Feuds, vendettas and quarrels have been around for what seems like forever, with the likes of Alexander the Great, Stalin, and Al Capone all involving themselves in a pesky squabble at one time or another. From the Hatfield family and Kentucky’s McCoys to the modern day conflicts of today’s world, rivalry has been a consistent theme throughout history.
Ever-present in today’s world, you only need to open a newspaper or log on to the internet to find examples of bickering celebs, with the majority of the arguments over silly and ridiculous things. Nevertheless, everybody seemingly loves a good fight. I mean, what’s better than to witness our beloved celebrities embroiled in bitter feuds with one another across the globe? But why do we love it so much? What is it about celebrity bust-ups that we find so incredibly fascinating?
Since the boom of Hollywood, fans have followed the lives of those that they have loved the most, from the hottest romances to the biggest beefs. Infatuated with those that live the celebrity lifestyle, the glitz and glamour can be an appealing form of escape. Yet, with fame often comes misfortune, going hand in hand and making it all the more attractive. With scandal unfortunately selling more than success, the tantalizing revelation that a pair of such prolific role models might just not get along, somehow suddenly seems a lot more interesting than the work that they are trying to put out. So, to intrigue us that little bit more, here are 15 of the hottest Hollywood feuds.
15. Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Martha Stewart
One of the strangest celebrity feuds to have ever graced the wonderful world of Hollywood, the beef between Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart has gone down in history as also one of the funniest. With the war of words starting in 2013, Stewart was first asked what she thought about Paltrow entering into the lifestyle arena, that Stewart had somewhat been a patron of. Giving a passive-aggressive answer, Stewart retorted by saying, “she must be doing something right. She’s a charming, pretty person who has a feeling for lifestyle. She wants to be a lifestyle arbiter. Fine. Good. I think I started this whole category of lifestyle.” After provoking Paltrow a number of times after, as well as publicly ridiculing her by mocking her now infamous term ‘conscious uncoupling’, Paltrow finally hit back, and hard, by hilariously making fun of Stewart’s time in prison. Sharing a recipe on her blog, Paltrow named the desert ‘Jailbird Cake,’ with added black and white stripes for good measure. Boom!
14. Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford
The mother of all blazing brawls, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis have gone down in history as having one of the most notorious and original of all famous feuds. Both in their heydays, and equally talented, the squabbling actresses have been the center of a number of debates as to what actually caused their brutal hatred for one another. With Davis lauded as the ‘new girl’, Crawford was still the reigning Hollywood queen, causing a massive amount of friction between the pair. Clearly displaying the same taste in men, a number of Hollywood leading men often got stuck between them, with Clark Gable and Franchot Tone (who Crawford later married), counted among them. Despite their mutual distaste, the pair starred in the classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? together. Unfortunately for those who hoped it would cool off their fiery relationship, the bickering actresses seemingly had other ideas. Often complaining to the director about each others’ performance, the pair would also actively engage in name-calling and, at one point, there were even rumors of violence.
13. Rita Ora vs. Kim Kardashian
Engaging in a whirlwind romance with Rob Kardashian in 2012, Rita Ora subsequently decided enough was enough, moving on to bigger and better things, Calvin Harris being one of them. Obviously not taking it very well, Rob infamously went on a huge Twitter rant, claiming that Ora had been messing around behind his back, writing “she cheated on me with nearly 20 dudes while we were together, I wonder how many she will sleep with now that we apart”. With sister Khloé Kardashian trying to save him from a public downfall by tweeting “Rob be nice kid”, sister Kim seemingly had other ideas. Blaming Ora for messing with her brother’s head, Kim refused to sit near the star when put together at the MTV music video awards in 2013. Later revealing that she never realized that she and Rob were actually a couple at all, Ora claimed “I never actually thought it was a relationship in all honesty. I never mentally defined it as boyfriend/girlfriend. When I split up with him, I said, ‘It’s because I’m never there, I don’t know how to do it.’ That’s all I said…then the rest happened”. Poor Rob!
12. The Charmed Sisters
Everyone’s favorite witches, the Charmed sisters were the extremely popular supernatural siblings, riding the wave of the mythical world that Buffy The Vampire Slayer had seemingly put into place a few years earlier. However, well-loved around the world, the actresses themselves were far from enjoying each others’ company, with rumors starting early of their supposed hatred of one another. With Alyssa Milano, recently claiming that the set was “sort of like high school”, in reference to Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty‘s friendship, she later added “I would hope that in our thirties it wouldn’t be like that anymore”. When asked on why Doherty was later killed off in season three, amid rumors that she was sacked, Milano explained “we never really found out what happened, I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days”. Ouch.
