Female friendships make the world go round. There to pick us up when everything else is falling apart – the love, protection and sense of connection they imbue our lives with is simply unmatched and irreplaceable. They say it takes a village, and the warmth, empathy, kindness, and understanding that can be fostered and cherished in friendships between women is one of the reasons we often feel so seen and understood by the pals who take it upon themselves to prioritise each other no matter what.
In a world where our romantic relationships have become more complicated thanks to Internet dating and a certain pandemic thrown into the mix too, it seems for many their aspirations aren’t about finding The One romantically, but more so nurturing platonic relationships that know your every vulnerability, quirk and intricacy and will show up for you regardless. If that isn’t goals we don’t know what is.
Today, we’re deep-diving into 10 celebrity best friendships who have stuck by each other through thick and thin, proving soulmates come in more forms than one…
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez
Long time besties, this iconic duo became pals back in 2008 (that’s a whole 14 years of friendship!) whilst they were both dating members of the Jonas Brothers and have stayed by each other’s side through relationship breakdowns, public controversies and in sickness and in health ever since.
Their public support for each other’s careers is beyond heartwarming and the longevity of their friendship is one that stands out in an industry that is forever changing. “When your life changes, and you become thrust into this really strange whirlwind where your life is different from what other people think it is. It’s commented on and written about and fictionalised and all that. Both of us have kind of stuck it out and hung in there through all the different changes we’ve gone through.” Taylor said back in 2014, “Longevity is something you really can find very precious and rare in friendships.”
In 2015 Selena took to Instagram, sharing a birthday post for her bestie with the caption: “I don’t know life without you Taylor” and honestly, same. Fans have watched their friendship grow, evolve and strengthen throughout the years, be it via social media, seeing them joined at the hip at award shows or supporting each other live on their respective tours. Speaking of which, a fan favourite moment of their friendship from 2018 came when Selena joined Taylor at the Rose Bowl stop of Swift’s reputation stadium tour, performing a duet of Selena’s hit “Hands to Myself.” Taylor went on to share on Instagram: “To the person I could call at any time of day, who has been there no matter what… you absolutely KILLED IT tonight and everyone was so excited to see you. I love you, and 60,000 people at the Rose Bowl loved you too.”
Hunter Schafer and Zendaya
Stars of hit HBO show Euphoria which captivated the internet, influenced trends across the worlds of fashion and beauty and thrust new names into the ‘it girl’ spotlight, Hunter Schafer and Zendaya aka Jules and Rue share a special bond off screen too. Whilst their characters’ oftentimes toxic and codependent relationship isn’t exactly the healthiest dynamic, in real life the pair have gushed about the sisterly bond they share with Zendaya saying, “She has seen me in every form, the worst, the best, and vice versa. There’s no judgement, it’s all love.”
The pair are so close Hunter revealed that she visited Zendaya in Atlanta on the hugely secretive set of Spider-Man: No Way Home, cementing their friendship as one that goes far beyond co-stars. With Hunter a mere 22 years old, Zendaya has said she immediately took on a protective role towards her as this was her first on-screen role, having previously worked full time as a runway model. “Knowing that she was so young and so much of this was new to her, my thing was being as much of a big sister as I could.” This was especially important given the powerful scenes that Euphoria is known best for, in which the two needed to be vulnerable almost straight away. We hope the two continue sharing snippets of this 10/10 wholesome friendship publicly now that this season of Euphoria is behind us, and will be quietly manifesting them joining forces in the fashion world soon. Talk about breaking the Internet.
Olivia Rodrigo and Iris Apatow
The Gen Z besties to end all, star behind the record breaking albumSour and leading lady in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Olivia Rodrigo’s friendship with actress Iris Apatow is seriously goals. “We are dramatic, fiercely loyal, and we both love going to brunch.” Rodrigo told Vice- can we join the gang?
The pair are often seen publicly together sporting iconic 90s and 00s inspired ‘fits, and it’s clear the two are incredibly supportive of each other’s careers, with Iris joining Olivia at the VMAs in 2020 when she was nominated for a mere 6 awards (casual). Other wholesome activities we would very much like to join in on include garden tea parties, Twilight movie nights and dancing to Taylor Swift songs on TikTok, cementing their relationship as one that enjoys the regular simplicities of teenage friendship with a healthy dose of their luxe LA lifestyle too- these two are pretty big time right now.
Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch and Camila Mendes
With these girls it’s buy one get two free, as the Riverdale co-stars make for the true epitome of a blonde, brunette and redhead trio taking on the world- the three even have a joint TikTok with nearly 10 million followers! Their now fan favourite friendship was sparked in 2017 when Riverdale aired for the first time, and since then the three have supported each other through individual career highlights, long term relationship breakups and even spend time walking their dogs together when living in Vancouver as part of filming for Riverdale.
In an interview with J-14 Lili described her close-knit friendship with Cami, saying: “It makes me happy to see that people support our friendship and they know that we really are friends and there’s no weird, secret behind the scenes rivalry going on. It’s cool to me that people can see our real-life chemistry translate through our Betty and Veronica scenes.” The three undoubtedly become closer after being forced to stay in Canada for a large portion of the pandemic away from friends and family in America whilst continuing on their intense filming schedule, with Lili and Madelaine moving in together and lifting each other up when times were tough.
The three sported perfectly apt Powerpuff Girls costumes for Halloween in 2020 at costar Vanessa Morgan’s spooky themed baby shower, and are proof that with the right ladies in your life, three is never a crowd.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid
With a friendship over 10 years strong, the fiercely successful pair are star studded colleagues in the modelling world, having been teenage friends thanks to the close proximity of their LA postcodes growing up. Although the two are now peas in a pod, Kendall has said she was originally closer with Gigi’s sister Bella growing up: “Gigi and I just started getting close when we started modelling, but Bella and I were actually really good friends since high school, and hung out every day in high school before either of us started working. It’s just funny because a lot of people don’t know that Bella and I have been friends for like five or six years.”
