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All the celebrities who didn't attend this year's Met Gala, and why

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After months of anticipation the Met Gala 2023 has finally arrived. The annual charity event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, sees our favourite celebs from the worlds of film, TV, music and of course, fashion, turn up in easily their best looks ever.

And this year's event, honouring the work of designer Karl Lagerfeld, was no exception. Regular guests such as Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Priyanka Chopra were in attendance. And this year saw the arrival of a few faces making their Met Gala debut; Doja Cat, we're looking at you in that incred Choupette inspired look.

Whilst it was great to see some of our Met Gala favourites and new attendees added to the guest list, we couldn't help but notice a few of our classic go-to best dressers were missing from this year's event.

Here's all the celebs who skipped this year's event and why.

Beyoncé

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Another year, another Met Gala and still no Beyoncé. We're not crying, you're crying. Queen Bey skipped the Met Gala again this year, with her last appearance at the annual event being in 2016 for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" when she wore that Givenchy dress.

According to the Daily Mail, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z were on holiday in Miami (lucky for some) over the weekend, which could explain her not attending.

She's also in major prep for her Renaissance tour, which could also account for her giving the event a miss. We have to respect the hustle.

Lady Gaga

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Another icon sadly missing from this year's event was Lady Gaga, who has previously served as a co-chair for the gala back in 2019 for the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme.

In fact her appearance as co-chair in 2019 was Gaga's last appearance on the Met steps, where she pulled out all the stops and wore not one, but four, heart-stopping looks.

There's no confirmation as to why Gaga has skipped this year's event. She has just finished filming the Joker 2, so maybe she just needed some much needed R+R?

Blake Lively

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She matches her outfits to the carpets, and yet this year we were robbed of the chance to see Blake Lively on the Met Gala carpet.

Blake has been in attendance for the last few Met Galas, last appearing at 2022's event for the "Gilded Glamour" theme.

Blake, who has recently given birth to her fourth child with husband Ryan Reynolds, revealed to reporters last week that she would not be in attendance at this year's event.

Instead she shared what she would be doing instead, "I will be watching," she said per E! Online. Relatable.

Blake even joked she would be wearing her gown from last year's event (the Atelier Versace number) on the couch whilst watching. Could we love her anymore?

Taylor Swift

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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but once again Taylor Swift has not appeared on the Met Gala steps.

Taylor hasn't attended the Met since 2016 for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme.

Whilst Taylor hasn't commented on why she didn't attend this year's event we can imagine it had a little something to do with this thing called The Eras Tour. ICYMI, Taylor is currently on tour in the U.S. and though she had no tour date scheduled for the night of the Met, we imagine she probably just needed a break from the spotlight.

Miley Cyrus

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She can buy herself flowers, but one thing Miley Cyrus won't be doing is attending the Met Gala this year.

Miley last appeared on those iconic steps in 2019 for the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme with then-husband Liam Hemsworth. However, despite our wishes and prayers she hasn't made a return since then.

Last year Miley was on tour in South America when the Met was on. However, there's been no confirmation as to why she skipped this year's Gala. Miley, if you're reading this, we want you back.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

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They're always one of the best dressed couples on the Met Gala steps and yet this year Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were sadly missing from the annual event.

The couple attended last year's event for the "Gilded Glamour" theme were they wore co-ordinating Louis Vuitton looks.

Joe's brother Nick and his wife Priyanka Chopra did attend last night's event, wearing matching black and white looks, so at least we got one third of the Jonas Brothers.

Hailey Bieber

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She's a regular fixture at the Met Gala, however this year Hailey Bieber decided to skip this year's event.

Hailey last attended in 2022 for the "Gilded Glamour" theme, where she looked breathtaking in that white backless gown.

Whilst Hailey hasn't given an explanation for her no-show, many fans are theorising that given the rather difficult year she's had in the public eye with her mental health, she decided to skip the event.

Earlier this year on Instagram Hailey posted this statement: "I like to make jokes about how I feel because sometimes it’s easier than admitting I’m having a hard time.

“But truthfully, since 2023 started I have had some of the saddest, hardest moments I’ve ever had in my adult life and my mind and emotions have been fragile to say the least. And I know so many other people feel the same way I feel, so just know you’re not alone.”

Here's hoping Hailey is doing ok!

Selena Gomez

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We've been eagerly awaiting to see if Selena Gomez would attend this year's Met Gala, given her last appearance was during the 2018 Gala for the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme.

However, Selena did not show up to last night's carpet. Whilst we don't have a specific reason for Selena missing the event, we can imagine that given she's just finished wrapping Only Murders in the Building season three, she's probably in need of a bit of a break.

Katy Perry

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She's an iconic fixture on the Met Gala red carpet every year she goes, except this year the Met Gala was Katy Perry-less.

Katy attended last year's event for the "Gilded Glamour" theme in that stunning black and white gown.

However, this year Katy was not in attendance, as according to Just Jared, she was at a live taping for American Idol, of which she is one of the judges.

We get it Katy, work comes first, but we are going to need you to return next year.

Zendaya

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One of the Met Gala queens, Zendaya sadly did not attend this year's event and we're going to need a few minutes to get over it.

Zendaya last graced the Met steps back in 2019 for the "Camp Notes on Fashion" theme where she wore the Cinderella inspired dress, alongside her friend and stylist Law Roach.

So far, Zendaya hasn't given a reason as to why she skipped this year's event. Maybe 2024 will showcase her return? Fingers crossed.

Harry Styles

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He was one of the co-chairs hosting the Met Gala in 2019 for the "Camp Notes on Fashion" theme and yet Harry was missing from this year's Gala.

Harry has only attended the Met Gala that one time in 2019 and fans have eagerly been awaiting his return to those famous steps.

However, it appears his ongoing world tour could be the reason why he didn't attend this year's event as he's got a show in Denmark scheduled for the weekend.

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