Pete Wentz: My Monkey Once Bit Shakira at an Awards Show

Brigitte Sire
Pete Wentz photographed on April 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Best celebrity encounter you have had at an awards show?

I definitely drank out of the Hennessy bottle Kanye West brought to the Video Music Awards in 2009.

Worst celebrity encounter?

We once brought a tiny monkey with us to a show. We ran into Shakira, and she was like, "Ooh! Can I pet him?" Then the monkey bit Shakira.

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Have you ever brought your mom as a date?

I brought her to the preparty when we were up for the best new artist Grammy in 2006. She met Jay Z. He took off his sunglasses when he met my mom, which was a very good lesson in humility. Then we didn't win. I was mad, and at the afterparty, my mom made me introduce her to Sting. It took my mind off losing.

Ever played an awards show intoxicated?

I've never performed intoxicated, but I've gone buzzed. I remember one time sitting next to Nathan [Williams] from Wavves, and he was like, "Dude, I just dropped acid." I was like, "Oh, my God! You dropped real acid?" It was the worst possible ­environment. His exact line back to me: "Who the f-- drops fake acid?"

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Did you check in on him throughout the night?

No, but there was a point where Odd Future had won an award. I looked over, and Nathan was ­hugging Tyler [The Creator]'s mom over and over again. I was like, "This is so weird."

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This story originally appeared in the May 16 issue of Billboard

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