The Saddest (Real) Celebrity Encounters

We all love to hear celebrity anecdotes—they make us feel like we really know our Hollywood idols. Celebrity stories can go one of two ways, though: They can bolster our love or they can crush our dreams. A recent Reddit thread asked users to spill their saddest celebrity encounters. From mean celebrities (Gene Simmons is NOT a nice guy) to just plain sad celebrities (drunken Carrot Top isn’t funny anymore), here are the saddest celebrity encounters of all time—that really happened!
Once you’ve cringed at the stories on this list, be sure to read all about the celebrities who were jerks even before they had fame in their corner.

Betty White is all of us in this moment from joeb7474: “I was at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and saw a poster promoting Betty White signing her latest book about how much she loves animals. I liked the Golden Girls so I thought I would swing by the bookstore to take a gander at Betty White. It was so sad. I’ll always remember she was sitting alone at a big table with a stack of books in front of her. People were in the bookstore shopping but no one was buying her book or really acknowledging her. She just sat there, pen in hand, waiting. She would occasionally wipe off some imaginary dust to look busy.”

GretSeat got a chance to meet his hero, Muhammad Ali, at a restaurant in Florida and asked for his autograph. ” He took at least (no joke) 2 full minutes to sign his name. And it was at that point that it killed me. This was Cassius Clay. Muhammad Ali. The most charismatic, float like a butterfly sting like a bee, man in boxing history. And he was such a shell of his former self because of the Parkinson’s. It was so heartbreaking. It really was.”
Willie1707 went to see Steve-O do stand up and said, “After his show, he said he would meet everybody there. We waited in line, and he was being super nice, laughing and taking pictures with everyone. Right before we got to the stage some fat, redneck a**hole told him that he was funnier back when he was on drugs. It killed his whole vibe. When we got to him he just took a picture with us and said thanks for coming, but he was clearly in a bad mood.”
When Redditor kateyrnabbcan4 and her 9-year-old younger sister saw Demi Lovato sitting a few booths away at a local restaurant, they decided to ask for a picture. ” My sister walked over on her own and I sat and watched Demi tell her something along the lines of ‘No, can’t you see I’m fucking busy?!’ My sister came back to me in tears and we immediately paid for our unfinished food and left, because she was so upset.”
When Xstasy14 interviewed Christy Mack, “her agent and I were talking when she was signing autographs and he told me about how he wants her to get away from her boyfriend… He sure was right.” A month later, Mack’s MMA-fighter boyfriend ended up beating her.
YaBoyWillMess met one of his childhood idols, Kel of Keenan and Kel fame, at a bar, when, “I ran over, made awkward eye contact with him, and the child in me yelled ‘WHO LOVES ORANGE SODA?’ Kel turned around real slowly from where he was sitting, looked me in the eyes, and in a very disappointed voice said ‘F*ck off, white b*tch.’ Easily one of the worst nights of my life.”

