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Top 10 Most Awkward Celeb Encounters

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Victoria Toltesi

Well, that was uncomfortable. For this list, we’ll be looking at cringeworthy encounters between famous people that got physical. We’ve included cringeworthy celebrity moments like Lady Gaga pushing past Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman kissing Alexander Skarsgard in front of her husband and Gigi Hadid’s icy interaction with Harry Styles. Join WatchMojo as we count down the most awkward celebrity physical encounters.

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Top 10 Awkward Physical Celebrity Interactions


Well, that was uncomfortable. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for top 10 awkward celebrity physical encounters.



For this list, we’ll be looking at cringeworthy encounters between famous people that got physical. We won’t be looking at fights or stunts because they deserve a list of their own.





#10: Ariana Grande & Elsa Hosk


In 2014, Ariana Grande was killing it on the Victoria Secret runway when Elsa Hosk’s wayward wing attacked her. Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic, but the expression on Ariana’s face is hilarious. She crouches down and looks as though she just narrowly escaped death. She later tweeted about it calling it an awesome moment with the hilarious hashtag “bang bang into my face.” The moment only lasted a few seconds but the internet did what it does best and memed it, and memed it hard, photoshopping Ariana into other awkward or dangerous moments.





#9: Leonardo DiCaprio & Lady Gaga


You never know when the cameras are watching. While having a good time at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Lady Gaga squeezed passed Leo and he reacted like he had been burned. He flinched away and gave Gaga some serious side-eye. Leo is surprised this clip became a thing and insists that his reaction was purely surprise, since he didn’t know who or what was walking behind him. The two even laughed about the awkward moment at the afterparty. Even with this explanation however, this moment will always live on in infamy... and gifs.



#8: Nicole Kidman & Alexander Skarsgård


There’s nothing like kissing your co-star square on the mouth in front of your husband to make a moment really awkward. Nicole and Alexander worked together on “Big Little Lies” and clearly developed an intimate connection. When Alexander won an Emmy for the series, he and Nicole had a kiss on stage directly in front of her hubby Keith Urban that included some face caressing. Urban didn’t react; he just kept on smiling and clapping, but other people certainly did. Nicole has defended the kiss and says it was nothing more than congratulatory.



#7: Gigi Hadid & One Direction


The members of One Direction were being interviewed on the Red Carpet at the 43rd annual AMAs when Gigi Hadid was pulled in. You can see her entire demeanor change when she goes from giving Harry a formal handshake to smiling and giving the other members warm hugs. To make it more awkward, Harry seemingly rolls his eyes after she walks by. Gigi is good friends with Taylor Swift, Harry’s ex, and this could be the reason for the cold shoulder. You know what they say: mess with Gigi’s friends, get the shade. Then again, maybe everyone was just thrown off by the awkward interview.





#6: Aretha Franklin & Patti LaBelle


There have always been rumors about a feud between these legendary singers and this moment definitely didn’t help. In 2014, there was a Woman of Soul event in the White House and of course both these ladies were in attendance. As Aretha walked in, she gave Patti the ice cold shoulder, seemingly avoiding Patti’s touch and not even glancing in her direction. Patti and Aretha have both vehemently denied any feud rumors and Patti has said that it wasn’t even her but some other woman in a green coat who got ignored.



#5: Avril Lavigne & Kelly Clarkson


Ah, the cold hard sting of rejection: as painful to experience as it is to watch. Kelly Clarkson was apparently a fan of Avril Lavigne and was super pumped to be presenting her VMA award in 2002. That excitement quickly faded when Kelly went to give Avril a hug and Avril avoided it like it was the hug of death. She was seen elbowing herself away from Kelly. We guess she really wanted that award. It was Avril’s first major award, so we’ll chalk it up to nerves, but Kelly hasn’t been much of a fan since - and she didn’t buy the apology she got years later.





#4: Kelly Ripa & Clay Aiken


While guest-hosting on Regis and Kelly in 2006, Clay felt that Kelly was talking over him so he did what any mature adult would do and calmly waited for a chance to speak… Not! Instead Clay took his hand and put it over Kelly’s mouth, which is not okay on so many levels. Not surprisingly Kelly did not appreciate it - at all - and neither did a lot of the viewers. It actually sparked national debates about who was in the wrong: some said Kelly was overreacting and others said that Clay was way out of line. One thing we can all agree on is that it was super awkward.



#3: Emma Stone & Damien Chazelle


“La La Land” has won over 200 awards and now, we’d like to give it the award for the cringiest moment at the 2017 Golden Globes. When the movie’s director Damien Chazelle won the Golden Globe award for best screenplay, Emma got a little too caught up in the moment. She tries to hug Damien but instead it turns into the weirdest hover-hug-kiss-thing you will ever see. You can even see Emma mouth “that was weird” immediately after it happens. At least she finished the night on a high note with a Golden Globe win for best actress.





#2: Jerry Seinfeld & Kesha


Kesha learns the hard and embarrassing way that not everyone knows who she is. She is a huge Jerry Seinfeld fan and really wanted a hug, but that just wasn’t going to happen. In 2017, she asked three times for a hug, each time with mounting desperation, and Jerry gave a blunt no each time. It’s extremely painful to watch and it happened at a charity event no less! Jerry says he didn’t want to hug her because he didn’t know who she was and Kesha admits that she came on a little too strong.





#1: Drake & Madonna


The kiss that echoed across Coachella, the internet and beyond. In 2015, Madonna was performing with Drake and ended the song by kissing him… for an uncomfortably long time, with obvious tongue. It’s hard to gauge Drake’s true reaction, as immediately after he grimaces as he wipes his mouth, but he later took to Twitter to brag about the kiss. Drake claims that the only thing he didn’t like was her lip gloss, which is why he was wiping his mouth. Madonna actually regrets the kiss, and wishes she never did it - and it seems most of the internet wish she hadn’t either.

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