11 Iconic Celebrity Feuds, Explained

    I love mess.

    Just because celebrities have global platforms does not mean they're invincible to petty beef and questionable behavior.

    And because I am so personally invested in these public spats, I've taken the time to round up 11 iconic celebrity feuds that are sure to go down in the history books.

    Without further ado, let's get into it.

    1. When Azealia Banks said that Grimes smelled like a "roll of nickels."

    Screenshot of Azealia and Grimes texting, including Azealia telling Grimes "And you smell like a roll of nickels" and "Elon is way out of your league sis"

    2. When Cardi B threw her shoe at Nicki Minaj.

    3. When Martha Stewart told Gwyneth Paltrow to "be quiet" and came for her Goop brand.

    Shot of Martha sitting on a chair outside, she's wearing a bright orange blazer and cream-colored shirt and pants, her phone is in her hand

    4. When Rihanna said she hated broke bitches, and Teyana Taylor agreed, and then Rihanna brought up the receipts for their individual net worths.

    @rihanna / Via Twitter: @rihanna

    In the end, Rihanna tweeted, "I hate broke bitches." In response, Teyana agreed, writing, "Shit, I hate broke bitches too," possibly offering a sort of ceasefire. But Rihanna got the last laugh when she changed her header on the app to a side-by-side comparison of the two singers' net worths (per Celebrity Net Worth), which estimated Rihanna's assets at $90 million and Teyana's at $500,000.

    If you were wondering, things seem to be patched up now. Back in 2018, the two let bygones be bygones when they posed together at Coachella and Rihanna invited Teyana to her festival bash.

    5. When Nicki Minaj asked Miley Cyrus, "What's good?"

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    Fast-forward to three days later, and it's the 2015 VMAs. After winning the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video, Nicki turned to Miley and infamously (groundbreakingly) said, “Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press — Miley, what’s good?" Then Miley replied, "Nicki, congratu-fucking-lations."

    After the public spectacle, things were pretty mellow for a while — that is, until Miley decided to include a diss in her 2019 track "Cattitude," where she quipped, "I love you, Nicki, but I listen to Cardi." And after reading number two on this list, you might guess as to why this wasn't, like, the best decision ever.

    Less than a month later, Nicki appeared on her Queen Radio show to comment, likening Miley to raw meat. "A Perdue chicken can never talk shit about queens. That’s what [Miley] did ... In the first place, she disrespected me in a magazine article for no reason. I had just seen her after she sucked Mike Will's dick in the studio." While the latter part is, of course, not confirmed, it remains outlandish and, therefore, kinda iconic.

    6. When Jameela Jamil said she hoped Cardi B and other celebs who promote detox teas would "shit their pants in public."

    Shot of Cardi performing on stage, she's wearing a red latex sleeveless body suit with matching lighting in the background and holding a microphone near her face

    7. When Kim Kardashian West absolutely dragged Chloë Grace Moretz for essentially slut-shaming her.

    let's all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. your nylon cover is cute boo

    Twitter: @KimKardashian / Via Twitter: @KimKardashian

    But the fight didn't stop there: Later on, when the Taylor Swift and Kanye West drama surrounding his song "Famous" was happening, Chloë not so subtly tweeted about how "everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole." Then Khloé Kardashian got involved and tweeted some NSFW photos of a woman who appeared to be Chloë, which the latter was quick to debunk. After receiving some (well-deserved) backlash, Khloé was quick to correct the narrative, saying she's the "last person to bully" but has an "animal instinct" to defend her family.

    You thought I was done? Lol, no. A year later, Chloë reflected on the feud in Variety, saying, "It’s sad for her to reach out like that to a young woman. There’s a lot of woman-on-woman hate." Which, in my opinion, is a bit hilarious considering this did indeed start when she slut-shamed Kim.

    Then, another year later, it was revealed that Kim had sent Chloë one of her perfumes (as she did her other "haters," including Taylor and Bette) — to which Chloë responded with nonchalance, especially since her publicist decided to keep it. Soon after, the feud fizzled out, with Chloë commenting that she was "tired" of being asked about it.

    8. When Zayn called the Wanted's Max George "chlamydia boy."

    Red carpet shot of One Direction at iHeartRadio, the order is as follows: Niall, Zayn, Louis, Liam, and Harry

    9. When Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan feuded for more than a decade and a half.

    paris is a c*nt lindsay lohan paparazzi paris hilton paris is my friend i didn’t say that

    Twitter: @findurmeme / Via Twitter: @findurmeme

    But in November, Lindsay was caught on camera calling Paris the c-word. When asked to clarify her comments, she inadvertently spawned a hilarious meme featuring her immediate retraction: "I never said that. I love Paris. Paris is my friend." A week later, she also alleged that Paris hit her. However, a day later, the "Holy Trinity" assembled, much to the surprise of fans who knew of Paris and Lindsay's public feud.

    After a brief moment of tension once again in May 2007 — when Paris failed to acknowledge Lindsay's rehab admission in an interview, claiming she didn't "have any friends" there — things cooled down for a while. In 2011, there was another heated moment, when Paris made a joke at Lindsay's expense, saying on her reality show, after a homeless woman she gave earrings to mistook her for the actor, that if she were Lindsay, she would be "stealing the earrings, not giving them away." Unfortunately, at the time, Lindsay had just been sentenced to four months in jail for stealing a necklace. After an apology accepted by Lindsay, things seemed swell.

    But two years later, in a serious turn, Paris's younger brother Barron was attacked in Miami. At first he accused Lindsay of orchestrating the altercation and egging it on, though his attacker was later identified as author Ray LeMoine and charges were dropped after he became uncooperative with the investigation.

