Something you can always count on year after year? Stars fighting with other stars. As 2019 comes to an end, Wonderwall.com is looking back at the year in celebrity feuds. Let's start with this famous friendship that will likely never be mended… In the wake of a 2016 feud involving "Fast & Furious" franchise co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, another co-star, Tyrese Gibson, criticized The Rock — calling him a "selfish #CandyA–" on Twitter in October 2017 — after the former wrestler landed a spinoff movie featuring his character, Luke Hobbs, which pushed back the next sequel in the larger franchise. So when Dwayne's spinoff, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" delivered (initially) less impressive box office stats than previous "Fast & Furious" films on opening weekend in August 2019, Tyrese pounced. He shared a negative headline on Instagram and said, "I have to show my respects for one thing…. He tried…….. Folks called me a hater…. Attacked me for speaking out…..Breaking up the family clearly doesn't have the value that one would assume it does." He later deleted the post (in which he also said, "180 million dollar global opening on Hobbs and Shaw is NOT a win"), but The Rock had the last laugh: "Thank you everyone for makin' this an exciting first week of box office for our lil' spin-off … #1 movie and $333M worldwide, ain't too shabby," Dwayne wrote on social media (the film ended up earning $760M). "And remember, the best way to shut the mouth of a [clown] is to flex with success and a smile." Keep reading to see more stars who battled it out this year…
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There's speculation that this next alleged feud could be responsible for ending a television show! "Will and Grace" stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally unfollowed each other on Instagram in August — a month after news broke revealing that their rebooted show was being canceled. Megan later shared some cryptic posts including one that stated, "One of the best feelings is finally losing your attachment to somebody who isn't good for you!" RadarOnline addressed claims that a rift might be the reason the sitcom is coming to an end after its rebooted third season airs in 2020. An insider told the outlet, "They can't stand to be near each other, and it created an impossible atmosphere on set."
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Perhaps the biggest feud of the year kicked off back in February! That's when it was revealed that Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend, NBA star Tristan Thompson, cheated on her (again), this time with someone very close to the family — sister Kylie Jenner's best friend, Jordyn Woods. The affair ended not only Khloe's romantic relationship with the father of her child , but effectively finished off Jordyn's previously tight-knit relationship with the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan. Khloe initially voiced her frustrations on social media via cryptic quotes while Jordyn appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" Facebook Watch series to tell her side of the story — she claimed "I am not the reason" Khloe and Tristan split — a few weeks after she admitted Tristan kissed her at a party. Khloe took to Twitter to fire back, accusing Jordyn of lying and adding, "You ARE the reason my family broke up!" Fans invested in the drama then saw it all play out on the family's reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," months later.
One feud that finally came to an end in 2019? The infamous bad blood between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The pop stars finally proved they were at peace in June when Katy showed off some chocolate chip cookies on social media that Taylor made her. The best part of the sweet treat? The plate featured red frosting spelling out "peace at last," complete with peace signs. This truce didn't come as a total shock to fans — back in May 2018, Katy gifted Taylor with an actual olive branch on the opening night of the latter's "Reputation" stadium tour. And if fans needed more proof that there's actual love between the ladies now, that came when Taylor dropped her music video for "You Need to Calm Down" — which featured Katy in a burger costume hugging Taylor, who was dressed as fries. Katy later spoke about their reconciliation, telling "The Kyle & Jackie O" show in July, "I can trust her and she can trust me. And we'll see each other in the halls of the music industry and not avoid each other and we'll embrace. And I think it's amazing that we have this opportunity to change, and I just hope that other people can learn from it too."
50 Cent is no stranger to celebrity feuding! His latest victim? "Vanderpump Rules" star Lala Kent's TV and film producer fiancé, Randall Emmett, whom the rapper went after on social media starting in April 2019. Fifty began by posting a clip of Lala on her Bravo show talking about gifts she got from Randall — who'd worked as an executive producer on "Power" along with 50 Cent — including a Range Rover. Fifty claimed Randall owed him $1 million and demanded the money back, insisting he'd continue to blast the guy on social media until the debt from six years prior was repaid. Randall publicly stayed quiet on the issue, though Fifty posted some texts they'd allegedly exchanged in which Randall wrote, "I'm sorry fofty" — which led some fans to playfully brand it the "Fofty Feud" — and said he was headed to the emergency room with chest pains because of the stress the ordeal was causing. Lala, however, sounded off in Instagram comments and on Instagram Live. But all's well that ends well: Eventually, 50 Cent shared that Randall had paid him back, adding, "positive vibes now guys. LOL." LOL indeed!
