Surprising celebrity friendships

Bette Midler and 50 Cent
What could a rapper who’s been shot nine times have in common with an Academy award-nominated actress who’s 30 years his senior? How about the environment! 50 Cent and Bette Midler bonded in 2009 over their shared love of restoring local parks and gardens in NYC when he volunteered to be a part her charity, New York Restoration Project. "He is such a gorgeous star, holy cow!" Midler gushed at the event. During her speech, she thanked 50 because he had “really made my life worth living. [He] has been with me through thick and thin.” And the feeling is clearly mutual. “Look how beautiful things are and how nice it feels when [I'm around her]," he said. “Me and Bette [collaborating] would be really hot, but I'd need to make something new for her.”

David Beckham and Snoop Dogg Lion
No, you’re not high… Snoop Dogg and David Beckham really are friends. And they’re also each other’s biggest fans! In 2007, the rapper invited his sons Corde and Cordell’s “hero” to come over to his Los Angeles home and teach them how to play soccer. Beckham even listens to Snoop’s new songs and gives him feedback. "He’s one of the first people I send the record to before it’s done, even before the label get it,” Snoop said last year. “I love our friendship and some people in life just come together for some odd reason. Me and him came together on one night and we just became friends and we’ve just been friends ever since."

Clay Aiken and Tyra Banks
How many people can say they bonded over good oral hygiene? That was the case for Tyra Banks and Clay Aiken when the “American Idol” runner-up appeared on her talk show in 2006 – and the supermodel bragged afterwards that he had “the freshest clean smelling breath.” “I had one of the most fun interviews with him that I have ever had,” she added. “I am so in love with him.” And he with her! "I love her to death," Aiken tells People. "For some reason we just clicked when we first met, and we try to stay in touch and see each other whenever we're in town."

Aziz Ansari and Kanye West
We can't think of the last time we saw Kanye West smile, but he must have some sense of humor if he's pals with "Parks and Recreation" comedian Aziz Ansari. In fact, the two are so tight the rapper cast him to star alongside him and Jay-Z for their “Otis” music video last year. Ansari will once again share the screen with West in his “Cruel Summer” movie, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and will soon hit U.S. theaters. "[Kanye] was basically like, 'Hey, do you want to go to Qatar for a day and shoot a thing in this movie?’” Ansari told MTV. “And I was like, 'Why not do that?'”

Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt
JGL and Channing have been friends since starring in Stop Loss together, and Channing even gets a special cameo in Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction.

Matt Bomer and Lee Pace
Matt and Lee have been BFFs since attending high school together - Klein High School in Klein, TX

Justin Long and Jonah Hill
Justin and Jonah were in Accepted together, but before that they were also roommates Long said that him and Hill shared a home in California, but were forced to separate after realizing they were acting like an “old married couple.&rdquo He says, “We’re still great friends but it got to be like an old married couple. We fought over recycling. He would recycle everything. I would find banana peels and shards of glass in the recycling bin. We started getting in little fights like that, he left the bathroom door open, didn’t clean up after himself. Little things like that. It was time for a separation.”

Kyle Chandler and Lorenzo Lamas
No pictures exist of these two together, but Kyle is godfather to Lorenzo's daughter Patton Ashbrook (who is also allegedly an actress)

Anna Kendrick and Adam Lambert
“I’ve known Adam since I was 18, actually,” Kendrick said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “We saw each other at party about a year ago and he told me, ‘You can’t tell anybody but I tried out for American Idol and I go through Hollywood Week and I was like , “OK! YOU can’t tell anybody but I just booked this movie with George Clooney!” We didn’t see each other again for a year and finally we saw each other at the Critics Choice Awards and the SAG Awards. We were like, you know, it’s been quite a year for both of us.”

Emma Stone and Taylor Swift
According to Stone, she and Swift first met at the Young Hollywood Awards for Hollywood Life magazine. “We met there five years ago, and then I listened to some of her music, and I wrote her an e-mail saying I liked her music, I swear. And then we started talking and hanging out,” Stone told MTV. “[Taylor’s] so great! We’re very different, but she has such a sick sense of humor. Nobody knows that. She’s so great. People know … how hilarious she is. They’ve seen her on SNL. People are seeing it more now, and she’s so funny and she’s exactly who you think she is, and I love that.”

Chris Martin and Simon Pegg
This secret friendship only came to light when the pair got up on stage and did an impromptu gig together in memory of friends who used to drink at a local English pub. While it seemed like just one of those odd moments it transpires they’ve been besties for a long time, so long in fact that Simon is actually godfather to Chris and wife Gywneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple.  Simon confirmed, “Chris Martin’s a good friend of mine. I’m actually Apple’s godfather. He’s an old friend and we’ve been mates for quite a few years now.”

Bonus - the odd couple that inspired me to make this post in the first place
Alexander Skarsgård and Jack McBrayer
It is a mystery.

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