Top 20 Real-Life Celebrity Best Friendships

Celebrities often find it difficult to maintain close bonds with childhood friends, when they’ve gone off to the big city and their friends remain behind in more conventional jobs. They may instead gravitate toward celebrity pals who know them better than anyone else, creating celebrity best friendships instead.

Whatever the case, some celebrities have established best friend relationships that may stand the test of time. See 20 of them.

20.) Rihanna and Cara Delevingne

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The stunning singer-turned-actress and beautiful actress-turned-singer share a five-year friendship we want to see more of. Cara Delevingne said about Rihana, “It’s been amazing. We met at a fashion show and five years later we’re doing a Luc Besson film. […] We all grew up watching his films so to be appearing in them as leading ladies is incredible.”

She even congratulated her friend on Instagram to wish her a happy 30th birthday with 28 pictures of the duo over the years! She stated, “Happy belated birthday Robyn, you dirty 30-year-old!!!! Time has flown by since we first met, and wow, has it been a wonderful rollercoaster.”

19.) Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg

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Are we jealous of this unlikely friendship? Yes. Are we going to watch every interview and on-air cook-off these two hosts? Oh yes.

Martha and Snoop have a show on VH1 called Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and it is something you need to watch at least once. The secret to this beautiful relationship? Acceptance. Snoop confessed to People, “She lets me do me and accepts me for who I am.”

18.) Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams

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A friendship that lasts more than two decades in the drama-filled world of Hollywood is a sight to behold.

Since their days in Dawson’s Creek in 1998 as up-and-coming teen stars to their Oscars days where we can see them having fun together, the pair has gone a long way. They shared happy days together: Golden Globes Awards and Oscars nominations, vacations at the Maldives, and Broadway show. But they also stood strong together to face tragic events such as Heath Leger’s death.

17.) Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens

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Can we get over the High School Musical era when we always see Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens’ pictures popping up every now and then on Instagram? Their relationship kept on growing after the series, to the point where Vanessa was one of the bridesmaids at Ashley’s wedding.

These celebrity best friends did an amazing job at sticking together through thick and thin.

16.) Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling

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We have to thank the movie A Wrinkle in Time for the tight friendship between Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling — and their hilariously cute Instagram pictures together.

Before working together on set, the two were fans of each other’s work. Kaling even made a ‘Wreath Witherspoon’ for Christmas 2014, which Witherspoon incorporated in a dress for Draper James.

Now, they are such friends that Reese has an unusual yet cute nickname for her co-star: Min Diesel!

15.) Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

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Want to know what a real bromance is? Just watch Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kick it off on camera together.

The two have been friends before they were the big names we know today. They met at the backstage of 2002 MTV awards. They remembered that night, later on, stating: “I remember talking backstage during those VMAs. I was totally nervous and you were nervous and we both ended up having a good night,” Fallon said. “We’re good luck to each other—like each other’s rabbit foots.”

Totes adorbs!

14.) Jennifer Lawrence and Kris Jenner

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Jennifer Lawrence is one big Kardashian fan, period. She has been binge-watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians for years, and in May 2019, she finally had the chance to be in the reality show!

It all started in August 2015 when Kris Jenner wished her a happy birthday with some particularly endearing terms. It escalated to a martini drunken night in November 2017 in Kris’s closet. It then took a turn with Lawrence’s interview of Kim Kardashian on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show. And right now, we have a feeling that we will need to turn to KUWTK if we want to see more of the pair!

13.) Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra

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Only a few things are more exciting than your friend becoming a royal. Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was an actress on the hit TV show Suits. This means that many of her close friends are fellow actors.

Priyanka Chopra distinguishes herself from the rest, as she was invited to Meghan’s wedding with Prince Harry. BFF goals!

12.) Emma Roberts and Lea Michelle

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After the two met on the set of Scream Queens, Emma Roberts and Lea Michelle hit it off instantly.

