Being a celebrity you always need to be on guard. You never know if someone is watching you. Paparazzi hiding in the bushes or the person behind you in line discreetly recording you on their iPhone. It’s unfortunately the name of the fame game.
Getting an exclusive photograph of a particularly high profile celebrity can land the photographer a windfall of 6 or even 7 figures! The stakes are high to be the one to nab a picture of an A-lister engaging in scandalous or uncharacteristic behavior. Shock and awe sells. Being human, there have been celebrities caught completely off guard in very uncharacteristic behavior. The consequences can result in anything from divorce to a huge blow to their reputation and career. Without further ado, here are 15 of the most awkward pictures of celebrities caught off guard.
15. Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler looks as if he’s been caught with his hands in the cookie jar! He was actually caught in a heavy PDA session with then-girlfriend, Morgan Brown. Gerard’s hands found their way up Miss Brown’s shirt.
The 300 star suddenly caught on to a lurking photographer and realized he had been caught! Gerard and Miss Brown quickly separated and strolled back to their hotel where who knows—maybe he continued on his quest to find..?
14. Anne Hathaway
In 2014, Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman, were enjoying a nice, relaxing Hawaiian vacation when Anne had her brush with death. Anne underestimated the power of the ocean and went in about neck deep before a sudden riptide caught her and pulled her under the water. Anne started screaming for help.
Paparazzi on the beach started snapping pictures and caught the dramatic incident on camera. Her husband and a nearby surfer helped her back to land and bandaged her foot which she had cut on the coral reef when she was pulled under. After receiving some TLC from her husband, Anne seemed able to joke about the incident later on that evening as they were seen laughing and smiling.
13. Gisele Bundchen
The world’s famous supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her assistant/sister were caught disguising themselves with burqas as they entered a plastic surgery clinic in Paris, France. Gisele was having work done on her boobs and eyes and went to the extraordinary lengths to conceal her identity. It might have worked if it weren’t for her very American sandals (which are never worn with burqas), her purse, and her chauffeur.
Gisele has never commented on the incident, however, her chest and eyes are noticeably quite more lifted! Lesson? Don’t wear burqas with open-toed sandals.
12. Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom
Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom were caught enjoying a smoke break on a night out on the town. Interestingly enough, Selena’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, had supposedly hooked up with Orlando’s ex-wife, the Victoria’s Secret angel, Miranda Kerr.
There was also a scuffle-confrontation at a restaurant when Justin and Orlando bumped into one another with Justin telling Orlando to tell “Miranda hi”. Orlando blew up at Justin and Justin and his posse just laughed. So, was this Orlando’s attempt at getting back at him or was Selena getting back at Justin for breaking her heart? Some things we will never know.
11. Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver is part of the American political dynasty, the Kennedy clan, and is also the estranged wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maria was caught doing something a majority of Americans probably wouldn’t admit to doing but they probably have done it at some point in their life—picking their teeth with a card.
Yes, Maria proves she is just like us. Her dentist probably isn’t too proud but it’s nice to be reminded every once in a while that celebs are human too!
10. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber was caught on vacation enjoying a little time in the hot tub when some sneaky photographer nabbed a 6-figure paycheck by getting a shot of Justin in the buff.
Justin was caught in a full frontal nude shot with a girl visible in the background sitting on a sofa. The photograph quickly went viral and was even discussed on The Ellen Show. Justin’s own father sent out a Tweet saying how proud he was of his son’s package! A bit awkward to have a father commenting on his son’s ‘package’, no?
9. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to doing whatever she wants, whenever she wants, but it was still a bit of a surprise when photographs emerged on vacation with a suspicious looking cigarette in her hand.
Jennifer was caught on the balcony of a vacation rental yelling and being very animated while on the phone. She also had in her hand what looked to some to be marijuana. Was she yelling at Chris Martin for hanging around his estranged wife, Gwyn, too much?
8. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
The relationship between The Notebook co-stars, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling was the stuff of fairy tales. They had such incredible chemistry in the movie and it seemed to be translating over into real life. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. After 5 years of dating the two broke things off. Fans of the film have been hoping for a rekindling of their relationship for years. Who could blame them? This photograph of the two on a date in her hometown is perhaps one of the sweetest caught off-guard celebrity couple pictures ever.
7. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian without the 10 pounds of makeup on her face! She’s almost unrecognizable! It’s amazing the effect that contouring, highlighting, eyebrow grooming, false lashes, acne concealer, and self tanner can have on a girl.
This just goes to show that nobody is perfect. They may take hundreds of selfies proclaiming ‘no makeup’ or ‘just woke up’ but honestly who are they trying to kid? Nobody, not even Kim, looks good enough in the morning to take a photograph and broadcast to millions of strangers without at least dabbing on concealer or some mascara!
6. Prince Harry
When the Party Prince hit up Las Vegas, the world knew about his every move. The poor lad couldn’t get away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, however, he wasn’t exactly trying to keep a low profile. Prince Harry was living it up in Vegas. He was drinking, dancing up a storm, swimming, hanging out with gorgeous women, and even played the now-infamous strip billiards game.
Sources say the palace was not too keen of Prince Harry’s behavior but being one of the most photographed people on the planet since the day your were born, and having to live under the scrutiny of your grandmother who is the Queen, anyone would want to cut loose at least a couple times in their life!
5. Kate Hudson and Chris Martin
Kate Hudson has been in some seriously high profile relationships. From A-Rod to Lance Armstrong to Chris Martin. Chris Martin had famously ‘uncoupled’ from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and he began dating Jennifer Lawrence and then Kate Hudson. Jennifer and Kate both share a very ‘free’ lifestyle and seem to be the opposite of Gwyneth, but perhaps that’s what Chris is looking for.
Kate and Chris were captured in this beach photograph just enjoying a beautiful day. Utter happiness. There is a lot of love between these two, now whether it’s a romantic love or a friendship love, that’s still a pretty cool thing to see.
4. Ryan Phillipe and Abbie Cornish
Ryan and Australian actress Abbie Cornish were caught in an early morning PDA session. Abbie was sneaking out of Ryan and Reese’s apartment. Ryan and Reese divorced shortly thereafter the photographs were published for the world to see.
3. LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
Once upon a time, LeAnn Rimes was married to Dean Sheremet and Eddie Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville. All seemed well until photographs were published showing Eddie and LeAnn out to dinner and getting pretty cozy. Eddie and LeAnn both came out and admitted their mistakes and then they filed for divorce from their respective spouses.
LeAnn and Eddie married and engaged in very public PDA sessions. It gets really interesting when they both appear at his son’s soccer games along with his ex-wife, Brandi. The photographs are definitely awkward to say the least. Brandi and Dean have both said they felt blindsided and betrayed by their spouses.
2. Katharine McPhee and Michael Morris
Katharine McPhee and Michael Morris were caught cheating on their spouses when these photographs were published. Michael’s wife Mary McCormack, was able to forgive, but probably not forget. Katharine and her husband’s marriage went down in flames. Katharine and Nick Cokas divorced, however, Michael chose to stay with his wife, Mary.
Mary is definitely one forgiving woman. One can hope that Michael has learned a lesson and won’t stray too far from home again. Only time will tell if he’s truly changed his cheating ways.
1. Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders
Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders definitely got caught in inappropriate and shocking circumstances. On July 17th, 2012, the Snow White and the Huntsman director and Edward Cullen’s (Robert Pattinson) real-life lady love were caught getting touchy feely with each other in a sort of secluded but open to the public nature park.
Rupert Sanders was married to actress Liberty Ross and they had children together. Kristen was in a long-term relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. What the h*ll were they thinking?! The pictures speak for themselves and there really was no denying the affair. Robert broke things off with Kristen and Liberty divorced her cheating husband.