If you love keeping up with celebrity couples as we much as we do, you know how special red-carpet debuts can be. From unexpected PDA to loving smiles, it’s the first time the world gets to spot a couple officially together, and it’s always a sight to see. Not to mention red carpet debuts can serve a purpose too — they let the couple tell their story, confirm their relationship, and put an end to all the rumors and speculation.
Most recently, for example, country star Kelsea Ballerini and Outer Banks star Chase Stoker made their very own red carpet debut at the CMT Music Awards. While on the carpet, the two held each other tight and were all smiles as they posed for cameras. And though these two haven’t been together for long, not every couple is quick to bite the bullet and show off their love. One of our favorite Hollywood power couples Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, for example, only made their debut at the 2014 Met Gala when they were already married and shared their first daughter together.
“It was the first time we were ever on the red carpet together,” Lively told Us Weekly. “It was scary to put yourself out there like that, but then it also seems really silly to be standing five feet from each other and refusing to stand together. It’s always that tricky balance of keeping your privacy but then also not being absurd. And then there’s also that thing where you think, ‘It would be nice for our kids to see a photo of Mommy and Daddy dressed up together.’” Indeed it was! The two looked absolutely dazzling on the carpet.
Check out some of our favorite red carpet debuts over the years below!
A version of this article was originally published on April 2023.
Dua Lipa & Romain Gavras
After months of speculation, Dua Lipa and director Romain Gavras confirmed their relationship at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival!
Chase Stokes & Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes made their red carpet debut at the CMT Music Awards recently. So sweet!
Kate Bosworth & Justin Long
Newly engaged couple Justin Long and Kate Bosworth looked as cute as can be in their red carpet debut at this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Kaia Gerber & Austin Butler
Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler joined many other celeb couples when they made their red carpet debut at the 2022 Met Gala.
Millie Bobby Brown & Jake Bongiovi
Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi made their relationship red carpet official at the 2022 BAFTAs in these elegant black matching outfits.
Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande
Formerly engaged couple Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande couldn’t get their hands off each other during their red carpet debut at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Suki Waterhouse & Robert Pattinson
Joining the list of couples who were together for a long time before attending a red carpet together, Suki Waterhouse and Robert Pattinson made their debut after four years of dating at the Dior Fall 2023 Menswear Show. Looking at these two together, it’s safe to say the wait was totally worth it.
Tom Holland & Zendaya
Although Tom Holland and Zendaya have attended their fair share of events together through the years, this December premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home was their first as an official couple. “That was their big thing as a couple,” their stylist Law Roach confirmed to Access Hollywood.
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s red carpet debut at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party was a blend of elegent and low-key: Stefani wore a sheer floral gown while Shelton kept it casual with jeans and a black blazer.
Rita Ora & Taika Waititi
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi finally confirmed their relationship as they perfectly matched during the premiere of The Suicide Squad in 2021.
Megan Fox & Machine Gun Kelly
Though they might be on the rocks right now, there’s one thing Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly could always do: command a red carpet. Their debut was at the 2020 American Music Awards.
Pete Davidson & Kim Kardashian
Just when the world expected Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian to make their red carpet debut together at the 2022 Met Gala, the former couple surprised everyone by walking the carpet together two days earlier at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker looked like the perfect match in matching black looks at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards during their first carpet together.
Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor held each other tightly as they walked the 2017 TIME 100 Gala together in matching black looks.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt walked their first red carpet together at the World Premiere of The Good Shepherd in 2006.
Jay-Z & Beyonce
Almost three years after the beginning of their relationship, Jay-Z and Beyonce attended their first carpet together at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Back in 1995, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith attended their very first event together at the premiere of Devil in a Blue Dress.
Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston gave all kinds of ’90s vibes during their red carpet debut together at the 1999 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost
At the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, Scarlett Johansson and her then-boyfriend Colin Jost made their red carpet debut looking ultra-cute together.
John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
Ever since their red carpet debut at the 2008 Grammy Awards, we’ve loved to keep up with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen over the years.
Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made their debut more than two decades ago at the 2002 premiere of Maid In Manhattan.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
Over a year after Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot, the two finally graced the carpet together at the 2014 Met Gala.
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and then-girlfriend Calista Flockhart were all smiles during their red carpet debut at the 2002 premiere of K-19: The Widowmaker.
Freddie Prinze Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar
Hollywood power couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar made their red carpet debut at the MTV Movie Awards in 2000.
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