23 ‘Normal’ People Who Dated Celebrities Share What It Was Like
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It’s almost impossible to be a celebrity without exposing everything about yourself. There is always someone who recognizes you, and with the Internet being easily accessible and affordable, keeping your relationships under wrap can only be done if you never go out together.
It seems to be common to see celebrities date people of similar caliber to them. They don’t necessarily have to be fellow actors or actresses, but someone famed for something they do. Yet, before they were stars, they were ‘normal’ people just like everyone else!
Reddit users shared how they or their family members were once dating one of these stars, so scroll on for some of the most interesting ones.
“About 15 years ago, when the show “The Simple Life,” with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie was popular I made out with Paris Hilton at a nightclub in Baltimore. Essentially, they were filming them doing all sorts of random jobs around the country and staying with local families all for the culture clash laughs. One of those families ended up being my friend and her family.
Being a close friend; and a well-known admirer of Paris at the time, I was invited over and got to hang with her and Nicole Richie a good amount while they were in town. Both of them were super sweet, and a lot smarter than they played for the camera.
Paris was a great kisser and this story is always a hit with my friends. A few months later, her phone was hacked and nudes were leaked. My number was in her phone book and I got spammed with prank calls from 4Chan, or something. I imagine it was a lot worse for anyone who was actually famous. Anyhow, basically lost total contact after that. But still a fun story!” – JackDonneghyGodCop
“My aunt kissed Gordon Lightfoot in a bathroom at one of his concerts. I’m guessing there was probably more, but she didn’t elaborate.” – laurieb16
“Back when they were still a small bar band, my mother had drinks with The Cult. The lead singer had told her he was in a band, but she didn’t believe him. So when they played “Wild Flower” that night, he dedicated the song to her.” – Syrinx_Temple_Priest
“I have a family friend who dated Daniel Radcliffe. I was seven at the time they dated, and a huge Harry Potter fan. I don’t remember much aside from the fact that he was a really sweet guy. On my 8th birthday, my family friend told Daniel it was my birthday and he texted me a personal happy birthday message despite never having met me. Absolutely made it the best birthday ever.” – eveisannoying
“My Aunt went on a date with Jimmy Buffett. She said he picked her up, stopped at a gas station, bought a jar of pickles, and then drove to the beach. They ate pickles and he took her home.” – RFEngineer
“Not a date, per se, but I had a nice quiet dinner with Samantha Fox in her hotel room in Toronto in the ’80s. She was in town for a show and I was attached to her security detail. She asked me to eat with her because she didn’t want to go out but hated eating alone. Sweet girl, kinda sad too. Lonely.
I do remember she said she looked forward to seeing the world on tour, but apparently the world all looked like the same hotel room. She never got to just explore and play tourist.” – Morbido
“A fairly close acquaintance of mine at the time went on a few dates with Natalie Portman when they were both at Harvard around 2002. He said she was exceptionally down to earth, genuine, and very engaging.” – ICanhearyou4444
“Not a romantic date in the least, but I had dinner once at a Japanese restaurant (in a group setting) with Leonardo DiCaprio while he was in Louisiana filming ‘Django Unchained.’ He wanted to know what college was like and was asking us all about our lives. He also let me try his udon. It was my first-ever Instagram post! He really is such a nice guy in the limelight and in real life – it felt like we were hanging out with our friend.” – Swolecranon
Weird Al Yankovic
“Not me but my aunt dated Weird Al Yankovic when she was in her mid-20s. I wasn’t alive back then but my family tells me he was a genuinely funny person in a way you wouldn’t very much expect. I can’t personally give any examples but my dad and aunt have plenty of stories.
