Blake Lively was among the first stars to confirm she'd be skipping the Met Gala this year. Though her stunning looks in past years have made her a staple at the annual fashion event, on 28 April, she told reporters at the Tiffany & Co. reopening in New York City that "you will not" see her at the gala. However, she added, "But I will be watching."
On 1 May, the same day as the Met Gala, Lively posted a mirror selfie of her pumping breastmilk in a bathroom, doubling down on her absence.
Lively last attended the gala in 2022, where she wowed onlookers with her colour-changing custom Atelier Versace gown. Her husband, Ryan Reynolds, was her date, sporting a simple black velvet tuxedo.