We know meeting your favourite celebrity’s got to be daunting. But Holly Holm’s tale of meeting Beyoncé has to be one of the most cringeworthy.
The UFC fighter is hardly a wallflower, but when she was introduced to her idol backstage at a recent VIP boxing match viewing hosted by Beyonce and Jay Z, things took a pretty embarassing turn…
‘I meet Jay Z and he says, “This is my wife,” and I’m like, “Oh, hi, what’s your name?” Because that’s what I do when I meet someone’s wife,’ Holly explained to US radio station KRQE.
Hang on, she forgot Bey’s name?! Oh my.
Holly continued: ‘And as I’m shaking her hand, I’m thinking, “Why did I just say that? Why did I just say that to Beyoncé?”‘
We can only imagine the shame. Still, the sensible thing to do would be to just swiftly move on and play it cool, right? Well, clearly not, if you’re Holly. Brace yourselves.
The boxer went on to confess that despite Jay’s efforts to talk to her about the fight, she couldn’t stop backtracking about her awkward faux pas.
‘I can’t even focus on what he’s saying because I just put my foot in my mouth’, she continued to recall. ‘I literally have to interrupt him. I’m like, “I’m really sorry,” and I go back to Beyoncé and I’m like, “I can’t believe I just did that.”‘
Holm, stop! NOW! But we’re curious – how did Sasha Fierce respond?
‘She goes, “Oh no, it’s fine.” I’m like, “No, I really, really… It’s such an honor to meet you.’”
Bless. Even champion fighters get weak around the Queen, then. We wouldn’t worry, Hols. We imagine she gets it all the time….