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    People Are Sharing Their IRL Encounters With Celebrities And I'm Busting Out The Popcorn

    “I was at a party in West Hollywood and bumped into Miley Cyrus in the bathroom..."

    If you like to hear about IRL celebrity encounters, you’re going to want to know about the Instagram account OverheardCelebs, which posts stories from regular people — mainly shared via DM — about their funny, awkward, or otherwise memorable run-ins with famous people.

    Among the stories they've shared are ones about Miley Cyrus:

    Miley at a party sticking out her tongue and making the peace sign
    Jamie McCarthy / Via Getty Images for The General

    “I was at a party in West Hollywood and bumped into Miley Cyrus in the bathroom. She was fixing her skirt and lifted it up to fix her underwear, inevitably showing her butt. She looked at me, laughed, and said, ‘What? It’s not like you haven’t seen this before.’ It was everything.”

    Gary Busey:

    Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    “Went to karaoke one night at Cafe Habana in Malibu and as I was trying to leave the DJ booth where the song selection book was, Gary Busey cornered me and said, 'You will never sing Garth Brooks again’ and wouldn’t let me leave until I agreed.”

    Brie Larson:

    An ecstatic Brie holding her Best Actress Oscar on the night she won
    Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

    "When I worked at WME, I thought it would be funny to put a cup that Brie Larson drank out of on eBay for $11. She found out and I got fired. Worth it.”


    An eBay listing for the cup asking for a a starting bid of $11.50

    and Chadwick Boseman:

    A smiling Chadwick in a jean jacket
    Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images

    “I used to be a runner, but after a decade of colon problems — leading to having it removed in 2011 — I had to stop. My body couldn’t handle it. So, when I finally got healthy, it was a joy to get back to running.

    On one of my first runs back, I was struggling to get a rhythm, really huffing and puffing, when I see a big SUV and a guy in a tuxedo up the street. As I run closer to it, the guy in the tuxedo sees me and lifts his arms and starts cheering me on, shouting ‘Looking good man! Get it!’ It was silly but it really gave me a boost. Then finally, when I got to the man, I realized — ‘Oh shit, that’s the guy who played Jackie Robinson!’ (This was in Feb. of 2014.) He continued his cheering and we had an epic high-five as I went by. We both laughed and he did a little boxer move as I kept going. That little lift gave me such a boost.

    Later that night at home, I watched Boseman at the Oscars and it finally dawned on me — that’s why he was in the tux.”

    The people behind the account — which is a collaboration between Comments By Celebs and OverheardLA — admit that it’s impossible to realistically guarantee the authenticity of each submission, but they feel pretty confident the ones they feature are.

    Julie Kramer from Comments By Celebs says, “Going through so many per day, we’ve gotten a good sense as to what feels fabricated and what feels legitimate. We will also often ask the submitter to provide additional context or proof if something feels off."

    Emma Diamond from Comments By Celebs adds, “Additionally, so many of the submissions have such weirdly random, specific details, that it would feel almost bizarre to make up.”

    Also lending credibility? The celebs who have commented on the stories about themselves:

    Approving comments from Mathew Mcconaughey, Elzabeth Banks, Jennifer Garner and David Spade
    Instagram/OverheardCelebs / Via Instagram: @overheardcelebs

    The account aims to keep the stories pretty feel-good — Emma made a point of saying they won’t be posting anything mean-spirited or negative in nature. Bridget Berman from Overheard adds, “We hope to bring a small bit of joy to people’s lives while they’re doom-scrolling on their phone.”

    Oh, and here’s one last thing Emma wanted to say: “If you’re reading this, our DMs are open.”

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