A bizarre scandal surrounding "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started to unfold in early 2019. In January, the actor told police that while he was walking back to his Chicago apartment, he was attacked by masked assailants who yelled that he was in "MAGA country" and attacked him. A month later, police claimed that he'd hired two brothers, the Osundairos, to help him fake the assault; Jussie was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report after allegedly staging his own attack. In April, the city of Chicago sued Jussie, seeking reimbursement for overtime costs incurred from the police investigation into his alleged hate crime. Then in November, Jussie filed a lawsuit of his own against the city, claiming officials created the false narrative that his attack was a hoax and that the brothers in question were lured into a smear campaign by the cops. The actor included the brothers and some officials in his lawsuit, which maintains that he was attacked by a white male. The Osundairo brothers — who, like Jussie, are black — hit back. Their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, told TMZ, "This is just another sad attempt by Jussie Smollett to try and falsely smear the Osundario brothers, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. There is no legal merit to his claims, and could be sanctionable."
Taylor Swift embroiled herself in a massive feud in June 2019 — and this time it wasn't with a fellow pop star. When music exec Scooter Braun (who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande) acquired Taylor's old label, Big Machine Label Group, Taylor didn't take it well. The superstar took to Tumblr to tell fans that she was livid that he now controlled her past work. "Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it," Taylor wrote alongside a screenshot of Justin, Scooter and former client (and Taylor nemesis) Kanye West on a computer "bullying me on social media when I was at my lowest point." Scooter initially remained quiet, making this feud die down quicker than Taylor's previous dramas — though not before stars including Cara Delevingne, Halsey and Katharine McPhee, among others, expressed public support for Taylor. Meanwhile, Justin, Big Machine's Scott Borchetta and Scooter's wife, Yael Cohen Braun, voiced their support for the exec. The saga continued later in the year when Taylor confirmed she planned to re-record her old albums, but things really exploded in November…
On Nov. 14, Taylor Swift revealed that her beef with music execs Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta had escalated dramatically: The pop queen took to social media to accuse them of blocking her from performing her own songs at the 2019 American Music Awards, as they control Taylor's back catalog. In a lengthy post, Taylor said the men "said that I'm not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I'm allowed to next year." She added that a Netflix documentary on the last few years of her career that's in the works also can't use her old music. "Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark," she alleged. However, Scooter and Scott insisted in a statement of their own that Taylor's claims are full of "false information." "At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere," the music company wrote in a Nov. 15 statement. "Since Taylor's decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate." Days later, they announced that they'd reached a deal with AMAs producers concerning streaming and re-broadcasts of clients' songs. On Nov. 22, Scooter posted a lengthy open letter to Taylor explaining that he and his family had received death threats in the wake of her claims. He also urged her to meet with him in person to hash out their differences.
One person who hates keeping up with the Kardashian-Jenner clan? Jameela Jamil, who spent a lot of 2019 voicing her distaste for the famous family. The "The Good Place" star accused them of sharing sponsored ads for diet aids like weight-loss teas that she's alleged they don't use and ragged on their endless lines of products. When it came time for Kim Kardashian West's body-makeup line to launch in June, Jameela tweeted of the products, "I'd rather just make peace with my million stretch marks and eczema." For their part, the Kardashian-Jenner ladies have kept mum about Jameela, though Kris Jenner alluded to the criticism in a New York Times piece, saying, "I don't live in that negative energy space. Ninety percent of people will be really excited about the family and the journey and who we are."
Season 15 of "The Bachelorette" was rife with controversy, but one of the feuds went on even after the show wrapped! Star Hannah Brown continued to get into it on social media with contestant Luke Parker after the fantasy suites episode aired in July. On the show, Luke made comments about how he expected Hannah to wait until marriage to have sex and the former beauty queen told him she was a "grown woman" and shared that she'd already slept with another contestant before giving him the boot. After viewers watched it go down, Luke tweeted directly at Hannah, writing, "The difference in how we view sin is seen in the response, I'm weeping at mine and you're laughing at yours. All sin stings. My heart hurts for both of us." The two got into an exchange with Hannah ultimately tweeting, "i have never said that i find my sin funny. i'm not going to lectured on appropriate emotional responses by a guy who threw deli meat in a guys lap." Luke tried to get the final word, adding, "If you want to talk about it, you know how to get ahold of me." Fans overwhelmingly sided with Hannah at the end of this disastrous relationship.
