mockery 11 Cringeworthy Times Celebrities Didn't Recognize Other Celebrities  

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Not all celebrities are created equally recognizable. Some actors are so closely associated to a role they played that they're essentially invisible out of costume. Or maybe they're pop stars who love over-the-top outfits and makeup, and jeans and a tee shirt make them into someone else. They could even be mistaken for another celebrity entirely. Or maybe they're just not as famous as they thought they were, especially to their fellow clueless famous people.

There are tons of stories about stars unrecognized by fellow stars, and each encounter is incredibly awkward. True obliviousness can lead to cold or rude encounters; pretending to not recognize another famous person is also an epic way of throwing shade. All the times celebrities didn't recognize other celebrities prove that fame is always fickle, sometimes cringeworthy, and often really funny.


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Jerry Seinfeld had an awkward encounter with pop star Kesha in June 2017. Seinfeld was in the middle of a red-carpet interview when Kesha stopped by, exclaiming, "I love you so much!" She then asked for a hug, but the comedian shut her down – repeatedly. Kesha walked away, but Seinfeld made the encounter even more awkward by telling the interviewer, "I don't know who that was."

He spoke about the weirdness later that summer: 

"I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off. When you get to be my age and you’ve done a couple things, you have your own reality. In my reality... I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere... hug isn’t first moment of a human, two humans. I never did that."

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Britney Spears is, arguably, one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet, but it turns out even she gets a little starstruck in the presence of her heroes. And who's the lucky recipient of Spears's adoration? None other than Modern Family's Ed O'Neil.  

Spears approached O'Neil in the airport in June 2016, and told him, "Oh, Mr. O’Neill, I love Modern Family, and you’re my favorite on the show." O'Neil was probably very flattered, but here's the kicker – he had no idea who this fangirl was. But he took a photo with her, which she tweeted. O'Neil was later told by his manager that he had been hanging with Britney, b*tch.

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 11 Cringeworthy Times Celebrities Didn't Recognize Other Celebrities
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In 2016, Britney Spears was interviewed on the Kyle and Jackie O Radio Show, where she was asked if she would rather hang out with Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. Spears opted to hang with Swift, because she'd "never met her." 

Oops. The two actually met at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, and even took a picture together.

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It's hard to imagine anyone is unaware of Adele's impact; she's the award-winning songstress behind record-breaking albums. But Genesis drummer Phil Collins admitted to not knowing who she was.  

In 2016, Collins told People, "We met in London maybe three or four years ago, maybe longer, because she wanted to write with me and I was very flattered, but I didn’t know who she was, because I had been living under a rock."

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