You know those celebrities that you see everywhere…except in movies, on TV, in music videos, or in concert? These stars are always hanging around, but never actually accomplishing anything significant, and at this rate, they’re like “fetch.” They’re just not going to happen.
Hailey Baldwin is only relevant because of the people around her. Her dad is the second or third most relevant Baldwin brother, she’s dated Justin Bieber, she’s pals with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and she occasionally hits a red carpet when she can serve as someone’s plus-one. She’s supposed to be a model, but until recently, her biggest runway was Instagram. In March 2016, Baldwin switched model management companies, moving to IMG, the same agency that handles Karlie Kloss and the Hadid sisters, so we may get to kick Hailey off this list in the future.
Chantel Jeffries dated Bieber briefly during the height of his legal troubles in January 2014 and has reportedly hooked up with him off-and-on ever since. The Instagram beauty keeps showing up on red carpets, and we can’t figure out why. Seriously, what does she do? And who keeps inviting her to things?
Frankie J. Grande
Frankie J. Grande keeps trying to piggyback off half-sister Ariana Grande’s fame. The problem is, where Ariana is a talented vocalist, seasoned Broadway performer, and former Nickelodeon star, Frankie doesn’t actually do anything. He shows up at awards shows, dances occasionally, and was one of the most reviled cast members of Big Brother. It’s about time he accepted that his sister got all the star power in their gene pool.
Christina Milian had a hit back in 2004 with “Dip It Low.” She has a reality show, Christina Milian: Turned Up, and occasionally appears as a correspondent on The Voice, but she hasn’t had a hit song of her own in ages, despite being talented and stunningly beautiful. Here’s hoping she’s investing the money she has strategically because she may be forced into retirement sooner than she thinks.
Tyga may have thought shacking up with a satellite Kardashian would be good exposure, and to be fair, he’s partially right. A lot more people know the “Rack City” rapper’s name now, but it’s because he embarked on a relationship with a minor, and now we’re all just really grossed out. Kylie Jenner is legal now, but regardless, this PR-heavy romance hasn’t helped Tyga’s album sales. His most recent release, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, had moved fewer than 5,000 copies at the time of this writing.
This brings us back to the Kardashian connection. Tyga has a son named King Cairo with a former stripper named Blac Chyna. At the time of this writing, Chyna was engaged to be married to Kylie’s half-brother, Rob Kardashian, and was carrying Rob’s child. That means if Tyga marries Kylie, his son and Rob’s child will be siblings and cousins. This won’t make him famous. It will make him infamous. There’s a difference.
At some point, Kristin Cavallari realized that unlike Lauren Conrad, she doesn’t have the enviable lifestyle or design skills necessary to maintain her Laguna Beach fame on her own. She attracted some limelight when she hooked up with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, then broke up, then made up, got knocked up, and walked down the aisle. Since then, Cavallari has kept her name in headlines with occasional music video cameos and rampant anti-vaccine propaganda. Girl, just give it up and be a WAG.
Cody & Ali Simpson
Cody Simpson is talented, but he lacks the essential star power to make it big. He’s had a lot of chances, opening for Bieber and occasionally appearing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid, but the Aussie teen star can’t seem to break through in the States. Similarly, his younger sister, Alli, has been trying to ride his coattails, and considering he can’t even happen, it’s a safe bet that she won’t either.
Jonathan Cheban has been riding the Kardashian wave since it started, appearing on countless episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and other reality shows, including Millionaire Matchmaker. If he’s wondering why no one takes him seriously, it’s because he has even less discernible talent than the family that he follows around all the time.
Rita Ora has all the makings of a star: She has a body made for sin, the voice of an angel, and Jay Z in her corner. But the British beauty just can’t seem to get a hit song, no matter how many features she gives (to Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg) and receives (from Drake and Calvin Harris) or how many cameos she has in movies like Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Fifty Shades of Grey (2014).
Ora is known more for her messy relationships than her music. In 2016, she attracted the attention of Beyoncé’s “Bey Hive” after rumors about Ora and Jay Z hit the tabloids. Ora is also embroiled in lawsuits with Jay Z’s Roc Nation music label. According to Page Six, Ora sued in December 2015, claiming the label wasn’t doing a good job promoting her career; Roc Nation responded with a suit accusing Ora of breaking her record contract and failing to deliver promised albums. Word is, Jay Z has agreed to release Ora from her contract, which may make this entire “courtship” disappear. Beyoncé/Jay Z v. Ora is not a fair fight, but that’s what happens when you’re more focused on turning yourself into a tabloid staple than you are in recording, writing, or promoting your own work.