Presenting: the 50 Cringiest Moments from 2022 – Cosmopolitan

Cringiest Moments from 2022

 It was M3GAN and Chucky’s feud for me (YES, I consider M3GAN a celebrity).
Much like your Spotify wrapped list, 2022 was, largely, frightening. At least when it came to celebrity news and drama, which was basically non-stop and—some might say–completely deranged. Between the 40+ breakups (we kept track of them all due to being unwell), several feuds (including between Elmo and Rocky not to mention M3GAN and Chucky), and the revelation that King Charles travels with an emotional support teddy bear, 2022 simply was not okay. Like, I’m worried about her.
But yeah, in the interest of reliving the “good” times (emphasis on those quotes because the times…they were not good), we’ve rounded up the cringiest and wildest celeb moments of the year. Don’t want to spoil things for you, but some highlights—by which I mean lowlights—include the internet thinking Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine, Prince William earning the nickname “Prince of Pegging,” James Corden being banned (and then unbanned…and then re-banned?) from Balthazar, Jason Sudeikis serving Olivia Wilde papers in public, and, of course, Adam Levine’s alleged sexts, which have been haunting me daily.
In other words, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the most unhinged of times. And we’re breaking it all down ahead.
P.S. Not every single cringey celeb moment has made this list, so we will be adding to it as more come to mind / depending on what Julia Fox gets up to in December.
While the internet was minding its business, Jana Kramer decided to reveal that Chris Evans ghosted her over asparagus pee.
“The last interaction that I remember is him going into the bathroom after I just went with asparagus pee,” she mused during her Whine Down with Jana Kramer podcast. “We didn’t hook up that night. He stayed up late with his friends and then [in] the morning I did the asparagus walk of shame out of his house. I never heard from him again.”

Remember back in July when you innocently opened Twitter and #princeofpegging was trending? I, too, have blocked it out. But Prince William was briefly given this illustrious nickname thanks to a @Deuxmoi tipster, who wrote into the gossip account alleging that a member of the British royal family’s extramarital affair was an “open secret,” and that the reason for the affair was the royal’s “love of pegging.”
This casting decision lead to a lot of sexual confusion on the internet, and as one person put it, “You can absolutely tell that Dominic West is too hot to play Prince Charles because during the re-enactment of the tampon call it wasn’t totally cringe I was like wait, he’s making some interesting points.”
FYI, Dominic was asked about being too hot to play Prince Charles by Variety, and said in response, “Well I think there’s something in that, you know. I’ve had worse.”
This was a whole thing, but TLDR: E! News posted a quote on its Instagram grid from Selena saying, “I never fit in with a cool group of girls that were celebrities. My only friend in the industry really is Taylor.”
Cut to her close friend / kidney donor Francia Raisa, who hit the comments with a simple “interesting.” To which Sel seemingly responded on a random TikTok, “Sorry I didn’t mention every person I know.”

This somewhat alarming fact was revealed by royal author Christopher Andersen, who said, “He still travels with a childhood teddy bear. He’s had it since he was a very small child… The only person who’s been allowed to mend King Charles’s teddy bear is his childhood nanny, Mabel Anderson, who he remains very close to.”
Normal stuff!
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Before Gabby Windey and Erich Schwer confirmed their post-Bachelorette breakup, Gabby was asked if they were “still together” on Dancing with the Stars. The result? Extreme cringe.
I mean…Alan Bersten’s body language pretty much says it all.
No notes/comments.
Otherwise known as the time the internet collectively lost its grip on reality and legitimately thought Harry Styles had spat directly into Chris Pine’s lap during the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling.
You can watch the clip here, and please note that I will be supporting Tyra by calling Landon Logan henceforth, thx.


This moment went down during The Kardashians, when Kim was in Milan for Fashion Week and asked some poor, innocent waiter,

