20 Celebrity Feuds That Made It Hard to Look Away

Becky Bracken | Dec 19, 2018 Celebrities

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From petty to epic, celebrities are human (just like the rest of us) and can be prone to engaging in feuds -- throwing their fame and fortune around to cast shade on their rivals. There's even the occasional physical altercation thrown into the mix that makes us duck in case someone throws a shoe.

Let's face it, it's not easy to get into the limelight. Entertainment is a competitive business with millions of dollars at stake. Whether it's a feud over money, jobs, or even romantic partners, when famous folks go after each other, sparks really start to fly. And celebrity beefs don't usually just involve the principal participants. Their legions of fans, agents, PR people, security, and celeb friends usually get dragged into the mix.

From Mariah Carey's famous ice-cold "I don't know her" comment about Jennifer Lopez, to the Battle Royale still raging between now-President Donald Trump and comedian (and former View co-host) Rosie O'Donnell, there are more than a few people in Hollywood whose most casual green room encounters could quickly escalate into a major misunderstanding.

Then there are the wayward family members eager to dredge up old skeletons and tiffs for a little taste of press attention. There are lackluster parents and deadbeat siblings, birth dads and exes galore -- all ready to get in and mix it up. And, of course, there are those willing to cause trouble and willing to go away ... for a price. But it's the famous-on-famous feuds that really get interesting.

In the spirit of sub-tweeting, wig-snatching, handing earrings to a friend, swipe taking and general bad blood between stars, pop some popcorn and review 20 of the craziest celebrity feuds ever.

  • Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B

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    Rumors swirled around for months rap queens Cardi B and Nicki Minaj didn't like each other, but it all burst into public with a physical altercation between the two stars' entourages at the New York Fashion Week Harper's Bazaar Icons party in September, leaving Cardi with a huge knot above her eye. In videos of the incident, Cardi can be seen throwing her shoe in Nicki's direction, likely as a result of months of animosity fueled by competing on the charts and disses sprinkled throughout tracks and radio interviews. (It also didn't help that Nicki was accused of making comments about Cardi's baby daughter.)

  • Mariah Carey vs. Jennifer Lopez   

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    Rumors were flying about the two divas having hard feelings about each other, but the Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez feud really caught fire when, after being asked about Jennifer, Mariah claimed, "I don't know her." Hard to believe considering at the time JLo was one of the most famous and recognizable women in the world.

    Mariah dismissed the comment as genuine in 2014 during an appearance on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live. But Jennifer got the last laugh when she was caught scrolling through her phone during Mariah's performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, widely considered to be her response to the "I don't know her" comment.

  • Kimye vs. Taylor Swift

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    It all started with Kanye West storming the 2009 VMA stage to interrupt Taylor Swift's acceptance speech and proclaim that it was, in fact, Beyonce who should have won. Taylor, Kanye, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, ultimately squashed their beef ... But it all came back up to the surface again in 2016 when in his song, "Famous," Kanye claimed he might have sex with Taylor and was the one who made her famous.

    Kanye claimed he got her approval; Tay-Tay denied it. But Kim came with the goods, sharing a recording of a call between Kanye and Taylor on Snapchat that seemed to confirm Kim and Kanye's side of the story.

    Taylor clapped back in her own video, "Look What You Made Me Do," and responded with the now-infamous phrase, "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I never asked to be a part of, since 2009."

  • Martha Stweart vs. Gwyneth Paltrow

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    Gwyneth Paltrow has a knack for irritating people. Lifestyle goddess Martha Stewart couldn't resist taking a swipe at her GOOP site shortly after its launch, reminding everyone she is the one who started the entire category. Martha also made reference to Gwyneth and Chris Martin's insufferable "conscious uncoupling" announcement of their divorce in her magazine. Gwyneth wasn't about to take it lying down, sharing a "jailbird cake" recipe on GOOP following Martha's 2004 jail stint for lying to investigators about a stock tip.

  • Drake vs. Chris Brown

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    During the summer of 2012, Drake and Chris Brown found themselves at the W.i.P. nightclub in New York City surrounded by a bevy of famous rappers and athletes. Chris, who assaulted Rihanna in 2009, sent a bottle of Ace of Spades over to Drake's table, with the "Hotline Bling" rapper responding in kind -- only adding a note that he was still getting it on with RiRi. The note started an all-out brawl which left Chris and others injured -- including basketball player Tony Parker, who ultimately won $20 million in damages from the nightclub for serving the two rappers alcohol despite the obvious tensions between the two.

