While some celebrities regularly hang out with fellow A-listers, others spend time with friends from childhood or pals out of the industry. For every Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King or Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, there’s a low-key friendship you had no idea about. Maybe it’s the bestie Jennifer Lawrence took as her date to the 2014 Oscars. It could be Meghan Markle’s friends who aren’t Serena Williams or Priyanka Chopra. Below, behold the celebrities with best friends who aren’t household names—from Grammy winners to royals and every KarJenner in between.
Kendall Jenner and Fai Khadra
Kendall and Fai’s friendship entered the spotlight late last year, when the pair made several high-profile outings together. When they attended Justin and Hailey Bieber’s wedding together, Halloween photos from 2018 resurfaced. And in November Kendall joked about starting a family with Fai on Instagram. The two are strictly good friends in reality, though.
Kylie Jenner and Fai Khadra
Fai cemented his status as go-to member of the KarJenner circle by spending time with Kylie. Last Christmas, they posed for a chic photo at Diddy’s Christmas party and more recently have been breaking social distancing rules to hang out together. Fai still remains one of the lesser known members of the famous family’s orbit, although that could change in 2020.
Jennifer Lawrence and Laura Simpson
Although J.Law has been known to hang out with Emma Stone, Adele, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, her best friend is actually Laura Simpson. According to a MySpace entry by Laura, the pals met around 2007 at an event where neither knew a soul. “We hit it off over a mutual respect for Chandler Bing, and we’ve been eating pizza together ever since,” Laura wrote in her blog.
Jennifer Lawrence and Laura Simpson
Laura was Jennifer’s date to the 2014 Oscars, where she was nominated for her role in American Hustle. She documented her plus-one experience on MySpace, an evening she calls “completely exhausting, overwhelming and surreal.” But Laura isn’t the only one to gain something from her friendship with the A-list actress. According to a Page Six source, she introduced Jennifer to her now-husband Cooke Maroney.
Chrissy Teigen and Jen Atkin
Another person familiar with a Kardashian or two is hairstylist Jen Atkin. She’s gained recognition for giving celebrities a cut or color from time to time and is close pals with Chrissy Teigen. The pair can often be seen hanging out together on Chrissy’s social media, with Jen recently giving Luna, Chrissy and John Legend’s young daughter, a quarantine haircut. “17 MINUTES LEFT HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY VERY FUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL FRIEND @JENATKINHAIR YOU’RE MORE THAN JUST HAIR I HOPE ONE DAY YOU’LL REALIZE THAT,” Chrissy jokingly wrote back in 2018 for Jen’s birthday.
Khalid and Carlos
When Khalid attended the 60th Grammy Awards, he took his longtime best friend Carlos with him to the ceremony. While not much is known about the origins of their friendship (or even the last name of Carlos), their bond is clear. Following the awards in 2018, Khalid wrote on Facebook, “I just wanna take this time to appreciate the best friend I could and couldn’t have ever asked for. Thank you Carlos, for all the endless support you give me man. When I’m down, you bring me up. When I lose my cool, you always know where to find it. When I was at one of the lowest points I’ve been, you sat next to me for a whole day in the same position. . .You’re my brother for life man. That’s my word.”
Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis
Another celebrity to bring their longtime bestie to an awards show is Brie Larson, who invited actress/director Jessie Ennis to the 2019 Oscars. “I grew up avoiding the traffic around Hollywood and Highland on Oscar Sunday. Tonight, I got to go in. Thanks @brielarson for bringing me and making this night sooo fun. I’ll never forget it,” Ennis wrote on Instagram. She also posted a sweet throwback photo of the pair as teenagers to her Instagram Stories, showing just how far they go back.
Rihanna and Melissa Forde
Melissa Forde may be the only person on Earth who knows where RiRi’s new album is (please tell us!). She’s been longtime friends with the singer and Savage X Fenty designer—like, two-decades long. In a 2015 New York Times profile of Rihanna, an Uber driver even told the reporter that he thinks Melissa and Rihanna “are the best celebrity friends” out there.
Rihanna and Melissa Forde
In 2017 Melissa wrote of their friendship on Instagram, “Hold onto every genuine person you find in this world… it’s almost a real one Birthday @badgalriri 15 yrs of friendship n counting babe and you know I’m riding faevaaaa!!! Wishing you continued blessings on blessings in everything you do!!! Love you more than I love chocolate and only you know how deep of a love that is.”
