10+ Celebrities Who Have Broken Down During Interviews

When the cameras turn off and the lights go down, celebrities are just like the rest of us. When they prick their finger, it bleeds. And when their emotions begin to stir, they cry.

Sometimes you can never predict when or how your emotions will come out. To showcase my point, I've compiled 10+ celebrities who have broken down during interviews.

Tracy Morgan.

Tracy Morgan made an appearance on The Today Show shortly after a near-fatal car crash.

Fellow comedian and friend, James McNair lost his life. When the conversation steered to the topic of James' legacy, it was too much for Tracy to bear.

Katy Perry.

Therapy sessions are supposed to be safe spaces. They are a private and confidential avenue for patients to express their innermost feelings and desires.

Katy Perry invited fans into one of her own therapy sessions, and it was a revelation.

Kim Kardashian.

Over the course of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, there have been a lot of tears shed.

Kim also became emotional while she was making an appearance on My Next Guest with David Letterman after he enquired into her personal life with Kanye.

Britney Spears.

It seems like this interviewer was just intent on making Britney cry from the get-go.

She begins berating the young pop star about an illness in her family, her recent break-up with Justin Timberlake, as well as a slew of negative publicity.


Pharrell isn't the first person that Oprah has made cry over the years, and I'm more than certain he won't be the last.

After being shown a collection of fan videos inspired by Pharrell's song "Happy," he became overwhelmed.

Tom Hiddleston.

Tom Hiddleston is an incredible actor and I really can't tell if these are crocodile tears or not? Have a look for yourself, what do you think?

Is Tom legitimately crying or is he trolling the interviewer?


What did I just finish saying?! Oprah loves to make her guests cry. It's understandable why Rihanna was emotional at the time.

It was one of the first public opportunities she had to speak on the Chris Brown abuse she was victim to.

Lady Gaga.

Make no mistake, being a celebrity comes with a lot of perks. But there's a seldom discussed dark-side to fame, one which has claimed many an A-Lister over the years.

Gaga spoke poignantly about this very fact and quickly became emotional.

Kanye West.

Kanye knows the history of fashion arguably better than anyone. During an interview on BBC Radio1, he began sharing memories of his friend and mentor Louise Wilson.

He becomes visibly shook up and even asks to take a break.

Selena Gomez.

Years ago, Selena was diagnosed with Lupus and the disease began ferociously attacking her kidneys.

Were it not for the selfless donation made on behalf of her best friend, Selena wouldn't be here today. Their interview is a tear-jerker.

Ariana Grande.

During a performance in Manchester, a suicide bomber attacked and killed 22 people at Ari's concert. She spoke openly about the tragedy, still obviously shaken up by the entire ordeal.

She's since released a song commemorating the attack.

Nicki Minaj.

Nicki began weeping after being asked if she felt that her grandmother would be proud of the woman that she'd become.

Which is a bit of a low blow, if you ask me. Clearly, this interviewer was trying to upset her.

Elon Musk.

I may be naive, but I genuinely think that Elon Musk is one of the few people who are actively trying to make the world a better place.

Hearing him discuss how his childhood heroes reject his ideas for space travel is crushing.

Joe Rogan.

I'm a fan of The JRE podcast so I can say from experience that it isn't normally an overly emotional show.

But hearing Joe and Kevin Smith swap stories about their dead dogs had me weeping, as were they.

Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber has had to endure a lot of [expletive] in his lifetime. He didn't have any real role model or friend to turn to when times got bad.

That's why he became so fiercely protective of Billie Eilish and wanted to be that person for her.