  • Caitlyn Jenner vs. Kris Jenner

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    Following their divorce, Kris and Caitlyn Jenner have had to deal with the aftermath of their split, and Caitlyn's megawatt transgender journey in the most public ways. After their divorce, Caitlyn wrote a book spilling all sorts of tea about Kris and the family, even alleging the idea for Keeping Up With the Kardashians was her idea. Although the high-profile exes have been able to remain civil co-parents, "things are still frosty between them," a source tells People.

  • Kim Cattrall vs. Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Despite the incredible on-screen friendship between their Sex and the City characters, Carrie and Samantha, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker have had a professional relationship fraught with tension.

    From credits to salary negotiations, there were always rumors the two actresses didn't get along, rumors which reached a frenzy when Kim sat away from the rest of her co-stars at the 2004 Emmys. In 2009, New York magazine published an article saying the two weren't speaking on the set of their movie.

    By 2017, Kim was done, refusing to do a third SATC movie unless Warner Brothers produced other projects for her.  Since then, the two have gone back and forth in the press. Kim accused SJP of being a "mean girl," and Sarah Jessica denied there was ever any fight, adding, "... it was completely fabricated, because I never actually responded."

  • The Rock vs. Vin Diesel

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    Fast and the Furious co-stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel had a big falling out in 2016 while filming The Fate and the Furious, prompting The Rock to post a message on Instagram -- seemingly calling out co-stars who aren't able to "conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals." The rift was so deep, the two weren't able to film scenes of the movie together.

    "Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer," The Rock told Rolling Stone. "And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating. It took me some time, but I'm grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not."

  • Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift

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    It might not have been "mad love" but pop stars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift started out friendly enough. In 2009, the two were tweeting each other compliments and talking about writing a song together. Katy was even a guest of Taylor's on stage during a 2009 Los Angeles concert.

    But that was then.

    It all seems to lead back to Katy hiring dancers away from Taylor's Red tour to join her Prism tour. And in a 2014 interview, Taylor revealed her hit "Bad Blood" is about an artist who "tried to sabotage" her by hiring her people. Since then, the two have exchanged subtweets and diss tracks -- like Katy's "Swish Swish," and of course, Taylor's video for "Look What you Made Me Do," which seems to show Taylor rubbing her many Grammy Awards in Katy's face.

    Katy has indicated in interviews she's willing to forgive and forget, but the silence from Taylor and her camp might mean she's not as willing to let it go.

    Stay tuned.

  • Drake vs. Kanye West

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    While Drake was working on his latest album Scorpion, Kanye West reportedly called him up and offered to help out with some of his new tracks. But instead of trying to help, Drake said Kanye tried to sabotage his music, releasing his projects around the same time as Scorpion was slated to drop. Worse yet, Drake says after confiding in Kanye about his new baby, and the troubles he was having with his child's mother, Kim Kardashian's hubby allegedly gave the information to rapper Pusha T, who used it in his Drake diss track, "The Story of Adidon."

    Cool friend.

  • Azealia Banks vs. Lana Del Rey

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    Outspoken rapper Azealia Banks took a cheap shot at Lana Del Rey back in October, after the singer shared a picture of our outstretched arm. "Let's talk about arm workouts today!!" Azealia tweeted. "Example: This is an example of an aging white woman who got work done on her face, and none done on her body (where she needed it most). Let's walk her through some upper arm workout!"

    (Sheesh.)

    Lana replied to the tweet with many curse words and an offer to settle the dispute off Twitter in person.

  • Charlie Sheen vs. Chuck Lorre

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    In 2011, Charlie Sheen was the highest paid actor in television, starring in Two and Half Men. But the infamous Hollywood bad boy's partying ways got him fired by the show's boss, Chuck Lorre, sparking a very public war of NSFW words between the two -- giving the world the all-purpose, hot mess taglines "winning" and "tiger blood."

    Charlie has since cleaned up his act, and six years later, seems to view Chuck with a bit more warmth, saying he'd be willing to meet with him for coffee to bury the proverbial hatchet.

    "I kind of poisoned the waters and I take responsibility for all of that," Charlie once confessed. "You know I was really stupid and juvenile and uh, he's one of the best and the brightest that this industry has ever had the pleasure of witnessing."

  • Rosie O' Donnell vs. Donald Trump

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    Back when he was just the purveyor of pageants and questionable real estate deals, Rosie O'Donnell, then-co-host of The View, called Donald Trump a "snake oil salesman" after he held a press conference in 2006 to announce Miss USA, Tara Conner, could keep her crown -- despite accusations of drug use.

