ByKarly Rayner, writer at
Movie Pilot's celebrity savant
Karly Rayner

We all know the phrase 'opposites attract', but some unlikely celebrity friendships seem hell bent on really pushing the boundaries!

Check out our list of 11 insanely surprising celebrity friendships that prove that life really is stranger than fiction!

1. Justin Beiber and Marilyn Manson

Yep that's right, despite having vastly different music styles Justin Beiber and Marilyn Manson recently posted snaps on social media of the pair hanging out together in LA. Beiber captioned his snap:

"Night out in la with the boys"

Manson then followed up Beibers snap with his own post on Instagram of him wearing a Justin Beiber t-shirt and captioned it "Bigger than Bieber." Who knew!

2. Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart

The media have pitted this pair against each other with rumors of mutual jealousy for years. The gossip began when the pair were supposedly furious with each other because of the rivalry between The Hunger Games and Twilight. It developed even further when KStew was cast alongside Lawrence's British boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult, in [Equals](movie:1155043) with whispers that Lawrence was scared Stewart would steal her man.

However, it turns out this was all an enormous pack of lies. Lawrence recently revealed in an interview that she and Kristen are actually friends, when she explained:

There was something in a magazine, and I was like, 'Oh, my God, that's hilarious,' because Kristen and I are friends. I actually texted her a picture of it and was like, 'Just so you know, this is absolutely true.'


3. Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

It is mind boggling how Dennis Rodman managed to make friends with the leader of a total dictatorship in a highly conservative nation, but it happened. Rodman has lost his temper in the past when questioned about Kim Jong Un's human rights violations and defended his controversial chum by saying:

"I love my friend. This is my friend."

In a country where there are only 10 approved hairstyles for men, Rodman must have stuck out like a sore thumb. He clearly loves the attention...

4. Mel B. and Kim Kardashian

Who knew this famously coarse ex-Spice Girl and Kim Kardashian were L.A. neighbors? I have a feeling that momma Kris might not be too impressed with her prime money maker hanging around with the person responsible for this music video.

I guess making out with yourself is slightly classier than a sex tape!

5. 50 Cent and Bette Midler

Bette Midler and 50 Cent met back in 2009 to create a community garden in Fiddy's old hood. When questioned about her newest chum, Midler gushed:

"He's one of the newest members of our tribe. He's really made my life worth living."

And she even offered to sing on one of his tracks. We're still waiting on the edge of our seats, Bette!

6. Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster

Mel Gibson has famously conservative views so who would have guessed he had a gay best friend?

Foster and Gibson have been BFFs since 1994 and neither of them are shy about expressing their affection for each other. Foster has famously supported Gibson through controversies such as his anti-Semitic rant and battery charges. She explained that:

"He's so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is. He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he's not saintly, and he's got a big mouth, and he'll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life."

And what does she get in return? A lot apparently, Gibson has said that:

"I adore her. I kiss the ground she walks on."

Their friendship is so deep that Gibson is even rumored to have fathered Foster's children. Opposites really do attract...

7. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z

Jay-Z has 99 problems, and choking down Gwyneth Paltrow's gluten free mung bean casserole is one!

Gwynnie met Jay-Z through her friendship with Beyonce and the unlikely duo have become fast friends. In fact, Paltrow's children even call the rap mogul 'Uncle Jay'. When questioned about their friendship Paltrow revealed that she respects Jay-Z because:

"He really has mastered the art of being his own being. He is an incredible person, and so I find it really inspiring."

Maybe hustlin' is more effective than yoga for finding your inner self, eh Gwyneth?

8. Woody Allen and Lindsay Lohan

Who knows what Lindsay Lohan and Woody Allen have to talk about? Maybe they bonded over their chaotic and controversial home lives? Or, maybe LiLo is fishing for a nice, meaty Hollywood role?

The pair have met for dinners on numerous occasions and Allen is incredibly complimentary of the fallen actress. He has even stated that:

"I would not hesitate for a second to use her if I had a role that was good for her because she’s an extremely talented girl."

9. Russel Brand and Helen Mirren

Despite an age difference of 29 years, these two cheeky Brits clearly share a sense of humor and a love of flirtation.

The pair first met filming The Tempest in 2009 and they have been firm friends ever since. So much so that Brand dedicated an entire chapter of his autobiography Booky Wook 2 to Mirran entitled 'Mummy Helen'. Bless!

Helen Mirren also speaks highly of the young scamp. She told US Magazine that:

"We are best…we’re really close friends. I wear the safety pin that he gave me around my neck all the time!"

10. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell

Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell have been friends for over 20 years after meeting on the set of the baseball movie A League of Their Own.

Madge is famously bad at retaining friendships with her fellow celebs, but she is so close to O'Donnell that she even famously defended her during a televised interview following the comedians feud with Donald Trump by saying:

"People are giving Rosie a hard time. I wish they'd stop. I don't think it's fair. She's a stand-up comic. All stand-up comics talk about provocative things in their monologues before shows."

11. John McCain and Snooki

Okay, so they aren't really friends, but Snooki and John McCain bonded on Twitter over Obama raising the taxes on tanning salons. In blatant attempt to raise his cool factor, McCain shouted out to Snooki by saying:

@Sn00ki u r right. I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen

McCain also congratulated her on the birth of her child Lorenzo on MTV News and got an invite to go and visit the little scamp from the 'guidette' herself. Snooki said:

"I love you, John McCain. And thank you for the shout-out and Lorenzo’s doing awesome, and you should come over and bring him a present."

Sometimes life really is stranger than fiction...

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