As much as everyone loves an actor or musician’s work, it seems that people are much more interested in their personal lives. Celebs have made some great accomplishments in life but it’s overshadowed by who they’re dating that month. The media are often very intrusive when celebs are caught in an embarrassing moment or struggling somehow. The media and fans often become obsessed with celebs’ relationships. Nothing makes the public go crazy like an epic wedding or a bitter divorce. When celebs cheat on their significant other, it’ll be a major story and will steal all the headlines.
Anytime two celebs of the opposite gender are seen in public together, the rumor mill starts going crazy. Everyone automatically assumes that something must be going on between them. If those celebs deny the rumors and claim that they’re “just friends,” it just makes the speculation more intense. Regardless, there are fans that are convinced that these gorgeous stars are more than just good buddies. Some people just have a hard time believing that two beautiful stars could be in a room together and not tear each other’s clothes off. Some of these celebrity duos are truly just friends. However, other celebrity duos were just lying to themselves and everyone else. The whole time they were actually friends with benefits although technically, they are “friends.” Here is a look at 15 Celebrity Duos That Claim They’re “Just Friends.”
15 Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis
Ever since Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis starred in the 2011 film Friends with Benefits, everyone assumed they were real-life “friends with benefits.” Justin Timberlake is a Grammy award-winning artist and has starred in several memorable films. Mila is best known for her role as Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show and for voicing Meg Griffin on the animated sitcom Family Guy. The media and fans went crazy when they were spotted together getting “cozy” despite being with a large group of people. It was noted that Mila was talking to Justin like a girlfriend. However, they publicly denied the rumors at the MTV Movie Awards. Justin said, “[We have a] totally platonic relationship, which is why I can do this.” He then grabbed her chest and she put her hands in between his legs. Rumors of them dating died down since Timberlake married Jessica Biel and Mila is with Ashton Kutcher.
14 John Stamos & Lori Loughlin
In the ‘80s, John Stamos and Lori Loughlin portrayed Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky on the enormously popular sitcom Full House. The beloved series aired from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995. Due to their incredible onscreen chemistry, most fans assumed that Stamos and Loughlin were an item in real life. They’ve always maintained a close friendship but have never been anything more. There were a few times when it seemed like a possibility but never ended up happening for various reasons. They’ve both pointed out that the timing was never right for them and anytime one was single, the other was in a relationship. In 2013, Stamos said, “I would say that she could be the one that got away.” He also said, “She’s one of my dearest friends, and that’s good enough...but I really do adore her. She has a great husband and he’s got a lot of money so…”
13 Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. They have appeared in several films together, and the incredible onscreen chemistry they have has convinced some that they’re more than just co-stars. Cooper and Lawrence have appeared in four films together—Silver Linings Playbook, Serena, American Hustle, and Joy. For years now, there has been speculation that these two had a steamy offscreen relationship. Maybe fans just wished that these two beautiful people would get together and make beautiful babies. However, they have consistently denied all rumors. In 2013, Cooper denied that anything was going on and said that Lawrence is too young for him. He said this despite dating Suki Waterhouse at the time that was 17 years his junior. Despite the intense speculation, Cooper and Lawrence claim to only be friends but nobody seems to believe them.
12 Alexander Skarsgard & Ellen Page
All it takes is one pic for rumors to start spreading and it’ll soon become a major story. One innocent image and everyone assumes that Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page are having a torrid love affair. They maintain that they are simply good friends that can hang out and have a nice conversation. They refute all claims that they’re together or were in any kind of relationship. Skarsgard is best known for his roles in True Blood and Big Little Lies. Ellen Page is known for her breakout role in the 2007 film Juno. In 2013, Page and Skarsgard starred in the thriller The East. While shooting the film, director Zal Batmanglij posted a pic of the two stars that got everyone talking. In the pic, Skarsgard kissed Page on the forehead, which lead to rumors that they were, in fact, together. However, they maintain that they’re simply friends and that the pic was just two friends being affectionate with each other.
