We can’t choose our family, but we can certainly choose our friends. That said, we should pay a lot of thought about who we surround ourselves with, because friends are those people we share our lives with. We tell them our secrets, our fears, and what makes us happy.
Friends aren’t always peers or people we went to college with, and what makes friendship beautiful is that it comes in all shapes and sizes.
Speaking of “unusual” friendships, we can’t help but mention that of Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. These two BFF’s break barriers and show us that when it comes to true friendship, age is just a number.
Martha, who is the first female self-made billionaire, has tried herself in different careers before becoming a well-known TV personality, and she was very successful in each of them.
As a teenager, she signed with Ford Models and was featured in shows, magazines, and commercials. According to her, she was “the all American girl.”
Later, she attended Barnard College and pursued a career as a stockbroker at an all-male firm.
“I lasted in that business for about eight years, working in a firm of all men. Only one woman owned a seat on the New York Stock Exchange at that time. I’m not intimidated by men; I never was,” Martha Stewart told People. “But men actually welcomed me to their offices. We wore hot pants to work. I still have my pale, peachy-pink ones and my chocolate-brown ones. I wore them with either high heels, bare legs, or tights. Elegant but also crazy. Like, how can you go to work in short-shorts? But I didn’t think twice about it. I was totally respected.”
Eventually, after years of working as a stockbroker, Martha felt she should spend more time with her family; her now ex-husband Andrew Steward and her only child, daughter Alexis.
While Alexis attended school in Westport, Connecticut, Martha came up with the idea of starting an at-home catering business. A decade later, she launched her company Martha Stewart Inc. which turned into a million dollar business.
In 1990, she and her husband divorced, and she had a hard time accepting the fact she and Andrew were no longer together.
“Getting divorced was a terrible thing for me because we were the first to divorce in my family,” she told the Daily Mail. “And that we haven’t spoken since the divorce is even more painful.”
In 2008, rapper Snoop Dogg was a guest on Martha Stewart Show and she found the way he spoke fun. In fact, she commented that they made a “weird couple.” This show was the start of something big and meaningful.
Snoop Dogg said at the time, “Martha kind of, like, pioneered this. As far as letting rappers become a part of daytime television.”
A year later, he returned to the show and their friendship only grew bigger. Speaking of what the two share, Snoop Dogg descried it as “a natural combination of love, peace, and harmony.”
In 2016, they decided to do a show together, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. It was a huge hit loved by many and received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2017.
“It’s not fake, it’s not put on,” SallyAnn Salsano, the producer of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party told Inc.. “It’s just what it is. That’s why I think it feels so good because you have two people that genuinely love each other and respect each other, for real.”
Watching them spend a bunch of time together led some to believe that there is possibly something more than just a friendship between Martha and Snoop Dogg, but that’s far from true. Speaking on Good Day New York, Martha, who is 30 years older than Snoop Dogg, said that what they have is just a genuine friendship, nothing more.
“Snoop is younger than my daughter. We have to have a professional relationship, don’t we Snoop?” she said, and added, “He is very attractive, I must say, he really is an attractive human being. Everybody likes him. It’s so nice that he’s popular, and the guests really adore him and respond to him nicely. And he has a great sense of humor.”
Being around Martha made Snoop Dogg a much better chef in the kitchen. In 2018, he published his cookbook From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen and his friend Martha wrote the foreword.
“Snoop and I have a special bond that dates back to when he first appeared on the Martha Stewart Show in 2008. Our relationship was born from our connection to food as we whipped up some cognac mashed potatoes and green brownies,” Martha Stewart wrote.
“Working with Snoop in the kitchen has been a remarkable experience for me. Not only has he taught me new lingo and cultural references, he surprised me with his unique cooking techniques and recipes.”
We are glad that despite their age difference, these two make such good friends.