Mike Epps and other celebs embarrassed on Twitter

Actor Mike Epps' wife, Mechelle, got involved in a suspicious Twitter conversation.

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  • Actor Mike Epps tweeted a woman to direct-message him
  • His wife responded with an emoji of eyeballs

(CNN)It's helpful to remember whether your spouse is following you on Twitter when conversing with members of the opposite sex.

Comedian and actor Mike Epps learned that the hard way when it appeared he started chatting with a woman on the social media site last week. (In case any of the tweets get deleted, some outlets have screengrabbed the exchange.)
It all started innocently enough, with someone using Epps' Twitter handle shooting user @CeciCitra a "hey" and asking her whether she was on Instagram. When she responded that she wasn't because she "wasn't getting the likes I deserve," she got a request to direct-message him.
    Epps' wife, Mechelle, replied to the pair's back and forth Monday with an emoticon of eyeballs.
    @CeciCitra later tweeted a screenshot to show that Epps had blocked her.
    The actor tweeted an apology to his fans Wednesday, saying that he has help running his Twitter account and that his nephew direct-messages women from it.
    The suspicious among you may question whether it's all a publicity stunt, but allow us to point out that Epps is not the first celeb to get embarrassed on Twitter. The tweets are usually taken down as soon as the celeb realizes the gaffe.

    Naomi Campbell

    We know the supermodel's heart was in the right place when, in 2014, she went to congratulate 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai on becoming the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Problem is, she spelled the teen's name "malaria" when she tweeted and Instagrammed. Blame it on autocorrect, maybe?

    Kim Kardashian

    The reality star and entrepreneur apparently loves, loves, loves a particular foundation from designer Giorgio Armani, so much so that she tweeted her distress that it was going to be discontinued.
    Unfortunately, she spelled the designer's name wrong, and the folks over at Armani were quick to let the star know.

    Denise Richards

    In 2009, the actress thought she was direct-messaging her phone number to a friend, but she was actually shooting out her digits to the entire Twitterverse.
    She apologized and changed her number.

    Russell Brand

    In 2010, the comic ran afoul of his wife, singer Katy Perry, when he tweeted a picture of her without makeup, appearing to have just woken up, to his more than 1 million followers.
    Perry was not amused, and the couple have since divorced.

    Mary J. Blige

    The R&B superstar was trying to express frustration that people underestimate how smart she is when she tweeted in 2009, "Why is that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents?!"
    Suffice it to say, the message did not quite get across.