Access Denied: 9 Celebrities Who Tried To “Holla” At Other Famous Folks And Were Rejected

October 3, 2013  |  
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We’ve all thought we had something special going with someone, only for them to reject us. And while it’s tough to handle as an everyday person, when you’re a celebrity in the public eye, it’s probably a lot worse. It’s especially tough if you made your admiration for another celebrity known to all. Here are 9 celebrities who tried to get with other famous folks, only to be politely, and in some cases, not so nicely, rejected.


Nelly and Beyoncé

Fresh out of St. Louis, and fresh out of finally settling on the members in their ever-changing group, Nelly and Destiny’s Child were on the top of the charts back in 2001. And while Nelly was trying to covet platinum records (which he would do multiple times), he was also trying to get Beyoncé to be his lady. There were numerous interviews where Nelly talked about his affection for the Houston beauty, and at one time, he even went on TRL during a Destiny’s Child interview to bring her and the DC girls Popeye’s chicken (no lie, see that HERE at the 5:00 mark). But despite them having time to get close while touring together on the TRL Tour, she didn’t take it to the next level. She would go on to record with and fall in love with Jay Z, and he would just have to settle for recording with Kelly and dating Ashanti.


Madonna and D’Angelo

As random as it sounds (and it certainly is), it’s true according to a recent GQ interview that the pop legend made more than one advance toward the reclusive soul singer. It all started when she asked him to sing “Happy Birthday” at her 39th birthday party and then he had to let her know he wasn’t feeling her after she got too close at another event:

“…sources say that ultimately D rebuffed her advances at another gathering not long after. At that event, the sources say, Madonna walked over and told a woman sitting next to D, “I think you’re in my seat.” The woman got up. Madonna sat down and told him, “I’d like to know what you’re thinking.” To which D replied, “I’m thinking you’re rude.”


Chris Brown and Ciara

Before he was messing with Karreuche, or having a tumultuous relationship with Rihanna, Chris Brown was just a cute young man with a good voice and great dance moves who had a thing for Ciara. It makes sense. They have a lot in common in the fact that they’re dancing machines, but they definitely didn’t share the same feelings. In an interview from 2007 with GIANT, Brown said that he had tried to get at Ciara, but she wasn’t feeling it:

Though he approached songbird Ciara before and after he shot to fame, she turned him down both times. He even confessed his feelings to Ciara’s ex, Bow Wow, with whom Brown collaborated with on “Shortie Like Mine.” Chris is talking his rejection in stride, though.

‘I don’t stunt her that much because if I know somebody’s not attracted like that, I’m not gonna push,” he said. “At the end of the day, you’re not blessed with everything.'”

That didn’t keep the two from dancing together on stage at the BET Awards to “Take You Down,” in 2008, even though he came with then-girlfriend Rihanna. That could explain their beef…


Cee Lo and Lauryn Hill

Despite the fact that Lauryn Hill was either going back and forth with Wyclef Jean or trying to find love with Rohan Marley in the ’90s, there was a time where Cee Lo Green says that he wanted to make the Fugees singer his wife, believing she was made “just for me.” Even though she didn’t take their friendship to the next level, they remained close according to the Goodie Mob member in his book, Everybody’s Brother. “…we still got to have a great friendship that ended up making a big difference in my life.”


Pharrell and Tyra

As fine as Pharrell has stayed after all these years, I can’t see why any woman wouldn’t want to lock that down (he’s off the market now). But years ago, he went out with Tyra Banks, a woman he had a huge crush on, only to soon realize that she wasn’t feeling him like he was feeling her. He tried to share this story on her talk show without naming names, which included a date to a barbecue wing spot and thinking things went well, only to never hear from this mystery woman again. In the end, had to clue in a clueless Tyra in that he was talking about her by saying, “She started out as a model.” Surprised, she says, “I didn’t know you were feeling me!”

He responded with this:

“Here’s the thing; we were just like hanging out… I’m not sayin’ that it was gonna turn into anything, I’m just saying that you asked me about a time where I thought it was one thing and it was another…I thought what I thought. What I thought was we were going to be friends and hang out. I’m not tryin’ to turn this into an Internet scandal or anything… but I thought we were gonna be cool and hang out.”


Amy Winehouse and Nas

You know you would love to be more than friends with someone when you write a song about them. That’s reportedly what the late Amy Winehouse did for Nas when she wrote the song “Me and Mr. Jones.”  Nas confirmed that the song was about him, but that they never moved from buddies into a romantic relationship, but stayed good friends. He said that producer Salaam Remi told him she wrote the song about him, dropping hints with lyrics like “Mr. Destiny, 9 and 14,” which referenced his daughter Destiny and the fact that Winehouse and Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) shared the same birthday on September 14. While he never wrote any songs for her while she was alive, two collaborations were released after her death. One was recorded before her untimely passing (“Like Smoke”) and the other was a posthumous collabo for his album, Life is Good (“Cherry Wine”).


Common and Ladybug Mecca

If you had the opportunity to read Common’s autobiography, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, you probably ran upon this tidbit of information. The rapper says that Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets was his first celebrity crush. When he finally had the chance to meet her and try to holla after getting friendly with her, she had to shut that down real quick at a show at Northwestern University in Chicago:

“I went up to her, and we were talking, but somehow we got separated. I found her again a little bit later and we got separated again. I found her a third time, walked over to her, and she said, “Quit being a pest! That wasn’t exactly what I was hoping to hear from her. Come to find out she was dating Butterfly, her bandmate, and the dude was watching the whole time.”