11. Donald Trump vs. Everyone
Known for making enemies, Donald Trump rather enjoys rubbing people the wrong way. Whether it be Barack Obama, David Letterman or even Rihanna, it seems no one is safe from the wrath of Mr. Trump himself. However, it was his beef with chat host and famed actress Rosie O’Donnell that really threw him in the spotlight,after he publicly insulted her on multiple occasions. With the feud first beginning in 2006 after O’Donnell called Trump a ‘snake-oil salesman’, the battle escalated when Trump was asked by a Fox News host why he insisted on using the terms ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs’ when referring to women. Responding by saying ‘only Rosie O’Donnell’, the comment led to a number of gasps, plus laughter from a variety of his fans in the audience. Continuing on, the argument has often been the subject of newspapers across the globe, with Trump most recently calling O’Donnell a ‘loser’ and a ‘train wreck’— ever the charmer.
10. Miley Cyrus vs. Nicki Minaj
With the Music Video Awards a hot spot for celebrity feuds, the 2015 ceremony was certainly no different, with celebs seemingly desperate to air their dirty laundry. Hosting the awards show for the first time, Miley Cyrus took to the stage with her usual daring and plucky attitude. After being presented with the Best Hip-Hop video award for her song Anaconda, Nicki Minaj suddenly took to the mic to express her opinion on host Miley Cyrus, stating “back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press, Miley, what’s good?” Standing across from the stage, Cyrus quickly hit back with “hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh*t; Nicki, congratu-f**king-lations”. Later expressing why she called out Cyrus live on air, Minaj made reference to her previous feud with Taylor Swift and the obvious racism that still exists in the music industry, explaining “If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us”.
9. Kanye West vs. Everyone
Oh Kanye, when will you ever learn? Definitely not one to shy away from drama, Kanye West has been involved in a number of celebrity feuds throughout his career. From Wiz Khalifa, to Justin Timberlake, it seems nobody is safe from the wrath of West. However, with his most famous spat involving that of pop singer Taylor Swift, the feud has entertained fans and the media alike for a number of years.
Beginning in 2009, at the MTV Video Music Awards, West stormed the stage in protest that the then 19-year-old Swift had won the Best Female Video award. Interrupting her acceptance speech, West famously began to proclaim “yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” Admitting that he may have been a little harsh, West subsequently apologized, however it wasn’t the end, with the feud filtering in and out of their lives ever since.
Trading insults through song, the pair somewhat buried the hatchet again, until Kanye put his foot in it once more by writing rude and vulgar song lyrics about Taylor in his song ‘Famous’. Stating that he’d had her approval on the song’s eventual text, Taylor out-right denied any knowledge of the tune whatsoever. And, just when we thought it was all over, in comes Kim Kardashian saying that Taylor did indeed know about the song lyrics, providing a recorded message to prove it. Scandalous!
8. Rachel McAdams vs. Ryan Gosling
Stars of the most romantic movie on the planet, The Notebook, the now iconic pairing of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams went on to break the hearts of millions when it was revealed that they secretly hated each other the whole time. Leaking insider gossip, the movie’s director, Nick Cassavetes, let it slip that behind the scenes, stars Gosling and McAdams actually could not stand each other, despite the intense chemistry that is shown throughout the film. In fact, things were so bad, that Gosling was even said to have tried to get McAdams kicked off the set, asking the director if he could replace her with someone else. Claiming that he “got nothing from her,” McAdams was obviously extremely angry, leading to a bitter atmosphere between the two. With things finally blowing up after an almighty spat on set, the pair suddenly kissed and made up— literally. They ended up dating for a couple of years after, splitting in 2008.
7. Shia LaBeouf vs. Frankie Muniz
With a feud that has said to have lasted for over twenty years, Shia LaBeouf shows no signs of backing down, recently sparking it back up again with a number of LaBeouf-like zingers. Starting in 2003, LaBeouf kick-started the beef by proclaiming how Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz often looked down on him at film premieres when they were both youngsters. Taking every opportunity since to throw an enormous amount of shade on the former child actor, one interviewer asked LaBeouf if he was conscious of bumping into Muniz at a party or a film event. Responding, LaBeouf stated “I don’t go to many parties and I don’t really hang out in Frank Muniz-type zones”. Ouch! Not about to be made a mockery of, Muniz hit back, tweeting, “dear Shia LaBeouf, It’s getting creepy the fact that you can’t stop talking about me. It’s been 12 years now. I don’t know you. Thanks”. Burn!
