Best friends forever! Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Ariana Grande and Liz Gillies are among the pairs of celebrity besties that actually knew each other way before they were famous.

When fans think of their favorite celeb duos, current and former costars often come to mind because of all the long hours the stars spend together. But as it turns out, a lot of famous friends actually bonded way before stepping foot onto the Hollywood scene. When it comes to Shawn Mendes and Cameron Dallas, they actually first met way back in their Vine days and stayed close ever since. Fangirls can thank MAGCON and social media for bringing those two together.

When it comes to Hailey Bieber and Kendall (who actually have matching tattoos to commemorate their friendship), the lovely ladies can thank their famous families for bringing them together years before they ever walked a red carpet.

“She was actually best friends with Kylie [Jenner], and I was good friends with her cousin Ireland [Baldwin],” Kendall told Elle in June 2018, noting that she ultimately “stole Hailey from Kylie.”

Fans think Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens first met while filming High School Musical, but they actually knew each other way before that! “We actually worked together a year before in a Sears commercial, and from that day on we were super close,” Ashley said while chatting with Us Weekly in August 2019. “So people don’t really — I think some people know that, but they think it was that movie that brought us together and it really wasn’t.”

They went on to play frenemies in the Disney Channel film series, but stayed close when the cameras stopped rolling.

“She’s so awesome and one of my best friends,” Ashley also told Us Weekly. “What I love about her is that she’s so talented, and I think what we share is that we’re really grounded people and I think that that’s important, especially with what we do, is to stay grounded.”

When the “Headstrong” songstress welcomed her first baby, Jupiter, in March 2021, Vanessa told Entertainment Tonight that she was “so excited” to meet the newborn. These two definitely have a friendship bond that will never be broken, and they aren’t the only ones! Those were just a few examples of how some big stars first met! Scroll through our gallery to uncover all the celebrity BFF pairs who knew each other way before fame. 

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