As bloggers continue to raise their profile, feuds between celebrities and social media stars are more and more common. In July, actress Amanda Seyfried took to Instagram to call out one of these influencers, fashion blogger Arielle Charnas, over a bikini post in which Arielle shared a mirror selfie with the caption, "Proud of my body after two kids." A close friend of Amanda's posted a lengthy comment on the photo, asking Arielle to "acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible" and claiming that otherwise, she was "perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should 'bounce back' after childbirth." Amanda screenshotted those comments, posted them on her own feed and claimed it was "feed material," essentially asking Arielle (without naming any names) to think about the effects of her posts. Arielle responded by blocking Amanda, and Amanda eventually apologized (via Instagram) for making Arielle a target with her post — effectively ending this feud.
Usually, Andy Cohen is the one stirring up other people's drama on "Watch What Happens Live," but in July, he was directly involved in some drama of his own! Tituss Burgess stopped by the show along with Laverne Cox and made it clear he was unhappy with a certain question posed to him by the host. Andy asked Tituss about working with Eddie Murphy on "Dolemite Is My Name," bringing up Eddie's past homophobic comments, which didn't sit well with the actor (who, like Andy, is gay). Tituss later took to Instagram to rant about the interview, calling Andy "a messy queen" and writing, "He should remember his talk show isn't an episode of the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'! It's a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press." In response, Andy spoke about the awkward encounter on his SiriusXM radio show, "Andy Cohen Live," sharing that it was obvious Tituss was a not a fan throughout the taping. "He wasn't having me," Andy explained, adding, "What can I tell you? From the jump, I was trying, but no idea."
Bet you didn't expect a feud between a rapper, a pop star and a brand of chicken in 2019. In June, Nicki Minaj used an episode of her "Queen Radio" show to fire at Miley Cyrus — with whom the rapper has feuded ever since the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards over things Miley said in the press. Nicki said on her show, "Perdue Chickens can never talk s— about queens," referring to Miley's then-new tune "Cattitude," which has a line about Nicki ("I love you Nicki / but I listen to Cardi"). The Perdue Chicken brand was quick to get involved, tweeting, "Thanks for the mention @NICKIMINAJ, but we don't know nothing about beef."
Remember the Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan feud of the '00s? It's back on! Paris appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" in May and didn't have many nice things to say when asked about her old pal Lindsay. Host Andy Cohen asked the heiress to say three nice things about the actress. Paris replied that Lindsay is "beyond." When pressed to elaborate, Paris added two more descriptors — "lame" and "embarrassing." Despite the mean comments, Lindsay took to Instagram shortly after to praise one of Paris's new songs. When asked about Paris's comments a month later on Australian radio's "The Kyle and Jackie O Show," Lindsay joked, "Who's that?" She then took a more zen path, adding, "Nothing really makes me angry. I have no problems with anyone in my life and I'm grateful for that. I'm a very loving person."
This feud wasn't between conventional celebrities but a new breed of stars. In May, YouTube makeup mogul James Charles endorsed a supplement product that was in direct competition with his close pal and mentor Tati Westbrook's vitamin company. Tati retaliated by posting a 43-minute video in which she explained her frustrations and simultaneously accused him of sexually harassing straight men. That accusation led to a pop singer getting involved, starting her own battle with James…
Singer Zara Larsson weighed in on the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud in May with her own information. The singer claimed on Twitter that James once direct-messaged her boyfriend, straight male model Brian Whittaker. "I'm cackling because [James] hit up my boyfriend in the DMs several times knowing damn well he's straight," Zara tweeted. James sounded off on the accusations in a later YouTube post, saying he didn't know Brian was dating Zara at the time. In response, Zara apologized, once again on Twitter, stating, "I'm sorry for sending all of the hate that James received in his direction. I'm sorry for not thinking about the consequences."
The "Real Housewives" feud that gave us the infamous table flip is alive and well! Though Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub had previously mended fences after the 2009 table incident, it seems there's bad blood once more that we'll see on Season 10 of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Apparently, their relationship deteriorated while they filmed the most recent season, ultimately leading the two to unfollow each other on social media and cease speaking. This comes as a shock to fans, who've seen the two rebuild their relationship — which even included Teresa serving as matron of honor at Danielle's doomed 2018 wedding. Though the specifics of the fight have yet to be revealed, sources told Us Weekly that the women fell victim to an "ugly" case of "she said/she said."