6. Lindsay Lohan vs. Amanda Bynes
Everyone’s favorite train-wrecks, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes have often been in the papers due to the number of crazy and kooky things the stars have been up to. Embroiled in a number of feuds with a variety of celebrities, it was inevitable that the pair would eventually turn on each other, creating one of the biggest beefs in celeb history. After being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and with a number of hit-and-run cases against her, Bynes was the focus of a number of newspaper headlines. Seemingly ‘getting away with it’, Lohan took to Twitter to vent her anger at the idea that it was one rule for her and a different rule for others. Tweeting, “why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?”, the tweet was a clear reference to Bynes’ recent arrest. When Lohan was arrested a short time later for the same thing, Bynes was reported to have been amused by the incident, claiming it was bad karma and served her right for ‘talking smack’ about her on Twitter. Touché.
5. Perez Hilton vs. Everyone
Much like Donald Trump, it would be hard to find anyone that hasn’t had at least some kind of run-in with the meanest man in showbiz. Hated by most, Perez Hilton has garnered an all around nasty reputation, often labelled as ‘evil’ and ‘offensive’. Starting beef with a number of celebrities throughout his time in the public eye, Perez has brawled with everyone from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence to Jennifer Aniston and even Lady Gaga. However, it was his spat with Will.i.am that really made headlines around the world. Claiming that he had been assaulted by the Black Eyed Peas tour manager, Perez pressed charges against the man. However, with it later revealed that the openly gay Perez had used offensive homophobic slurs against Will.i.am, which led to the overall bust-up, Perez swiftly dropped all charges. An all around nasty piece of work, Perez showed his true colors on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother, causing a number of complaints from viewers throughout his stay
4. Kristin Cavallari vs. Lauren Conrad
Sold as a “real drama with real life characters”, Laguna Beach was one of the first of its kind with regards to scripted reality television. Running for three seasons, the show kick-started a number of careers, with Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad the series’ main attractions. Famed for not exactly getting along very well, the brawling ladies often fought over Cavallari’s then boyfriend Stephen Colletti. Creating a type of love triangle, it was later revealed that producers had forced Colletti into spending more time with Conrad, in order to anger her arch rival. Later recalling the experience, Cavallari stated “It certainly provided some juicy conflicts, but it also affected me deep. I felt threatened. On one side, it seemed like the producers were trying to break us up, on the other side, I worried that my relationship with Stephen was becoming less stable”. With no love lost between them, the feud has continued, with the pair seemingly avoiding each other at every opportunity.
3. Madonna vs. Elton John
Not the quietest people in the room, Elton John and Madonna have been known to have had a number of spats with a number of other celebrities, with it only a matter of time before they engaged in one of their own. Feuding for a number of years, the two divas have often traded insults back and forth, rarely biting the bullet when it comes to revealing their true feelings. Starting in 2004 during the ‘Q’ Music Awards, John instigated the bitter brawl by jokingly saying, “Madonna, best live act? F****off. Since when has lip-syncing been live?” Ouch. Leaving her team to do the talking, a spokeswoman for Madonna retaliated by saying, “Madonna does not lip-sync nor does she spend her time trashing other artists. She sang every note of her Re-Invention tour live and is not ashamed that she was well paid for her hard work”. Trading insults back and forth over the next few years, John recently revealed he had ended the ten-year feud by somewhat apologizing to her, claiming “what [he] said should never have appeared in public”. Is that an apology?
2. David Letterman vs. Oprah Winfrey
The King and Queen of the chat show format, Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman, have often been the subject of a number of stories throughout their careers, both referring to their subsequent spats with regards to each other. Now apparently friends, their was certainly no love lost between the pair back in the day, with things getting extremely heated at one point. Starting back in the mid 80s, Winfrey claimed that she was made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ while appearing as a guest on the host’s famous chat show. Amused, Letterman began making a number of jokes in reference to how Winfrey hated him, contributing to rumors that were already doing the rounds. With Winfrey refusing to talk to Letterman for over 15 years, the two have since made up, with Winfrey appearing on his show once more, stating “I have never for a moment had a feud with you”. Hmmm, the story continues.
1. Taylor Swift vs. Everyone
Hanging around Kanye West seems to have rubbed off on the world’s leading pop star, after being embroiled in a number of bitter brawls with a variety of celebrities across the globe. Taylor Swift has been known to have had bad blood with a number of people such as, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, it was her recent feud with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris that really got tongues wagging. Breaking up after eighteen months together, Swift was seen to move on extremely quickly, shacking up with Tom Hiddleston only two weeks after ending it with Harris. Keeping a dignified silence on the matter, Harris finally snapped after it was suggested that Swift had written all the lyrics to his smash hit summer song, This Is What You Came For featuring Rihanna. Taking to social media, Harris admitted that she indeed had a part to play in the famous tune, however, he blasted her team for trying to drag his name through the mud. Tweeting a series of messages, Harris angrily stated, “hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though, I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do. 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”. ULTIMATE BURN.
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