22 pairs of celebrities you didn't know were friends

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Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks have grown to be close friends. harles Sykes/Invision/AP
  • Some celebrities have formed close bonds with costars and other Hollywood personalities.

  • Some of those pairings, like host Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Dogg, might seem unexpected.

  • Other celebrity friendships include Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, and Tom Holland and the Rock.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Courteney Cox have been longtime friends, but now, DeGeneres is living at Cox's house.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Courteney Cox have been friends for years. Jim Smeal / Getty

Before Cox offered her home up to DeGeneres, the pair had a long friendship. In fact, Cox has made several appearances on "Ellen" over the years. This week, though, the "Friends" star went on the talk show to say Ellen has temporarily moved into her Beverly Hills mansion.

"I don't consider me a landlord, I consider myself your roommate," Cox, who is currently living in London with her boyfriend, said on the show.

DeGeneres went on to explain that she didn't move into Cox's house because of marital troubles with her wife, Portia de Rossi.

"I'm not living with Courteney Cox because I'm kicked out of my house," DeGeneres said. "We sold our house here in Beverly Hills and I needed a place to stay and you were kind enough to say, 'Yes, stay at my house.'"

Serena Williams and Meghan Markle met over a decade ago and are still friends today.

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Meghan Markle and Serena Williams. Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images / Pool / Getty Images

In 2010, Williams and Markle met in passing at the Super Bowl in Miami, but their friendship didn't form until 2014 when they played tag football at a celebrity game.

Since then, Markle has attended several of Williams' tennis matches, and Williams planned Markle's baby shower in New York City.

"She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble," Williams said of Markle in March after the duchess did a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Read more about their friendship here.

Jonah Hill became friends with Kanye West after he attended West's listening party for "Ye" in 2018.

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Jonah Hill traveled to Wyoming to listen to Kanye West's record in 2018. Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Hill's friendship with West caused his sister, actress Beanie Feldstein, to ignore him for a whole week.

"I didn't realize it was controversial to go support Kanye at that time," Hill told Jimmy Kimmel in 2018.

"My sister didn't speak to me for a week 'cause he had worn a MAGA hat and s---."

The "Superbad" actor also revealed that he left a meeting at a moment's notice when he was invited to West's listening party, which took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Holland became pals after a sweet online interaction.

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Dwayne Johnson had a kind response to Tom Holland praising him. Christopher Polk/Getty Images and Lee Jin-man/AP

Holland revealed in a GQ interview that he was a big fan of The Rock.

"The Rock is someone I've always looked up to. His whole thing is: Be the hardest working person in the room. It's something that I've really taken to heart," the actor said in 2019.

Johnson responded in kind on Twitter, calling Holland "a good buddy" who "continues to earn his success daily."

"That level of fame isn't easy to navigate and he's done it brilliantly and elegantly," Johnson continued, adding that he was looking forward to working with Holland one day.

Beyoncé and Michelle Obama became friends after the singer performed at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

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Beyoncé performed "At Last" for Michelle and Barack Obama during the former president's inauguration. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP and Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

While the former first lady and the singer might have known each other before, 2009's inauguration ceremony cemented their relationship. Beyoncé even recorded a new video for her song "Get Me Bodied" in support of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.

And the former first lady once said that if she could be anyone other than herself, she'd be Beyoncé.

Their relationship continued throughout President Obama's second term, with Beyoncé singing the national anthem at his second inauguration. Since then, the Obamas have appeared at Beyoncé's birthday parties and concerts, with the friendship showing no sign of letting up.

Kanye West's Sunday Service attracted numerous celebrities, including Brad Pitt.

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Kanye West and Brad Pitt appear to be friendly. Walik Goshorn/MediaPunch/IPX and Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Pitt was spotted enjoying himself at West's Sunday Service in Watts, California, in 2019. The two were photographed smiling and talking to each other while at the event.

Later that year, Pitt spoke to "Extra" about their friendship.

"[We kept] just running [into each other] through the years," he said. "I love that there's a Kanye out in the world, like, messing things up, you know?"

Of the Sunday services, he added, "It's this real celebratory thing of people and it's a really loving vibe and it's beautiful — it's huge, so beautiful. I find it really special."

Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks met in 2015, and Styles gave the singer a carrot cake with her name on it.

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Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks have grown to be close friends. harles Sykes/Invision/AP

Styles told Rolling Stone in 2017 that he prepared to meet the iconic singer by bringing her a cake with her name "piped" onto it.

"She loved it," he said, adding, "Glad she liked carrot cake."

Nicks didn't forget Styles' generosity and revealed in 2017 that Styles had been "adopted" by her former bandmate Mick Fleetwood.

