Each new year brings with it a series of ups and downs for all of the favorite celebrities in the entertainment, music and fashion industry. From up-and-coming celebrities that finally get their chance in the limelight to forgotten celebrities that have started their journey to making a comeback, it seems that there is a never-ending evolution in the world of the rich and famous. While it would seem more fair for celebrities to be given attention through their achievements and accolades, the sad truth is that oftentimes it’s controversy that puts them on the covers of magazines. Although there are some celebrities that do their best to keep their heads down and keep their lives private in order to stay out of the tabloids, there are numerous celebrities that just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
Whether they’ve chosen to spark controversy to try and stay relevant or they just can’t seem to keep their mouths shut when it comes to controversial issues, it is interesting to see how many celebrity feuds there have been in 2016. There are some celebrities that have to continuously defend themselves but there are others that seem to have something to say about all the other famous people of the world. In a world filled with 24 hours of televised celebrity news and social media sites that let celebrities give an instant response to be read by all, feuds aren’t just something that is talked about behind closed doors. Check out our list of the 15 biggest celebrity feuds of 2016 and see who were the biggest troublemakers of the year.
15. Bethenny Frankel Vs. Jason Hoppy
Bethenny Frankel made a name for herself as a reality star when she was first introduced to audiences on The Real Housewives of New York. She had an over-the-top personality and a troublesome love life that made people root for her to finally find love. When she first met Jason Hoppy, people thought that she had finally found her Prince Charming. Things were going extremely well for Frankel as she got her own talk show, founded a hugely popular cocktail line and became a published author. Yet, there was definite trouble in paradise that led to a nasty custody battle, numerous court hearings and smack talk from both sides. However, things went from bad to worse when it became an all-out feud. Frankel began dating the hugely successful banker, Dennis Shields, and Hoppy didn’t take too kindly to her moving on. Hoppy allegedly sent numerous harassing emails to Frankel’s new beau, which became so intense that Shields’ had to get a lawyer to intervene. The emails were sent to both Frankel and Shields and said things that insinuate promiscuity on behalf of Frankel. Statements like “revolving door of men” were obviously meant to slander her reputation and hopefully get Shields to end things with her.
14. Justin Bieber Vs. Selena Gomez
There are some relationships that the public can’t seem to let go of, whether it’s Puffy and J. Lo or Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. For today’s generation, the unforgettable relationship to obsess over is Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. While they were once the cutest couple to ever walk the red carpet together, they have since broken up and Bieber has been on a downward spiral ever since. While he’s had a number of romantic dalliances since then, he took to Instagram and tried to express her true feelings about his newest girlfriend, Sofia Richie. This 17-year-old model and daughter of Lionel Richie looked gorgeous in the photos but fans couldn’t help but compare her to his former girlfriend, Selena Gomez. There was a back-and-forth between Bieber and his fans and then Selena weighed in by taking the side of his fans. Bieber accused Selena of being one of the people that used him to gain fame. During this August 2016 feud, Bieber also accused Gomez of cheating on him with Zayn Malik.
13. 50 Cent Vs. Taraji P. Henson
There aren’t many rappers that are as skilled at causing controversy the way 50 Cent has been over the years. He has feuded with practically every celebrity in Hollywood and even had a very public tumultuous relationship with his own son. Yet, the most recent 2016 feud with Taraji P. Henson is one that has made a number of celebrities sit up and take notice. When 50 Cent was snubbed for his appearance on the Starz series, Power, he started to take shots at the Fox series, Empire, and took to social media to let his frustration be known. He posted a screenshot of Taraji P. Henson and talked about how Empire’s ratings were down. Taraji snapped back by posting, “For the confused pp. Do REAL research!!! Loose change makes sooooooo much UNNECESSARY NOISE. STILL LOOKING FOR THAT DAMN CENT SIGN!!! I guess it’s obsolete. AGAIN CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS BLACK MAN!!! @50cent.” The back and forth continued and other cast members also weighed in. The feud continued with 50 Cent commenting on how Empire’s Lee Daniels asked 50 Cent why he didn’t join the cast of Empire. 50 Cent supposedly responded by saying that he was going to participate in the series that would ultimately get Empire kicked off the network.
12. Kanye West Vs. Wiz Khalifa
In January 2016, Kanye West took to social media to talk about the release of his latest album. Wiz Khalifa tweeted to him a response that said, “Please don’t take the wave. Max B is the wavy one. He created the wave. There is no wave without him.” This was a pretty tame statement since it referenced the fact that the rapper, Max B, was nicknamed The Wavy One and Khalifa was just having an innocent conversation about how great Max B was in the history of rap. Yet, West seemed to take it as a personal attack and initiated some back-and-forth that went from mild to over-the-top in just a matter of a few clicks. The tweets that took things to the next level came from West when he called Amber Rose out for being a former stripper and then said, “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” Yet, Amber Rose got the last laugh (and ended the feud on Twitter) by posting, “Awww @kanyewest are you mad I’m not around to play in ur a–hole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyA—Bi—.”
