This week, The X Factor started here on TV in the UK, and its judges have been doing the publicity rounds. I happened to catch Sharon Osbourne on the radio discussing her daughter Kelly’s fallout with Lady Gaga…
According to Sharon, it all started over a frock! Supposedly Kelly said she wasn’t impressed with Gaga’s dress on her E! TV show, Fashion Police, and then all of Gaga’s little monsters got a bit, well, monster-like by harassing Kelly on social media. Sharon said she had then contacted Gaga’s people and asked them to put a word out to make it stop, but instead it all blew up, with Gaga writing an open letter to Kelly — and then Sharon writing a reply.
It all sounded very dramatic!
This made me think of all the celeb mash-ups that we have heard about over the years and how they have entertained us. Perhaps the celebs wanted to raise some publicity for themselves; maybe they genuinely had a gripe with one another. Maybe (and most likely) it was all a fuss over nothing. The problem with a war on social media is that it’s there in print forever — and some things we say in haste, we rarely mean.
Yes yes, the world would be a better place if there weren’t any celebrity feuds, but wouldn’t it be just a teensy bit dull?
Sharon Osbourne and Lady Gaga 1 of 10
There is no love lost between Sharon Osbourne and Lady Gaga. Their very public spat began at the start of this year when Sharon asked Gaga's manager Vince to ask Gaga to get her fans to stop cyber-bullying her daughter Kelly Osbourne (who had criticized an outfit Gaga had worn). Gaga replied by writing an open letter to Kelly, stating Kelly's work on the TV show Fashion Police is "rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another." Sharon then responded by writing her own open letter to Gaga on Facebook, labeling Gaga "nothing more than a publicity seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker." Gaga responded on her own Facebook page saying she made the letter public as she is a "youth activist" and is "compelled to be involved." The spat has yet to be resolved!
LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville 2 of 10
Ever since actor Eddie Cibrian left his then-wife Brandi Glanville for singer LeAnn Rimes, the two ladies have been at war — particularly on Twitter. In the latest round of the ongoing battle, Glanville said producers of Rimes' new show with husband Eddie Cibrian, asked her to appear on it. However, Rimes responded by tweeting, "I'm crying from laughing so hard! Thank god for some nonsense on a sick day." It looks like this is one war that won't cease for a while yet ...
Elton John and Madonna 3 of 10
Their spat began in 2002 when John described Madonna's song for the James Bond Die Another Day film as "the worst Bond tune ever." He then accused her of lip-synching in her 2004 Re-Invention tour. He also had a go when they were both up for a Golden Globe for "Best Song" in 2012, saying that the material girl had no chance of winning. But she, er ... did win the Globe. However, all good feuds should come to an end and this summer, Elton reportedly spied Madonna in a restaurant in France, where he sent her an apology and she graciously accepted. Hurrah!
Kayne West and Taylor Swift 4 of 10
It has gone down in MTV award history as one of the cringe-worthiest moments on TV! Kayne West stormed on stage to unleash an astonishing rant during an acceptance speech by Taylor Swift, who was collecting Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me." Kayne snatched the microphone from her hands and declared that the award should have gone to his friend Beyonce, for her video for "Single Ladies." He was met with silence. After the 2009 show, he apologized to Taylor, even weeping on the Jay Leno Show, when asked about the incident...
Kate Moss and Sienna Miller 5 of 10
Allegedly, supermodel Kate Moss wasn't keen on Miller, when she began dating Kate's close friend Sadie Frost's ex-husband Jude Law. Sienna and Jude got engaged and then split up. Sienna went on to date Kate's close friend, actor Rhys Ifans, and rumor has it that Kate made it clear Sienna wasn't welcome in her gang. But in the Christmas of 2007, Kate buried the hatchet. Hoorah for festive cheer! That is, until Sienna dumped Rhys and then the feud re-kindled again...
Oasis and Blur 6 of 10
During the Britpop heyday, two bands dominated the charts and the headlines: Oasis and Blur. Oasis — with frontmen Liam and Noel Gallagher — were known for their working class northern swagger, whereas Blur were southerners, middle class educated boys. They hated each other, trading insults in the press and competing for the coveted Number 1 spot.
Cut to March of this year when lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn, took to the stage at Royal Albert Hall in London with none other than Noel Gallagher for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert. Looks like the boys have finally grown up!
Victoria Beckham and Naomi Campbell 7 of 10
Posh Spice and Naomi Campbell's eight-year feud began when Campbell sarcastically asked why Beckham had been called "Posh."
Sharp-tongued Beckham quickly hit back, calling the supermodel a "massive cow," adding, "I'm the only one with the guts to say it." However, their war came to an end in 2008 when they shared a hug at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Claws away ladies!
Lily Allen and Cheryl Cole 8 of 10
The two songstresses began a war of words way back in 2007, when Lily said, "Cheryl, if you're reading this, I may not be as pretty as you, but at least I write and sing my own songs without the aid of Auto-Tune." The spat continued for a year, with Lily eventually admitting on her own TV chat show that she had hated Cheryl because she was so beautiful. The two women later made up, with Cheryl even tweeting Lily when she was pregnant with her first daughter Ethel, saying that Lily looked "cute" with her bump.
Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler 9 of 10
According to Joan, the two comedians had a falling out when Handler snubbed her at an E! network event. The two women then appeared on The Howard Stern Show, slagging each other off. But it didn't last for long, as Rivers then told Stern that her network had asked them to stop the feud. Both smart, witty women surely have better targets to aim their barbs at than each other, that is for sure.
Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields 10 of 10
Back in 2005, Tom Cruise appeared on TV in an interview with Matt Lauer and spoke of his disappointment to learn that actress Brooke Shields used anti-depressant drugs to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan. Initially, Brooke retaliated by saying that his comments were a "disservice to mothers everywhere." However, she later told talk show host Jay Leno that Cruise had come to her house and apologized. Brooke later attended Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. Ah, all's well that ends well ...
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