"Harry is that tall, lanky, musical son he always wanted, so they keep in touch," she said.

Since becoming friends, Styles and Nicks frequently perform together, with Styles covering Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" on more than one occasion. And their friendship appears to be strong as ever, with Nicks calling Styles her "love child."

While inducting Nicks into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, Styles gushed that she's "everything you've ever wanted in a lady, in a lover, in a friend."

And speaking to Vogue in 2020, Nicks said of Styles: "He's the type of person you'd wanna live next door to. He'd look out the window, see you having a hard time planting flowers, and rush out asking, 'Can I help you with those roses?' 'Sure, but you are Harry Styles, right?' That's who he is."

Read more about their friendship here.

Rihanna and Cara Delevingne became friends after the singer called the model a "rock star."

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Actress Cara Delevingne, right, poses with Rihanna during the European film premiere of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' in London, Monday, July 24, 2017. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

According to Delevingne, early on in the celebrities' friendship, the singer invited her backstage after a Savage X Fenty show.

"I was sitting in the audience and a bodyguard came and [brought] me [to Rihanna]," the model told People in 2019.

"She opened the door and she was like, 'You are a rock star.' I looked behind me and was like, 'Wait me? That's weird because you're the one who's the rock star.'"

Delevingne still had nothing but praise for the "Umbrella" singer, whom she's been spotted with since 2014.

"Rihanna has always been so lovely and such a good friend," the model said. "I am just in awe of her and just so proud."

Jennifer Lawrence and Zoë Kravitz appeared in "X-Men: First Class" together, and they have been friends ever since.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Zoë Kravitz both played mutants in "X-Men: First Class." Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

After meeting on the set of 2011's "X-Men: First Class," Lawrence and Kravitz became fast friends.

"I'd met her a few times, and she was like, 'You should come over and we'll hang out,'" Kravitz told Rolling Stone in 2012 of the beginning of her and Lawrence's friendship.

"So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She's like, 'Come in, sorry, you're early, I was about to shower.' And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, 'Are we here yet? Is this OK?' And I was like, 'I guess we're there!'"

The two have been friends ever since, and they have had sleepovers where they eat junk food and watch reality TV.

Reese Witherspoon has an adorable nickname for Mindy Kaling.

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Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling both starred in "A Wrinkle in Time." Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP and Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP

The two actresses became close after filming 2018's "A Wrinkle in Time," and Witherspoon even developed a sweet nickname for her costar — "Min Diesel."

Witherspoon and Kaling seemed like they had the time of their life while filming, and are frequent commenters on each other's Instagrams.

Fans hoped for a collaboration when Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion shared videos from their hangout.

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Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion both performed at the MTV VMAs this year. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images and Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Singer Lizzo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion documented their August 2019 meet up on Instagram, which showed the two musicians taking shots and twerking, and generally having a good time.

While the two haven't shared much more about their burgeoning friendship, fans at the time thought the meeting meant a collaboration between the two was in the works ... but there's been nothing so far.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are an unlikely pair of friends.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart first met in 2008. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The duo met in 2008 on "The Martha Stewart Show," where they hit it off over a bowl of mashed potatoes. After a few years apart, the two reconnected at a comedy roast in 2015, and went on to have a hit TV show, "Potluck Dinner Party," together.

"I like his laid-back energy, I like his outspokenness," Stewart said of the rapper in 2019. "He's so particular, his little tiny bits of this and that, and it all finally comes together."

For his part, Snoop said after sitting next to Stewart at the roast, "I knew I wanted to be alongside this lady for the rest of my life."

Read more about their friendship here.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have been friends since "Titanic."

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Leonardo DiCaprio played Jack, Kate Winslet's love interest, in "Titanic." Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The two met while filming James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," and have been friends ever since.

"Our chemistry naturally happened on screen. We just like each other as people," DiCaprio told "Entertainment Tonight" while promoting the film in 1997.

Since then, the stars have continued to praise each other any chance they get, calling one another "fantastic" and "special." They were reunited for 2008's "Revolutionary Road," and have frequently attended award show after-parties together.

And Winslet, whom DiCaprio once called his "favorite actress in the industry," couldn't contain her happiness for the actor when he finally won an Oscar in 2016.

Kris Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence became friends because of Lawrence's love of reality TV.

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Kris Jenner once received a Porsche from Jennifer Lawrence for Christmas. Faye Sadou/MediaPunch/IPX and Steve Granitz/WireImage

Lawrence and Jenner met after Jenner surprised the "Mother!" actress for her birthday. But the world first became aware of Jenner and Lawrence's friendship in 2015, when the Kardashian matriarch wished her "little piece of s---" friend Lawrence a happy birthday — and included a humorous photo of the two "caught" in bed.