Ben Platt and Molly Gordon
Ben Platt and his longtime pal Beanie Feldstein are regarded as having one of the most tight-knit friendships in Hollywood. But fewer people know about his best friend status with Beanie’s Booksmart co-star Molly Gordon. In a W Magazine profile, Molly revealed that she and Ben met as kids in a Los Angeles theater group. “We did like 50 shows by the time we were 10, playing every variation of a duo,” she told the outlet. “He was my first kiss in a play.” Molly can often be seen hanging out with Ben and Beanie (whom she also calls a best friend) on social media and red carpets.
Selena Gomez and Raquelle Stevens, Ashley Cook, and Courtney Lopez
Selena Gomez is no stranger to a celebrity friendship, hanging out with Taylor Swift and Julia Michaels regularly. But she also relies on her non-Hollywood friends, including Raquelle Stevens, Courtney Lopez, Connar Franklin, and Ashley Cook. In 2018, Selena got matching tattoos with Raquelle, Courtney, and Ashley that paid homage to their friendship on Instagram. She wrote, in part, “#4 because these women have stayed by my side for 7 years (@ashley_cook 12 years) 4, because you are my 4 for the rest of my life. I love you ladies. You all inspire me to be better, stronger, closer to god and we have lived the most INSANE story together already. Can’t wait for 50 more!! ” Selena also appeared alongside Raquelle, Ashley, and Courtney on Raquelle’s Giving Back Generation series.
Kylie Jenner and Anastasia Karanikolaou
Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Keating
Gwyneth Paltrow has referred to her friendship with assistant Kevin Keating as her “longest and most successful relationship to date.” If you’ve watched Netflix’s The Goop Lab you’ll recognize Kevin as Gwyneth’s right-hand pal. Earlier this year, the pair spoke about their 10-year relationship during a BFF Test video, where Kevin also gave his honest opinion of that infamous vagina candle.
Rachel Bilson and Jill Stonerock
Rachel Bilson played matchmaker when she introduced The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz to her best friend Jill Stonerock, according to InStyle. When they married three years later, Rachel served as maid of honor at their 2008 wedding. Ten years later Rachel celebrated Jill’s birthday by writing on Instagram, “Happy Birthday Willy AKA @schwartzjill 22+years and a lifetime to go. Love you more than words.”
Khloé Kardashian and Malika Haqq
While Khloé Kardashian’s relationship status with ex Tristan Thompson remains unknown, her bond with longtime bestie Malika Haqq has never been question. According to Khloé’s blog (via Cosmopolitan), the duo has been pals since they were 15 and met when Malika was dating one of her male friends. Malika is still a regular presence on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Khloé’s Instagram.
Chris Evans and Tara Testa
When Chris Evans walked the 2015 Oscars red carpet with a mystery woman, rumors flew about his relationship status. But during an interview with Robin Roberts, Chris clarified that his date was none other than childhood best friend Tara Testa. Since then, Tara accompanied Chris and his brother Scott at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars party. The internet also managed to find photos of Chris and Tara’s friendship from over the years.
Meghan Markle and Markus Anderson
The Duchess of Sussex is known for having a group of famous friends, including Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and the Clooneys. But one of her closest pals is Soho House consultant Markus Anderson. In a now-deleted Instagram post (via Town & Country) Meghan wrote of Markus: “What would I do without you, my loving, supportive, and endlessly fun friend?? I know what….I would be bored, and life would be infinitely less interesting. I love you SO much. Happiest of days for you now and always. Love you xx.”
Meghan Markle and Markus Anderson
Not only is Markus a confidant of Meghan’s, but he also reportedly played a major role in her romance with Harry. Although the royal couple has never revealed which friend set them up, rumors have suggested that Markus played a role. Some even suggested he offered up the London Soho House as a secretive spot for the couple’s first date. While we may never know if Markus played matchmaker (other reports suggest Harry’s childhood friend Violet von Westenholz did), he was by Meghan’s side at the 2017 Invictus Games—one of her first major outings as Harry’s other half.
Meghan Markle and Misha Nonoo
Another friend that could be responsible for Meghan and Harry’s whirlwind romance is fashion designer Misha Nonoo. She, too, was part of Meghan’s first debut with Harry. During the couple’s first official public appearance, Meghan wore a white button-down from the designer. While Misha hasn’t weighed in on speculation that she introduced the pair, she told the New York Times last September that Meghan is “the most generous, the most genuine person, such a sister in the sense that, you know, if you’re her friend, she’ll do anything for you.” The friends also collaborated on Meghan’s recent Smart Works capsule collection.
Taylor Swift and Abigail Anderson Lucier
In Taylor Swift’s 2008 track “Fifteen,” she name-checks her adolescent best friend Abigail. As it turns out, Abigail Anderson Lucier is one of Taylor’s real-life best friends, attending awards shows with her over the years and scoring invites to her legendary Fourth of July parties. In 2017, Taylor served as a bridesmaid at Abigail’s wedding to Matt Lucier. Earlier this year, Abigail appeared in Taylor’s Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.
