Why The Biggest Celebrities All Skipped Met Gala 2024

Take a deep breath because we’ve safely navigated another Met Gala, and thankfully, no one took a tumble down the stairs this time around.

However, some fans were left slightly disappointed as a few Met Gala favourites were notably absent this year. And yes, we’re specifically referring to Rihanna, the unofficial Met Gala queen.

Here’s a rundown of the celebs who didn’t grace the 2024 Met Gala red carpet:

Rihanna’s absence: Rihanna has been a reigning figure at the Met Gala, often showcasing jaw-dropping looks. However, she and A$AP Rocky, her partner, were conspicuously absent this year. According to a source from PEOPLE, Rihanna intended to attend but had to cancel due to contracting the flu. While it’s a blow for fashion enthusiasts, Rihanna had previously mentioned to Extra that her planned outfit for this year was “real simple,” implying it wouldn’t match the allure of her past ensembles.

Blake Lively’s whereabouts: Another Met Gala staple missing from the scene was Blake Lively, known for her dramatic gown choices and appearances alongside husband Ryan Reynolds. Lively’s absence can be attributed to her busy schedule, with two upcoming movie projects. She recently completed filming the adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s bestseller “It Ends With Us” and is presently working on a sequel to the cult classic “A Simple Favor.” Additionally, she skipped the 2023 Met Gala due to being postpartum, so here’s hoping for a grand return in 2025!

Taylor Swift’s no-show: Fans were eager for Taylor Swift’s return to the Met Gala alongside boyfriend Travis Kelce, but she was notably absent. Swift’s European leg of the sold-out Eras Tour, along with her upcoming performances in Paris, likely kept her occupied. Swift hasn’t attended the event since 2016 when she co-chaired it with Idris Elba.

Katy Perry’s virtual presence: Katy Perry was praised as this year’s best-dressed at the Met Gala, but there was a catch—images circulating were AI-generated, and Perry wasn’t physically present. Currently, Perry is engaged in a residency show in Las Vegas at Resorts World.

Hailey Bieber’s absence: Hailey Bieber, known for her striking Met Gala appearances, was missing from this year’s event. Speculation arose about her absence, with rumours suggesting she might be pregnant. If true, her appearance at the Met Gala could have potentially revealed the news.

Additionally, several other notable celebrities missed out on the 2024 Met Gala, including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, Anne Hathaway, Jared Leto, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Bella Hadid, Margot Robbie, among others. While their presence was missed, there’s always hope for future Met Galas to witness their dazzling appearances.

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