From there, the two only got closer, with Lawrence once passing out drunk and naked in Jenner's closet after "22 martinis" with the reality star.

In 2017, Lawrence gifted Jenner a mini Porsche, and even appeared on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

And in 2020, when Jenner wished Lawrence a happy birthday on Instagram, she wrote: ""You are the most amazing girlfriend, wife, daughter and my favorite daughter today!!!!"

Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves first met on the set of 1992's "Dracula."

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Both Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves starred in "Dracula." Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Ryder and Reeves played lovers in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film "Dracula"— and might even be legally married because a wedding ceremony they participated in for the film was officiated by "a real Romanian priest."

Ryder and her "Dracula" costar Gary Oldman apparently had a falling out while filming, but the actress credited Reeves with easing the tension.

"I was always just so happy when you were around because there was so much, sort of, trauma," Ryder said in 2018 of Reeves' participation in the film.

Since then, the two actors have met for dinner every year or so, and reunited for 2018's "Destination Wedding."

Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps have had some crazy adventures together.

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Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps met while filming "Dawson's Creek." Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT

Williams and Philipps met while filming the hit drama "Dawson's Creek," and have been friends ever since.

The two have been through lots of ups and downs together, with Philipps consoling Williams after the death of Heath Ledger, Williams' former lover. The actresses also frequently attend red carpets together and are always quick to praise one another in interviews.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck met when Damon was 10 and Affleck was 8.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck starred in "Good Will Hunting" together. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Childhood friends Damon and Affleck grew up two blocks away from each other in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the same schools. The two would even have "business lunches" in high school where they'd brainstorm about how to make it big in Hollywood.

Damon and Affleck eventually moved to Los Angeles in the late 90s, where they wrote "Good Will Hunting," the film that would make both of them into stars and Oscar winners.

The pair have been friends ever since, and Damon has stuck by Affleck's side as he's worked through his alcohol addiction, even reportedly giving up drinking when around Affleck.

Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini have been friends forever.

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Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini met because of Marc Anthony. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

"I was friends with Marc Anthony and then he started dating [Lopez], and he was doing a film," Remini remembered of the first time she met the singer in 2004.

"I went to the premiere and he said, 'You have to meet Jennifer!'"

The actress joked that she hoped she could find a flaw in Lopez, but wasn't able to. The two "fell in love right there," according to Lopez.

"It was one of those instant chemistry things where you just feel like, 'I love this person. I love being around this person,'" Lopez said of meeting Remini.

Since then, the two have appeared in several projects together and frequently post about one another on social media.

Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Garner opened up about their friendship during a segment for "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

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Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Garner first met on the set of "Hollywood Game Night." Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP and RW/MediaPunch/IPX

"Our first time we ever met was at 'Hollywood Game Night,'" Clarkson said on her show in 2019.

"And — this is when I knew I loved her —she legit walked up to me, we'd never met, and got like this close to my face, and she goes, 'Kelly Clarkson, I did not come here to lose.' And she was so competitive. It makes me sweat thinking about it."

The two laughed about the incident and revealed they'd actually won.

Ellen DeGeneres and former president George W. Bush attended a football game together.

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Ellen DeGeneres has come under fire for her friendship with former president George W. Bush. Steve Granitz/WireImage and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

DeGeneres and the former president were photographed sitting next to each other at a Dallas Cowboys football game in 2019 with their wives, Portia de Rossi and Laura Bush, respectively.

Some criticized the talk show host for her friendship with Bush, who actively campaigned against gay marriage (among other issues that would seem to go against DeGeneres' beliefs), but DeGeneres defended the friendship shortly thereafter.

"Here's the thing — I'm friends with George Bush," DeGeneres said during a taping of her daytime talk show. "In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that that's okay, that we're all different."

Howard Stern and Jennifer Aniston have reportedly been friends for several years.

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Howard Stern interviewed Jennifer Aniston for his SiriusXM show. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM

The "Friends" actress and the host have reportedly been "personal friends" for years, but Aniston only appeared on his radio show in 2019.

Macaulay Culkin and Lizzo have been friends for several years.

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Macaulay Culkin appeared in one of Lizzo's music videos in 2014. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images and Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

The "Home Alone" actor attended a Lizzo concert in 2019 and even got to dance on stage with the rapper during a raucous call-and-response portion of her set.

Culkin subsequently shared a video of his time onstage to Twitter, with the caption, "Went to see my friend Lizzo tonight."

He and Lizzo have apparently been friends for a while — the actor made a cameo in the 2014 video for Lizzo's song "Faded," and frequently mentions her on Twitter.

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