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Tia Mowry's Run-In With Cory Hardrict On The Red Carpet Was Very Awkward

Tia Mowry's Run-In With Cory Hardrict On The Red Carpet Was Very Awkward

Some people can be completely okay with seeing an ex in public. For them, it's natural and easy — like seeing an old friend again.

That was not the case for Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict.

Tia in a blazer over a satin top with lace details  at an event
Tia in a blazer over a satin top with lace details at an event
Cory posing at event, wearing a brown suede jacket and gold chain necklace
Cory posing at event, wearing a brown suede jacket and gold chain necklace

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Their interaction yesterday at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards was very awkward.

Cory and Tia posing at a media event, he in a black suit and she in a black top with sheer sleeves
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Tia was talking to HuffPost on the red carpet when Cory started approaching her. When she saw him coming up, she simply waved while he nervously fretted over whether to shake hands or hug her. Ultimately, they embraced, but it was more of a church hug than a hug hug.

One fan even joked, "Church hug activated."

A user's comment on a social platform reading "Church hug activated"

Another said, "Always odd to see how awkward things can get between people who were once together."

Comment on social media reads: "Always odd to see how awkward things can get between people who were once together"

"One day they folding you like a pretzel the next they giving you church hugs," a third user mused.

Comment on a post: "One day they folding you like a pretzel the next they giving you church hugs, {broken heart emoji}"

While a fourth fan said, "She looked uncomfortable. He looked uncomfortable. Now I'm uncomfortable."

Comment on a post expressing evident discomfort, shared by multiple users

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But people also defended the former couple, noting that maybe they were just uncomfortable being recorded.

Comment on social media: "He wasn't sure if a handshake or hug was appropriate; AND they're in public - so maybe he wanted to also not cross any boundaries"
Comment on a social media platform: "Y'all they have kids; I'm sure they see each other often enough so he can also be a parent to their kids - this was just awkward for it to be caught on camera"

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