You’ve probably seen your favorite male celebrity rock earrings, whether on the red carpet or with the paparazzi catching them while out and about. It is clear that over the years, it has become somewhat the norm to see male celebrities wear earrings.
Whether it’s their signature look or a way to spice up their style on special occasions, here is a list of 10 male celebrities wearing earrings.
10 Male celebrities wearing earrings
1. Harry Styles
Harry Edward Styles is an English singer, actor, and songwriter. He rose to fame in 2010, when he competed as a solo artist in the UK singing competition, The X-Factor.
During the competition, he and four other men were brought together to create the boyband, One Direction. They went on to become one of the biggest boy bands in the world.
In 2015, they disbanded and each member went on to pursue solo careers. Since then, Harry Styles has gone on to have one of the most successful solo careers. As he branched out and evolved as a solo artist, his style evolved too.
In March 2019, Harry Styles made his debut at the Met Gala. This is an exclusive annual event whereby A-list celebrities are in attendance to raise money that goes towards noble charitable activities. His look attracted a lot of attention because it featured a pearl hoop earring on his right ear.
His stylist revealed that he had his ear pierced about 4 days before the Met Gala, and the pearl hoop earring was the perfect cherry on top to complete his Gucci look.
2. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in 2013 by posting videos of himself singing and playing his guitar, on a short video-sharing social media app called Vine.
He then went on tour with famous artists such as Taylor Swift and Austin Mahone. His singles and albums also peaked in the music charts and established him as a successful solo music artist.
Shawn Mendes also had several piercings. He revealed that both of his ears were pierced when he was young and has been spotted wearing earrings during various events.
In January 2021, he got a helix piercing on his right ear. A helix piercing is any piercing made on the upper cartilage of the ear. It is made with a small, hollow piercing needle and a small diameter bead ring or a stud can be worn on it.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, is a Portuguese professional footballer. He plays forward for the premier league team, Manchester United. He is also the team captain.
He is regarded as the best football player in the world, having scored an estimated 815 goals all through his career.
He has both of his ears pierced and often wears his signature diamond studs, which are estimated to cost $13,000.
In football, players are usually not allowed to play with earrings. They will be required to either remove them or tape them before getting into the field. Playing with earrings could pose potential dangers of injury to both the wearer and other players.
Football is a contact sport and can be rough when players are scrambling for the ball. Perhaps a player wears a hooped earring, during such scrambles, the earring may be ripped-off of their ear by another player, causing severe damage.
The referee could be held accountable and penalized for allowing a player to play with earrings on, and the player who caused the injury would most likely be punished.
BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is a Korean boy band. It was formed in 2010, and debuted in 2013, under the BigHit Entertainment label, now known as Hybe Labels. It consists of seven members, namely RM, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, V, Jimin, and JHope.
Six out of the seven members have various piercings with Jungkook having the most.
The piercings that the Bangtan Boys have mostly include dual-ear lobe piercings. For example, Jimin has five ear piercings, two on his left and three on his right.
Jungkook has the most known piercings, estimated to be 11 in total, including lip and eyebrow piercings.
The only member who does not have any known piercings is JHope since he prefers his ears to stay natural.
5. Johnny Depp
John Christopher Depp is an American actor, musician, and producer. He started in music, by playing the guitar in a band called The Kids.
The band moved to Los Angeles in the pursuit of securing a record deal but broke up in 1984 before it happened. He branched off into acting and made his debut in 1984 in the horror movie, Nightmare On Elm Street.
His role in the movie, 21 Jump Street in 1987, led to his rise in prominence as a teen idol of that time.
His most commercially successful work is in The Pirates of The Caribbean movie franchise, as Captain Jack Sparrow. This is the role that he is best known for and solidified his acting legacy.
In 2012, the Guinness book of world records named him the highest-paid actor, having earned $75 million in a year.
Johnny Depp has at least three piercings on his left ear, and one on his right. He is often spotted wearing studs or hooped earrings.
6. LeBron James
LeBron Raymone James Sr is a professional American basketballer. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, which is part of the National Basketball Association, otherwise known as the NBA.
He is known as the greatest basketballer of all time. Since his debut in the NBA in 2004, he has gone to be selected in 16 All-Star games and made 1,949 career dunks throughout his basketball career.
LeBron James has pierced both his ears and is often spotted wearing diamond studs. He had his ears pierced when he was a child.
Basketballers are not allowed to wear earrings while playing, or any kind of jewelry. Just like football, jewelry worn while playing poses a risk of injury to both the wearer and other players.
Ludacris, whose real name is Christopher Brian Bridges is an American actor, record executive, and rapper. He also goes by the name DJ Chris Lova Lova.
He is best known as Tej Parker in the Fast and Furious film series, where he made his first appearance in 2003.
Ludacris has both of his ears pierced and usually wears diamond studs on both of them.
It is not clear when Ludacris got his ears pierced, but during the late 90s and early 2000s, around the time he rose to fame, many male rappers would have their ears pierced and wear diamond stud earrings. Therefore he probably followed suit to keep up with the trends.
8. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
Sean Love Combs is an American rapper, entrepreneur, record executive, and songwriter. He is also known as Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy, or P.Diddy.
He began his career as an intern at Uptown Records in 1990. He was fired 3 years later and went on to establish his record label, known as Bad Boy Entertainment.
He helped to launch the careers of famous musical artists such as Mary J. Blige and Christopher Wallace, famously known as Notorious B.I.G.
He also produced numerous commercially successful albums and went on to secure prestigious awards, among them three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards.
Diddy has both ears pierced and is often spotted wearing diamond studs. Sometimes, he changes up his look by wearing one stud on either of his ears.
9. Will Smith
Willard Carole Smith II, popularly known as Will Smith is an American actor, rapper, producer, and director. He is also known as The Fresh Prince, influenced by the popular 90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which kick-started his acting career.
He is one of the most successful black actors and musicians since he has received nominations and awards among the four most prestigious awards, namely the Grammy Award, Academy Award/ Oscar, Primetime Emmy Award, and Tony Award.
Will Smith has both of his ears pierced, which is known as dual-ear lobe piercing, and has been spotted wearing diamond studs on both his ears.
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.popularly known as Nelly is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and singer.
He began his music career in 1993 with a hip-hop group known as St. Lunatics. In 1999, he signed with Universal Records and debuted his first solo album, which went on to sell 8.4 million copies in the U.S.
He went on to have a massively successful career and was ranked number three in the Top Artists of the 2000s decade.
During his prime, he was known to have a unique style that featured a durag on his head, a white band-aid on his left cheek, and diamond stud earrings.
Nelly has a dual-ear lobe piercing and is usually spotted wearing large diamond stud earrings.
As we have seen, male celebrities wearing earrings has become the norm and this is likely not to change anytime soon.
As the years go by, more men are likely to be influenced to get their ears pierced and make earrings a signature part of their wardrobe.
Since their male celebrity counterparts have embraced it, they will likely follow suit.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.