Yikes! Bow Wow and Wendy Williams had beef in July that resulted in body-shaming. On "The Wendy Williams Show," host Wendy brought up Bow Wow on her Hot Topics segment and weighed in with her thoughts on his decision to discuss his former relationship with singer Ciara on stage at a recent concert (he performed a song they'd collaborated on) where he told the audience, "I had this b—- first. You know that, right?" Wendy took issue with his use of the B-word and said he was "wrong" for saying it. She also attacked his height, saying he must have been standing on his tiptoes in old photos with Ciara since the two are both reportedly 5-foot-7. Bow Wow didn't take the criticism lightly and tweeted paparazzi photos of Wendy in a bikini along with the message, "They say its a hot girl summer," and added some offensive emojis. The winner here? According to Twitter, it was Wendy, as many replied to Bow Wow's nasty tweet with outrage.
Shortly after ending a serious romantic relationship, Bella Thorne and musician Mod Sun battled it out in May 2019. The former couple got into a spat over Mod joking in an interview with TooFab about auctioning off Bella's things on eBay. Bella didn't take the threat lightly, sounding off on Twitter with, "Awww looks like moddy really wants some press. #Hungry." She also accused him of calling the cops on her when she tried to get her computer back from his place. Mod fired back that she arrived at the house uninvited and said she's "not the most trustworthy person," so that's why his team called police.
It's the feud that won't ever end! We thought the bad blood that started in 2016 (over Kanye West's lyrics about Taylor) might have been over when, in January, Kim Kardashian West posted a Snapchat with Taylor Swift's song "Delicate" in the background. The same month, Kim said during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" when asked about tension with Taylor, "Over it." She added, "I feel like we've all moved on." But apparently she wasn't correct! Taylor reignited her battle with Kim in March when she talked to ELLE magazine, alluding to their infamous 2016 fight. Though Taylor didn't say Kim's name, she was clearly talking about the reality TV star when she said, "A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet." She shared how she responded by bringing an inflatable cobra on her "Reputation" tour, adding, "It's the stadium tour equivalent of responding to a troll's hateful Instagram comment with 'lol.'"
Anjelica Huston dissed Jacki Weaver's film "Poms" during a May 2019 interview with Vulture, claiming she would only sign on to films that "impress" her and "that aren't apologetically humble or humiliating like 'Band of cheerleaders gets back together for one last hurrah,' you know." She added, "An old-lady cheerleader movie. I don't like that kind of thing." Jacki had her say in a later interview with Vanity Fair in which she claimed she laughed at Anjelica's quote, then said, "'Well, she can go f— herself." She also stated, "I thought, 'That's a bit mean and petty.'" But her final zing on the matter might have been the sassiest: "I would say she must be going through menopause, but she must have had that ages ago." Ouch! Ultimately it was Anjelica who apologized… sort of. She told Andy Cohen in a radio interview, "I hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings. And if I did, I hope they come back at me."
Olivia Munn took on an interesting adversary in April 2019 — a blog. The star took to Twitter to share her distaste for the women behind the popular Go Fug Yourself comedic fashion gossip blog. After they critiqued one of her red carpet looks (this striped Peter Pilotto suit), Olivia went off, stating in a lengthy diatribe that they were furthering "the perpetual minimization of women." For their part, the ladies behind the blog, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, took the high road, telling USA Today that they "absolutely respect Olivia Munn's right to her opinion — even if we disagree, as we do here." They concluded their statement with, "we wish her nothing but the best and look forward to her next project." The court of public opinion largely sided with the bloggers, as they have a reputation for critiquing fashion in a light-hearted, playful and wildly funny way.
Here's an unlikely battle from May 2019 — Moby vs. Natalie Portman. It started when the music star included comments about his relationship with the younger actress in his 2019 memoir. In response, Natalie spoke to Harper's Bazaar U.K., saying, "I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school… He said I was 20; I definitely wasn't. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18." She also said, "That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn't the case." Natalie described their relationship like this: "He was on tour and I was working shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realized that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate." Moby responded by saying, "it hurts to be lied about," while insisting they "did, in fact, date." But a few days later, he walked that back and apologized on Instagram after receiving a lot of blowback.
In one corner we have Kim Kardashian West, and in the other we have… Jack in the Box? Yep, the reality star took aim at the fast food chain in May with a string of tweets calling them out while remaining super-vague. "Hey, Jack In The Box I have a serious complaint but I won't fully put you on blast, check your corporate email inbox or send me a DM with direct person for my team to contact. Pronto," Kim wrote on the social media platform. After a lot of speculation (and tweets!), Kim added, "I would like to add that this is not about me or a wrong order. Nobody recognized me and it's something that I observed that affected other customers at this particular location that was concerning." Though the public wasn't privy to the details, the two ended up squashing their, well, beef. She later tweeted, "Thank you @JackBox for the quick response and handling the situation!" The bizarre exchange resulted in other stars poking fun at the interaction, with "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Bethenny Frankel writing, "Hey @JackBox there is a woman wearing a red sweater with shoulder pads at your Hickory, NC location. Can you tell me what brand it is? #dontblastJack @KimKardashian," and Stephen Colbert tweeting, "Hey, Jack In The Box, I just want to say I know you're trying your best and I hope you're having a great day."