“What is tortellini?” As one person on Twitter put it best, “Nothing prepared me for Kim K asking a server in Milan what tortellini is in the year of our lord 2022.”
Where were you when Hailey Bieber said the words “I really like doggy-style” while chatting about her sex life with Justin Bieber?
Pete Davidson showed up at the 2022 Emmy Awards—his first major public appearance since breaking up with Kim Kardashian—and wore literally the exact same Dickies jacket and pants that Kanye West wore to the Met Gala with Kim.
Coincidence? Not according to Twitter.
Variety co-editor-in-chief Ramin Setoodeh was at the Venice DWD premiere, and posted a video which he described as “Florence Pugh refuses to make eye contact with Olivia Wilde during the 4-minute #Venezia79 standing ovation for #DontWorryDarling.”
Give it an Academy Award for best short film.
Unfortunately, the Hollywood Wax Museum felt the need to create a Billie Eilish wax figure and…this was the result. It’s been haunting me for the majority of this year.
Kyle Richards showed up on Watch What Happens Live and Andy Cohen accidentally asked about her breast reduction surgery, which she’d….literally never mentioned. But she wasted no time calling him out, saying “Oh, thank you for letting everyone know, Andy, thank you.”
This saga truly took 10 years off my life, but a quick recap: restaurateur Keith McNally woke up and chose chaos by posting an extremely blurry photo of James Corden on Instagram and revealing he’d been banned from his restaurant, Balthazar.
After an unbanning, a re-banning, and a salty New York Times interview, James then had to give an entire monologue about the incident.
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ messy split occupied lot of headlines in 2022, but no moment was more cringe than when Jason served his ex in public.
Scott Disick hopped on Instagram right after news that yet another one of his exes was getting married, writing, “In the 305 just call me good luck chuck.”
I mean, he makes points.
2022’s cause of death: every celebrity wearing this skirt.
Never forget when JoJo Siwa hopped on TikTok and called Candace Cameron Bure the rudest celebrity she’s ever met, leading to an endless feud that is still going strong.
The unfollowing went down just days after Miley’s New Year’s Eve special with Kim’s then-boyfriend, Pete Davidson, and caused all kinds of raised brows. (And for those wondering if Kim ever even followed Miley in the first place, there’s proof that she did on December 10, 2021, no less!).
SOMEONE GET THIS MAN HIS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TEDDY BEAR.
Chris Pine was truly living in another dimension during the Don’t Worry Darling press junket.
To be fair, this was the face he made when Harry Styles was giving the following profound quote about movies: “You know, my favorite thing about the movie is, like, it feels like a movie. It feels like a real, like, you know, go-to-the-theater-film movie.”
The only celebrity feud I, for one, am interested in.
In response to Olivia O’Brien saying they dated, Pete Davidson straight up had his rep tell E! News that “there is no truth to this.”
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As one commenter put it, “YESSS HUMBLE CELEBRITIES.”
Patiently waiting for someone to make this interaction into a documentary film.
Bethenny absolutely went off on Kim Kardashian’s skincare line, calling her eye cream “bulbous” and “impractical at best,” and accusing it of being a “smash-and-grab job.” Truly worth watching the whole thing over this way.
Debra started this one by hopping on Twitter to write the following about Kim hosting SNL: “Why Kim Kardashian? I mean, I know she is a cultural icon, but SNL has hosted, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch. Am I missing something?”
Kim addressed the tweet on The Kardashians, saying “Listen, I’m the underdog. Everyone just thinks I’m a ditz. The girl from Will & Grace came out and said she has no idea why I would be chosen as a host. But it’s like, why do you care? I don’t comment to tear people down, especially another female. If that’s what you think, dude, then cool, tune in….”

Actually, “clutches” seems more accurate.
“I’m into MILFs and she’s kind of the queen of MILFs, so I figured it was just the perfect match.” — Yung Gravy, who some call a modern-day Shakespeare.

The lyrics to “part of your world” really took on a whole new meaning.
Cucumbers, as a vegetable and a brand, haven’t been the same since.
Excited for Feud Season 3: Elmo vs. Rocco.
This way to see Katy Perry react to a contestant sing a John Mayer song with “I feel like maybe you should Wikipedia me….”
Remember when empanada enthusiast Emma Hernan told Chrishell Stause that Ben Affleck hit her up on Raya “right before” rekindling things with J.Lo? And then Ben’s rep gave this statement to People? “Raya has confirmed that he has not been an active member for several years.”
lol.
Celebrities. They get annoyed with their S.O.s just like the rest of us!
A full timeline of this cheating scandal lives over here, but this moment was obviously the peak.
Apparently, some fans simply aren’t over Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas breaking up in 2007.
Still can’t get over the fact that this actually happened.
You’ll know it when you see it!!!!!
Broadcaster Michael Kay was chatting about the Yankees vs. Red Sox game with A-Rod after J.Lo’s engagement to Ben Affleck, and simply couldn’t help himself. Ahem.
Michael Kay: “It’s a great time in sports. You have a new Masters champion, NBA playoffs are about to start, baseball is in full swing, and people getting engaged. I mean, it’s a happy time in the world.”
A-Rod: *laughs awkwardly* “Happiness and world peace is what we’re looking for.”
Still working through Tommy Lee’s talking penis with my therapist, thanks for asking.

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