From ex beef to Instagram spats, the biggest celebrity feuds of 2020
2020 changed the way celebrities got attention, promoted work and engaged with fans – but when it comes to feuds, it was business as usual.
Not even a pandemic can stop stars taking swipes at those who have wronged them, and we’re oddly grateful for their tempers providing us with a shred of normalcy.
Whether it was long-running spats making their way to court, or exes taking their grievances online, we were treated to many a celebrity war this year, as social distancing meant that they simply had to take their spats into a public forum.
There’s been a lot of information this year, and you may have forgotten some of it – so we’ve compiled a refresher on the tastiest celeb beef that was served up in 2020.
Joe Exotic v Carole Baskin
This long-running feud actually reached its peak in 2018, but we only learned of the chaos this year, when Tiger King hit Netflix.
For years, two big cat enthusiasts had been at war over the internet. In the blue corner, Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist with a love of leopard print who claims she’s creating a sanctuary for big cats. In the red corner, Joe Exotic, a flamboyant zookeeper with a mullet who believes ‘that b****’ Carole Baskin is trying to eliminate her competition.
While the feud started with sniping comments on YouTube channels, it escalated over the years to threats and targeted harassment campaigns, with Joe accusing Carole of murdering her second husband Don Lewis, who has been missing since 1997.
The battle culminated with Joe Exotic last year being convicted of 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire, after trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to murder Carole.
Joe is currently serving 22 years in prison and is seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump, while Carole is in talks for her own TV show after a stint on Dancing With The Stars.
Coleen Rooney v Rebekah Vardy
Last October, the showbiz world stood still when Coleen Rooney accused fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account of leaking fake stories about her to the press.
This year, the WAGatha Christie feud spilled into the courts, as Rebekah won the first stage of the trial.
A judge found that Coleen’s infamous ‘It was……… Rebekah Vardy’s account’ post pointed the finger directly at Becky as the source, ruling that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of Mrs Rooney’s posts was that Mrs Vardy had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun newspaper of Ms Rooney’s private posts and stories’.
Coleen was ordered to pay just under £23,000 in costs, and the two women are set to face off in the new year in the hopes of avoiding a full libel trial.
The stars have until February 8 to reach an agreement, or will have to face off in court next year – so we could have another year of drama.
Chip v Stormzy
In October, we were all left confused when rapper Chip shared footage allegedly showing Stormzy at his house.
Chip tweeted: ‘‘June… When you get sent a video of Stormzy & friends tryna run up on your house.’
In the video, Stormzy says: ‘Telephone me, innit,’ before he’s told: ‘You think you can just pull up to people’s houses? No I ain’t gonna phone you, Stormzy. You’re disrespectful bro, and that’s that.’
It was all a bit strange, as Stormzy – who deleted Twitter – never commented on the feud, and nobody could quite figure out why they were so mad at each other.
Rumours of some unrest between the rappers began earlier this year, when Chip teamed up with Skepta and Young Adz on the track Waze, which appeared to allude to Stormzy.
Chip’s lyrics included: ‘You ain’t even done ten years in this ting. Round here we don’t hear you’re a king, man will take your throne.’
It came after Stormzy called himself the king of grime in his Wiley diss track, Still Disappointed, which is what Chip appeared to be referencing.
Megan Fox v Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox split earlier this year after a decade of marriage, and while Brian seemed to still believe that reconciliation was a possibility, all seemed to be rather civil between the two.
That is, until Megan called out her estranged husband on Instagram for sharing a picture of their son Journey for Halloween.
The actress, who is now dating Machine Gun Kelly, commented on the post: ‘Why does Journey have to be in this picture? It’s not hard to crop them out. Or choose photos that they aren’t in.
‘I had a great halloween with them yesterday, and yet notice how absent they are from my social media. I know you love your kids. But I don’t know why you can’t stop using them to posture via Instagram.’
‘You’re so intoxicated with feeding the pervasive narrative that I’m an absent mother, and you are the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year.
‘You have them half of the time. Congratulations you truly are a remarkable human!
‘Why do you need the internet to echo back to you what should be inexhaustibly evident in the way your children love you?’
Brian deleted the picture and cropped their son out of it, and there’s been no public splatters of bad blood since – but we’d imagine Christmas was rather frosty.
Piers Morgan v Jameela Jamil
Piers and Jameela have never been pals, with wildly differing views on… well, pretty much everything. But things came to a head in February, when Jameela was forced to defend herself against allegations she was faking some of her illnesses and had Munchausen’s syndrome.
Piers taunted the Good Place actress over the claims, tweeting that he hoped Jameela’s ‘1,345 virtue-signalling victimhood-craving ailments’ would be cured.
Jameela fired back, calling the Good Morning Britain host a ‘pointless, boring, misogynist p***k’, and later blocked Piers.
However, the feud spiralled to Piers publishing DMs to him from Caroline Flack, who had taken her own life weeks earlier, reading: ‘Please have pictures… I’m struggling with Jameela. The hate she aims at me.’
The journalist wrote: ‘Jameela Jamil is having a lot to say about online harassment, so in the interests of balance, here is a message Caroline Flack sent me last October after the same Jameela Jamil led an online pile-on against her regarding a new TV show she was doing.’
Jameela soon ended the feud ‘out of respect for Caroline’, tweeting: ‘She would be disgusted her personal messages were shared and weaponized against a woman, by a bullying parasite she thought was her friend. I’m out.
‘To sell your dead friends private messages for clicks is a low I’ve never imagined anyone capable of [sic].’
Chrissy Teigen v Alison Roman
Back in May, two culinary talents butted heads when Chrissy Teigen called out food writer Alison Roman over comments she made about her.
New York Times writer Alison said in an interview with New Consumer: ‘What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her.
‘That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do.’
Chrissy called the interview a ‘huge bummer’ and tweeted: ‘I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article.
‘I started cravings because I wanted something for myself. I wanted something John didn’t buy, I wanted something to do that calmed me, made me happy and made others happy, too. Cravings isn’t a “machine” or “farmed content” – it’s me and 2 other women. ‘I didn’t “sell out” by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that.
‘to see that thing in my hand being used by people around the world makes me so happy. Watching a company grow makes me happy. I get joy from it and lots of people do. I genuinely loved everything about Alison. Was jealous she got to have a book with food on the cover instead of a face!! I’ve made countless NYT recipes she’s created, posting along the way.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been so bummed out by the words of a fellow food-lover. I just had no idea I was perceived that way, by her especially.
Alison issued an apology, but her NYT column was put on temporary leave, something Chrissy said she was not happy about.
Alison has now left the Times, while Chrissy is working on her new cookbook.
Nicki Minaj v Meek Mill
Another cases of exes at war, Nicki and Meek’s relationship got vicious back in February when allegations flew on Twitter.
Four years after they split, the proverbial hit the fan this year when Nicki accused her ex of physical abuse and called him a ‘clown’.
Meek responded: ‘The only way you can try to kill my career is to say I beat women. Talk about ya brother convicted of rape and you been knew and paid for his lawyer.’
The rapper denied Nicki’s allegations, tweeting: ‘My girl is with me pregnant watching me tweet about my ex is very clownish … Ima exit.
‘For clarification I don’t hit women and I won’t let my interviews be filled with question about her or any situation to do with her when I come out to do press for my new album! No devils tricks.’
Both stars have since welcomed children with their respective partners; Meek’s girlfriend Milan Harris gave birth to a baby boy in May, while Nicki welcomed her first child, a son, with husband Kenneth Petty in September.
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