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Celeb Couples Are Fun, But These Hollywood Friendships Are the Definition of Meant-to-Be

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From Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence—if these celebrity squads are ever looking for a new member, we volunteer as tribute!

If this past year-plus has taught us anything it’s that teachers and nurses aren’t paid nearly enough and leggings can absolutely be considered pants. (Sorry, not sorry, pants purists.)

Also, friends are, like, really, really, really important.

Because when forced to lock it down, forgoing birthday parties and boozy brunches and book clubs and any manner of other IRL activity, we all found ways to maintain our bonds digitally. We Zoomed our faces off, made online parties, showers, even weddings a thing and leaned heavily into technology to find ways to be there for our besties even when we couldn’t be there.

Which brings us to Kelly Rowland’s January delivery experience. When welcoming her second son Noah Jan. 21, she welcomed her whole extended clan into the hospital room with her.

Though only her husband of seven years Tim Weatherspoon was allowed to be on hand, “We had our family join on Zoom,” the “Black Magic” singer revealed to People.

Naturally, that included “sisters” Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams. (Also on the invite list: Her mother-in-law and Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles-Lawson.) “They were able to see Noah come into the world,” said Kelly, who’s also mom to 6-year-old Titan. “It was beautiful.”

And like any good aunties, her Destiny’s Child bandmates paid a visit to her Los Angeles-area home almost immediately.

“The girls were literally over here at the house just recently,” Kelly shared in a February interview with Entertainment Tonight, “and when they met the baby it was like another part of my heart just… Being able to share space with Michelle and Bey is truly a gift.”

Though she noted close friendships aren’t the norm in the competitive world of music, theirs has managed to keep on survivin’. “It’s really a gift because we’ve known each other for so long and the industry doesn’t really make friendships… It’s the nature of it, and we still have each other after all these years,” she explained. “And I’m just so grateful for them and they are a highlight of my life. Not professionally, but our friendship and our sisterhood.”

Would we jump(in’ jumpin’) at the chance to join their trio? Duh. 

Though theirs isn’t the only squad we’d like to claim a spot on. In honor of National Best Friends Day June 8, we’ve rounded up the other Hollywood friendships we can’t help but stan. 

Amy Schumer & Jennifer Lawrence

Thank goodness Lawrence is down to hang or we might have been robbed of one of our most beloved set of besties. Their friendship was born from an email the Oscar winner sent after watching Schumer’s 2015 comedy. “I emailed her after I saw Trainwreck and said, ‘I don’t know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I’m in love with you,'” she recalled to The New York Times. “We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting.”

But what really solidified their bond was Schumer’s casual invite for her new pal to join her and her high school friends in the Hamptons. Shocked when she said yes, Schumer relaxed when she realized Lawrence is “the coolest chick you’ll ever meet,” she said on The Daily Show. “She’s the best hang, she was like one of the gang.”

Jennifer Lopez & Leah Remini

Who doesn’t want a friend that basically owns real estate in your corner? They’ve been tight since falling in love at first sight at the 2004 premiere of Man on Fire. “It was one of those instant chemistry things where you just feel like, ‘I love this person. I love being around this person. This person makes me laugh,'” Lopez recalled to Entertainment Tonight of her Brooklyn-bred bestie.

And Remini was among those getting loud in celebration of Lopez’s performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. “I wrote her and said, ‘You know, you’re a girl from the Bronx. ‘Like, what you did today was really inspiring, and it was just beautiful to watch,” she told E! News. “Just beautiful.'”

Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox & Lisa Kudrow

The gold standard of celebrity besties—this trio has been in lock step since their days of sharing salads on the Warner Brothers lot. “They grew up together and went through this formidable life experience that was Friends,” a source told E! News.

So, much like you might meet up with coworkers from your first job, they make it a point to get happy hours (and the occasional major reunion) on their calendar. “Geographically it’s not hard to be at Courteney’s Sunday dinners or at a pool party at Jen’s house,” notes the source. “They all feel incredibly close and always will be.”

Tiny Fey & Amy Poehler

Making other friends jealous since a chance meeting at improv training in 1993, the frequent costars are so close, they liken their bond to that of family. “I think that Tina and I are chosen sisters,” Poehler, whose sole sibling is younger brother Greg, told PopSugar while discussing their 2015 flick Sisters. “I think we are chosen family, so I think it’s been fun to experience that thing I never got to experience in real life.”

Michelle Williams & Busy Philipps

“It was like, you know, how people say love at first sight? We had that thing,” Philipps told Entertainment Weekly of their initial interaction on the Dawson’s Creek set. “We had that friend connection. It was just an immediate: ‘Of course we’re drinking wine and smoking cigarettes and getting in bar fights.’ We just had an immediate love for each other that’s continued over the years.”

