Weird Facts About The Met Gala People Probably Didn't Know About

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Kim Kardashian at Met Gala, 2019.
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The Met Gala has become well known as one of the most exclusive parties of the year. It is a time when celebrities gather in droves to celebrate the very best that the fashion world has to offer.

For as much publicity as the event garners, very little is actually known about what goes on behind the curtain. So for those who have been dying to know, here are some weird facts about the Met Gala people probably didn't know about.

Demi Lovato once went straight from the Met Gala to an AA meeting.

Demi Lovato at the Met Gala, 2016.
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"And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala," Demi told People.

George and Amal Clooney once requested their own private bar.

George and Amal Clooney kissing.
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Their reasoning behind the outlandish request was apparently due to the fact that they didn't want to have to socialize with certain attendees. That's about as boujee as it gets!

There is only one celebrity that is officially banned from attending the Met Gala in the future.

While playing a game of "Spill Your Guts" with James Corden, Anna Wintour revealed that former U.S. President Donald Trump will never be welcomed back again.

Bribes are always welcome at the Met Gala.

Pile of dollar bills.
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The Met Gala is one of the most exclusive parties of the entire year. Because of this, several celebrity agents have been known to offer massive "donations" in order to ensure their clients have a spot at the table.

Ticket prices are outrageously expensive.

Man in brown jacket sitting at table.
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If you plan on attending Anna Wintour's coveted Met Gala, be prepared to shell out a minimum of $30,000 per ticket. Ironically enough, Anna charges more to friends and family, whose tickets cost upwards of $50,000.

Cellphones and all forms of social media are officially banned.

Reese Witherspoon at the Met Gala,  2017.
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This first occurred in 2015 and has been semi-seriously enforced ever since. The reasoning behind the cellphone ban was so that attendees would be able to live in/enjoy the moment.

Hostess Anna Wintour greets each and every guest as they enter the building.

Anna Wintour insulting the camera.

However, due to the fact that there is such a high number of attendees, Anna's time is strictly monitored. Therefore, guests aren't allowed to take more than 20 seconds to say "hello."

Celebrities often arrive with their own bodyguards, on top of the security that is provided.

Blake Lively at the Met Gala, 2018.
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This is mainly due to the fact that several celebs have been known to adorn themselves in millions of dollars worth of diamonds and jewelry.

Former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, stormed out of the event — twice.

Sex Pistols performing.
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Apparently, Johnny wasn't exactly pleased with the table he was sitting at. Instead of acting like an adult, Johnny threw a temper tantrum and began spewing expletives at the museum staff.

Fashion before function — always.

Kim Kardashian at Met Gala, 2019.
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Back in 2019, Kim Kardashian positively stole the show with her silicon dress designed by the legendary Manfred Thierry Mugler. The dress provided ample opportunities for photo ops, but it was so tight that Kim couldn't even sit down.

Celebrity musical appearances don't come cheap.

Rihanna at the Met Gala, 2015.
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Back in 2015, Rihanna was slated to perform at the Met Gala. You'd think that just being on the guest list would be payment enough, but not for Bad Girl Riri. She reportedly requested $1 million for her services.

Spouses are not allowed to sit together while attending the Met Gala.

Lady Gaga waving at the Met Gala.

In The First Monday in May, it was revealed that Anna Wintour never seats married couples side-by-side. The reasoning behind this is so that people break free of their comfort zones and meet new people.

Smoking is strictly forbidden.

This shouldn't come as too much of a shock, especially considering that the party takes place inside the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. That being said, there are always those who attempt to bend the rules.

All attendees must be over the age of 18.

Maddie Zeigler on a balcony in a winter coat.
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This rule was instated just four years ago. At the time, it meant that hopeful attendees, such as model/dancer Maddie Zeigler, were barred from entry. Will Smith was also refused entry, even though she'd attended in previous years.

Celebrity guests are strategically spaced out.

Rihanna blowing a kiss at the Met Gala.

This is done so that no table can ever be identified as being better than any other. Everyone is equal at the Met Gala, at least that's what hostess Anna Wintour wants them to believe.

Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and the Kardashians weren't originally allowed at the event.

Paris Hilton saying that's hot
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Former Met Gala organizer and Vogue associate Stephanie Winston Wolkoff explained, "The Kardashians had zero style, and their whole reason for who they were was nothing that tied to Vogue."

Obviously, they eventually made it in.

Some food is banned partially for smell, and partially for style.


Wintour banned chives, garlic, onions, and parsley because they can give people bad breath. Fish is also not on the menu due to the smell.