11 Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet
The ultimate romantic film Titanic was released on December 19, 1997 to universal acclaim. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. For nearly 20 years, fans have hoped that one day Jack and Rose would really end up together. In 2008, they reunited to star in the critically-acclaimed film Revolutionary Road. Leo is best known for his roles in The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Revenant. Winslet won an Academy Award for her role in the 2008 film The Reader. Leo and Kate both started their careers at very young ages and became close friends. They consider each other very good friends to this day but that hasn’t stopped speculation that they’re friends with benefits. They’re such good friends that Leo walked Winslet down the aisle when she was married in 2012. It seems the only people that don’t want to see Rose and Jack together is Kate and Leo.
10 Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey Deschanel
The romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer was released on August 7, 2009 and starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Since that film, fans have hoped that one day fiction would become reality. Unfortunately, Joseph and Zooey claim to be just the best of friends. Joseph is best known for his roles in 50/50, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. Zooey currently portrays Jessica Day in the sitcom New Girl. The famous duo has been close friends for years but that only fueled speculation that they’ve been knocking boots. However, both have consistently denied all rumors and allegations. In fact, during an interview with Playboy magazine when the topic of dating Zooey came up, Gordon-Levitt said “awkward.” He went on to say, “Zooey and I just think it’s funny. We’ve been friends for 10 years.” He added, “It’s just fun to have conversations, watch movies with her and stuff like that.”
9 Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s close friendship immediately started speculation that they’re more than just friends and are in a passionate relationship. Taylor Swift is best known for the albums Fearless, Speak Now, and Red. Sheeran is best known for the hit single “Shape of You.” They first became close when Sheeran opened for Swift on her 2013 Red Tour. Swift is known for dating a long list of Hollywood stars but it appears that Sheeran really isn’t one of them. When TMZ reported that they were dating, Sheeran said, “I found that aspect quite lazy journalism.” He added, “There wasn’t any truth to it whatsoever.” In fact, Sheeran seems to benefit a different way from his best buddy, Taylor. He’s openly admitted to dating several women in Taylor’s exclusive Swift Squad. He also noted that he received a great deal of attention from women and Taylor’s friends during the Red Tour.
8 Charlize Theron & Keanu Reeves
Sweet November starred Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron and was released on February 16, 2001. Ever since the release of that film, rumors ran wild that Theron and Reeves are “friends with benefits.” They had previously starred in the 1997 film The Devil’s Advocate as well. Reeves is best known for his roles in Speed, the Bill and Ted franchise, and The Matrix trilogy. Theron won an Academy Award for her chilling portrayal of real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the critically and commercially-acclaimed film Monster. They’ve been good friends for years but many have speculated that they’ve had an on again, off again relationship. The rumors first surfaced while Theron was still in a relationship but intensified once she became single. In May of 2010, they were seen together “snuggling” and “kissing” but they’ve never confirmed a relationship and maintain that they’re only friends.
7 Kendall Jenner & A$AP Rocky
Despite all the evidence suggesting that Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky are having a hot and heavy relationship, they both continue to deny the rumors. According to them, they’re just good friends. Kendall Jenner is a model and reality star best known for her appearances in the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The media is often obsessed with the personal lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Recently, she’s been linked to rapper A$AP Rocky. He’s best known for the albums Long. Live. A$AP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Rumors first started when they were seen together in public but they quickly denied the allegations. However, they were spotted being “all over each other” at Coachella, and later at the Met Gala, Kylie Jenner posted a group selfie that shows Kendall and Rocky getting “cozy.” Reports suggest that neither wants to get serious.
6 Sandra Bullock & George Clooney
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have been good friends for over 20 years. Their close relationship has fueled speculation that they’re more than just best buds. Bullock has appeared in several critically-acclaimed films, such as Crash, The Blind Side, and A Time To Kill. Clooney became a household name with his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ER and his subsequent film career. Together, they starred in the epic sci-fi thriller Gravity. In 2013, they attended the 70th annual Venice Film Festival together, and the entire world’s head exploded. While on the red carpet, observers noted that they were being “affectionate” and that Clooney was “making eyes” at Bullock. Sandra laughed at the notion and said, “He was not making eyes. Maybe cross eyes but that’s the extent of his goggle eyes.” They were both newly single so it might have been wishful thinking from the fans and media. Speculation died down when wild bachelor Clooney settled down and got married.