Both born in 1995, the two caught their modelling breaks at similar times in 2014, rocketing to stardom and featuring in campaigns with Versace, Burberry and Victoria’s Secret. Their iconic 2021 Met Gala looks had all eyes on them as they walked the Met Steps in unison, with both dresses showcasing their sense of personal style as the two reached hands, smiles wide. Still claiming you ain’t ever seen two pretty best friends? We present: G and Kenny, your honour.
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner
Onscreen sisters on hit fantasy series Game of Thrones and just as close IRL, actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner were both thrust into the spotlight when GOT made it big and have been each other’s ride or die ever since. “We got the role at the same time and we grew up on the show together and it was so amazing to have another person who was going through it at the same time because I think I just would have, it would have been too much otherwise,” said Maisie in a recent interview. We love a coming of age story!
The pair have shared so much of their lives together, meeting at ages 12 and 13, they later marked their deep connection by getting matching tattoos during a day off from filming of ‘07.08.09’- the date they found out they’d be cast for the show. The pandemic has seen the two separated, with Sophie now permanently living in America with husband Joe Jonas and baby Willa, and Maisie remaining in the U.K, but having shared such intimate and unique experiences together, this friendship is somewhat indestructible.
Rihanna and Cara Delevingne
Whilst at one time you’d be forgiven for thinking the two were exclusively party buddies, the friendship between Rihanna and Cara runs far deeper than what first meets the eye! Costars in the 2017 Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the pair first met through their shared circles in the fashion world before becoming each other’s ride or die friend. “We have busy schedules but no matter where either of us are in the world, we know we can just pick up the phone and unload on each other, and that we are always ready to listen or offer advice … She is very special to me,” said Rihanna. In 2018 Cara shared a celebratory birthday post for Rih, saying “Time has flown by since we first met and wow has it been a wonderful rollercoaster. Cheers to all the mind blowing memories and all the ones to come.” We love to see it!
Cara went on to walk in Rihanna’s New York Savage X Fenty show in 2019, with photos of Cara’s neon green sheer lingerie, tights and dramatic headdress creating quite the contrast against Rihanna’s all black ensemble. Here’s to all the besties whose personal style couldn’t be further apart- sometimes opposites attract!
Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby
From the Hollywood hills to British daytime sofas, our very own Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby are the definition of friendships we love to love. Throwing it all the way back, the pair met when they were 17 and presenting children’s TV and have been joined at the hip professionally and personally ever since. From a joint book venture in 2010 (Holly and Fearne: The Best Friends Guide to Life, FYI), to hostingCelebrity Juice together, boozy brunches, stints in America and watching each other transition into motherhood, the pair have seen each other through it all and stayed just as close in the good times and the bad.
Holly joined Fearne last year on her award winning mental health and wellbeing podcast Happy Place in which listeners truly felt like a fly on the wall of their friendship as they discussed everything from success, living in the present, growing older and introspection. The pair are testament to the fact that lifelong friendships are possible, no matter how much change and upheaval you both experience over the years, and we hope this iconic blonde duo continue to share their love affair with us all.
Kourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae
Despite their over 20 year age gap, Kourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae are proof that age is just a number when it comes to meaningful friendships. First meeting in 2020 after Kourt’s son Mason shared his love for Addison’s TikTok videos, the pair became inseparable and love brunching, dinners and working out together, with Addison seemingly spending lots of time at Kourtney’s home and with her family- even making an appearance on an episode of KUWTK! “I’ve had such an amazing time spending time with Kourtney and meeting the family. They’re all just such loving people that genuinely care about each other. That just continuously inspires me,” said Addison.
The pair are often seen enjoying a typical LA evening at Nobu or lounging in Kourtney’s pool, laughing and looking endearingly at one another during impromptu photo shoots that offer a peek into what appears to be a wholesome friendship that both are thriving in! The friendship extends into their professional lives too, after Kourtney made a cameo in Netflix film He’s All That (a remake of the 1999 film She’s All That) that Rae starred in. We stan friends supporting each other professionally and personally!
The pair shared photos of a recent games evening on Instagram Stories in February 2022 proving their friendship is still going strong 2 years later! We can’t wait to see the looks they continue to serve this year, especially at a certain highly anticipated wedding…
Lou Teasdale and Lottie Tomlinson
Another friendship with an age gap that hasn’t stood in the way of the professional and personal success the two have achieved by each other’s side over the years, Lou Teasdale (38) and Lottie Tomlinson (23) are a duo no doubt familiar to One Direction fans everywhere.
The pair met in the early days of One Direction with Lou heading up their hair and make-up across shoots, music videos and live performances, taking Lottie under her wing whilst she supported her brother away from home and teaching her industry make-up tips and tricks that no doubt lead to her now successful career in beauty as founder of Tanologist tanning products. “Because of everything that was going on with social media and YouTubers and makeup at the time…she would show me things and I would be like ‘that’s cool, show me more of that, we should be doing that,” says Lou. “We ended up learning from each other.”
The pair have since travelled the world together, attending Coachella, jetsetting in Dubai and Ibiza and establishing Tanologist, in which Lou is Creative Director, as a brand with a cult following. With Lottie expecting a baby this year we can’t wait to see how their friendship evolves, and eagerly anticipate all the magic the pair will continue to create together in the beauty world too!