Enjoying ‘celebrity status’ affords you plenty of perks – and often grants you access to some of the most exclusive parties and venues in the world.
However, even the most famous of faces can find their star power proving useless at times when it comes to winning over strict bouncers or slying their way onto tight guest lists.
This week, Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, 26, got a tough lesson in what it’s like to be just a ‘regular person’ when she was turned away from a Marc Jacobs fashion show in New York after arriving late – despite once serving as a face of the famed designer brand.
But Lourdes is far from the only celebrity to have been met with such a mortifying refusal. In fact, she is the latest in a long line of stars who have seen their A-list status completely ignored at the doors of some of the world’s hottest venues.
To add insult to injury, while the bouncers and security guards may not have been impressed by the A-listers fame, many of these embarrassing incidents have been caught on camera thanks to the presence of paparazzi who eagerly snapped away as stars like Justin Bieber and Rihanna found themselves rejected from a particular location.
After Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon was turned away from the Marc Jacobs show , many were left wondering if being a star doesn’t always have its perks?
On Thursday night, the 26-year-old was met with a humiliating slap in the face after arriving after doors closed
On Thursday night, Lourdes was given a humiliating slap in the face after she was not able to enter because she arrived after the doors had closed.
The embarrassing incident occurred merely two years after Lourdes was dubbed the face of the fashion brand’s spring 2021 campaign.
She was captured on camera attempting to a convince a security guard to let her in, seemingly due to her being the daughter of a superstar, however her tactic seemed to fail as she was forced to leave just one minute later.
Despite celebrities elite status and ability to pay, partnership, sing, and selfie their way onto the red carpet, their paparazzi photos seem to have no standing when it comes to a night out as many have been turned away from various bars.
After a ‘nepo baby’ was denied entry, FEMAIL has revealed the other stars who have been rejected from clubs, bars, events, and even restaurants.
A song for pasta? Justin and Haley Bieber get denied entry at Italian restaurant Carbone
Two-time Grammy winner Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin were reportedly denied a table at Italian restaurant Carbone in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village
Last year, two-time Grammy winner and 28-year-old popstar Justin and his wife Haley, 26, were said to have been turned away from famous Manhattan restaurant Carbone because they arrived without a reservation.
According to ET, the singer and model’s status wasn’t even acknowledged and the pair was treated just like every other average-Joe without a reservation.
The upscale hotspot is home to the famous $32 plate of spicy rigatoni vodka that has even the most elite dying to have a bite.
The restaurant is owned by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, and is nearly impossible to get a reservation to as they tend to be fully booked for months.
Luckily, Justin and Hailey drove four blocks South to Cipriani Socialista where they were successfully seated and ‘had a great time’
Many celebrities have dined at the restaurant, including Rihanna, Kylie, Kim, and Kourtney Jenner, Adele, and Drake, making it the go-to spot for Hollywood A-listers to eat.
And while Justin and Haley weren’t able to get a table, they didn’t seem to be too upset and made their way to a Cipriani Socialista.
The couple was immediately seated at the Old Havana establishment and ‘had a great time.’
A selfie to skip the line? Emma Roberts is rejected after attempting to speed her way to a cronut
After the actress attempted the skip the line for a cronut, but was denied, Jimmy Fallon presented her with one
The actress displayed full diva tendencies as she attempted to skip the queue at a beloved bakery.
In 2013 – when cronuts were all the rage – Emma, 31, experienced an embarrassing event at the famous Dominique Ansel Bakery.
When Emma arrived at the bakery and saw a long line of hungry customers waiting, she and her publicist were said to have attempted to skip the line and head straight to the door.
But, when the actress got to the door, she was quickly turned away by the doorman who demanded she go back to the end of the line.
After hanging out at the back of the line for a couple of minutes, the star gave up on waiting and left.
Luckily, she was presented with a cronut while appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Rules are rules! John Malkovich turned away due to an expired pass
The 69-year-old actor was said to have been denied entry to a luxury suite in 2021 due to an expired COVID Super Green Pass health certificate
The 69-year-old actor was said to have been denied entry to a luxury suite in 2021 due to an expired COVID Super Green Pass health certificate.
John was set to stay at the luxurious hotel, but was forced to go elsewhere when his documentation expired just one week before he was supposed to spend time at the hotel, according to Gazzettino newspaper.
The actor’s plans were halted as he was staying in the city while filming scenes for drama series Ripley.
The publication reported that producers scrambled to find John a private house at the last minute because the Super green pass rules meant he could not stay at a luxury hotel and one with a shared bathroom in the hallway.
Director of the hotel Gianrico Esposito said: ‘We can neither confirm nor deny news about our guests or their reservations’.
Time to find a new place for lunch! Emma Thompson denied entry at a bar
The 63-year-old actress was headed to lunch with her What’s Love Got To Do With It co-star Shazad Latif, when she was turned away from the hotspot
The 63-year-old actress was headed to lunch with her What’s Love Got To Do With It co-star Shazad Latif, when she was turned away from the hotspot.
Emma arrived alongside Shazad at the Spaniards Inn pub, but were forced to make other arrangements.
Just moments after the actors got the pub, they turned around and left because they were unable to get in due to the bar being too busy.
