It’s going to be abundantly clear why the 15 celebrities on our list had to apologize for the moments you’re about to read. Many of the moments may have only taken minutes, but the celebrities involved now have millions less in their bank accounts because of them. Sometimes it’s moments that the paparazzi were around to catch, like when Kevin Hart and Kristen Stewart decided being faithful was totally overrated (it’s not!).
Perhaps even more shocking, you’ll be amazed at how awful Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks in photos taken of him drinking vodka while walking around town.
Many celebrities also manage to tape their own screw-ups on plenty of occasions, which is made all the more accessible by social media. Such as Dani Mathers, the former Playboy star, who’ll never look at Snapchat the same way again after she tried to body-shame a woman at the gym. Or Paris Jackson, who was rudely awakened to the meaning behind the phrase “A dingo ate my baby”.
And while Miley has done plenty of amazing things for the world, she probably wasn’t thrilled when she was caught partying and making some seriously racist gestures!
15. Kevin Hart Cheats On His Pregnant Wife
Kevin Hart isn’t the first celebrity to be caught cheating on his wife. But that doesn’t make the situation any better. Especially considering his wife was (and still is, as this is very recent) pregnant at the time. Hart took to Instagram to express his tearful apology,
“Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better and I will. I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be … I love you all. I’m in a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back,’ he said. ‘And because of that, I should make smart decisions – and recently, I didn’t.”
14. Reese Witherspoon’s Infamous Line: ‘Do You Know My Name?’
Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth were out enjoying a nice night on the town, which just happened to involve some drinking. Not so good when you find out however that Toth blew a 1.39 on the breathalyzer after he was pulled over.
Witherspoon clearly didn’t take kindly to the police officers doing their job, and her refusal to follow their orders also saw her get arrested for disorderly conduct. Making things more embarrassing for Witherspoon, she attempted to use her fame to get out of the situation saying to the officer, “Do you know my name?” To which the officer said, “I don’t need to know your name.” Leading her to reply, “You’re about to find out.”
13. Vanessa Hudgens’ Leaked Photos Show Off A Non-PG Side
Vanessa Hudgens has unfortunately had her privacy violated, and nude photos have emerged online on multiple occasions. When talking about the incident that occurred in 2007, Hudgens said, “I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me. I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.”
12. Julianne Hough’s Racist Halloween Costume
Julianna Hough was hoping to dance up a storm when she dressed up as Crazy Eyes from OITNB for Halloween in 2013. Which would be a great costume if she wasn’t Caucasian, something she also tried to downplay with makeup.
“It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Maybe in the future, you just go with something like a classic schoolgirl or nurse outfit Hough! At the time she would have been single, but now she is also married (to NHLer) Brooks Laich, so perhaps he can also help steer her in the right direction!
11. Paris Jackson Jokes About “A Dingo Ate My Baby”
You may have head the phrase “A Dingo ate my baby”, you may have even said it yourself. But do you know the context behind it? Paris Jackson didn’t, which led to her immediately offering an apology for the offensive photo.
The infamous phrase comes from a 1980 incident in which Azaria, a 2-month-old baby, was taken and subsequently killed, by a dingo. The mother, Lindy, was originally sentenced to life imprisonment on the belief that she had murdered her daughter – but after three years in jail – clothing of Azaria was found by a Dingo and Lindy was released.
10. Miley Cyrus Engages In A Racist Act At A Party
Miley Cyrus is hoping to clean up her overall image as of late. Which means for her much less time doing things that she later needs to apologize for. But it takes one look at this racist photo to understand exactly why Miley had to come out with a response:
“I want to thank all of my fans for their support not only this week, but always! I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone. I have learned a valuable lesson from this and know that sometimes my actions can be unintentionally hurtful. I know everything is part of God’s [ultimate] plan, and mistakes happen so that eventually I will become the [woman] He aspires me to be.”
9. Dani Mathers Body-Shames Another Woman
As a former Playboy model, Dani Mathers is definitely familiar with letting people check her out in her birthday suit. But that doesn’t mean she has the right to let the world know how other people look in theirs.
Mathers was at the gym when she used snap-chat to body-shame an older woman, writing the caption “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.” The ramifications for this included the loss of several jobs for Mathers, as well as being sentenced to 30 days community service.
