10 Biggest Celebrity Feuds Of 2016
Celebrities couldn’t stop feuding with one another in 2016. The fights took place on social media, on TV, and in print interviews. Here are 10 of the biggest star feuds of the year.
1. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift: The most epic celebrity feud of the year has to go to the reignited clash between West and Swift, which Kardashian later jumped into. After West debuted his new track “Famous,” featuring the lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous,” West claimed Swift was aware of the line ahead of time and gave him permission to reference her. Swift’s rep, however, told Gossip Cop the singer never approved of the lyric, and actually tried to dissuade the rapper from releasing a track with a “misogynistic message.”
Swift later went on to win Album of the Year for 1989 at the Grammy Awards, where she fired back at West during her acceptance speech. She urged other young women to make sure not to let others “undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.” But that wasn’t the end of it. In June, Kardashian posted a Snapchat video in which West and Swift discussed the “Famous” lyrics prior to its release. In the taped conversation, Swift is heard voicing her appreciation to West for giving her the heads-up about the line that they “might still have sex.” She says, “It’s like a compliment.” Still, she maintained afterwards she was never told about the “I made that bitch famous” lyric.
2. Kelly Ripa vs. Michael Strahan: Ripa was infuriated by the news that Strahan was leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” to join “Good Morning America.” She felt blindsided that she wasn’t given more of a heads-up, and in protest took some time off from the show to assess the situation, during which time she and Strahan didn’t speak. When Ripa returned to the show a week after the drama began, the two seemed to be on good terms. She even congratulated Strahan on his new gig, and he dubbed her the “queen of morning television.” But while the feud appeared to be settled, Strahan’s end date on “Live” was moved up and he quickly left the morning show amidst a feeling of bad blood.
3. Chloe Moretz vs. Khloe Kardashian: Following Kim Kardashian and Swift’s dispute over the song “Famous,” Moretz sent a few tweets that were seemingly about the feud. Though the actress never mentioned either star by name, she said people “in the industry” need to focus on the “REAL world,” and not “petulant and unimportant issues.” Meanwhile, Khloe, feeling that dig was at her older sibling, lashed out. “Is this the a hole you’re referring to @ChloeGMoretz???” she tweeted, including a photo of Moretz in a swimsuit and another of a woman with her butt exposed while in the ocean. Khloe was also accused of bullying by Swift’s pal Ruby Rose, who tweeted, “Yo Khloe I thought you were rad when I met you but this is awful and this is a 19 year old girl.” The reality star later apologized, but she didn’t take back her remark to Moretz, noting, “Refrain from commenting on my family and OUR business (and I will do the same).”
4. Dwayne Johnson vs. Vin Diesel: Without mentioning Diesel’s name, Johnson called out on Instagram “some” of his male Fast 8 co-stars for being “candy asses,” “chicken s**t” and not conducting themselves professionally on set. It was later revealed, however, that the former wrestler was talking smack about Diesel. The rest of the Fast 8 cast was annoyed with Johnson for publicly feuding the franchise’s lead. After the two met up on the film’s set, Johnson noted on Instagram, “Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs.” For his part, Diesel promised fans in a Facebook video that he’d eventually “tell everything.”
5. Justin Bieber vs. Selena Gomez: The former couple feuded on Instagram in August after Bieber threatened to shut down his account, which he eventually did, in response to negative comments made on it about gal pal Sofia Richie. He wrote, “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.” Gomez shot back, “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you. They were there for you before anyone.”
6. Ciara vs. Future: The exes were engaged in a bitter custody battle throughout the year, but the situation escalated in February after Ciara filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against the father of her two-year-old son. It all stemmed from Future claiming in a radio interview that she was an unfit mother. As a result, Ciara demanded the court award her monetary damages and prevent the rapper from publicly speaking about her and their child. In April, however, Future filed a counter defamation suit against Ciara, asking that her case be thrown out, arguing her lawsuit created more harm to her image than anything he had ever said. In May, Ciara was denied sole custody of her son, prompting Future to drop the lawsuit against her the following month.
7. Kesha vs. Dr. Luke: In 2015, Kesha filed a lawsuit to get out of a record contract with music producer Dr. Luke, who she claimed sexually abused her. Dr. Luke filed a countersuit, insisting the allegations were untrue, and that Kesha was trying to extort him and was “only motivated by money.” In April of 2016, a judge denied Kesha’s motion to be released from her contract, causing an uproar among many of the singer’s fans, who set up protests. The feud continued into May when it was claimed that Dr. Luke wouldn’t allow Kesha to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, but the producer approved her hitting the stage, which she did, as long as the musician didn’t use it to bash him.
8. Calvin Harris vs. Taylor Swift: The DJ publicly feuded with his ex-girlfriend on Twitter after Swift’s camp confirmed she secretly wrote under a pseudonym his hit, “This Is What You Came For.” Harris defended his work on the track, writing, “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym. 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.” Referencing her then-romance with Tom Hiddleston, he added, “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 [Perry] ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”
9. Russell Crowe vs. Azealia Banks: In November, the rapper feuded with Crowe after she claimed he called her the N-word, choked her, and spat on her during a fight at a dinner party inside his Beverly Hills hotel suite. Crowe denied any wrongdoing and noted Banks became belligerent at the meal, insulting his guests and even threatening a woman with a wine glass. Rapper RZA, who brought Banks to Crowe’s party, later corroborated his story. Banks later filed a battery report against Crowe, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office dropped the case because of what it termed “a lack of sufficient evidence.”
10. Drake vs. Meek Mill: Mill slammed Drake in January with the release of his song “War Pain,” which took aim at his longtime rap rival. It started with Drake firing the first shots, dropping a song hours earlier called, “Summer Sixteen,” but Mill wasted no time with his retaliation song. Mill also slammed Drake for allegedly not writing his own songs and for comparing himself to Jay Z in “Summer Sixteen.” In Drake’s song, he rapped, “I turned into Jay,” but Mill hit back in “War Pain,” “You ain’t write it, n***a. We caught ya. Can’t erase that s**t. And you claimin’ you HOV now? Why you state that s**t?” Their feud first ignited in 2015 when Mill accused Drake in a Twitter rant of using a ghostwriter for the verses used in his song “R.I.C.O.”