Fortunately for us, we get to voyeuristically follow along as they work red carpets, wear coordinating outfits and occasionally dye Williams’ hair the most perfect shade of millennial pink.

Adele & Drake

Theirs is a newer alliance, but no less desirable. After years of existing in the same orbit, the “Hotline Bling” rapper and the “Hello” songstress, who have 19 Grammys between them, began throwing out the idea of a collaboration. “I really want us to do an official remix,” she told Canada’s etalk of their well-coordinated hits. “I love Drake. I love Drake so much. I even got the coat that’s in the video, I got it delivered the other day, I ordered it. The red one.”

He responded by saying, “I’d do anything with Adele. I’d literally go to Adele’s house right now and do laundry for her.” Instead, they grabbed a bite to eat and hit up an L.A. bowling alley. Next time, you know, call us on our cell phone. 

Kerry Washington & Eva Longoria

Having had “women that were really helpful to me when I was pregnant,” mom of two Washington has always strived to pay it forward with her celeb pals. “I really do try to have those conversations openly and honestly as possible, especially with my soul sister, with Eva,” she told Entertainment Tonight. Her advice was well-received when Longoria welcomed son Santiago in 2018, with the Grand Hotel actress calling the Scandal alum, “basically my doula.”

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

More than 20 years after nabbing Oscar gold, the Good Will Hunting scribes are back at it again, working on The Last Duel. And though it’s been a minute since they shared a screen, their bromance hasn’t wavered. “I’ve known him for 35 years, and we grew up together,” Damon told Entertainment Tonight in 2016. “We were both in love with the same thing—acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years and that bonded us for life.”

Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King

The connection between two of television’s most powerful women dates back to 1976 when they were working at a Baltimore station—though anchors (Winfrey helmed the 6 p.m. hour) and production assistants (that was King), didn’t generally socialize. “The newsroom hierarchy,” CBS This Morning cohost King recalled in their O Interview.

But with a heavy snow coming down, Winfrey invited the $12,000-a-year PA to sleep at her house. “The next day,” said Winfrey, “we went to the mall.” And a friendship was born over Casual Corner sweaters.

Serena Williams & Meghan Markle

Sure, your friend dates likely don’t involve watching your pal play for Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles or get-togethers at a palace. But the bond between the tennis champ and the Duchess of Sussex began much like any other—over girl talk. “We hit it off immediately,” Meghan wrote on her now-shuttered lifestyle website The Tig of their meeting at a 2014 Super Bowl event. “Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.”

Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams

Game of Thrones may have wrapped, but the relationship between the Stark sisters lives on. In fact Williams, who served as Turner’s maid of honor when she wed Joe Jonas in 2019, is convinced the best thing to come of the eight-season HBO hit wasn’t any of its 12 Emmy awards. “It was like one big elaborate thing to find me a best friend. This whole show!” she joked to E! News at the final season premiere. “I’m kidding. It’s been incredible. To have a friend like that on something as wild as this is just like a godsend, really.”

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds & Taylor Swift

Whose heart didn’t melt watching Reynolds and Lively excitedly react to hearing their eldest daughter James’ open Swift’s “Gorgeous” track in concert? Lively later called the viral video embarrassing, telling Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts it was “the true, unfiltered version of our terrible stage parent pride.”

But the trio’s friendship, which involves Fourth of July gatherings at Swift’s Rhode Island manse, stays at the couple’s New York country home and cameos in Swift’s music videos, is pure and should be protected at all costs.

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds & Taylor Swift

Whose heart didn’t melt watching Reynolds and Lively excitedly react to hearing their eldest daughter James’ open Swift’s “Gorgeous” track in concert? Lively later called the viral video embarrassing, telling Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts it was “the true, unfiltered version of our terrible stage parent pride.”

But the trio’s friendship, which involves Fourth of July gatherings at Swift’s Rhode Island manse, stays at the couple’s New York country home and cameos in Swift’s music videos, is pure and should be protected at all costs.

Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg

Equal parts intriguing and covetable, this pairing was solidified at The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber in 2015 before they teamed up for their VH1 cooking show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. “She different, ya know, than what I’m accustomed,” the marijuana-loving 17-time Grammy winner told LA Weekly of the Westchester-based domestic doyenne. “But then again she’s so what I’m accustomed to. ‘Cause she people. She just look different and she was born in a different era, but if you hang out with her and chill with her, she just like anybody else. That’s why it works, because she never says nothing that’s crazy in my ears. It’s always like, ‘Damn, I thought you would say that. OK.’ That’s why we get down, that’s why we connected, Martha. ‘Cause it feels like holy matrimony, and not holy macaroni.”

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