Rihanna + Miranda July: Our Fave Weird Celebrity Friendships
The writer, director, and performance artist Miranda July interviewed Rihanna for the cover of T Magazine, and they fell in love. Honest to God, The Notebook-style, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson-esque love. “My understanding, from the moment she sat down, was that we were in love,” wrote July. “We were the most in love any two people had ever been. The sun was finally setting. We’d been talking for almost two hours.”
The profile, which is obviously worth a read, hits on Rihanna’s fear of ruining her perfect vagina (“I Google childbirth”), how RiRi has no time for needy men, and July’s sweet interaction with an Uber driver, Oumarou. But the big takeaway is that Rihanna and Miranda July are now friends, which is a pairing much like whiskey and pickle juice: it sounds too weird to be real, and then makes a perfect kind of sense. We love a weird celebrity friendship. Here are our favorite odd couples.
Kim Kardashian and Courtney Love
During fashion week, whilst we were working at one o’clock in the morning and praying for the sweet release of death, we stumbled across a life-affirming Instagram post: Courtney Love and Kim Kardashian had taken a selfie together. It was an image of two of the greatest minds of our time, together as one. The caption was simply an emoji of a heart. A week later, it happened again. “Lots of love tonight @courtneylove,” wrote Kim. Was the pun intentional?
We get that events for mutual friends Riccardo Tisci and Carine Roitfeld had brought these two together, but it’s still wild. What do Kim and Courtney talk about? Their statuses as imperfect feminist icons? How they’ve both dealt with the deaths of the men closest to them? The merits of spelling “Courtney” with a ‘C’ versus a ‘K’? The world may never know.
50 Cent and Bette Midler
We know that 50 Cent and Bette Midler met whilst working for a charity, the New York Restoration Project. We know that Bette said, when discussing Fiddy, that “he’s one of the newest members of our tribe. He’s really made my life worth living.” We don’t want to know anything else. This is a perfect mystery that is best left unsolved. Sometimes things get ruined when you know too much, like how Twin Peaks got kind of shitty after we found out who killed Laura Palmer. Let us leave 50 Cent and Bette Midler in peace.
Martha Stewart’s Posse
Stewart has famously dissed her fellow lifestyle gurus Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow. This rules, because Martha Stewart is a total boss and the closest thing the world has to a super-white Cookie Lyon, so she can insult whoever she wants and still maintain a hilarious roster of celebrity friends. She and Snoop Dogg have been pals ever since he came on her show to bake brownies, and they had a heartwarming reunion at the Roast of Justin Bieber. Martha also beautifully bonded with Lil Jon over how to put bling on dog bowls.
But the greatest Martha Stewart Celebrity Friendship, which lead to the genius photo below, is with Brendan Fraser. We want this photo to be the wallpaper for our phone and our computer and our house. We want to go to a movie that is just this photo in various slideshow formats. We want to be buried with this photo.
These two, who were recently spotted getting dinner in LA, are weirdly long-term BFFs, with paparazzi reports covering their dinner dates that span back a couple years, always with a “Who knew they were friends?” headline. We did. While on its face the friendship between the Full House dad and the pop star/serial dater might seem strange, it actually makes a whole lot of sense, because both of them are pretty disgusting! Saget spent years trying to dirty up his Danny Tanner image with comments about molesting dolls and doing whippits on set, while Mayer’s comments about his “Benetton heart and David Duke dick” will never die. Douche on, gentleman!
Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un
Never change, Dennis. Never change.
Images via T, Miranda July, E!, Deadline