Celebrity feuds are often a source of fascination with the public. After all, what could celebrities possibly be fighting about? They’re rich, famous, have as many designer clothes as they want and live in mansions. Celebs get the opportunity to strut on the red carpet and act in movies and television shows that bring in millions of dollars. Seems like a pretty great life, right?
Well, not all celebs get along with each other. After all, they are human, and they don’t always see eye to eye. Sometimes, the feuds are understandable and even warranted. There are other times though, when celebs “fight” to bring more attention to their individual acting or movie projects. Some famous people get into altercations with others to bring more attention to their movies, music or projects that aren’t getting enough buzz.
Some feuds are really serious, and some are just silly. Whatever the case, the public usually wants to know when someone in Hollywood is cat fighting. If nothing else, it’s entertaining (if it doesn’t get too out of control). However, there’s a certain point in life where petty feuds just aren’t appropriate anymore, whether you’re famous or not. Here are 10 celebrity feuds you may not be aware of.
10 Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Remember how touching and memorable Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ relationship was in the hit romantic movie The Notebook? Yeah, that was just for the big screen. In real life, the two apparently couldn’t stand each other, and Nick Cassavetes, the director of The Notebook, confirmed that things got really tense on set. At one point, Ryan Gosling even asked Cassavetes to replace McAdams with another actress. Ryan and Rachel reportedly went into a room to hash out their differences, and after they “talked,” things were a little less volatile on set. They didn’t leave the movie being best friends, but at least they got along well enough to bring the public one of the greatest romantic films of modern times. Reportedly, the feud isn’t completely over.
9 Madonna and Gwenyth Paltrow
Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna have been in the news from time to time for their inability to emphasize with others. The two have been feuding for years now, and according to The Daily Mail, they used to be really good friends. In 2006, even Gwyneth stated that Madonna was like an older sister to her. When Madonna split from her husband Guy Ritchie in 2008, things started to get rocky with her relationship with Gwyneth. Since Madonna was no longer living in England with Ritchie, she and Paltrow started to have less in common. Tracy Anderson, a personal trainer who worked with both women, stated that Paltrow was glad when Madonna was no longer being trained by Anderson. Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson later became business partners and opened four gyms. Paltrow also threw a jab Madonna’s way when she said she’d Polaroid her abs and text them to Madonna to show her how it’s done. Catty, indeed.
8 Frank Sinatra and Sinead O’Connor
The iconic crooner and the eccentric singer had a public feud with one another that was interesting at best. Sinead O’Connor vowed that she would cancel one of her shows at the Garden State Arts Center, after she learned that the National Anthem was traditionally played backstage before performers began their shows. The Los Angeles Times reported that O’Connor did not object out of disrespect for America. She didn’t want the national anthems of any country played before her concert, because the songs didn’t have anything to do with the feel of her music and the purpose of her concerts. Sinead was allowed to perform at the Garden State Arts Center, but was banned from future performances. When Sinatra performed there next, he stated that he’d like to kick Sinead in the a**. Wow! O’Connor later told Esquire that she never retaliated and hit the legendary singer because he’s elderly and she’d “probably kill him.” Classy.
7 Lady Gaga and Sharon Osbourne
The feud between Lady Gaga and Sharon Osbourne started when the outlandish singer got into a spat with Sharon’s daughter, Kelly. Kelly referred to Gaga as a “butterface” in 2009. Not nice. The younger Osbourne also criticized Lady Gaga for allegedly ditching her fans on the Grammys red carpet in 2012. Kelly also alluded that Lady Gaga was pregnant (which wasn’t true) and sent Gaga’s fans into a frenzy. Lady Gaga penned a letter about how disappointed she was in Kelly’s behavior, and Mama Osbourne decided to speak up. Sharon penned a letter of her own, and called Gaga a bully. The two eventually made up when they both appeared on The X Factor. In 2014, at Elton John’s Oscar party, Kelly and Gaga showed the world that their bickering was over when they posed for a pic together.
6 Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West
While some may think this feud was just a ploy to bring more buzz to the careers of both celebrities, the disagreement did have some truth to it. In a 2013 interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe, Kanye West stated that he was “the world’s biggest rock star.” Kimmel took this as the perfect opportunity to provide some comic relief to his fans when he hired children to play Lowe and West in a mock interview. The comedy bit wasn’t funny to Kanye West, and he went on a series of angry Twitter tirades. Later that year, West appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show as a way to show the public that the hatchet had been buried. However, we never can tell with West, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he “decided” to get mad at Kimmel all over again.
5 Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf
Both of these actors are known for their explosive tempers and run-ins with authorities. So, when the two got into a dispute over artistic expressions, it’s likely that no one was surprised. Alec fired Shia from his play Orphans, and LaBeouf went on to write a series of Tweets that were no doubt directed toward Baldwin. Shia stated that acting isn’t for bureaucratic-academics or gentlemen, and that people in this category actually create “anti-art.” LaBeouf also stated that “the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash". Alec Baldwin responded by saying he didn’t feel that Shia was in a position to interpret the meaning of “theater.” Later LaBeouf issued an apology in letter form to Baldwin, but the letter turned out to be plagiarized. At least the feud sounded somewhat intelligent.
4 Brooke Shields and Tom Cruise
When it comes to women’s issues, it’s probably best for men to keep most of their opinions to themselves, especially if they’re going to say something controversial and kind of stupid. When Brooke Shields opened up about her postpartum depression in her memoir Down Came The Rain, she stated that antidepressants helped her to get through this difficult time in her life. Tom Cruise said that it was “irresponsible” of her to suggest that the medications cured her. That proved to be a mistake. In an interview with People, Shields stated that “Tom Cruise should stick to saving the world from aliens,” and that women with postpartum depression should stick with the treatments that are best for them. She took a jab at his lack of knowledge about women’s issues while encouraging women with similar experiences to hers. Well said.
3 Kevin Smith and Jennifer Garner
2 Wyclef Jean and Sean Penn
Once upon a time, Wyclef Jean, who is Haitian, wanted to run for president of the country. He even announced his campaign to run, but Sean Penn, who is the leader of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, wasn’t in favor of this. Penn accused Jean of mishandling $400,000 that was donated to the country for earthquake relief. In response to this accusation, Wyclef made a jab at Sean Penn’s former cocaine addiction. As a result, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization made it a point to “educate” Wyclef Jean on the drug problems in Haiti. The celebrities ended their squabble in 2011, and Jean decided to endorse Michel Martelly as Haiti’s president.
1 Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle
Singer, talk show host and reality TV star Tamar Braxton, and fellow reality TV star and singer K. Michelle, have been throwing cyber jabs at each other for quite some time. They’ve been fighting online for more than a year, but at the 2015 BET Awards, they performed on stage with Patti LaBelle. Surprisingly, this was the first time they’d met in person. Braxton accused K. Michelle of lying about being physically abused by a former boyfriend, and K. Michelle’s fans were understandably upset. K. Michelle then started making fun of Tamar’s appearance, and the whole thing just got way out of hand. The two appeared at a backstage interview after the awards show, and expressed that they thought it was important for girls to stand up for each other. Tamar also stated that she and other artists in her age group needed to be examples for younger women. Way to grow up, ladies.