Top 10 Most Awkward Celebrity Fan Interactions Ever

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Top 10 Most Awkward Celebrity Fan Interactions Ever

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Beca Dalimonte
These stories are proof that the expression "Never meet your heroes" has some merit. For this list, we'll be looking at meetings that reportedly occurred between famous stars and their fans that didn't go exactly as planned - with thanks to BuzzFeed for some of these stories! Our countdown includes Sophie Turner, Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt, and more!
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Top 10 Celebrity Fan Interactions



Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Fan Interactions.

For this list, we’ll be looking at meetings that reportedly occurred between famous stars and their fans that didn’t go exactly as planned - with thanks to BuzzFeed for some of these stories!

Have you ever had an awkward run-in with a celebrity? Let us know in the comments!


#10: Coolio


Is there anything more embarrassing than spilling your drink on someone you don’t know? What if the person you spilled your drink on was Coolio? This messy mishap was the reality for one fan who tried to take a selfie with the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper and ended up covering him in her beer. What’s worse? The resulting photo was re-posted to Reddit where it briefly went viral in 2015. In a now-deleted tweet, the fan, going by the name “Keila Kardashian,” warned others “[not to] read the comments” if they ever went viral on the website. Good advice then and now!

#9: Dave Matthews


Dave Matthews is a well-known singer/songwriter, and occasional actor, who owns his own record label and has been performing with the Dave Matthews Band since 1991. Unfortunately, none of Dave Matthews’ acclaim in the music industry, or elsewhere, were enough for the boss of one Starbucks employee to recognize him, as he didn’t allow the musician to use the coffee shop’s employees-only bathroom - despite a staff member asking on Dave’s behalf. Unable to fulfill Matthews’ request, another nervous employee allegedly offered the “Crash Into Me” singer an empty cup to take with him. According to the Community Member who recounted the encounter to Buzzfeed, Dave then looked “[at them] like [they] were all completely insane.”

#8: Sophie Turner


It happens to everyone: you get caught in a situation where you need to write something down, but your only pen is out of ink. We can only imagine that this aggravating common occurrence is even more infuriating when you need the pen to get an autograph from your favorite celebrity. This was the case for one fan of “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who wrote on Twitter about the time her pen stopped working when the actress went to sign her poster. In a moment of desperation, the fan attempted to make the pen work - only to rip the poster she’d brought to sign! Thankfully, the story had a happy ending in spite of the awkward circumstances, as she was eventually able to borrow a pen and get Sophie’s signature.

#7: Emma Watson


Many dream of having chance encounters with their favorite celebrities, but few are actually prepared for the situation when it happens. One man allegedly found this out the hard way when he found himself face to face with “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson with nothing for her to sign. Desperate for a memento, he ripped out a page of the magazine he was reading ...and ended up handing the actress a page about toilet habits. We’re sure that Emma Watson has had a lot of strange fan moments over the years after starring in such a popular franchise, but that didn’t stop her from giving this guy “a funny look” for his choice in articles.

#6: Dolly Parton


Typically when you hear stories about people throwing up at a theme park it’s because of a winding roller coaster or a ride with a sudden drop. It can be a totally natural reaction to an unnatural sensation. Even theme park owner Dolly Parton has said that she refuses to ride theme park rides herself, as she has “a tendency to get motion sickness.” As told to Buzzfeed, it wasn’t a ride that caused one young fan to lose their lunch at Dolly’s park, Dollywood, though. Instead, the fan threw up out of apparent excitement when she saw Dolly Parton herself riding around in a carriage at the park. Talk about an embarrassing first impression!

#5: Aubrey Plaza


While many people would happily settle for a selfie or autograph from their favorite celebrity, one fan wanted a little more out of Aubrey Plaza. The “Parks & Recreation” star was at a bar when a man came up to her and asked her to punch his friend in the face. He even offered her twenty dollars to do it! Unfortunately, Aubrey Plaza wasn’t as into the idea as he was and declined the offer. She described the incident in an interview promoting her 2020 film “Black Bear,” and added that she frequently meets fans who want her to be mean to them - likely due to the number of ill-tempered characters she played early in her career.

#4: Justin Bieber


Everyone has told a bad joke at some point in their lives. You set it up, deliver the punchline, and are met with deafening silence. It’s often embarrassing, but few can say that their bad jokes actually got them escorted out of a building. At least we know of one person who can, though. When pop star Justin Bieber was just 17, a fan that was a few years older decided that it would be funny to ask him if he farted, and to follow that question up with the line “because you just blew me away.” The “Baby” singer was reportedly creeped out by the line instead of charmed, since said fan was promptly kicked out by security.

#3: David Tennant


For a lot of people, running into a favorite celebrity in public could be a once in a lifetime occurrence. Whether you happen to see them at a film festival or in a grocery store, it can be hard not to run up to them and let them know that you’re a fan. But what if the place you saw your favorite celebrity was in the gym showers? To his chagrin, this awkward meeting spot didn’t stop one fan from approaching “Doctor Who” alum, David Tennant, and asking for an autograph. Fortunately the encounter didn’t sour the star to all sci-fi fans, who he’s said “get a bad rap” for their impassioned love for the genre.

#2: Brad Pitt


A lot of people have a fear of birds. It makes sense, especially when they’re flying around your head seemingly threatening to clip you with their beak or leave poop in your hair. One girl recounts feeling this fear of birds in full force when a pigeon dive-bombed by her teenage head. It was only after the fact that she realized Brad Pitt was standing near her, helplessly watching her scream in terror. She told Buzzfeed that it was “the most devastating thing that could happen to a fourteen year old girl!”

#1: Charli XCX


Singer/songwriter Charli XCX rose to prominence when she collaborated with Icona Pop on their hit song “I Love It” and, two years later, released “Boom Clap” as a single on the “Fault in Our Stars” soundtrack. She became an international sensation, with a fan following she lovingly referred to as her “angels.” Unfortunately some of those angels would begin to test her limits in 2019, when one fan asked her to sign their douche and another asked her to pose with their mother’s ashes. Shortly after a few of these fan interactions made their rounds on Twitter, Charli tweeted out a vague message simply saying “Have some respect. That’s all.” Though she later clarified the tweet wasn’t about the objects in question, it’s still a sentiment we should all keep in mind when meeting our favorite stars!
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