5 celebrities who hated the Met Gala – from Demi Lovato’s run-in with Nicki Minaj to Gwyneth Paltrow ‘so un-fun’ burn and Tina Fey calling the ball a ‘jerk parade’

Whether it’s their fellow attendees, the attitude towards the event or just not liking the vibe, these stars have got something to say against the Met Gala. Photos: EPA, @Cosmopolitan/Twitter, @DailyFey/Twitter, @ddlovato/Instagram
Although many celebrities enjoy the Met Gala, some have been outspoken about their dislike for it. Here’s five of the most memorable burns dealt to the epitome of New York’s social calendar, ahead of this year’s themed fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, taking place on September 13.
I related more to the homeless people in that [AA] meeting ... than the people at the Met Gala
Demi Lovato

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Amy Schumer said the event “felt like punishment” in 2016 … but went back again in 2017

Amy Schumer described the Met Gala as a “punishment”. Photo: @ohmypnd/Twitter

Although she’s a famous comedian, it seems highly unlikely that you’ll see Schumer in her designer best on that famous staircase. She went to her first Met Gala when her star was firmly on the rise back in 2016, but she did not have a good time.

Afterward, she told Howard Stern about her experience, saying, “I guess I should be grateful I was invited or something, but yeah, it felt like a punishment. It’s not me and I don’t like it … It’s so fake … It’s people doing an impression of having a conversation.” Adding insult to injury, she added, “I left not the second I could; I left earlier than I should’ve been allowed.

“I got to meet Beyoncé and she was like, ‘Is this your first Met?’ and I was like, ‘It’s my last.’”

Schumer sneaked onto the site of the Met Gala red carpet before giving birth. Photo: @yashar/Twitter

It seems she had a change of heart, because she attended the 2017 Met Gala. “I had fun I really did … It’s an intense environment … I had fun inside,” Schumer told E!, speaking about the 2017 Met Gala.

She must have been telling the truth – she also crashed the Met Gala red carpet in 2019, hours before she gave birth to her first child.

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Cameras spotted Demi Lovato in a seemingly awkward photo op with Nicki Minaj and fashion designer Jeremy Scott in 2016

Demi Lovato posted this hilarious photo of an awkward moment running into Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala. Photo: @ddlovato/Instagram

The Confident singer posted the funny-yet-cringe photo to Instagram, spilling their version of what went down in their caption. It seems the uncomfortable run-in with Minaj left Lovato less than enthused about the event as a whole.

Demi posted behind the scenes photos of them getting ready for the Met Gala in 2016. Photo: @holydemi/Twitter

In 2018, they told Billboard, “I had a terrible experience,” sharing that one celebrity, in particular, made them feel so uncomfortable, they nearly relapsed in their sobriety.

They said, “I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on – millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting. And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala …”

Every jerk from every walk of life is there … It’s just everybody, if you had a million arms, it’s all the people you would punch in the whole world
Tina Fey

Gwyneth Paltrow said the event was “so un-fun” in 2013, but went back in 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow attended the “Punk: Chaos to Couture”-themed Met Gala in 2013. Photo: EPA

Paltrow has always been considered a fashion darling, but she also keeps it real about how “un-fun” such a prestigious event is. In 2013, she reportedly went on a Met Gala rant to Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O, telling them how much she hated it.

She said, “Do you want me to be honest? It sucked. It seems like the best thing in the world. You think, ‘Oh my god, it’s going to be so glamorous and amazing, and you’re going to see all these famous people.’ And then you get there, and it’s so hot, and so crowded, and everyone’s pushing you. This year it was really intense. It wasn’t fun!’”

But she went back ... Gwyneth Paltrow arrives for the 2019 Met Gala. Photo: AFP

That same year, the Oscar winner also told USA Today that she was never going back, saying, “I’m never going again. It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.”

But she may have changed her mind considering she attended the 2017 and 2019 festivities.

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Tina Fey went in 2010 and called it a “jerk parade” in 2015

The actress was there at the 2010 Met Gala, but hasn’t been back since. In 2015, in an interview with David Letterman, she called the soirée “such a jerk parade”.

She added, “Every jerk from every walk of life is there, wearing some stupid thing … It’s just everybody, if you had a million arms, it’s all the people you would punch in the whole world.”

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Lena Dunham called it a “crazy countdown to escape”

The Girls star caused a flurry of controversy after attending the 2016 glam fest.

In a now-deleted interview with Schumer on her Lenny Letter newsletter, the two actresses reportedly lamented about the over-the-top party, with Dunham saying, “You and I were literally sitting across from each other at the Met Ball, and it was like a crazy countdown to when we could escape. You were like, ‘We’re honoured to be here. We’re honoured to be here.’”

Dunham also described what it was like to sit with NFL player Odell Beckham Jr., receiving a slew of backlash in the process.

She said, “I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean – he just seemed confused.”

She went on to describe the New York Giants wide receiver, criticising him for not looking at her like he was interested in her, drawing ire from commenters online.

Dunham addressed the backlash on Twitter, clarifying her remarks about Beckham in a series of tweets:

She attended the Met Gala in 2017, 2018, and 2019, despite her remarks.

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