On the red carpet, it’s not what you wear but who you’re standing next to that really makes an impact. Celebrity couple red carpet moments are honestly a BFD. Diddy was Jennifer Lopez’s date during the 2000 Grammy Awards when she wore *that* green Versace dress. If you don’t remember anyone else in J.Lo’s orbit that night, you’re not alone. She stole all the attention and is now a part of red carpet fashion history, and he’s just Ken. Google Images was literally created because of Jen’s dress, and I can guarantee no one was searching for “Diddy dull beige suit” that night. However, he gets to be included on this iconic couples list thanks to the fact that he was there. An honor!
There’s something about seeing two people look hot that makes red carpets so interesting. It’s the same reason I’ve watched A Cinderella Story at least 100 times. Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray are just fun to watch together, and I don’t care that the movie (fairly) has an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The same point can be made for Fool’s Gold (Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey), Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo), and Step Up (Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan). I won’t continue this list because I did not choose violence today, but red-carpet chemistory IS A THING.
Even couples who are probably better broken up (a.k.a straight-up toxic) have left a lasting impact on pop culture thanks to a few key red carpet walks. The details I know about Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s relationship sends a shiver down my spine, but I will never stop talking about their coordinating denim-on-denim outfits at the 2001 American Music Awards. It was so iconic, Britney even talked about it in her book, The Woman In Me. She called the looks “tacky,” but a mention within those 288 pages is an honor — that’s valuable book real estate.
There are a lot of ways to make a big impact on a red carpet. Something unforgettable is to publicly debut your relationship because we love a person who can give the girlies what they want. Beyoncé and Jay-Z confirmed their (not-so-secret) relationship on the 2004 MTV VMAs red carpet. One marriage, three kids, and a Lemonade album later, and their first red carpet moment is still burned in our brains.
Going red carpet official is a great way to put your best foot forward as a couple. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas weren’t even dating when they first appeared at the 2017 Met Gala together, but their chemistry was apparent. They started dating less than a year later, and I will forever owe it to the red carpet. Keep scrolling to see 15 unforgettable couple moments on the red carpet moments.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards
This is the epitome of a couple red carpet moment, everyone else is playing for second.
Jennifer Lopez and Diddy at the 2000 Grammys
Let’s be real, the mention on this list is all because of Jennifer.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky at the 2021 Met Gala
The fact that they are both wearing giant comforters to the biggest party of the year is iconic.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor at the 2018 Oscars Vanity Fair Afterparty
They always look so proud to stand next to each other, and these coordinating looks put it over the top.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at the 2022 Met Gala
Blake and Ryan stare at each other the way I stare at my DoorDash order when it arrives at 2 a.m.
Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2004 MTV VMAs
Is this Bey and Jay’s most stylish moment? Probably not, but it’s definitely their best remembered appearance.
Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson at Milan Fashion Week
While this isn’t technically a red carpet, they showed off how good they look together in front of cameras before going into an event. It still counts.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards
Megan and MGK are professional hot people, you cannot convince me they have jobs outside of this.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the 2014 BAFTAs
I’m not sure why more couples haven’t attempted a double tuxedo look because it’s a win.
Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi at the 2022 BAFTAs
Even though they are adult people who are engaged, Millie and Jake give me the same warm fuzzy feeling as my little cousin bringing her boyfriend to Thanksgiving. So stinkin’ cute!
Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts at the 2022 Oscars
The couple made their surprise wedding announcement in 2020 and now look like this on the red carpet together. Icons only.
Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt at the 2001 Oscars
I had no idea Julia Roberts dated officer Eric Matthews (IYKYK), and I am now weirdly obsessed with this fact.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita at the 2019 Tony Awards
The olive-colored suit, the bolo tie, there’s a lot to love about this whole moment.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union at the 2019 Met Gala
If they’re coming to an event, everyone else can just stay home, TBH.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at Cannes Film Festival, 2019
Their Met Gala appearance got an honorable mention, but these all-white ensembles are really the show-stopping looks we want to see.