11. Taylor Swift Vs. Demi Lovato
In October 2016, Demi Lovato came under fire for her harsh criticism of Taylor Swift. In an interview with Cosmo, Lovato made statements about Taylor Swift’s girl squad being far too thin. She even claimed that none of Taylor Swift’s friends have “a normal body.” While it’s true that Taylor Swift has seemed to surround herself with the world’s most beautiful women, that isn’t necessarily something to state that she is an all-around bad person. In fact, it would probably be difficult for anyone in Hollywood to have a squad of all “normal body types.” Yet, Lovato took it even further by stating that Swift is a fake feminist. People have tried to break down where all of this animosity might come from since, by all accounts, Swift has never said or done anything to Lovato. The only reasons that people have been able to come up with is that perhaps Lovato is jealous about the fact that they both started off their careers around the same time and yet, Swift has become far more successful. Whatever the case, Lovato has said that she is looking forward to 2017 because she is going to step away from the spotlight and give social media a rest.
10. Katy Perry Vs. Taylor Swift
There was a time when Katy Perry and Taylor Swift seemed to be pretty good friends, even if it was just their time being seen together on the red carpet during high profile events. Yet, a series of events since 2011 have caused the pair to have never-ending beef. From both of the women dating the same man, John Mayer, to a dispute over some stolen backup dancers, their friendship continued to go downhill year after year. It’s said that Swift’s song, “Bad Blood,” was about Katy Perry and the fact that she used so many A-list celebrities meant that she was showing Perry that everyone else was on her side. Everyone hoped that 2016 would finally be the year that the two music artists would finally let go of their “Bad Blood,” but there was no such luck. Instead, the feud became even more highlighted when Swift’s ex-boyfriend brought it up again. Calvin Harris let the whole world know that there was some major animosity there when he stated, “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.” Just when you thought Katy might have forgotten about Swift’s ill intentions, Harris had to make sure she wouldn’t let it go.
9. Demi Lovato Vs. Nicki Minaj
At the 2016 Met Gala, celebrities from the entertainment and music industry mixed and mingled on the red carpet to show off their love of fashion. Yet, not all of the celebrities seemed to be able to hide their contempt for one another. Nicki Minaj posted a photo of herself with the designer, Jeremy Scott, but Demi Lovato was also in the photo. Minaj only tagged the designer and tried to make it seem like Lovato wasn’t even there. People immediately noticed the shade of it all but it was Lovato that made the biggest point of showing people exactly how much shade was being thrown her way. She posted another photo of all three of them together on the red carpet and it clearly showed Minaj shooting Lovato a dirty look. Lovato captioned the photo with the statement, “This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met.” She also added, “p.s. some of y’all need to learn how to take a joke… I’m obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life.”
8. Mariah Carey Vs. J. Lo
When it comes to female music artists, it’s interesting that Mariah Carey and J. Lo are both put into the diva category even though they are completely different in regards to vocal ability. While Mariah Carey is known for being one of the most talented vocalists of our time, J. Lo has often talked about how insecure she is about her ability to sing. In fact, J. Lo is best known for her acting and dancing ability, far above her singing ability. Back when J. Lo was first starting to gain notoriety for her debut studio album, Carey was asked about J. Lo and comically responded with, “I don’t know her.” This statement became infamous as just another way that Carey has shown off her diva status and a bit of cattiness towards her rival. The statement again made another appearance in 2016 when the paparazzi again asked about J. Lo. Carey’s response was, “I still don’t know her.” J. Lo was asked about this statement on The Wendy Williams Show and she casually dismissed it by saying that she must be very forgetful since, “We’ve met many times.”
7. Chloe Grace Moretz Vs. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian took to social media in defense of her sister, Kim, after there was some controversy regarding the lyrics to Kanye West’s song that referenced Taylor Swift. Chloe Grace Moretz responded by saying “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world.” In an effort to try and make her look like a hypocrite, Khloe posted a photo of the Carrie star while she was on set filming Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The photo she posted showed Chloe Grace Moretz being carried into the water, with a man holding her by her butt cheeks and accidentally revealing her bare bottom. Yet, Kardashian made a crucial error since the real Chloe wasn’t wearing a full red bikini. Her bikini had a blue bottom, which meant that Kardashian unknowingly posted a photo of someone else completely and passed it off as Chloe Grace Moretz. The caption she posted was, “Is this the a hole you’re referring to.” Yet, Chloe Grace Moretz got the last laugh because she was able to point out that the picture wasn’t even her. Kardashian quickly deleted the post and the picture shortly afterward.