One of my much older cousins actually has a signed guitar that Al played within a live show. My aunt and Al met from my dad being a radio DJ as a teenager, and he met a lot of celebrities through that. Mostly 90 and early 2000s pop and country stars, but anyways, the station my dad worked at threw weird Al a birthday party, and my aunt just happened to be there, and they ended up together for a decent amount of time. Every once in a while Al will come into town to say hi to her. Even though they aren’t together, they are still friends. And no, Al isn’t cheating on his wife with my aunt; my aunts a strong married Christian, and I’m more than 100% sure she wouldn’t do that. One of these days I might end up meeting him, which I think would be pretty cool.” – Mtgknucklehead
“My cousin was hit on by Shaq at a festival. When she pointed out that he was married, he allegedly said, “I’m Muslim. I’m allowed to have many wives…” – Gavinspond
Chloë Grace Moretz
“I matched with Chloë Grace Moretz on Bumble once but then I said I liked her in ‘Dark Shadows’ and she ghosted.” – lackadaisyy
“My mom lived in Key West in the early-mid ’80s. She dated Sting for a while. He had a really nice yatch and they went on a sailing trip during which he realized my mom is psycho (she is). He ended it right after. Sometimes to f**k with my Dad I’ll start singing Roxanne or Message in a Bottle.” – Midnightoclock
“My friend’s mom dated Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the ’80s when he was opening up his gyms. Apparently, he was quite full of himself and would draw little pictures of himself flexing in the letters he would send her… she broke up with him.” – tylerden
“I had an English teacher that went on a date with Mark Hamill just after filming ‘Star Wars’ in the ’70s. She said he was a nice guy and was very humble, he said he was a small-time actor and said he had just finished a new movie that he thought might be successful. They only went out once and she never heard from him again. Saw him in ‘Star Wars’ a few months later and had her mind blown.” – crispycrunch93
“My mom had a dinner date with George Clooney in the ’90s. She didn’t really say much apart from the fact that he’s an interesting and charismatic guy but she honestly didn’t think he was going to blow up.” – NardClump
“My friend’s aunt went on a blind date with Gerard Butler, circa ‘300’ (the movie, not the year). There was a big miscommunication because he was looking for a hookup, and she’s a kindly French-Canadian woman in her fifties, but they both had a laugh about it and enjoyed supper with each other. She said he was very kind and very muscular.” – hercarmstrong
“My aunt was engaged to Van Morrison briefly. Here they are together on this album artwork. No interesting stories that I could remember. They were in love but given the challenges that come with fame, his personality quirks documented in many places, and my aunt’s young age at the time (20) it didn’t work out. I was told that he would play guitar for the fam on Christmas get-togethers.” – hiiamrob
“My mom dated Keanu Reeves back in high school. She broke up with him because he was too focused on his band with his friends at the time.” – takedownhisshield
Louis C. K.
“My wife briefly dated Louis CK back in 2012. She says it seems kind of awful to be famous. Any time they went out to eat or were in public they were just constantly interrupted or stared at. He came to her b’day party at some little bowling alley in Brooklyn though and was pretty cool. The story that always sticks with me is that one day he went out and bought a $150,000 watch because he felt sad.” – omtopus
“Salma Hayek is my dad’s childhood friend. They grew up together in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. They never dated but they have remained acquaintances if not friends. I never believed him they were friends until one day we ran into her in the airport and she invited us for dinner. She is a really nice person and a lot of fun to hang out with.” – ggbeta
“My mom went on a few dates with Ted Cruz in college. They were both in college republicans at different schools and met at the ‘94 RNC. She ended up not calling him back after a few dates because she said he always talked like he was giving a speech, but apparently, he was planning on running for president even back then in his 20s.” – l-eye
“A teacher of mine dated Rainn Wilson for 3 months. She said he was a funny and kind man. They also went to Mexico together and when I asked what they did she replied, “What happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico.” – DoctorShrute
“Not me, but my aunt dated Matthew McConaughey before he was famous. He ended up getting invited to her wedding by my “normal” uncle and proceeded to pass out drunk in the back of my family’s car. He refused to leave, and now my dad refuses to watch his movies!” – schining_knight