Hollywood’s most peculiar pals! As Tom Cruise and Michael Caine baffle the internet with their VERY unlikely friendship, FEMAIL reveals the other BIZARRE celebrity bonds – from Guy Fieri and Matthew McConaughey to Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox
Hollywood has created some surprising friendships over yearsRecently, Tom was pictured celebrating Michael’s birthday togetherNow, FEMAIL reveals the celebrity friendships you would have never expected
Hollywood has a reputation for spawning disastrous romantic relationships between celebrities – but when it comes to friendships, it turns out the oh-so fickle world of fame has led to some very bizarre but lasting bonds between stars.
The industry’s most successful A-listers share a very unique set of experiences in grappling with fame and the spotlight – something that no doubt helps in solidifying friendships between them.
But that bond still does not account for some of Hollywood’s most bizarre couplings between some unlikely pals – a topic that was thrust into the spotlight this week when Tom Cruise and Michael Caine sent the internet into a spin by revealing their own close bond.
Fans were left baffled at learning about the unlikely friendship between the 60-year-old Top Gun star and his fellow actor when they celebrated the latter’s 90th birthday together – but they are far from the only unusual pal pairing to have bonded during their years in Hollywood.
After the powerful duo’s friendship made headlines, FEMAIL has laid bare the other celebrity friendships that you never saw coming.
A birthday bash with your closest pals! Tom Cruise helps Michael Caine celebrate his 90th birthday as the two ring in many years of friendship
Cruise, 60, and Caine’s, 90, unlikely friendship has taken the world by storm.
On Tuesday evening, the Top Gun actor helped Caine celebrate his 90th birthday with a lavish bash.
Tom and Michael have been friends throughout the years due to their large roles within Hollywood.
The powerful duo first became pals when they starred in 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember together.
In 2021, they also appeared in Twist together.
The Mission Impossible star seemed to have a great time at the star-studded party as he couldn’t keep a smile off his face.
Tom donned a black shirt and dark-wash pants as he joined Michael for his milestone birthday.
The ‘internet’s new best friends’: Larry David and Timothée Chalamet grab a bite to eat as the web obsesses over their bond that sees the 75-year-old and 27-year-old frequently giggling
Larry David, 75, and Timothée Chalamet, 27, were dubbed the ‘internet’s new best friends’ after they were photographed grabbing a bite to eat together.
In 2021, the Curb Your Enthusiasm creator enjoyed drinks with Timothée Chalamet.
The 75-year-old godfather of cringe comedy was also joined at the table by his daughter Romy.
It’s unclear exactly how Larry and Timothée know each other – but the group certainly looked at ease as they chatted away.
Hilariously, the two-time Emmy winner and the 27-year-old could not have had more opposite reactions to the New York Fashion Week festivities that were taking place at the time.
Timothée proudly co-chaired the Met Gala themed ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ on Monday alongside Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka.
Whereas Larry plugged his ears at the blaring music playing during the Staud SS/22 runway presentation.
A best friend and matchmaker in one! Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran have been friends for decades with the singer having stayed at the actor’s place AND introduced her to her lover
Despite the large age difference, Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox have managed to strike up one of fans’ favorite friendships.
It all began in 2013, when the singer, 32, shared a photo of him and the former Friends actress, 58, hugging.
The singer captioned the image: ‘My friend Courteney is nominated for a People Choice Award for favorite cable TV actress. She’s never won one before and she lets me live in her beach house, so how’s about we all vote for her and win her the d*** thang eh? Safe. Vote here please kind people.’
In 2014, Sheeran explained the caption, admitting that from time to time, he does indeed stay at Courteney’s place.
He told The Sun newspaper: ‘There was no rent but I made the bed and cups of tea and things like that. If you’re staying at your friend’s house, you should treat it like your own.
‘Well, actually, that’s a lie – because I don’t make my own bed at home.’
The BRIT award winner even played cupid by introducing then-single Courteney to close friend, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid in 2013.
Cox and McDaid have now been together since 2013, showing Hollywood that couples can in fact stay together.
It started with mashed potatoes! Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg went from cooking together to best friends who even roasted Justin Bieber alongside each other
The Queen of cooking, 81, and the rapper, 51, are known for their close bond.
Their friendship first began when Snoop Dogg made an appearance on her show in 2008.
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg go way back – their friendship started with Snoop’s appearance on her show Martha in 2008.
The rapping legend made mashed potatoes, and the rest is history.