That’s okay Lonnie, you’re still fine as all get out…


JR Smith and Rihanna

When someone tells someone else on social media for the world to see that you’re a “desert thirsty ni**a,” it’s pretty clear that they’re not feeling you. Rihanna has never been one to be tactful when speaking her feelings online, and she sure wasn’t when folks accused her of having an affect on New York Knick Jr. Smith’s game since they had been seen at clubs together. Unfortunately, all that clubbing was helping him play terrible during this year’s NBA playoffs. In the past, he had reportedly been seen trying to get close to the singer while out, but she shut all rumors about them being an item down by letting folks know, she doesn’t want him, he’s thirsty, and his team sucks:

Ouch! Smith tried to save face by reassuring folks, “I’m not worried about Instagram, I’m worried about the playoffs!” Unfortunately, the Knicks were still knocked out of the playoffs in the eastern conference semifinals.

Jay Z and Aaliyah

As rumors go, Jay Z and Aaliyah were at one point trying to have a little something, something going on. If photos tell a story, there have been many snapped of the two getting very close and cozy at different gatherings, and Jay definitely looked enamored with her. But she would go on to find love with his former friend and business partner, Damon Dash.  It’s believed that Jay’s crush and Aaliyah and Damon’s relationship helped to create a rift between the men that, thanks to other financial squabbles and more, would cause them to fall out for good.

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  • Roger van der Velde

    What does ‘holla’ mean?

  • alasia min

    Everyone wanted Aaliyah. Besides that creep R Kelly, there was Timbaland and apparently Jay-Z and this other guy.

  • alasia min

    Rihanna sounds so ghetto. Saying the N word referring to another person of color like that. I wish she had stayed in Barbados making music. she’s been Americanized and it’s not pretty.

  • afrobabe

    One of the best articles I ever read

  • David Storm

    Lady Gag Ga< yeah Gag thought she was gonna bag Kendrick thought she was gonna get that feature and his hand but he dissed her didn't do the record and didn't get her slimy drawls we laughed like a muthafca

  • David Storm

    No man in his right mind would fool with old wack pale sick devil worshipping Madonna eww yeah you wanna date me sign over everything you got bye bye

  • uniquefashionista

    I am starting to hear more and more about Madonna. She is ruthless about throwing herself at men thinking they all want her. I heard she did that with one of the Jacksons also.
    I think Pherrell and Tyra would have been cute together, but he is so much shorter than her. He must have a thing for models because his new wife models as well.

  • MyBiz

    Actually cierror doesn’t like ri, not the other way around.

  • Nia

    I don’t see the big deal about Pharrell at all.

  • MsGV

    If Cici really wanted to get under Rih’s skin; she should’ve went out with Chris just like a playdate. Too bad she is with Future.

  • Bits

    you know I always had a feeling that Nelly had the hots for Beyonce and just settled for Ashanti because he thought she would probably be as successful as B. (early in their careers they were trying to make Ashanti B.’s competition lol) and because Jay-z had already claimed B. for himself. Men are shallow like that! Kanye would have gone for B. too but of course he settled for Kim K. because she’s 2nd best as far as popularity, status, looks etc. Men like them are hooked on popularity and ego. They even base their relationships off of shallow things like that. “I snagged the best girl, so i’m the best man”. Its probably why Nelly really never committed to and admitted his relationship with Ashanti because to him she just never measured up to B. Just my theory.

    • Ashley

      Girl the celebrity world is a jumbled you mess
      Jay liked aaliyah she passed. Nelly and Jay like Beyonce.
      Beonce liked Nas he turned her down and was with kelis b settled for Jay. Nelly went With ashanti. if YOU ASK ME I think b dad told her to go with Jay because it was good for her career and she fell I’m love with him and I think ashanti is prettier than b but nelly wanted her because she was more popular and Nas is gorgeous add everybody honestly had a thing for him. .kanye *smh* crazy wants a claclassy relationship but dates girls like kk and amber and dresses them RIDICULOUS

    • divinnalafeme

      WTF are u talking about ain’t nobody thanking about beyonce like that ! To the point where they would waste 10yrs of their life in a relationship with one person bc u couldn’t have another??? Beyonce is beautiful and talented but god did not break the mold stop it and the fact that this articles says settle for kelly rowland when nellys ex manager dated kelly and that was how dilemma came about which was one of the biggest songs ever so I would say if he were to have to settle which I doubt he made the right choice. As a nelly fan since country grammar I do recall watching the dc special on bet when they were on 106&park and when asked about nelly beyonce admitted they were friends and talked sometimes,.so for all we know they dated and decided it wasn’t a good fit and moved on. I remember like it was yesterday bc I hated beyonce bc of nelly…I was only 11so don’t judge me but Im over it now. Lol and I am back to loving bey and still love Nelly. They also toured together just in case folks may have forgot.

    • Kim k isnt even 2nd best though….

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  • Lisa

    I knew there was more to the story. Riri mad cause Ciara could’ve had her man chris. Hi hater

  • Nessa Fox

    That’s why rihanna was mad at her? Smh petty