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Celebrity-Athlete Bromances

Jessica MarieCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2017

Celebrity-Athlete Bromances

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    A good bromance can really warm your heart.

    There's nothing more adorbs than seeing two bros who love nothing more than hanging out with each other. Think of all the precious celebrity bromances we've seen over the last several years: Ben and Matt. Clooney and Pitt. Brody and Frankie.

    The only thing better than celebrity-celebrity bromances is athlete-celebrity bromances.

    Isn't it cute when Hollywood Superstar A appears on the sidelines of Superstar Athlete B's games, cheering wildly and high-fiving enthusiastically? Or when they both end up arm in arm at the same post-championship celebration party?

    Bromances really make the world go 'round.

David Beckham & Will Smith, Tom Cruise

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    You had to expect that since his wife is BFFs with every famous female ever, David Beckham would pick up some A-list friends along the way, too.

    And so he did. After leaving Real Madrid for the L.A. Galaxy, the superstar footballer took no time at all to acclimate to his new surroundings. He and Posh Spice became a fixture for the paparazzi, and when he wasn't on the pitch, Beckham spent his time cavorting with Will Smith and Tom Cruise.

    Weirdly, though, they didn't spend their days dining at hot spots or taking in Lakers games. Instead, they opted to keep each other in shape by squaring off in fencing duels, a la I Love You, Man.

    Whatever works.

LeBron James & Jay-Z

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    It should come as no surprise that LeBron James has a plethora of potential famous best friends to choose from. What celebrity wouldn't want to be LeBron's best friend?

    It should also come as no surprise that Jay-Z won the sweepstakes.

    The rapper—who recently sold his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and then launched Roc Nation Sports, his own agency—was recently spotted at the nuptials of LeBron and high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson.

    And Jay wasn't there just to enjoy the spread; he was there to perform with wife Beyonce. You know you're a big deal when Jay-Z and Bey are performing at your wedding.

     

Mark Wahlberg & Jimmy Butler

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    When you hear that Mark Wahlberg is in a bromance with an athlete, you figure it has to be someone from Boston. Wahlberg, after all, is a proud Beantown product, on par with the Matt Damons and Ben Afflecks of the world.

    But instead, Wahlberg and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls are BFFs.

    How did this happen?

    Wahlberg was in Chicago shooting Transformers 4 when he encountered Butler at the Bulls' practice facility. The two, naturally, engaged in a friendly game of one-on-one, which Butler chronicled on Twitter.

    A bromance was born—one so strong that it made Wahlberg question his own fandom.

     

Ladies' Division: Serena Williams & Kim Kardashian

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    Yes, I know—I was shocked, too, that Kim Kardashian has friends. Especially friends who command as much respect as Serena Williams.

    Hollywood's most embarrassing resident and the biggest female star in the tennis world had a girls' night out in January. Despite the fact that Serena probably should have been embarrassed, she instead provided evidence of her friendship with Kardashian by posting pictures on Instagram.

    Apparently, though, this friendship is serving Williams well: She kicked off her year with dinner with Kim, and ever since, she's been virtually unstoppable on the court. Maybe this friendship really isn't so bad.

     

Ladies' Division: Serena Williams & Kelly Rowland

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    ...Or maybe Serena Williams just enjoys having famous friends. You can never have too many celebs in the stands pulling for you when you're fighting for yet another grand slam title.

    And plus, Kelly Rowland is a far cooler friend to have than Kim Kardashian. The former Destiny's Child member recently scored a gig as a judge on The X-Factor, and additionally, anyone who has performed at a Super Bowl halftime show is good enough for Serena.

    Serena's friendship with the pop star is well-documented: There are photos of Kelly helping Serena hobble along on crutches. There are videos of Serena gushing about her love for her BFF. Kelly even narrated a recent ESPN package about Serena.

    How cute.

     

Ladies' Division (Kind Of): Roger Federer & Anna Wintour

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    Who says you can't have a bromance with a lady?

    Roger Federer says. And Roger Federer can do whatever he wants.

    The Swiss tennis pro recently surfaced alongside infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour at a party in New York City—and you know Wintour must love Roger a whole lot because she even took off her sunglasses to be photographed with him.

    Wintour has also been spotted courtside at Federer's matches, where she divulged that her buddy doesn't think much of her fashion advice. She said of his playing wardrobe (via Yahoo! Sports), "I think I gave my opinion and he completely ignored it. But anyway, he looks great."

     

     

Will Ferrell & Pete Carroll

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    Anyone who knows anything about USC football knows that Will Ferrell is one of its biggest fans.

    The SNL alum and actor is a graduate of USC and is a frequent fixture at Trojan football games. He even struck up a friendship with former USC coach Pete Carroll, now of the Seattle Seahawks.

    In fact, the two became such close bros that Carroll was featured in one of Ferrell's "Funny or Die" videos, and he has been known to send the coach a friendly email after a big win.

     

     

Tiger Woods & Darius Rucker

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    Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    Tiger Woods may not have many friends these days in light of his...personal failings, but make no mistake: Darius Rucker has stood by him.

    Of course, Woods and Hootie Rucker initially bonded over their love for hitting the links, and they have stayed friends through thick and thin. Rucker has been seen in the gallery, cheering on his bud during big tournaments, and he has always kept faith that Tiger will rebound from the struggles that have plagued him for the last few years.

