It’s been said that you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family. That must be why so many celebrities get stuck with family members they can’t stand. It’s no different than anyone else who has a feud brewing in their family. Although, most people don’t get their dirty family laundry aired out for millions, if not billions, across the world to see.
Famous family feuds date back well before tabloids, though. Queen Elizabeth I imprisoned her cousin Mary for nearly 20 years before sentencing her to death when she discovered Mary had engineered an assassination plot against her. Although plenty of bickering has aired, that kind of animosity can’t even be found between the Kardashians. With that being said, here are 10 celebrities who have gone head to head with their family members.
10. Jay Z and Solange Knowles
Proving that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors, a video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while Beyonce watched, was leaked to TMZ on May 12, 2014. The attack took place at an after party for the Met Gala on May 5, 2014. It remains unclear what sparked the fight in the first place. It seems “Solange flipped out over something Jay had said, that she took the wrong way,” a source told Us Weekly. “She took it too hard or too far. Not sure what it was, but she greatly overreacted.” The two females reportedly got into one car together, while Jay-Z got into a separate car, following the altercation and drove away.
9. The Jonas Brothers
First their tour, then their Twitter account – the Jonas brothers put an end to both and rumors have it that, it’s because the three brothers just can’t get along. The tweet the band released after they announced their canceled tour asked fans to bear with them while they “get their sh*t together.” A representative for the band released a statement to People magazine stating, “There is a deep rift within the band. There was a big a disagreement over their music direction.”
8. Julia Roberts and Eric Roberts
Julia Roberts might be America’s Sweetheart, but the Pretty Woman is known as the Ice Queen to her brother, Eric Roberts. The two were reportedly estranged for years, due to reasons that varied from a difference of opinion on their mother (Julia loves her, Eric supposedly doesn’t) to the fact that, Eric has never been able to break out of Julia’s massive shadow in Hollywood. The feud was rumored to cause an issue during their step-sister’s funeral because family members didn’t feel it was the appropriate venue for the impeding dramatic scene between the brother and sister. Eric Roberts has since claimed that the two are no longer estranged, after years of fighting.
7. Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
One of the many father-daughter feuds in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight’s long estrangement was headline news for years. Jolie refused to speak to her famous father because of a mixture of issues including his infidelity against her mother and their difference of beliefs and lifestyles. Voight had no problem telling reporters or anyone who would listen, what he thought about the estrangement. Although the two have attempted reconciling over the years, Jolie still reportedly refuses to let Voight spend any time with her children. He told reporters that he found out about her double-mastectomy of 2013, while surfing news headlines on the internet.
6. Tori Spelling and Candice Spelling
Although Tori Spelling has always been branded the spoiled little rich girl, it wasn’t due to her relationship with her mother, Candice Spelling. The two have notoriously battled each other for years, from differences ranging from Tori’s lifestyle to the shockingly small inheritance she received after Tori’s famous father, Aaron Spelling, passed away. Tori has written about their rocky relationships in her various books and some of their feud was publicly chronicled on her reality show, with husband Dean, when Candice was a no-show at her daughter’s birthday party.
5. Madonna and Christopher Ciccone
Madonna has never really been known as the most the most emotional of people, but fans found it downright cold when it was revealed that the billionaire’s alcoholic brother, Christopher Ciccone, was homeless on the streets. In 2008, Christopher released a book that spilled secrets that Madonna was not too proud of, calling her sex-crazed and more in love with her career than her husband at the time, Guy Ritchie. The book also revealed that her ex-husband, Warren Beatty, was so convinced that she was cheating on him that he used to rummage through her garbage to collect evidence. The accusations were enough for Madonna to cut Christopher off completely, reportedly refusing to help him out, even though he was living under a bridge. Christopher said in an interview, “my sister is a multi-bazillionaire and I’m homeless on the street.”
4. Lindsay Lohan and Michael Lohan
They’re hot, then they’re cold. They’re yes, then they’re not. They’re up, then they’re down. Most days, the relationship between Lindsay Lohan and father, Michael Lohan reads like a Katy Perry song, making it virtually impossible to ever keep up with where the two stand with each other. But over the years, Lindsay has spoken out against her father, accusing him of being a bad father who abused drugs in front of her. Michael denies the claims and has made remarks, disagreeing with the way that Lindsay lives her tabloid-headlined life. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong in this feud, the one constant thing is that they both love airing their disdain for each other, (and subsequent reconciled love) very publicly.
3. Marshall Mathers and Debbie Mathers
Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, has had a lot of public feuds in his career, from Mariah Carey to that hand puppet comedian dog, Triumph. But none have ever been quite as heated as the feud between he and his mother. Never shy about voicing his hate-filled opinions of his own mother, Marshall often depicted his upbringing in his music and videos, casting his mother in the light of a drug addicted, alcoholic deadbeat parent. His mom, Debbie sued him for damages, then released a tell-all book trying to give her side of the story. The feud seemed as though it might never end. But Marshall shocked his fans on Mother’s Day 2014, when he released his new song and music video, which is an open apology to his mother for the way he has behaved over the years, hoping to end their estrangement.
2. The Gallagher Brothers
‘Don’t look back in anger’ are words wasted for this British rock duo because angry is all they ever are at each other. Noel and Liam Gallagher have quite a history together. They made rock history with their album, What’s The Story Morning Glory, but couldn’t stay out of the press for the wild child tantrums thrown by brother Noel and sometimes Liam. The duo cancelled tours and rumors swirled of heated fights, where insults flew as fast as the chairs across the room. When Liam made a few unsavory remarks about thinking that Noel might not be the biological father to his daughter, Noel lost it and knocked Liam out cold.
1. Joan Crawford and Christina Crawford
Perhaps the most famous feud in Hollywood, you simply cannot talk about family animosity without mentioning Joan Crawford and Christina Crawford. The unsettling movie, Mommie Dearest that made kids across the world terrified of wire hangers, was based on the juicy and disturbing tell-all book that Christina released in 1978, exposing her adoptive mother as an over-bearing and abusive monster towards her and her brother. Although, Joan always denied the claims and said it was in poor taste for her daughter to air out their issues so publicly, saying that she took both of her adopted children out of her will for reasons, “that are well known for them.”