The hotspot was packed with locals and tourists and Emma unfortunately fell short because she didn’t make a reservation.
No ID? No entrance. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky get turned away from NYC nightclub – and are forced to show identification
Rihanna, 34, and ASAP Rocky, 34, were spotted in June of 2021 enjoying a night out on the town after publicly declaring their love for one another
The lovebirds tend to be uber-private about their relationship, but when the vocal powerhouses experienced an awkward encounter outside of a bar in Manhattan, fans were finally able to get a peek.
Rihanna, 34, and ASAP Rocky, 34, were spotted in June of 2021 enjoying a night out on the town after publicly declaring their love for one another.
However, soon after arriving to a famous SoHo bar, things took an embarrassing turn.
According to PopSugar, the star-studded duo went out to Barcade, but even while dressed to the nines, security didn’t seem to recognize the couple.
It was reported that a security guard first denied the couple entrance seemingly because Rihanna had yet to present any form of identification.
The hitmakers were finally allowed to enter and were said to have fun despite being denied in a bar at first.
Too hot for Tom? Tom Felton refused entry to hotspot
In 2022, the 35-year-old Harry Potter star ‘struggled to get entry into swanky London restaurant, Sexy Fish,’ while out with his mother
Tom was said to have been denied access to the restaurant for nearly 20 minutes before finally being let in
In 2022, the 35-year-old Harry Potter star ‘struggled to get entry into swanky London restaurant, Sexy Fish,’ while out with his mother.
Tom was said to have been denied access to the restaurant for nearly 20 minutes before finally being let in.
The actor appeared to have left the Olivier Awards and hoped to catch a late night bite with his mom before heading home, but wasn’t recognized right away.
A source said Tom spoke to the staff for 15 minutes, desperately trying to get into the lavish restaurant.
Finally, the door staff seemed to realize who he was and let him in.
At the end of the night, Tom left holding a bottle of water in a black cab, having seemingly enjoyed his night.
VIP Only! Ryan Seacrest gets rejected from Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party
In 2019, the TV host, 48, opened up about his experience being rejected from the hottest party in town , despite being invited by JLO herself
In 2019, the TV host, 48, opened up about his experience being rejected from the hottest party in town, despite being invited by JLO herself.
JLO’s 50 birthday party caused Ryan to experience an awkward encounter.
When Ryan received an invite from the popstar herself, he was delighted to attend, and even took the trip from Los Angeles to Miami.
But, when he arrived the bouncer refused to let him in as his name wasn’t on the guest list.
He detailed the experience to co-host Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly And Ryan.
But, when he arrived the bouncer refused to let him in as his name wasn’t on the guest list
‘So I get to the front, and he’s got the list and I see a bunch of Ryans,’ Seacrest says, of the bouncer at the door to the swanky event.
‘He goes, “You’re not on the list,”‘ Ryan says, to disbelieving ‘ooh’s from the Live audience.
‘This is a true story,’ Ryan assures Kelly. ‘Sure enough, there’s a Ryan T., Ryan Z., there’s no Ryan Seacrest.’
Although his name wasn’t on the list, the TV personality assumed security would let him and was shocked when he was told to wait.
Eventually, the star was let into the party.
No plus ones allowed! Jamie Foxx denied entry to Cardi B’s party because he brought guests with him
When Cardi B celebrated her 30 birthday in October, a slew of A-listers partied the night away, and while Jamie intended to join the fun, he was turned away
When Cardi B celebrated her 30 birthday in October, a slew of A-listers partied the night away, and while Jamie intended to join the fun, he was turned away.
According to TMZ, Jamie, 55, was denied entry into the party due to a misunderstanding with the doorman.
It was reported that the actor was rejected because he arrived with ‘too many guests with him.’
Jamie arrived at the venue with a large group only to be turned away by the bouncer.
After Jamie began to leave, it seemed as though the doorman realized his mistake and ran back to the actor to let him know it was okay for him to enter the party.
However, the damage seemed to have already been done as the actor said to the man that ‘we not good’ and that it ‘was too much’ before getting back into his Rolls-Royce.
A party without the DJ? Diplo is rejected from party he hired to to work
Diplo and his fans were shocked to learn the the DJ went unrecognized and was denied entry from a party he was hired to work at
Diplo and his fans were shocked to learn the the DJ went unrecognized and was denied entry from a party he was hired to work at.
The 44-year-old DJ took to Instagram to reveal that security at a Cannes Film Festival Party refused to allow him in.
In the viral video, which garnered over 12.3 million views, the DJ revealed that the bouncer wouldn’t let him, however he had a good sense of humor about the awkward ordeal.
He said: ‘Next time I’m adding myself to guest list.’
I was booked to DJ a yacht party at Cannes but security wouldn’t let me in…’ he captioned on the video.
The video shows footage of a woman with a list, who he jokes is, ‘pretending to check the list again.’
The DJ emphasized the fact that the yacht was empty, and added: ‘The yacht was empty so I was about to take the L and go get food…’
Luckily the owner came to the rescue and saved Diplo from an even more embarrassing encounter.
The owner is heard saying, ‘Let this guy in,’ as the video comes to an end.