    Rucker has also been known to defend his friend in light of the scandal that eventually ruined his marriage. He told WDEZ.com:

    People acting like he's the only guy in the world that's ever done anything like that, you know, or he's the only guy on the PGA tour doing something like that, was tough, and to watch him take that fall as a friend was tough.

    What a loyal guy.

     

Tony Romo & Chace Crawford

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    Source: Dallas Observer
    Source: Dallas Observer

    Just because you marry a dude's sister doesn't mean you and that dude have to get along. Fortunately for Tony Romo, though, his wife's brother is a pretty cool guy.

    The Dallas Cowboys quarterback married Candice Crawford, sister of Nate Archibald Chace Crawford, in May 2011. Ever since, he and Chace have been thick as thieves, mostly because they both seem to be sort of into football.

    People magazine has reported that the now bros-in-law were "already friends" long before the wedding took place, and in 2011, Romo, Candice and Chace all partied together at the Super Bowl festivities. All were utterly unperturbed by the fact that Romo wasn't involved in the actual game. And that's all that matters.

     

Lance Armstrong & Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Source: E Online
    Source: E Online

    Lance Armstrong, at one point in his life, seemed to have a lot of famous friends. Now that he's revealed himself to be the biggest fraud on the planet, that may not be the case—but during brighter days, Jake Gyllenhaal could frequently be spotted at his side.

    The disgraced cyclist and the actor were often seen working out together (what else would they be doing?) back in the day, circa 2006, cycling through Malibu and taking in the luscious scenery.

    Strangely, their relationship seemed to fall apart suddenly, apropos of nothing. Maybe Jake knew something we didn't...or maybe he just got sick of cycling and decided to take up running instead.

     

Johnny Manziel & Drake

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    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    Who would ever want to be friends with Johnny Manziel?

    By all indications, he seems to be burning all of his bridges in College Station, TX, the place that built him into the college football legend he is today. Sure, he has legions of sycophants who love what he does on the football field, but nothing about the way he conducts himself on a daily basis suggests that spending time with him would be pleasant.

    So Drake: Explain.

    The two sparked a friendship during the summer, when Manziel was forced to explain why he left the Manning Camp after missing required activities. Drake tweeted words of support at the Texas A&M quarterback, which Manziel then retweeted:

    You handled yourself well today. Proud of you brother! @JManziel2

    — Drizzy (@Drake) July 17, 2013

Matt Leinart & Nick Lachey

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    David Livingston/Getty Images

    The award for the most random bromance in existence goes to these two, who have been BFFs for quite some time.

    It's unclear why the two of them became friends. It seemed to happen right around the time Matt Leinart was graduating from USC and entering the NFL draft. Simultaneously, Lachey was getting used to his post-Jessica Simpson, newly single lifestyle.

    So the two used to party together. In fact, they almost moved in together, which is terrifying to think about—but as Leinart tells it, they ultimately decided that given their 10-year age difference, a roommate situation might end unfavorably.

    In this incredibly embarrassing interview with Leinart, conducted when he was still relevant, you can read more about how Lachey is the third-most famous person in Leinart's phone.

     

Floyd Mayweather & Justin Bieber

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    Al Bello/Getty Images

    So here's an unlikely bromance: an undefeated professional boxer and a teenage pop star who, lately, has been coming under more fire than Johnny Manziel.

    Justin Bieber turns up at every prominent sporting event ever (no, really), so it's not surprising that he was on hand for Mayweather's most recent victory over Canelo Alvarez. Not only was he on hand, though—he was a certified VIP. He and Lil Wayne escorted Mayweather to the ring, and prior to the match, the Biebs got to spend some quality one-on-one time with the boxer.

    At least the Biebs did us the dignity of wearing a shirt, unlike Mayweather's other BFF.

     

Lance Armstrong & Matthew McConaughey

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    Source: Vanity Fair
    Source: Vanity Fair

    Not all bromances are meant to last through all of the curveballs life has to offer. Not all bromances are meant to outlast incredible deceit, either.

    Actor Matthew McConaughey and cyclist-turned-disgrace of a human being Lance Armstrong used to be best friends. They used to constantly work out together, hang out together, laugh together, cry together.

    Then, of course—after years of denial—Armstrong came clean and admitted he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. And McConaughey was crushed. What do you do when you find out your BFF is a big old liar?

    Deny, deny, deny.

    McConaughey told Us Weekly of the Armstrong scandal:

    He told a lie, he's not a liar. When it came out, I took it personally, but then I realized it ain't personal to him. I was going, "That son of a bitch!" but then I thought, "Well, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey, I did this'?"

    Well...yes. That is what he was supposed to do. But alas, at least the bromance lives on.

     

Floyd Mayweather & 50 Cent

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    Source: HipHop365.com
    Source: HipHop365.com

    Floyd Mayweather, it seems, has a lot of famous BFFs. But not all of his friendships have been as pleasant as his Bieber bromance.

    Though Mayweather and 50 Cent have plenty of history, that history has been mired with speed bumps. Originally, Fiddy was supposed to be Mayweather's promoter, but that didn't last long (mostly because Mayweather was worried Fiddy would outshine him). There was a dispute over money owed to Fiddy after Mayweather was released from prison last August. The friendship deteriorated.

    Or did it?

    It seems that the bromance is back on. HipHop365.com recently unearthed some photos of Mayweather and 50 Cent together again, looking as happy as ever.

     

     

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