After cooking together, the duo appeared on various other television broadcasts together such as the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber.
Speaking about Martha, Snoop told Rolling Stone: ‘I’ve never met anyone like Martha Stewart… When we come together, it’s a natural combination of love, peace and harmony.’
‘I love that girl’: Jennifer Coolidge always gushes over her friendship with Ariana Grande and even credits her for reviving her career
Ariana and Jennifer first became pals in 2018 when The White Lotus actress starred in the singer’s Thank You, Next music video.
They initially became best friends after Jennifer heard Arianna’s uncanny impression of her on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Ever since that moment, the two have ben inseparable.
The actress, 61, even gushed over the singer, 29, when she interviewed her for Entertainment Weekly’s 2022 Entertainers Of The Year and revealed that she felt like her career was ‘flatlining’ before starring in Ariana’s iconic music video.
She also told the Just Like Magic hitmaker that she owes her a lot.
‘I was kind of flatlining, and you got things going for me.
‘I just want to thank you. I know you’re a very humble person, you wouldn’t admit to it, but I’m just going to thank you,’ Jennifer said.
And Jennifer’s gratitude didn’t stop there, she also raved about her friendship with the singer to ET Canada.
She said: ‘I love that girl. She has so much cool. I mean, she’s at the beginning of her life and it’s like I… she is someone that is such an unusual story because she’s this very, very old person in a very young body.
‘It’s really rare. I sometimes feel like I’m talking to someone ancient. Her take on things [and everything] is so advanced. I don’t really know how to explain her. I have never met anyone like her in my life.’
‘He’s the son I never had’: Stevie Nicks frequently jokes about having ‘adopted’ Harry Styles after the two formed an inseparable friendship
The musicians’ friendship first began in 2015 when Harry personally delivered a carrot cake to Stevie at a Fleetwood Mac show.
Two years later, the singer then joined the former One Direction member during a stop on his tour and the two even performed Landslide, one of her band’s biggest hits, together.
In 2019, Stevie gushed about the Watermelon Sugar hitmaker, telling Rolling Stone that he is ‘the son I never had.’
When Harry dropped his album in 2017, Nicks fell in love with its old school sound.
‘I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock & roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him. But I guess he decided he wanted to be born in 1948, too — he made a record that was more like 1975,’ she explained.
In 2019, the former One Direction member and Stevie once again showed off their stellar friendship when Harry inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in her decades-long career.
The two have since continued their close bond and frequently gush over each other.
Dua Lipa and Elton John first became friends when the Rocket Man hitmaker recruited her to help with his AIDS foundation, now the two have collaborated on a song and still continue to blow fans away with their ‘surreal’ bond
Elton John, 75, and Dua Lipa, 27, may have a large age gap, but that doesn’t stop the two from being the best of friends.
Over the years, the Rocket Man hitmaker has discussed his close friendship with the popstar and noted that the two began working together on his AIDS foundation.
In November 2022, Elton spoke in a joint interview with Dua for Variety and admitted his interest in the 27-year-old singer was sparked because he wanted to get younger people involved in his AIDS Foundation and the fight against the disease.
Elton told the publication: ‘Luckily enough, I’d met her at the AIDS Foundation event. In our fight against AIDS, we are desperately in need of younger voices to get people to listen, and she is an incredible live performer, so I knew she would be perfect,’ Elton recalls. ‘David and I took her to dinner and said, ‘We’ve got this song. …’
Dua confessed that she jumped at the chance to work with the legendary singer and agreed before even hearing the song.
The singer recalled the time she was chilling around a pool in her bikini ‘wearing a cowboy hat for some reason’, when they played her the track for the first time.
Dua admitted that although she is friends with Elton and his husband David Furnish now, it is still ‘surreal’ to be on FaceTime with them.
Following their collaboration on their hit song Cold Heart, the two have remained a powerful duo.
Food lovers turned friends! Guy Fieri and Matthew McConaughey first became pals when the actor asked Guy for restaurant recommendations
Guy Fieri, 55, and Matthew McConaughey, 53, have been friends for 17 years, and while their friendship is one of the strongest in Hollywood, no one really knows quite how it began.
The actor, who has previously spoken about his love of Guy’s show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, first reached out to the restaurateur for dining recommendations while traveling.
Nearly two decades later, their friendship has shown no signs of slowing down.
In 2019, the actor even spoke at the unveiling of Guy’s star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
‘In a business where you can be anyone you want to be, you’ve been you the whole time and that ain’t easy,’ the actor said of the restaurateur during his speech at the event.
