17 Times Female Celebrities Actually Looked After Each Other, Despite What The Industry Intended

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1.When Lady Gaga took to her Instagram stories to show her support for Britney Spears, and let her know how happy she was that she was *finally* free from her nearly 14-year conservatorship.

Lady Gaga writing: "Love you @britneyspears. Live your best life"
@ladygaga / Via Instagram: @ladygaga

2.And when Cher took to Twitter to give Britney the same love and respect she rightly deserves, and stood by her every step of the way during the #FreeBritney movement in 2021.

3.When Emma Thompson was in the audience at Adele's An Audience With... concert, and she encouraged folks in their seats to stand up and dance along to the singer's iconic "Rolling in the Deep."

Emma Thompson mouthing to the audience: "Come on, come on, get up!" then dancing in the crowd
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4.When the cast of Ocean's 8 was being introduced at the movie premiere in 2018, and when Rihanna's name was called, Cate Blanchett stood up and cheered her on like the stellar costar she is.

5.When Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie were doing press for Eternals, and they couldn't help but praise each other for being the mindful, present, funny, and amazing actors and women they truly are.

Salma about Angelina: "I watched her be an amazing mother — I watched her dedication. She's very real and present." Angelina about Salma: "I was such a fan of her work. She has a reputation for being just a warm and wonderful person"
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6.When Leslie Jones made her first appearance on The View in 2016 and told Whoopi Goldberg how much she influenced her growing up as a Black woman and as a comedian, leaving Goldberg speechless.

Leslie Jones telling Whoopi: "I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart because now I know what I'm doing when I put on that 'Ghostbusters' suit and little girls see me on TV"
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7.When Taylor Swift inducted Carole King into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and gave her nothing but high praise, recognition, and flowers for paving the way for female songwriters in the music industry.

Taylor Swift on Carole King: "She created the purest works of love and strength and catharsis, while navigating the politics of an era that didn't make space for the idea of a female genius"
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8.When Lizzo revealed on an Instagram Live that she received racist and anti-fat comments after dropping her music video for "Rumors," and iconic rappers Cardi B and Missy Elliott immediately came to Lizzo's side to show their unconditional love and support.

Lizzo on her Instagram Live: "If you don't like 'Rumors' the song, cool — but a lot of people don't like me because of the way I look." Cardi B's response: "Whether you skinny, big, [or] plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you"
Atlantic / Nice Life / Rich Fury / Getty Images / @lizzobeeating / Via Instagram: @lizzobeeating
Missy Elliott's note to Lizzo: "Once every few decades, someone breaks the mold. And you are one of those people. Continue to shine and be blessed through your next journey. Love, Missy"
@lizzobeeating / Via Instagram: @lizzobeeating

9.When the crowd at the US Open in 2018 booed Naomi Osaka for beating Serena Williams, and Williams wrapped her arm around her and used her platform to call out the crowd's toxic behavior.

Williams to the crowd: "Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due, and let's not boo anymore. Let's be positive — congratulations, Naomi. No more booing!"
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10.When Beyoncé posted a message on her website supporting Meghan Markle after her interview with Oprah, and she celebrated Markle's strength, courage, and leadership despite being mistreated by the royals.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being interviewed by Oprah; Beyoncé's message to Markle: "Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you;" Markle and Beyoncé at the 2019 premiere of "The Lion King"
CBS / Harpo Productions / Beyonce / WPA Pool / Getty Images / Via beyonce.com

11.When Oprah gifted 23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman a caged bird ring for Gorman to wear on the day of President Biden's inauguration. The ring was a tribute to one of Oprah's longtime heroes, Maya Angelou, who read a poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

Gorman reading her poem at Biden's inauguration in 2021; Angelou and Oprah on stage together at "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" in 2011; Angelou reading her poem at Clinton's inauguration in 1993
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12.When Lucille Ball gave up and comer Carol Burnett career advice backstage after seeing her in Once Upon a Mattress in 1959. Burnett's career ebbed and flowed in the beginning, and when she didn't have any job opportunities, Ball hired her as a guest star on The Lucy Show before she got her big break in 1967.

Burnett to Ball: "She gave me work when I didn't have any a lot of times" Ball to Burnett: "All I remember is every time you were on my show, you were doing yours" Burnett to Ball: "No, there were times when I really didn't have a job"
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13.When Whitney Houston surprised humongous fan Brandy during a rehearsal for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1995. Houston checked in on 16-year-old Brandy and asked how she was handling her newfound fame in the music industry.

Brandy and Whitney Houston embracing during a tearful first meeting, and Whitney asking Brandy how she's handling the first stages of fame

Two years later, the iconic singers would star in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella together.

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14.When Barbra Streisand appeared on The Judy Garland Show in 1963 in the beginning of her career, Garland visited Streisand's apartment in New York City and gave her advice, saying things like: "Don't let them do to you what they did to me."

Barbra and Judy on "The Judy Garland Show." Judy to Barbra: "You're so good that I...hate you! I hate you you're so good." Barbra to Judy: "You're so great, that I've been hating you for years"
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15.When Mariah Carey went up on the American Idol stage to hug superfan Kelly Clarkson, and the two singers gushed over each other's legendary voices and musical talents.

Clarkson nervous about performing in front of Carey, and Carey telling her: "Please! I need your opinion on some music, darling!"
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16.When Janis Joplin bought one of her musical heroes, Bessie Smith, a burial plot decades after she died because the legendary blues singer never had one (despite her groundbreaking influence in the music industry).

Joplin on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1969; Smith posing for a portrait in the 1930s; Smith's burial plot, which reads: "The greatest blues singer in the world will never stop singing"
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17.And when Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 because she wanted to take care of her mental health, and she received a ton of backlash. Michelle Obama then took to Instagram to let her know just how proud she was of her decision.

Biles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021; Obama at BookTube in 2019
Xavier Laine / Gary Miller / Getty Images / Via Twitter: @MichelleObama