David Spade’s mom yelled “Lupus!” when she first met Selena Gomez


David Spade is promoting three projects presently. He has his audio book, A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World, which just came out, his Netflix movie, Father of the Year, that started streaming today and he reprised his role of The Invisible Man in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which is already out (and doing really well at the box office). When David was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, David told a funny story about his mom, Judith, meeting Selena Gomez at the premiere. Apparently, David’s mother, like Selena, suffers from Lupus. So, using “mom logic.” when she met Selena, it made perfect sense in her mind to just shout out, “Lupus!” to Selena by way of greetings.

Even stars get embarrassed by their moms—just ask David Spade.

The actor recalled his mom’s awkward encounter with Selena Gomez on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show.

Both Spade and Gomez do voiceovers for the animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. So when it came time for the premiere, Spade decided to invite his family members, including his mother, his daughter Harper and his niece Bea—the daughter of the late Kate Spade.

“She’s a huge star,” Spade told Jimmy Fallon. “They’re sort of bored with me.”
Spade managed to find Gomez and asked if she’d be willing to meet his family. After giving the girls a few hugs, Gomez greeted Spade’s mother. However, his mom didn’t exactly make the best first impression.

“My mom goes ‘lupus!’” Spade recalled, noting that both she and Gomez have the autoimmune disease.

Despite the awkward moment, Gomez tried to be welcoming. She said her lupus often makes her feel tired and asked Spade’s mother if she experiences similar symptoms.
“She goes, ‘Nope! Full of energy,’” Spade recalled. “I go ‘Mom! Play along! She’s trying to relate to you!’”

[From E! News]

*record scratch* David has a nine-year-old daughter? How did I not know this? As for his mom, I get it. My mom makes up words for things if she doesn’t like the one that current exists, so I spend a good portion of my life translating my mother for people. Part of our obligation as children is to exist in the wake of Mom-embarrassment. I love that Mrs. Spade just twists the knife in David’s back by saying, “Nope! Full of energy!” Gah, Ma-hm! I posted the video below because he tells it in a really funny way. I get the feeling all the current talk show hosts love David as a guest because they know him from their stand up days together. His time on their couches is basically a bit for him – he’s always entertaining.

For all that is going well for David, he is also dealing with some much tougher issues. He’s fielding questions about his sister-in-law Kate Spade’s suicide during his junkets. He’s been gracious about the outpouring of sympathy and even worked a little humor into an interview with Robin Roberts, telling her that his dates would dress better if they knew they’d be seeing Kate. He then added that Kate knew this and would always acknowledge their efforts. He is still visibly upset when discussing her but I think he’s taking so many questions on Kate so he can deflect from his brother Andy having to. It’s really quite sweet. David also donated $100,000 to mental health after Kate’s death, something that became doubly important when his ex, Heather Locklear, entered a mental health facility recently. David told Andy Cohen he’s been in contact with Heather since her legal troubles and said that Heather had reached out to him after Kate’s death. It’s good to know they have a strong support network. I hope they both find the peace they need soon.



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  1. Astrid says:

    He’s growing on me

  2. Cupcake says:

    There’s something to be said for an actor who is not too picky about roles. He collects his checks and is not a snob.

  3. Nicole says:

    I did not know that Kate Spade and David Spade were remotely related.

  4. Sure thing says:

    He has a daughter with ex playboy playmate Jillian Grace.

  5. Happy21 says:

    I have always liked him. He has always seemed like a harmless dork who dated insanely hot women.

  6. Kate says:

    I started following him on instagram recently and I’ve become a fan. He’s very low-key funny in his stories. Sounds obvious b/c he’s a comedian but he doesn’t seem to be trying for big jokes he just has a funny perspective on mundane things like a walk around the block.

  7. L says:

    Funny. I liked his comment about the press/media/fans being like meerkats after hearing about Selena being there and then leaving swiftly after they swarmed her. Lol

  8. Mee says:

    David Spade on late night shows are some of the funniest things on earth. I watch them on loop when I need to laugh hard

    • Betsy says:

      That’s good to know – I liked him since Jist Shoot Me and Tommy Boy. I never could tell if he was a POS chauvinist or not.

    • Amanduh says:

      His stand up is ridiculously hilarious too! I’m usually high-as-a-kite, but I’m sure it’s just as funny when you’re sober…he does a bit about staying at a hotel, the bus, the maids-this bit was the inspiration for “housekeeping!” In Tommy Boy!

  9. Meliss says:

    His IG stories kill me dead every day. Respect.

  10. phlyfiremama says:

    Joe Dirt is one of my all-time favorite comedies, right up there with Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Monty Python.

  11. Christina says:

    I like him. He told a story about the time he was assaulted by his personal assistant with a stun gun in an interview. It’s a crazy story.

  12. Sandy says:

    I love David, he is so funny and relatable, he doesn’t take himself too seriously,

  13. Loca says:

    He seems like a stand up person who comes through when a friend is in trouble. That’s genuine.

  14. Crystal D Delgado says:

    Buh bye… Buh bye… Buh bye lol his snl days