And Guy repaid the favor and even copoked Southern-inspired food for Matthew and his wife Camila Alves during the third day of their wedding festivities.
Now, the two remain close pals and always call each other up when they need a hand.
‘I love you!’ Kris Jenner frequently gushes over Jennifer Lawrence – with the two even celebrating birthdays together
Kris Jenner, 67, and Jennifer Lawrence, 32, make for an unlikely power duo, but they have proven that their bond has stood the test of time.
When the Hunger Games star turned 25, the ‘momager’ even helped her celebrate and took to Instagram to document their fun.
The photo showed both Kris and Jennifer hugging.
Kris captioned the snap: ‘Happy Birthday you piece of s***. God I love you #Jenniferlawrence thanks for making this night a night to remember…..even if we did get caught… I love you Happy Birthday Gorgeous!’
Corey Gamble – Kris’s boyfriend – took the photo of the two who attempted to channel ‘deer in headlight’ as they were snuggled up in bed.
It seems like their friendship first began when The Hunger Games star revealed she was a big fan of the Kardashians.
A mentor and friend! John Mulaney took Pete Davidson under his wing to show him a ‘life in comedy’ that he can have fun and be sober in
Pete Davidson, 29, and John Mulaney’s, 40, friendship has shocked fans since the two comedians toured together.
The Chicago native and the actor have performed shows together throughout the years and have previously discussed how their friendship marked a life-changing moment for Pete.
Prior to touring together, the duo even appeared on a Weekend Update segment of SNL.
‘I’ve been spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life,’ John, who later relapsed and went to rehab for a drug and alcohol addiction in late 2020, said.
Pete replied, ‘And after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,’ referencing an Instagram post he made in 2018 that sparked concern about his mental health. ‘I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke, but it is funny,’ he added.
Following their segment, John frequently praised his comedian pal and noted that he was ‘loved by so many.’
A fan favorite duo! Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake first met in 2002 and have since developed a close friendship by performing hilarious skits together
Jimmy Fallon, 48, and Justin Timberlake, 42, have been best friends for quite some time now.
The pair first met in 2002 at the MTV VMA Music Awards.
The TV show host recalled the first night they met during an episode, saying, ‘I remember back being stage with you at the VMAs when we shared dressing rooms kind of. We were almost connected… I remember I was pacing down stairs and I think I was dressed as a superhero or something.
‘I was like pacing, and I’m like, “I’m so nervous! I hope this hosting thing goes well because you know, if I host this and that’s my career.” And you go, “Yeah well, this is my first solo thing ever, so…”‘
Justin responded: ‘I remember we were both nervous. But the funny thing about our friendship even when it first started is that… nothing was that serious. We kind of like, we started doing bits back and forth. You know, and that’s all we do now.’
The duo has since shown that their close bond is not slowing down anytime soon.
They frequently appear on TV together and perform fan favorite skits.
A vocal powerhouse duo! Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have been friends since 2014 when they blew fans away with their album
Lady Gaga, 36, and Tony Bennett, 96, are a powerful duo who frequently blow fans away with their vocals.
The two first became friends at a benefit concert in 2014.
The 96-year-old later spoke to Parade about their meeting.
He said: ‘It was the first time I heard Lady perform, and I could not believe the audience’s reaction.
‘The first thing I said was, “Let’s do an album together.” And she said, “Okay.” That quick. I just love what she did on [their album Cheek to Cheek]. She’s up there with Ella Fitzgerald, who was the greatest singer in the world.’
After collaborating on music together, the two became best pals with Gaga frequently gushing over him.
She once revealed that he taught her how to ‘stay true to yourself.’
‘He’s fabulous’: Helen Mirren loves her friendship with Russell Brand that begin in 2009 and even prompted Russell to dedicate a chapter in his autobiography to her
Helen Mirren, 77, and Russell Brand, 47, first met in 2009 and have remained the best of pals ever since.
The two struck up a friendship on the set on The Tempest and then once again collaborated in the film Arthur.
Although the movie flopped at the box office, it created a bond that could never be broken.
Following the film, the two stayed in touch and became such great friends that Russell even dedicated an entire chapter in his autobiography to her, titling it Mummy Helen.
Helen has previously spoken about their relationship, saying that she values him as a great friend.
‘He’s so cool. He’s fabulous. We’re really close friends. I wear the pin he gave me around my neck,’ she told People.