By Kathryn Hopkins
If celebrities’ comments were anything to go by in the run-up to the election, we were led to believe there’d be a barrage of “for sale” signs popping up outside some of L.A. and Manhattan’s most luxurious homes.
Amy Schumer said in September that Spain would be her destination of choice, Lena Dunham was planning a Vancouver move and Miley Cyrus also promised to leave, but didn’t specify where she’d go.
Others, who made similar comments, include Bryan Cranston, Chelsea Handler, Samuel L. Jackson, Ne-Yo and Barbra Streisand.
However, since Donald Trump’s stunning win on Tuesday, a few have already come out to say their comments weren’t serious or that they have decided to stay following Hillary Clinton’s gracious concession speech.
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“First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest….Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser,” Ms. Schumer, the star of “Trainwreck,” wrote on Instagram earlier this week.
Ms. Handler told the audience of her show “Chelsea Lately” that while she “really, really” wants to move to Spain right now, everyone in her office is telling her, “you have a responsibility, you have a voice and you need to use it and you have to be here.”’ So she’s decided to remain in the U.S.
While there are some celebrities who are yet to confirm whether they will stay or go, the majority of celebrity brokers who spoke to Mansion Global said they had not had any celebrities reach out for help.
“Prior to the election I talked to a lot of celebs and clients, but people never said it,” Beverly Hills broker Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker told Mansion Global. “I’ve not had one person mention anything about moving out of the U.S. to me since the election.”
Ryan Serhant, of Bravo’s reality television show “Million Dollar Listing New York,” added that no-one had called him saying they wanted to move after Tuesday night. Suzanne Perkins, a Santa Barbara-based real estate agent with Sotheby’s International Realty, who has worked with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow in the past, said the same and stressed that these comments in the run up to the election were just “temper tantrums.”
However, that’s not to say that some celebrities won’t be making an announcement that they’re leaving at some point. It’s still early, after all.
Mike Deasy, chief executive of Deasy/Penner & Partners, a brokerage with offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Monica and Venice, said he has spoken with a well-known actor and his wife who are seriously considering a move on the back of the Trump win.
Additionally, a famous former athlete, whose wife has dual Mexican citizenship, told Mr. Deasy that he’s planning on moving to Sayulita, a beach resort in Mexico.
“I don’t know how serious these people are. Until they actually do it, it’s all a matter of conjecture,” Mr. Deasy said.