They went from chilling at bars to freaking out about engagements and did it all together. Michelle congratulated her friend on Instagram with the message, “Happy Birthday to truly the best friend a girl could ask for. I love you, Emma. There is no one I laugh harder with, would rather call in the middle of the night or blast the Wreckers with all day… thank you for always being there for me. Love you so much.”

11.) Jennifer Lawrance and Aziz Ansari

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Is there a pair more fun and hilarious than Jennifer Lawrence and Aziz Ansari?

The two have been friends since 2015. They kickstarted their friendship with the making of short funny videos on Instagram — in which starred Chris Pratt and Amy Schummer too. The best part? According to People, they took a vacation together in 2016. We are so jealous.

10.) Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

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If you’re following one or the other on Instagram, you probably have seen their pictures together popping up all the time.

We knew Taylor is a showbiz genius, and Selena confirmed it in an IG live session, “How’s Taylor? Taylor’s awesome. I love her. She’s amazing. I talked to her today. She’s literally like my big sister, I tell her everything. She’s so smart it freaks me out.”

9.) Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

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The supermodels have shared runaways, dinners, parties (and maybe even wardrobes?) together, and their BFF romance shows. Their modeling careers are reaching all-time heights and social media presence is mindblowing.

The two are apparently more than simple BFFs. According to Grazia, they are ex-step sisters. Family goals? We say yes!

8.) Jennifer Lopez and Jenna Dewan

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Ever thought what it would be like to become BFF with one of your favorite stars? Jenna Dewan does.

Talking about Jennifer, Jenna confessed that she has “looked up to her [her]whole life.” She later decided to join World of Dance to get close to the singer. And that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Proof that dreams do come true!

7.) Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey McGuire

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Tobey and Leonardo’s friendship story is the sweetest ever. The two met when they were auditioning for the same part at 12 years old.

When DiCaprio saw his soon-to-be BFF, he said. “I was like, ‘Tobey! Tobey! Hey! Hey!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, yeah—I know you. You’re… that guy.’ But I just made him my pal. When I want someone to be my friend, I just make them my friend.”

6.) Salma Hayek Pinault and Penélope Cruz

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Get this: Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz have cute nicknames for each other.

“We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” recalls Penélope. Cuteness overload.

5.) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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Few celebrity friends remain as closely linked on screen as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The two co-starred on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2010. Their comedic personalities create a natural connection and chemistry, which has contributed to their involvement in film roles and as hosts of film and television award shows.

In October 2012, they collaborated to auction off a night out with themselves that raised $46,000 for an autism charity, according to a December 2012 Yahoo! Movies article.

4.) Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore

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In some cases, it isn’t shared film experiences that strengthen the bonds between celebrity friends, but real-life events. This was the case for “Charlie’s Angels” co-stars and friends Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, who headed to Mexico in March 2013 for a post-pregnancy fitness retreat.

Barrymore, who married Will Kopelman in June 2012, gave birth to baby Olive in September 2012. Fellow actress Reese Witherspoon—who gave birth to a son, Tennessee around the same time—joined the pair for the girls’ getaway.

3.) Brad Pitt and George Clooney

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Brad Pitt and George Clooney are almost as prominent as Affleck and Damon in the Hollywood best friends category. The two have grown close as they have co-starred in a number of films and share a passion for social causes and philanthropy.

The Ocean’s 11 trilogy and the 2008 film Burn After Reading are prominent movies in which the two have appeared together. In a September 2011 US Weekly article, Clooney explained that Pitt constantly pranks him. The two also enjoy riding motorcycles together.

2.) Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

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In appropriate fashion, the real-life best friendship between Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox began when they starred in the hit television sitcom Friends from 1994 to 2004.

While some actors grow apart from co-stars quickly after a show or movie ends production, this pair of actresses have generally remained close. Aniston is even the godmother to Cox’s daughter Coco, whose father is Cox’s ex-husband David Arquette.

1.) Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are a rare celebrity duo — they were friends long before they both became famous. The two lived near each other in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The 1997 film Good Will Hunting, which the pair co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in, simultaneously launched their film careers. The two have remained closely linked in film and in friendship ever since.

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