Jessica Alba and Shani Darden
Shani Darden is known in Los Angeles as a skincare guru to the stars, with clientele that includes Kelly Rowland, Emmy Rossum, and Jessica Alba, whom Shani can also call a close friend. In an interview with People, the pals said they met more than a decade ago when Shani was Jessica’s facialist. They got close while both women were pregnant with their first children at the same time. Since then, the pair have both expanded their beauty-based businesses with the launch of Jessica’s Honest Company.
Megan Thee Stallion and Kelsey Nicole
Megan Thee Stallion’s best friend is also her manager Kelsey Nicole. In a Rolling Stone profile of the artist earlier this year, Megan said she and Kelsey became close as freshmen at Houston’s Prairie View A&M University, where they would post twerking videos together. Even though Megan has achieved A-list status, the duo still finds time to dance together. In March, the artist posted a video of she and Kelsey learning the “Savage” TikTok dance.
Emma Roberts and Brit Elkin
E! News previously reported on the friendship between Emma Roberts and Brit Elkin. According to the outlet, this pair became friends after Roberts shared a photo of an item from Brit’s clothing line on social media. From there, Brit and her sister Kara Smith became close friends and stylists to Emma. “Happy Birthday to my sister, best friend, wife, stylist, & everything @britelkin 💝 I love you to the 🌝 and back always & forever! See you so soon sis!!!” Roberts wrote on Instagram last December.
Emma Roberts and Kara Elkin
Emma is also close with Brit’s sister Kara, who serves as her stylist. The actress served as maid of honor at Kara’s 2015 wedding, writing on Instagram, “The most special weekend. The most beautiful bride @kakeykake so honored I got to be a maid of honor with @britelkin endless love for you both 🌾.”
Kate Middleton and Sophie Carter Snuggs
Though Kate Middleton’s life has changed dramatically in the past decade, her friendship with Sophie Carter Snuggs has remained. Marie Claire reported that the duo has been friends for more than 10 years and that Sophie is close with the entire Middleton clan. Sophie is also Princess Charlotte’s godmother, with Charlotte and George serving as bridesmaid and pageboy at her 2018 wedding.
Amy Schumer and Her High School Friends
Even after becoming a famous comedian and actress Amy Schumer has maintained her friendships with high school pals. E! News reported that Amy still hangs out with many of her close friends from her Long Island school, posting about their girlfriend getaways on Instagram. Recently, Amy donated 2,500 KN95 masks to the hospital where her childhood best friend Jen Cloudman is a nurse. Due to COVID-19, masks were in short supply and Amy partnered with Bethenny Frankel’s foundation BStrong to send them, according to People.“We’ve been friends for probably almost 30 years now, since we were 11 years old. We talk all the time,” Jen told the outlet. “So we have a group chat where we just kind of support each other, especially in this time, and it was there that she reached out and said like, ‘We’re going to do this, I can do this, I can help.’ ”
Kate Hudson and Jennifer Meyer
Jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer is known within Hollywood as a friend to the stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Hudson. “She’s my best friend,” Kate told InStyle in 2016. “We’ve known each other our whole lives. Then she’s just become this incredible designer and now it’s starting to expand. It’s just amazing. She’s doing so many collaborations and this is adorable. I’m proud of her. I couldn’t be more proud.” In April, Jennifer shared a childhood photo of herself and Kate for the actress’s birthday. “Happy birthday to my beautiful @katehudson loved you forever n ever ✨❤️,” she wrote on Instagram.
Kristin Cavallari and Justin Anderson
Earlier this year, Kristin Cavallari and her husband Jay Cutler made headlines for splitting less than a month after leaving the Bahamas, where they were stuck quarantining. Kristin’s best friend and hair stylist Justin Anderson was also along for the trip, with the pair posting together on Instagram. Recently, Justin referenced their close bond on the ‘gram, writing, “the world is a nutty place right now 🌎 but spending time with your best friends makes it a little more tolerable ♥️ morning sweat sweat with my fav lovie @kristincavallari 💦.”
Adele and Laura Dockrill
In February, Adele officiated her childhood best friend Laura Dockrill’s wedding in London, even performing a few songs at the celebration. The Grammy winner has been besties with the author/poet since they were kids. “My Same,” a track off of Adele’s debut album, is about Dockrill. In August 2018, Adele wrote about her friend’s experience with postpartum depression, disclosing her own struggles after giving birth to son Angelo. “This is my best friend,” she wrote on Twitter. “We have been friends for more of our lives than we haven’t. She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one. She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Mamas talk about how you’re feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x Link in my bio to Laura’s story.”
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