ABC brawl! In May, network star Kelly Ripa made it clear she wouldn't be tuning in on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" Mondays. Kelly sounded off about her hate for the franchise on her own show, "Live With Kelly and Ryan," declaring, "You know how I feel about the show — it disgusts me." She continued, "I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn't stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel, ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy." Franchise host Chris Harrison took issue with her diss, writing on Twitter, "Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your 'disgusting' Monday night habit." And the show's creator, Mike Fleiss, also inserted himself, tweeting, "Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!" alluding to the fact that the shows share a network. That got another ABC star involved, "Grey's Anatomy" star and producer Ellen Pompeo, who responded to Mike's tweet, saying, "Okay @fleissmeister… that's some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don't attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don't get me started on your show cuz I'm a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite."
A few months before "The Hills: New Beginnings" kicked off in June, its sibling stars Stephanie Pratt and Spencer Pratt trashed one another publicly. Their feud made headlines back in April when Stephanie aired their dirty laundry on her "Pratt Cast" podcast, explaining that Spencer had been cut out of their parents' will because he's a "horrific" human. She explained that he puts his wife first, adding, "Heidi is always No. 1 to Spencer, so you know what? Spencer is dead to me. That's the only way I can handle it is knowing that he died." She also alluded to things happening with Spencer's wife, ominously stating, "No one knows the real Heidi," adding, "I'm not protecting them anymore." Spencer took to his own podcast the same month and compared his relationship with Stephanie to "living with this evil around me."
It was Ariana Grande vs. a Grammys producer in February! Though Ariana's name was attached to the 2019 Grammy Awards, it was revealed shortly before the show aired that she actually wouldn't be performing. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich originally told The Associated Press it was the pop singer who'd canceled because she thought it was "too late for her to pull something together." Ariana sounded off about that bogus excuse on Twitter. "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me. I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken," Ariana tweeted, adding, "it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend." She also noted she'd "offered 3 different songs" but ultimately it was about "politics" and that she no longer wanted to be involved. There were no winners in this feud — but Ariana did pick up her first Grammy, for best pop vocal album, though she wasn't in attendance to accept it.
A "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" husband was involved in a she said/she said feud in February when, on an episode of the Bravo show, Lisa Rinna accused Nicollette Sheridan of cheating on Harry Hamlin — Nicollette's ex who's Lisa's current spouse — before Lisa and Harry got together. Nicollette took to Twitter to brand the claim "FAKE NEWS!" but the married couple still insisted that Nicollette got involved with singer Michael Bolton when she was out of town and still married to Harry. Nicollette continued to deny the claims, calling Michael simply a "long-time friend." Harry tweeted, "Re Fake News! What's it called when your wife of one year suddenly goes to bed with a pop singer? …two weeks after your mother dies?? I did a lotta stuff with my wife 'nose to nose' but ending our marriage was not one of them!" Lisa took to her Instagram Stories to write Nicollette a note (which she later deleted) that included the line, "I forgot to thank you… Thank you for f—— Michael Bolton and cheating on Harry while married."
Battle of the hosts! Howard Stern went after Wendy Williams on his SiriusXM radio show in March after Wendy said that the famous radio host had "gone Hollywood." His lengthy rant included numerous digs (and expletives!), with Howard stating, "You'll never be me, Wendy. You'll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me, but you're not. You don't have my wit and you don't have my talent… You couldn't have that career. You're a fly." He also took issue with their personal history, noting, "I've been gracious to her." Eventually Howard told The Hollywood Reporter that he regretted the outburst, admitting he misinterpreted her dig: "That was me at my worst." Wendy touched on his apology during a "Hot Topics" segment on her show in May, sharing that she was happy the fight was over. "I love him. And my heart was so broken when he was fighting with me 'cause I wasn't fighting with him," she said.
In January, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian's tumultuous relationship introduced another individual into the drama. When news broke that Rob was getting flirtatious with "Love and Hip Hop" star Alexis Skyy, ex Chyna wasn't happy. Sources told TMZ that the former couple had an agreement in place to not introduce people they're dating to their daughter, Dream, within the first six months of the relationship — and Chyna was adamant that Alexis not meet Dream. Chyna also had beef face-to-face with Alexis at a house party in January where she reportedly threw a drink at her.