Justin Timberlake Is Full of Himself

Reddit user phreezinc worked at a hotel in Park City, UT, where Justin Timberlake was staying. He said, “As I was riding the elevator down, I heard Timberlake in the garage BELTING out one of his songs as he was waiting on the lift. The door opened, and we were standing face to face, and I said ‘I dig your sound, man.’ He looked at me dismissively and said ‘You should. I get paid for it.’ and walked past me like a schoolyard bully, complete with shoulder bump.”
Reddit user DomashnaRakija said his brother met Gene Simmons once at a show he was playing in. “Gene complimented my brother highly on his guitar playing but then said ‘too bad you’ll never make it’ and just walked away.”
Chad Michael Murrary loves video games so much that he’ll steal a gaming system from a child, according to Reddit commenter zigaboo. “It was the day the Nintendo Wii came out. I waited in line at Best Buy…CMM pulls up in an SUV, parks right in front of the store, at the front of the line. He jumped out of the car wearing a black leather jacket and sunglasses. It was like 70 degrees. He said that someone was supposed to have a Wii set aside for him. The guy didn’t know what he was talking about, but said he would look into it. When he realized he may not get his way, CMM started name dropping, and playing the celebrity card. Long story short, he ended up walking away with a Wii. They ran out of them, and I kept thinking about the kid at the end of the line that didn’t get one because of him.”
While seated next to Rachel Weisz on a flight, Reddit user Shark-Farts struck up a conversation with the star. ” I never let on that I knew who she was and just chatted happily with her as the conversation dwindled and she became more sullen and withdrawn. Finally she snapped at me about something and I immediately sat back and went silent. A couple minutes after, she got up to use the restroom and her nanny leaned over and said simply and quietly ‘She gets upset if you don’t acknowledge who she is.'”
What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas! User titan_toss said, “I ran into Carrot Top in the hallway between Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas. He was so drugged up he could barely stand up straight. He was running into the walls and he had a guy helping him get around.”
R_Schuhart was in South Africa when he overheard Stephen Fry speaking at a bar. “He was pompous, rude and condescending. It was clear by the way he spoke that he thought quite highly of himself. He is eloquent and rather witty so at first he got away with it, but after a while…people started to notice his attitude. To illustrate his point he invited an older American couple to join the group and proceeded to “cleverly” insult them in front of the bystanders.”
Reddit commenter Jay-3fiddy approached Samuel L. Jackson at a celebrity golf tournament. ” I found his ball in the rough and asked him to sign my wallet ‘the one that says BAD MOTHER FUCKER’ I’d bought off eBay since I love Pulp Fiction so much. Had the marker and all. He just said ‘No chance’.”
Don Cheadle ordered pizza from Reddit user Lennon1230. The user said that when ” I took his order and he was quite friendly, at one point he had ordered like five pizzas and was like “wait how many pizzas do I have? Five? I must be crazy, okay, forget those last two.” I asked the driver when he came back what his tip was like on the $50+ order, ‘Terrible, guy’s famous actor has a big house here and he tips me like he’s poor.'”
When a friend of Reddit user bubba3517 stumbled upon Michael Phelps eating a granola bar, ” Phelps quickly finished his granola bar in order to shake my buddy’s hand. As they were shaking hands he transferred the wrapper to my buddy, leaned in, whispered ‘you can keep that’, and promptly walked off.”
anotherredditvirgin spent all day waiting in lines at Six Flags, only to lose her place to Chris Rock. She says, ” I had waited an hour and a half in line for a ride at Great Adventure. Was in the front seat line so the wait was even longer. Finally, I was next in line–watched gleefully as my train pulled in. And Chris Rock and his family come walking up from the exit and are given my spot, without waiting at all.”
When Lets_Get-Weird ran into Michael Cera on the subway, the encounter was Cera’s signature brand of awkward. “We had an eye conversation. No words exchanged, but he was terrified I was going to speak up or ask for an autograph. He kept nervously looking back over his shoulder at me. When he got to his stop he paused and nodded at me in thanks.”
Andy Dick is known for wandering around aimlessly. mtortilla62 ran into him “a t a storage facility in Hollywood. He was wandering around with a giant pair of bolt cutters. I was scared.”
Reddit user Mr_President worked at Six Flags over the summer, and one night the park shut down to accommodate a 13-year-old Aaron Carter. “S ecurity had to make sure he was escorted around and ‘safe’ from the empty park. Aaron was constantly eating a blue blow pop, his face was covered with blue sugary goop. He began behaving like the 13 year old he was and his mother had to pull him aside and all but spank his butt. It was so awkward to watch a celebrity being reprimanded by his mom.”
Commenter buttdirt had a conversation with Jackass‘s Chris Pontius entirely through body language. “I realized who he was, he saw that I recognized him and he gave me a look that was so sad, like, ‘please don’t announce to the world that I’m here.’ I nodded and he smiled and looked relieved.”
fromdario is a huge fan of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and naturally wanted to shake Larry David’s hand when he saw the actor at a sandwich shop. “As I approach he looks up at me, I say, ‘Mr. David, sorry to interrupt, but I am a big fan of your work and wanted to say thank you for making me laugh so many times. It would be an honor to shake your hand.’ He looks down at the food, looks up at me, looks at my out stretched hand and goes, ‘Ahhhh, I just washed my hands, sorry.'”
The Hulk must’ve had a sad day after he met Reddit user JoyceCarolOatmeal. She says, ” All I remember is that my dad got his attention as he was walking toward the ring, and when he came around he stuck out this GIANT hand and said “Put it there, darlin’!” I recognized him but he was scary, so I peed my pants and cried.”