Is there anything more awkward than running into your ex? Well, maybe if you were one of the most famous celebrity couples in the world and you just went through a cheating scandal and the majority of your film franchise's fans totally hate you and are treating your ex like a god. Yeah, that's definitely worse, which is why I can only imagine Kristen Stewart's looking forward to tomorrow's MTV Video Music Awards ceremony about as much as a colonoscopy with a root canal chaser.
That's assuming she and Robert Pattinson are both still planning to attend, of course. According to VMA host Kevin Hart, "From what I understand they're both still gonna be here. I'm not really up to speed on the whole soap opera that's been going on," so take that ... well, as the vague, I'm-too-cool-to-care statement that it is.
Whenever Stewart and Pattinson do reunite on the red carpet, it's bound to be uncomfortable -- but they'll be in good company with these other cringeworthy encounters:
Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. These onetime lovers were forced to share the red carpet spotlight while promoting their movie The Words. As The Daily Mail put it, the photos show "Bradley Cooper staring into the heavens while Zoe Saldana grins through gritted teeth."
Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger. Dude, Brad, quit crapping where you eat. According to one witness, the couple -- who had dated for two years -- ran into each other at an art gala before they "stared for a quick second, surprised and straight in the face, and turned away. It was an awkward moment, and they split in separate directions."
Taylor Swift and John Mayer. The former snugglebunnies had a near run-in at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood after their breakup, but Swift reportedly spotted Mayer and "demanded to be moved to the other side" of the restaurant. Whew! Dear John: we are never ever sitting next to each other.
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. Girl gets around: she was placed six seats away from this ex at an awards show, just a few weeks after they broke up. Later, Swift said of the incident, “I think both of us had so much that we wanted to say, but we’re sitting six seats away from each other, just fighting this silent war of ‘I don’t care that you’re here.’"
Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth. When it was time to promote their thriller Straw Dogs, these ex-lovers planned smart: they arrived one hour apart at The Cinema Society's screening of the film. Not just a couple of ridiculously pretty faces!
Kris Humphries and Ray J. Kim Kardashian's then-husband was apparently seated near Ray J -- you know, Kim's sex tape partner -- on a flight, when Ray J broke the ice by saying, "Come on, you know who I am. I just want to say congratulations." Kris reportedly responded: “Oh yeah, yeah. I’m sorry, I know who you are." Ha!
Okay, what's your call: will Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson show up to the VMAs tomorrow night, or will they put off their reunion until the Breaking Dawn 2 premiere?
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