    Things were quiet once again, but then came this 2018 interview with MTV Australia. Remember the car photo? (Who am I kidding — who can ever forget?) Well, the interview clip features Paris not so subtly shading Lindsay, claiming that it was a girls' night out for her and Britney and that Lindsay "wasn't invited" and "chased us to the car" to get in. When the interviewer added a comment about Lindsay living her best life on the Greek island of Mykonos, Paris sarcastically responded, "Yeah...sure." She later stood by her claims on Andy Cohen's radio show.

    .@ParisHilton talks about that time @lindsaylohan crashed her girls night with @britneyspears 😂😂😂

    MTV Australia / Via Twitter: @MTVAUSTRALIA

    Then, in summer 2018, Paris essentially said she had nothing nice to say about Lindsay when asked if she would invite her to her wedding with Chris Zylka (the two later broke off their engagement and did not marry). The final word on their relationship? "I don’t have any drama with anyone, but I choose to not surround myself with certain people. Life is too short," Paris stated.

    A month later, in July, a video montage surfaced on an Instagram account that documented Lindsay backtracking in old paparazzi clips — most notably the c-word debacle mentioned earlier, along with her accusation that Paris hit her for "no reason." And lurking in the comments was none other than Paris, who called her a "pathological liar." When asked to clarify in a later interview, Paris doubled down, saying it was a "fact of life" and wished Lindsay good luck on her reality show.

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    In the next evolution of this feud, I am once again referring back to the "Holy Trinity" shot. In early 2019, Andy Cohen had Lindsay on his show to certify if Paris's account of the night was accurate (I'm assuming it's because he also loves mess). The actor didn't give away too many details but suggested that Paris didn't remember the night too well and said she hadn't seen her in years. Then, in May of that year, Paris joined Andy once more on a game of Plead the Fifth, where she was asked to say three nice things about Lindsay. After a shady look and brief pause, she said, "She's...beyond," before adding, "lame and embarrassing."

    In April of last year, Lindsay once again contradicted Paris's story about the "Holy Trinity" night. She said, "I've never had to crash a party in my life. Just leave it at that."

    The latest update we have of the feud? It may be made into a movie!

    10. When Kanye West misinterpreted Wiz Khalifa's tweet and went on a long rant about it, only to end up commenting on his cool pants.

    Photo of Kid Cudi with Kanye, both wearing layered clothing and jeans

    11. And last but certainly not least, when Kanye literally doxxed Drake after Drake dissed him in a song.

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    But then, in 2013, things seemed to be rock solid: Kanye appeared as a surprise guest at Drake's OVO Fest, where he said Drake inspired Watch the Throne. In response, Drake said, "I think me and Kanye have wanted to express our respect for each other for a long time, and sometimes rap, the business, the competitiveness, and just the heart behind it forces you to not talk to the people you quietly admire."

    In 2014, however, Drake dissed Kanye's Yeezus album, saying that "there were some real questionable bars on there" in an interview with Rolling Stone. But he also reiterated his love for the rapper, and it seemed like Kanye didn't mind the diss.

    Of course, 2015 saw the two rappers' collaboration on Big Sean's "Blessings." And a month later, in February, Kanye teased a collab album on The Breakfast Club. For the rest of that year, the pair appeared to be besties, and Drake attended the annual Kardashian-Jenner holiday party.

    Photo of Kanye and Pusha at a party, the former wears a light blue shirt and the latter wears a black sweater and backwards snapback

    There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat

    Twitter: @kanyewest / Via Twitter: @kanyewest

    And in December, the feud once again rose to a public Twitter spat, where Kanye tweeted at Drake more than 125 times, alleging he was threatening him and his family. It started when Kanye called Drake's request to clear a sample for his song "faker than wrestling," which then quickly escalated to the rapper demanding in-person apologies after saying he had been trying to meet with him for half a year. Kanye went further to accuse Drake of being a bullysaying he was "disrespectful of all people with mental health conditions." He added that he would "never intentionally hurt" Drake or make a "diss record." If you think that's bad, the veteran rapper also said that he is Drake's "oxygen" and that there "would never be a Drake without a Kanye West so never come out your mouth with a threat." I'd like to tell you that it ended there — but, alas, it did not. Ariana Grande even got peripherally involved, and Drake responded on Instagram with a set of laughing emojis. Big oof.

    Drakes reaction after finding out Kanye leaked his addy😭

    @G999Jacob / Via Twitter: @G999Jacob

    For a while, things were quiet, given — you know — an entire pandemic. But come late August 2021, and things escalated (and I mean escalated) like never before. Like, erupted escalated. Like, "completely trumped every other flare-up of the feud in any year prior"–type escalated.

    As you're probably aware, Drake's verse on Trippie Redd's song "Betrayal" includes a shot at Kanye and Pusha as he raps, "Forty-five, 44 (burned out), let it go" (both rappers are 44). In response, Kanye — in a very unhinged manner, may I add — shared a screenshot of a group chat with Pusha that included the cryptic message, "You will never recover. I promise you." But that's not even the worst part, given that he then shared a Google Maps screenshot with Drake's home address on Instagram. Drake, being Drake, responded with a video laughing hysterically — because, what else do you do when you're literally doxxed?

    Since then, Kanye and Drake have dropped their long-awaited albums — Donda and Certified Lover Boy, respectively — sparking jokes among fans about Kanye purposely releasing his 10th album ahead of Drake's after many delays just to spite him (which, honestly, is a very real possibility). The latest word? CLB features multiple disses, where Drake calls Kanye "desperate" and "jealous." Now, in terms of who gets the last word, we'll just have to wait and see.

    Which of your favorite feuds did I miss? LMK in the comments below!