Several big names are expected to be missing from tonight’s Met Gala red carpet, raising the question of whether this year’s strict COVID protocols have caused some stars to postpone it.
In the first Met Gala since Vogue canceled the event amid last May’s pandemic, all guests must show masks and provide proof of vaccination, consistent with New York City’s mandate for access to indoor dining, indoor fitness facilities and indoor entertainment including concerts. , cinemas and museums.
Quite a few Met Gala regulars have announced or hinted that they will be staying at home, including Kylie Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen and Zendaya.
While some of the stars have mentioned previous appointments, movie schedules and the fact that the event has “a lot to do,” their absence may leave some fans wondering if it was, in fact, the vaccine or mask mandate that kept them sidelined.
So far, only Nicki Minaj has revealed that she is in fact unvaccinated, tweeting, “If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met.” Minutes before the event started, she also revealed that she had tested positive for COVID.
Kylie Jenner is one of the big names who won’t be at the Met Gala tonight (pictured in 2018)
An inside source told Page Six that her reason for skipping the Met Gala is that it just takes too much time and effort (pictured 2017 left, 2016 right)
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there this year. Can’t wait to see all the looks,” she wrote on Instagram stories
Kylie Jenner has been to every Met Gala since her first in 2015, but she said she’s not going to the Met Gala tonight.
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there this year. Can’t wait to see all the looks,” she wrote on Instagram stories.
An inside source told Page six her reason for skipping the Met Gala is that it just takes too much time and effort.
“Kylie is pregnant and it’s a lot to take on to go to such a public event,” the source said.
However, she is in New York for New York Fashion Week
Jenner raised eyebrows in 2016 when she shared a meme that appeared to be anti-vax
Another said she was previously approved to attend but decided to withdraw due to her pregnancy.
It’s unclear whether or not Jenner received the jab, though technically it would also have been necessary for the REVOLVE Gallery at New York Fashion Week earlier this week.
Jenner has somehow not talked about the COVID-19 vaccine, but did raise eyebrows in 2016 when she shared a meme that appeared to be anti-vax.
Stay at home: Nicki Minaj is the only star to explicitly say the vaccine mandate will keep her out of the Met Gala (photo 2019)
“They want you vaccinated before the Met,” she tweeted this afternoon. ‘If I get vaccinated, it’s not for the Met’
She has continued to communicate with fans on Twitter about this topic
Nicki Minaj is the only star to explicitly say the vaccine mandate will keep her out of the Met Gala.
“They want you vaccinated before the Met,” she tweeted this afternoon. “If I get vaccinated, it won’t happen before the Met. It will be when I feel I have done enough research. I’m working on that now.
“In the meantime, my beloved, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that enclose your head and face. Not the loose one.’
She has continued to communicate with fans on Twitter about the topic.
When a fan told her that the vaccine “doesn’t prevent you from getting covid, it prevents you from getting serious symptoms.” Unvaccinated people are 11x more likely to die from Covid than vaccinated people,” Minaj replied.
‘Darling. That is not true. I had the exact same symptoms as ppl with that damn vaccine,” she wrote back, as if she seemed to miss the point of the original tweet.
“I was preparing for VMAs and then I shot a video and guess who got COVID? You know what it’s like to not be able to kiss or hold your little baby for over a week?’ she said to another fan. ‘A baby who’s only used to his mommy? ‘get vaccinated’ Drake just told me he got covid with THE VACCINE, so chili.’
Sarah Jessica Parker is in the process of filming, and her frequent date Andy Cohen said he is also serving this one (pictured in 2018)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen
Sarah Jessica Parker is a mainstay of the Met Gala, often wearing one of the evening’s more bubbly looks.
But her frequent date, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, said he’s staying home this year — and hinted she was too busy to go, too.
“I’m taking a year off,” he told Access Hollywood. My date is going to film this year. She films “And Just Like That…”
Parker has not explicitly shared whether or not she has been vaccinated, but in May she appeared to share a pro-vaccine stance by posting a link to a New York Times article titled, “How a Javits Center Vaccine Nurse Spends Her Sundays’.
As for Cohen, he’s also kept his vaccine status to himself — but when his show Watch What Happens Live welcomed a studio audience in June, it was announced that all audience members must be vaccinated, according to Variety.
Zendaya also admitted she won’t make it to the event and will be filming Euphoria (pictured in 2019)
Zendaya also admitted she won’t make it to the event, which is chaired by her Dune colleague Timothee Chalamet.
“My fans will be very mad at me,” she told Extra TV.
“Unfortunately I can’t be there because I will be working for Euphoria,” she continued.
‘I have my spare time to come here and do this Venice’ [Film Festival] experience, which was very, very special.’
Zendaya was caught in July on camera vaccinated at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Dua Lipa is reportedly skipping this year’s Met Gala as she’s filming Mathew Vaughn’s upcoming thriller Argylle in the UK
Dua Lipa made her Met Gala debut in 2019, but she would have to forgo the event this year as she is working across the pond on her first feature film.
The 25-year-old Grammy winner is in British shooting director Mathew Vaughn’s upcoming thriller Argylle, TMZ reported last week.
According to the outlet, she was invited to the Met Gala this year and would have gone had it not been for her movie schedule.
It is unclear whether the English singer has been able to get vaccinated, but she plans to get the injection. In Vanity FairIn its July/August 2021 cover story, the magazine noted its “commitment to wait its turn for the coronavirus vaccine.”
Whether or not Lipa’s friend Anwar Hadid – the brother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid – was invited to this year’s Met Gala remains unknown.
Hadid, who attended with his family in 2017, made headlines in late December when he said he would “definitely not” get the COVID-19. However, he later claimed that he is not an anti-vaxxer.
“I’m not ‘anti-vax’. I think everyone should be careful with each vaccine individually and look at positive and potential negative effects,” said the 22-year-old, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Hadid added that he has indeed “taken vaccines before.”