6. Caitlyn Vs. Kris Jenner
When Bruce Jenner decided to make the transformation to become a woman, it seemed that the entire world was rooting for the change to be a smooth one. Caitlyn accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS and was even given her very own spin-off reality series. Yet, the Kardashian clan definitely weren’t happy with the way she handled the situation in regards to slamming each and every person within the family. This started when Caitlyn gave an interview with Vanity Fair magazine in June 2016. It seemed that she was bashing Kris Jenner by saying he was “mistreated” and that his wife “wasn’t very nice.” Kris had her own version of the story told through the season premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She was undoubtedly trying to get viewers on her side, through a veil of tears. While the two have seemed to mend things recently, it’s not clear how long that will last. Caitlyn is slated to release a tell-all book in 2017 that lets out all the dirty secrets within his marriage to Kris and insiders have said, “There will be plenty of humiliating stories that will destroy Kris.”
5. Jay-Z Vs. Kanye West
There was a time when Jay-Z and Kanye West seemed like the best of friends. They toured together, sat together at high profile events and even shared milestone moments together that played out in front of the cameras. Yet, things haven’t gone well between the two in 2016. There have been some business problems that have occurred surrounding his music service site, Tidal, but the main issues seem to be due to their personal lives. Kanye West has been known to go on a few rants while on stage at his shows and on a number of occasions, he’s called Jay Z out in videos that have gone viral. In October 2016, Kanye took to the stage and apparently was furious at Jay Z for not being more supportive after the robbery of his wife, Kim Kardashian. He felt that Jay Z was supposedly his “friend” and should have done more than just called him up. Later, Kanye continued his “rant” tour and called out both Jay Z and Beyonce for not having a closer relationship with their kids. He stated that Blue Ivy and North West haven’t ever even hung out for a playdate. Yet, with Kanye West’s erratic behavior and recent trip to the mental health facility, it’s no wonder why Jay-Z and Beyonce have opted to keep their distance.
4. Tamar Braxton Vs. Tiny Harris
Tiny Harris and the rapper, T.I., have seemingly had a great relationship since it’s been documented at length on their reality series. Yet, no one can truly understand what happens behind closed doors. T.I. has had a bitter rivalry with Floyd Mayweather and photos and a video of Tiny Harris canoodling with Mayweather at Mariah Carey’s 2016 Halloween party have caused many to question whether or not the married couple could overcome this slight. Tamar Braxton chose to weigh in and it caused a huge feud between these two former friends. Braxton slammed Harris on social media and Harris responded with, “He’s my husband but d**n can I not have a male friend?!” She then added, “I know I ain’t the only female he associate himself (sic) with so… It is what it is…” This has caused many to wonder about whether or not this married couple was truly happy the way they have tried to portray themselves on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
3. Tamar Braxton Vs. Adrienne Bailon
As one of the most outspoken hosts on The Real, it shouldn’t be surprising that Tamar Braxton would go on the warpath when she was unceremoniously fired. Yet, no one could have predicted how she would have flown off the handle at one of her biggest supporters, Adrienne Bailon. They had worked together closely on the series but they also seemed like they were good friends off camera. They were often seen going out to dinner and various events and Bailon gushed about Braxton before and after she was fired from the show. Yet, Braxton’s anger over getting fired wasn’t just limited to the showrunners. Bailon attended Braxton’s son’s birthday party after she had been fired from the series and posted a loving statement but Braxton followed it up by saying that Bailon only attended so that she could “look” like the bigger person and that she literally just showed up to take a picture of her attendance and then left. Braxton unfollowed Bailon on Instagram and the two have yet to make their peace.
2. Kim Kardashian Vs. Taylor Swift
There was obvious beef between Taylor Swift and Kanye West ever since he snatched the microphone from her on stage at the VMAs and let the world know that she didn’t deserve the award since Beyonce had a better music video. Yet, things seemed to be dying down with their feud and it was actually starting to look pretty friendly between the two music artists. Kanye even called Taylor Swift to ask her whether or not it was alright if he could reference Taylor Swift in his newest song. She agreed and it seemed like all was right in the world. However, once the lyrics came out, Swift wasn’t exactly happy about how she was being portrayed. Kim Kardashian had the forethought to video tape the conversation between Swift and West and wound up posting it on Snapchat. This was done to make Swift look like somewhat of a liar since she can’t play the victim if she knew about the song even before it was released. Yet, fans continued to take Swift’s side since she didn’t know exactly what the wording was going to be and obviously West went too far when he said, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b**** famous.”
1. Brandi Glanville Vs. Kyle Richards And Lisa Vanderpump
When Brandi Glanville first joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, audiences felt sorry for her due to her background of having been cheated on during her marriage and then being ganged up on by the series regulars. Yet, that opinion quickly changed when they saw how Glanville had a tendency to lash out at those around her and was quick to turn against her so-called friends. Each season seemed to show an even dirtier side of Glanville and it got to the point where none of the other women wanted to film with her. Ultimately, Glanville was kicked off the series and replaced, like so many housewives before her. Yet, she wasn’t going to go out without having her say. In February 2016, Glanville took to her podcast in a segment entitled, “Brandi Fires Back.” She claimed that Lisa Vanderpump didn’t like any of the other women on the series and only befriended her because she needed a sidekick. She called both Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards “cowards” and even referenced the relationship that Kyle Richards has with her sister in a series of low blow comments that even brought up Kim Richards’ deceased ex-husband.