Mathers also issued a formal apology for her actions: “I never meant to hurt her. I never, ever intended on showing the world this photo. And that I hope that she could forgive me. I don’t expect her to forget. I don’t expect her to like me. I just — I really want her forgiveness.”
8. Kristen Stewart Caught By Paparazzi
There are many movie stars who fall in love with their co-star. As was the case with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, at least until Stewart started getting hot and heavy with her director from Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders.
Making the situation all the more awkward was the fact that the paparazzi caught the two embracing. You may also be able to tell from the look on Sanders’ face in the above photo that he’s well aware that these photos were going to cause some serious problems. Especially because he was cheating on his wife!
7. Kathy Griffin’s Fake Head Pose
There are many people out there who cannot stand Donald Trump. But that doesn’t mean that what Kathy Griffin decided to do for publicity was okay. Several people attacked Griffin, including Trump’s son who described it as disgusting.
When apologizing for the photo, Griffin said, “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. … I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”
6. Kendall And Kylie Offend With Music Shirts
Both Kylie and Kendall Jenner have made millions off of their ability to brand themselves. One of the biggest examples is their joint clothing line, but that means both of them were in hot water earlier this year. The T-shirts that put people up in arms, featured various famous bands or musicians (such as the one you see above) but then with the Jenner sisters (or branding) imposed on the front.
Not only is it a terrible look (and $125! Holy sh*t), but the girls were also accused of not having the proper copyright. The shirts were pulled after the controversy became evident, along with an apology from both sisters saying they’d promise to learn from the experience.
5. Seth Rollins Cheating Proved On Social Media
WWE superstar Seth Rollins‘ then-fiancé Leighla Schultz was not too happy to find out that Seth was allegedly cheating on her with Zahra Schreiber. In order to exact revenge on Seth, Leighla uploaded several photos of Zahra and Seth without any clothes on. Yikes! That’s the danger you get of cheating on someone in the age of social media we guess.
While Zahra did not address the situation, Seth did apologize for the awkward situation that had occurred: “I would like to apologize to all the WWE fans and my family and my friends for private photographs that were distributed without my consent.”
4. Kanye Steals Swift’s Thunder At VMAs
Kanye West is no stranger to receiving criticism for some of his antics. But none may have earned him more scorn than when in 2009, he took to the stage of the VMAs after Taylor Swift won an award for Best Music Video, interrupting her speech in the process.
“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!”
West later apologized, saying, “I’m sooooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mum. I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she’s in the bleachers! I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!”
3. Ashlee Simpson Hoedowns On Saturday Night Live
There are many musicians who have put on memorable performances on Saturday Night Live for all the right reasons. Ashlee Simpson was not one of them. It definitely didn’t help her case that people just viewed her as Jessica Simpson’s sister, but things got even worse when it became evident she was trying to lip-sync her performance.
Simpson ended up attempting to dance on stage before the show cut away. When talking about the incident, Simpson stated, “I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song. I didn’t know what to do, so I thought I’d do a hoedown.”
2. Kendall Jenner Pepsi Commercial Incites Hate, Not Love
Kendall Jenner was so excited to have the opportunity to appear in a Pepsi commercial. After all, the brand has helped superstars like Britney Spears, why not her? But she may have wanted to read the script a little closer because the highly controversial Black Lives Matter protest themed commercial was pulled almost immediately after debuting amidst a storm of controversy.
“I felt so f**king stupid. The [idea] that I would offend other people or hurt other people was definitely not the intent. And that’s what got me the most….I feel really bad that anyone was ever offended. I feel really bad that this was taken such a wrong way and I genuinely feel like s**t,” said Kendall when talking about the situation on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
1. Jonathan Rhys Meyers Drinking Straight From The Bottle
Jonathan Rhys Meyers‘ biggest claim to fame may be the television show The Tudors which ran from 2007-2010. But that doesn’t mean the paparazzi stops paying attention to you, and in 2015, they managed to capture Rhys Meyers walking around town drinking vodka straight from the bottle.
Oof, definitely not the best look. Meyers, who has battled alcohol issues in the past, apologized for the situation saying, “Mara ([his fiance] and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologize [sic] for having a minor relapse and hope that people don’t think too badly of me.”
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