Her daughter's allergy status first became public knowledge when Kylie took to Instagram to share her grief and concern over the pain felt by mothers with sick babies. Kylie had just returned home after Stormi had been hospitalized due to her nut allergy. People Magazine's Kylie Jenner's Daughter Stormi Webster Was Hospitalized for an Allergic Reaction reflects back on her post, quoting Kylie as saying “Spent the day in the hospital with my baby. She had an allergic reaction but is 100% okay now and we are home. Nothing else matters when these things happen. God bless all the moms with sick babies. I’m sending so much love and positive energy your way.”
4. Mason Disick
Mason Disick, son to Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, is also allergic to nuts. In an article by Daily Mail, Kris Jenner recalls the heart dropping moment she learned of Mason’s allergy after Kourtney called her when Mason ate peanut butter and had an allergic reaction that sent him to the hospital.
5. James Wilkie Broderick
James is the son of actress, producer, and designer, Sarah Jessica Parker and actor and singer, Matthew Broderick. In a video interview entitled Sarah Jessica Parker Shares About Her Son’s Life-Threatening Allergy with ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, an Emmy award-winning daytime talk show, Sarah spoke of her son James and the day she learned of his severe nut allergy.
Sarah mentioned that James had his first allergic reaction while under the care of his babysitter. She goes on to share more of her experience about being a mom to a child diagnosed with a severe life-threatening allergy, and her advice to mom that is processing the scary realities of having a child with a new diagnosis. It’s a great watch if you have a few minutes.
6. Alex Kapranos
Alex Kapranos is a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author. He is most famous for the time he spent as the lead singer and guitarist of the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. In 2005, Alex had a bad allergic reaction after eating a product that turned out to be infected by factory processing cross contamination. He came into contact with the contaminated food product when he ate a gift his friend made after creating it with an ingredient having a label that read “Made in a factory that processes other nuts – may contain traces of peanut”, and doing so sent him into an intense allergic reaction where he threw up blood.
In an article titled Nut Allergy Gives Kapranos a “Horrific Night” by The Herald, after Alex recovered from his allergic reaction he reportedly called out the companies in question for their vague labeling, saying their vagueness was too “irresponsible.”
On March 1, 2019 Alex had another allergic reaction. He posted a photo of his facial swelling on his Twitter account, and thanked the NHS for their care. According to The Scottish Sun, the 2019 incident happened when Alex was at a music festival.
Thanks to the #NHS & staff of UCL hospital who effortlessly saved my life as I ballooned from another allergy attack last night.— Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) March 1, 2019
I know I always go on about it, but the #NHS is an incredible institution those of us lucky enough to have access to should cherish & preserve. pic.twitter.com/RI7rgOD5t5
7. Virginia Lensi
Virginia Lensi is a professional ballet dancer with nut allergies. Her interview for Allergic Living–entitled Food Allergies, Ballet and NYC: How One Young Dancer Is Managing It All–chronicles her experience being severely allergic to nuts while following her dream, and how she goes about managing her allergies during touring.
8. Kelly Clarkson
9. Tom Poti
Tom Poti is a former defenceman hockey player that played 14 seasons in the NHL, or National Hockey League. During his career he played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and the Washington Capitals. He’s allergic to nuts, chocolate, seafood and MSG. In the article Severe Allergies Haven’t Affected Tom Poti’s NHL Career published by the Associated Press and featured on The Star, Tom was quoted as saying he almost died from his allergist test. The article goes on to talk about how he adjusted to life on the road when having an allergy and how he adapted to eating on his own, away from his teammates while balancing not purposefully singling himself out. The article was also featured on the website for the NHL: Severe Allergies Haven't Derailed Capitals' Poti.
Tom is quoted saying:
“The biggest thing I tell kids – I've spoken to a lot of kids over the years – is don't let it hold you back,” Poti said. “It's not easy, but I always tell them that everybody has something to deal with, everybody has some kind of problem, and I tell them the way I look at it: I'm fortunate, I can't eat this certain thing, but there's a lot of other things I can do.”
Like actor August Maturo, featured at number two of this article, Tom Poti is involved in allergy awareness advocacy and is a spokesperson for FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team).
10. Clay Matthews III
Clay Matthews III is a professional linebacker for American Football. He’s played for both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams. While Matthews was playing for the Green Bay Packers, he did a commercial for Fathead wall decals. The joke of the ad hinted at the wall decals being so life-like that you couldn’t tell the difference between the Fathead decal and the real thing. The commercial begins with Matthews saying:
“Hi. I’m Clay Matthews. I'm a human being. I like camping. I have a peanut allergy. I'm real. That’s a Fathead wall decal. People can’t tell the difference and it’s affecting my life.”
11. Brian Matusz
Brian Matusz is a pitcher for Major League Baseball (MLB). He played with the Baltimore Orioles from 2009-2016 and has been playing for the Chicago Cubs since 2016.
There’s an incredible article Peanut Allergy Links Orioles Reliever Brian Matusz With Young Fan in The Baltimore Sun about Brian Matusz signing an AUVI-Q epinephrine auto-injector for a nut-allergic fan. It’s touching, and definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
12. Bill Hader
Bill Hader is an actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. You may have seen his work in The Skeleton Twins, Inside Out, Trainwreck, Barry, and SNL (Saturday Night Live).
On an episode of CONAN, Bill opened up to Conan O’Brian about his health scare while filming The Skeleton Twins. After eating chocolate filled with peanut butter, Bill had an allergic reaction and hadn’t been carrying an auto-injector. Luckily he was rushed to a New York hospital and was able to recover with a Benadryl drip.
13. Joshua Jackson
Remember Pacey from Dawson’s Creek? How about Charlie from The Mighty Ducks? Jackson’s more recent work can be seen in playing the role of Peter Bishop on Fringe and Cole Lockhart on The Affair. As reported by TMZ, in 2011, the experienced actor was rushed to the hospital after having an allergic reaction.
14. Jessica Vosk
Jessica Vosk is a Broadway actress and singer allergic to peanuts, nuts, sesame seeds, and shellfish. Her career includes many roles, one of them being Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked. She even performed for FARE’s Food Allergy Ball in New York City on December 3, 2018. Jessica was featured in the Allergic Living article Jessica Vosk: Broadway Star Lives Her Dream While Navigating Food Allergies and interviewed on how she balances the demands of her role while having various food allergies. In the same article, she’s asked about the advice she'd share with any food allergic kids dreaming of performing on Broadway someday.
15. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is an incredibly famous professional tennis player, having won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and several Olympic gold medals. The original source of how her nut allergy became public knowledge is unknown, and her allergy has been covered in Glamour.
Summary of These Celebrities With Nut Allergies
The next time you feel alone or like you're the only one in the world with a nut allergy, just remember you’re not! Re-read this article as many times as you need for the reminder to sink in.
For celebrities allergic to other foods, check out my article 7 Celebrities With Food Allergies.