In a way, celebrities are just like the rest of us. Sure, they probably turn up to parties in outfits worth more than our entire closets, and they basically always look flawless thanks to their team of make-up artists and stylists and hairstylists to keep them looking fantastic. However, they’re still human, which means sometimes they drink a little too much at parties and get a little bit sloppy. And, particularly if they’ve been having a really good time, they may be inclined to forget that, well, they’re celebrities — which means the paparazzi are eager to get a glimpse at anything even remotely scandalous to share with the gossip magazines and sites.
In general, most celebrities are aware that the paparazzi and public will be super into any supposed relationship they have, so they try to keep things on the down low. Many celebs deny there’s something going on between them and their partner for a while, until they’re sure it’s serious. Other celebs just roll their eyes when the tabloids claim they’re totally hooking up with someone who is just their platonic friend. And then, there’s the walk of shame. While you may catch a glimpse of someone heading home on a Saturday morning after a crazy Friday night, for celebrities, that moment is often caught on camera and preserved for the world to see.
Here are 15 celebs that were caught doing the walk of shame.
15 Blake Lively
It’s kind of hard to remember a time before Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were an item. Nowadays, they’re one of Hollywood’s golden couples, all blonde hair and good looks and adorable babies. They’re the family you want to be (or, at the very least, look like!). However, before she met Ryan, Blake was just another gorgeous starlet with a few short Hollywood relationships under her belt — including with notorious model-lover Leonardo DiCaprio. Apparently, at some point during their short romance, Blake and Leo partied hard in France. Here, Blake is pictured heading back to, we assume, her hotel, wearing the same flirty white dress she was rocking the night before. It’s a little not fair that her hair still looks kind of fabulous the morning after, we have to admit. This may not be her red carpet glam best, but she still looks pretty incredible.
Okay, to be honest, Rihanna’s outfits are usually pretty insane, so if anyone could pull off the walk of shame look, it would probably be her. She’s used to taking style risks, but come on — this outfit is a bit much, even for her. On her walk home through New York City, Rihanna has her curls pulled up into a messy bun, jewellery on, and is rocking a long pink nightgown paired with Converse sneakers and a denim jacket. That’s a look. While most women would be totally embarrassed to traverse the city in a look like this, Rihanna is still serving it and totally unapologetic. And that’s exactly why we love her. If this were a shorter dress, we may just have been able to believe it was a sexy slip dress, but in this colour and length? She’s full on strutting through Manhattan in pajamas.
13 Irina Shayk
This picture proves why models get paid the big bucks — they can basically wear just about anything and still look fabulous. This shot was taken of model Irina Shayk leaving her boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo’s apartment after a fun night, clearly wearing the clothes from the night before — those strappy sandals and that tight, short, strapless dress definitely say PM rather than AM. She’s got messy bedhead and no make-up on, but somehow, she still looks utterly gorgeous. Sure, the outfit is a little strange for the morning, but she almost pulls it off — that’s why she’s a model. Although given how much dough he makes, you would have thought Ronaldo would just whisk her away through his private entrance into a car with tinted windows to make her escape.
12 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson built her pop career on her good girl reputation, as the squeaky clean alternative to pop princesses like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. However, since splitting with former hubby Nick Lachey, Simpson has definitely had a couple high profile relationships in Hollywood — and there has been some intrigue. First of all, John Mayer called the blonde bombshell “sexual napalm.” Then, there was the whole rumour about her hooking up with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The paparazzi captured her a few times in the morning hours in outfits that were clearly either from the night before, or cobbled together from whatever her partner had on hand for the morning walk of shame. Some celebrities opt to rock a more casual look on the regular, but Jessica Simpson generally prefers clothes that are tight and show off her curves — so this outfit is a little suspicious, to say the least.
11 Harry Styles
It isn’t just female celebrities who are captured doing the walk of shame — this picture of Harry Styles proves sometimes it’s the man that gets kicked out and sent home after a night of fun. This shot was taken way back in 2012, when Harry Styles and pop princess Taylor Swift were having their short-lived relationship. Styles is leaving the hotel where T-Swift was staying, and it just proves that men have it easier when it comes to the morning after. While women often have to head home in tight dresses and super high heels from the night before, Styles kind of just looks like he got dressed this way, in a simple grey tee and pair of black jeans. The only thing that really gives it away is the fact that he’s carrying some kind of overnight bag and extra shirt in his hands. Busted!
10 Katy Perry
In case you forgot, since it was a fairly short-lived marriage, American pop star Katy Perry and British comedian Russell Brand were once an item. And to be honest, this picture kind of proves why it was doomed from the very beginning. Perry is leaving a house with her hair still wet and casual clothes on, doing the walk of shame, but if you look a bit more closely at the doorway you’ll see Russell Brand. Just standing there. Watching her head out of his house into the crowd of paparazzi. Look, we’re not saying he needs to tackle them to give her privacy, but seriously dude — don’t make your lady do the walk of shame alone if you’re standing right there and can clearly see there’s a ton of paparazzi just outside your home waiting to get the dirt. Escort her to a waiting cab or something, don’t just kick her out.
9 Kim Kardashian West
Nowadays, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are officially a thing. They have two adorable children together, and are spotted everywhere together. However, back when they were just dating, they were just another newly formed Hollywood couple — and Kim Kardashian had to do things like taking the walk of shame. In this picture, she’s clearly borrowed some type of loose tank to pair with last night’s skintight leather leggings, and her normally ultra glam hair and make-up is a bit more subdued. The hair is just loose and tousled, and she seems to be covering up her face with her sunglasses because she’s not rocking a full look. Luckily nowadays, she never has to do this — the walk of shame isn’t really a thing when you’re married and staying in the same hotel room.