5 Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas
The Disney Channel film Camp Rock was released on June 20, 2008. It brought the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato together and introduced them to the world. The Jonas Brothers went on to become teen sensations before splitting up in 2013. Demi Lovato has starred in a few TV series and tours the world. For years now, there have been rumors that Lovato and Nick Jonas are more than friends. However, Demi was first linked to Joe Jonas as they briefly dated early in their careers. Regardless, there has always been a great deal of speculation surrounding Demi and Nick. They’ve been good friends for years but there isn’t a person alive that believes they’re just friends. The rumors intensified after Lovato released the song “Ruin The Friendship,” which most assumed was about Nick. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lovato denied that there is anything going on and insisted that she and Nick are just best pals.
4 Rihanna & Drake
Rihanna and Drake are two of the most famous artists in Hollywood. They both top the music charts and sell out stadiums all over the world. They’ve appeared on several tracks together, including “Work,” “Take Care,” and “Too Good.” They apparently hooked up early in their careers when they were both young. According to both of them, it never became too serious. However, they remained good friends and became closer over the years. Rihanna was later involved in a tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. Years later, Brown and Drake crossed paths at a nightclub and a fight broke out, which was over Rihanna. In 2016, Drake presented her with the MTV Vanguard Award and professed his love for her. She seemed to not reciprocate the feelings. Drake has said about Rihanna in the past, “We have fun together, she’s cool and s***. But we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life.”
3 Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are no strangers to being under the media spotlight. They’ve both created a great deal of controversy and gain attention for their sometimes-outrageous behavior. So, it’s no surprise that these two would be drawn together and become friends. Back in 2012, they even pranked each other during an episode of MTV’s Punk’d. When it comes to these two, nobody believes that they’re just good buddies. Both started their careers off as teen idols and are now two of the biggest stars in the world. For years, there has been speculation that they have hooked up in the past. In fact, while Bieber was dating Selena Gomez, the rumors got even stronger. At one point, a story was published that alleged that Miley and Justin had hooked up behind Selena’s back. It was even reported that Selena believed the rumors. However, Miley and Justin insist that they’ve never gotten physical with each other and are simply friends.
2 Robert Pattinson & Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson have both been in high-profile relationships before. They’ve both endured an intense amount of media coverage revolving around their love life. Recently, rumors have run rampant that the two are getting close but they maintain that they’re just BFFs. Pattinson is best known for portraying Edward Cullen in the Twilight films. Katy Perry is a chart-topping artist that tours the world and has thousands of adoring fans. In the summer of 2017, Pattinson was seen with Perry having a private dinner. Some who saw the pic interpreted the setting as being romantic. However, at the time, Pattinson was still engaged to FKA Twigs. Then in October, Pattinson and Twigs called off their engagement. Reports suggest that Pattinson had been “leaning” on Perry to help him get over his breakup. In fact, they stay in constant touch, and she often checks to see how he’s doing while on tour. They’re clearly very good friends.
1 Jamie Foxx & Katie Holmes
For several years, rumors have swirled about a potential relationship between Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx. Despite the mounting evidence, they deny the rumors and maintain that they’re very good friends. Foxx is best known for his roles in Ray, Django Unchained, and Collateral. Holmes is best known for her role as Joey Potter in the series Dawson’s Creek. She also attracted a great deal of attention because of her relationship with Tom Cruise. Speculation first began in 2013 when Foxx and Holmes were spotted together at a charity event. At the time, Foxx denied the claim and said, “[the rumors] are 100 percent not true. In fact, it’s quite hilarious because we simply danced at a charity event along with a lot of other people.” Four years later, they were photographed holding hands while walking along a beach in Malibu. Rumors suggest that neither one of them wants to get serious and like remaining “just friends.”
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