    Never one to shy away from a feud, Trump responded by calling Rosie "fat" and "one of the dumber people on television."

    It continued well into the presidential campaign, when Trump told Megyn Kelly during a GOP primary debate the only woman he insulted and truly meant it over the years was Rosie. She still takes to Twitter to bag on now-President Trump, often calling him unstable, accusing him of being in "declining mental health."

  • Bethenny Frankel vs. Carole Radziwill

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    Once the best of friends, these two Real Housewives of New York have definitely fallen out. The relationship between Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill started to fray during filming of Season 10 of RHONY, after Bethenny got mad at Carole's then-boyfriend, Adam Kenworthy, for skipping out on a charity mission to Puerto Rico. In 2018, Us Magazine reported a source said Bethenny is jealous of Carole's relationship with fellow cast mate Tinsley Mortimer. Carole got one last shot off at Bethenny when she announced she was leaving the show on Twitter, writing, "... and I'm thrilled to leave frenemies behind."

  • Brandi Glanville vs. Joanna Krupa

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    The feud between these two Real Housewives went all the way to court. On a 2013 episode of Watch What Happens Live, Brandi accused Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa of having an affair with Mohamed Hadid while he was still married to fellow Beverly Hills Housewife cast member Yolanda Hadid. But besides  accusing Joanna of infidelity, Brandi alleges Mohamed had confided to her Joanna had issues with feminine odor.

    Needless to say, Joanna was so mad about the comment, she sued Brandi for defamation.

    The two settled the suit, and although the details are secret, Brandi offered a public apology, telling TMZ, "I apologize as I never wanted my statements to affect Joanna Krupa's reputation and I wish her nothing but continued success in life." Asked later if she and Brandi would ever be able to put this behind them and start a friendship, Joanna responded, "No comment. No comment, honey."

  • Teresa Giudice vs. Melissa Gorga

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    Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice might be sisters-in-law, but they've had some real ups and downs in their relationship. Once upon a time, Teresa accused Melissa of being a stripper, but the two have since been able to move past the name calling. Or have they? According to Season nine previews, Teresa and Melissa are still mixing it up, but the two assure their fans their relationship is much stronger than it was before, and their fights today are much tamer.

    "We're a family. We argue over family things. We actually also argue this year a little bit about the new [Housewives]. We disagree on that a little bit," Melissa told Bravo. "So it's just real. We keep it real. It's honest. So if we're gonna have an argument, we're gonna have an argument. But at the end of the day, we're still family. We're not going down that really dark road anymore."

  • Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields

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    In the heat of his couch-jumping, very over-the-top pro-Scientology publicity tour in 2005, Tom Cruise took a swipe at Brooke Shields, who had recently written a book, Down Came the Rain, about her struggles with postpartum depression and use of antidepressants. He called her promotion of antidepressants "irresponsible" as Scientology strictly forbids antidepressants, instead suggesting women treat their depression with vitamins and exercise.

    Brooke clapped back, saying, "Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them." She got an apology from Tom after that and an invitation to his 2006 Italian wedding to Katie Homes.

  • Paris Hilton vs. Lindsay Lohan

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    The drama between Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton goes back more than a decade -- to 2006, when Lindsay was hooking up with Paris's ex, Starvos Nicharos. At the time, a video was released of Brandon Davis, Paris's friend talking smack about Lindsay, with Paris looking on and laughing. (Brandon accused Lindsay of only being worth $7 million, and called the childhood actress a "firecrotch.") For her part, Lindsay responded with a dig at Paris's sex tape, saying, "obviously, she's very comfortable making videos."

    The two traded jabs and made up several times since. Most recently, Paris left a snarky comment on old Instagram videos of the two together, "#PathologicalLiar."

    Who knows what the future will look like for these two frenemies.

  • Debra Messing vs. Susan Sarandon

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    Actress Susan Sarandon sent liberals into the stratosphere during the 2016 election after she announced she was going to vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. The sentiment made Debra Messing so angry, the Will & Grace star called Susan a "self-righteous narcissist" and said she would ride in an elevator with Donald Trump before Susan.

  • Jane Fonda vs. Megyn Kelly

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    Megyn Kelly irked 80-year old Jane Fonda during an interview on her then-show on Today, asking about her plastic surgery past. Jane wasn't interested in the topic, responding, "We really want to talk about that now?" Megyn later got her own jab in, referring to the star as "Hanoi Jane," referencing her highly controversial opposition to the Vietnam War -- adding, "she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive."

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