8 Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is a happily married woman now, living her life with hubby Justin Theroux. However, for about a decade, after her split with former hubby Brad Pitt, Aniston was one of Hollywood’s most iconic single girls. She had a few relationships and rumours circulating, but for the most part, she kept a pretty low profile in the dating scene. However, that doesn’t mean she’s immune to getting caught by the paparazzi when she’s doing the walk of shame. In this shot, Aniston is shown leaving a hotel where John Mayer was staying (to be honest, we blocked out the fact that she dated him for a hot minute because she’s clearly way, way too good for him). Luckily, since she didn’t show up at the hotel the night before in a glamorous gown, this walk of shame outfit isn’t too crazy — she just looks a little more casual than she normally does.
7 Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is known for her casual approach to beauty and style. While she can certainly get all glammed up with the best of them on the red carpet, in general, she has much more of a boho vibe, with loose hair and flowy clothing to accentuate her gorgeous face. In this picture, she’s spotted in a plain white tank, jeans, and simple stilettos — but the messy hair and make-up free face are the real indicators that this isn’t just her normal casual look, this is a morning after look. Hudson was spotted here with dancer Derek Hough, who drove Hudson back to her car in the morning after supposedly spending the night together. We have to hand it to him — while other celebs let the woman they spent the night with head out on her own, Hough kind of behaved like a gentleman here.
6 Sienna Miller
Okay, Sienna Miller has one big advantage when it comes to the walk of shame — her everyday look is basically the ‘morning after’ look for most women. She frequently pairs chic outfits with totally messy hair and make-up, so whenever she’s doing the walk of shame, it’s tough to know if she’s on her way home from a fun night or just rocking her everyday look. In this shot, however, she’s spotted leaving Jude Law’s apartment in the morning. The outfit and hair look pretty typical for her, but her attempt to be discreet and head out of there as fast as she possibly can point to ‘walk of shame’ all the way. Again though, seriously — celebrities make the big bucks, and they know that privacy is a huge issue, so why on earth not call the poor woman a cab and have it waiting right at the front door?
5 Lindsay Lohan AND Jason Segel
Two walk of shames for the price of one? You bet. In this shot, Lindsay Lohan and Jason Segel are seen both leaving Segel’s crib, at different times. Lohan is rocking what looks to be a wrinkled men’s shirt under her leather jacket, sunglasses firmly on, and Segel is… well, looking like his normal self, because he obviously had access to his wardrobe of fresh clothes. Though they left at separate times, the paparazzi snapped them and everyone began speculating about their hook-up. Segel’s rep apparently said that Lohan just decided to crash at his pad after a party they both attended, which… okay, yeah right. Celebrities have no shortage of money and can easily afford a hotel room, they don’t need to get a freebie at a friend’s house. Plus, the whole fact that they left separately in the morning shows that there’s something they were trying to keep on the down low.
4 Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is a legit A-Lister now, which means basically any relationship she has is bound to be a high profile one with a lot of attention from the media. However, when she hooked up with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who is many years her senior and the ex husband of Goop queen Gwyneth Paltrow? The media was obsessed. They were totally intrigued by the seemingly odd pairing, and followed the two on all their excursions — including Lawrence’s walk of shame. In this shot, she’s spotted as she leaves Martin’s Malibu house, wearing denim shorts, a slightly rumpled tee, and what we can only assume is Martin’s beanie trying desperately to hide her messy morning after hair. To be fair, though, she could easily be channeling the California boho vibe, so as far as walk of shame outfits go, this one actually isn’t too bad.
3 Katy Perry and John Mayer
John Mayer has let women take the walk of shame alone before, and Katy Perry has been made to take the walk of shame along — but in this case, they’re a united front, walking in shame together. Perry and Mayer are spotted here leaving a hotel in rumpled morning after clothes, including a full on track suit for Perry. She’s got sunglasses on to hide her face, and a hood pulled up with her hair tucked in, and to be honest, she’s looking a lot more ashamed than Mayer because, well — he’s John Mayer. Seriously, we can’t understand how on earth this guy has gotten so many utterly gorgeous women. Is it just the fact he can sing? Because otherwise, we don’t see what the appeal is that has stunning celebrity women flocking to him.
2 Justin Bieber
A walk of shame from a partner’s house is one thing. A walk of shame from a glitzy hotel is another. However, a walk of shame from a brothel? That introduces a whole new level to the concept. In this shot, which made the rounds in the tabloids back in 2013, pop prince Justin Bieber was spotted trying to sneak out of a brothel in Rio de Janeiro. We get the fact that he would want some anonymity, but let’s be honest for a second — covering yourself in a huge sheet and getting hustled out by a full security detail is basically the most conspicuous way to leave a place. He’d probably have had more luck escaping unnoticed if he just wore a hoodie and sunglasses and walked right out. His staff did their best, but literally everyone knew it was Bieber leaving that brothel as soon as the photos started circulating online.
1 January Jones
This is one of the most infamous celebrity walk of shame pictures because, well, it’s kind of hilarious. On the left, you see January Jones looking absolutely stunning at an event — her hair is flawless, her body is incredible in that dress, and she just looks amazing overall. And then, on the right, you see her hailing a cab the next morning — still in the very same dress, with her hair looking a little bit worse for the wear. Obviously she still looks pretty darn beautiful because she’s January Jones and basically always looks stunning, but come on - that’s a true walk of shame. In comparison to other celebrities, January Jones has always kept her personal life fairly private (including refusing to reveal the father of her baby), so this just intrigues us even more to be honest.