The 20 Most Shocking Celebrity Feuds

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This past July, Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom came to fisticuffs in Ibiza. If this news prompted you to say, “WTF?” you are not alone. Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom have actually despised one another for a few years now, which just makes this situation seem even more random. Why would a 20-year-old pop star and 37-year-old actor come to physical blows? Allegedly, over women. Suddenly, this feud seems a bit less out of the blue. It's straight-up primal.
When it comes to these 20 other celebrity beefs, however, the cause isn’t always so basic. Get ready to have your mind blown by these veritable "who-hates-who-and-huh-why-what-the?!" (that will be your approximate reaction) Hollywood throwdowns.
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Rachel McAdams vs. Ryan Gosling
Sorry Allie and Noah fans, all was not well IRL when it came to The Notebook's resident lovebirds. It was only recently that the on-set drama surfaced, though. Nick Cassavetes, the film's director, told VH1 that Gosling was so fed up with McAdams that he asked Cassavetes to kick her off set and replace her. They took it to a private room, had it out with each other, and forged on. "The rest of the film wasn't smooth sailing," he explained, "but it was smoother sailing."

Whatever. It wasn't over. It still isn’t over.
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Madonna vs. Gwyneth Paltrow
Although she recently channeled Madonna’s iconic '80s style for a Max Factor campaign, Gwynnie and Madge have been on the outs for several years now. Per the Daily Mail, the two were once the best of friends, with Paltrow saying Madonna was like an older sister in an interview. That was in 2006.

In 2008, Madonna split from Guy Ritchie, and that’s when things reportedly took a turn in her relationship with Gwyneth. The two had less in common now that Madge was no longer an American residing abroad with her British husband.

Trainer Tracy Anderson was another source of tension in the friendship. She used to train Madonna, and Gwyneth was glad when she stopped. “It was too much,” she told Vogue, “[Madonna] keeps people waiting — it takes up your whole day.” Anderson and Paltrow would go on to open four gyms together.

Gwyneth continued to add fuel to the fire when she later joked that her abs are superior to Madonna’s, saying "I’ll Polaroid my abs and text them to her." Fitness shots fired.
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Kanye West vs. Jimmy Kimmel
Eye-roll all you want, but this wasn't some ploy to get people to watch Kimmel's show. In a September 2013 interview with BBC's Zane Lowe, West called himself the "world's biggest rock star." Kimmel, obviously, had his way with the remark, using kids to play the roles of West and Lowe.

The spoof prompted Kanye to go on one of his epic Twitter diatribes. The all-caps social-media feud reached a fever pitch when West stopped by Kimmel's show in October of that year to set the record straight. An olive branch was kind of handed out, but this is Kanye West, folks. Who knows if one can ever truly be forgiven after shading Yeezus?
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Sinéad O’Connor vs. Frank Sinatra
Before Miley and Sinead argued via open letter, O’Connor had another public squabble with an even bigger entertainer: Ol’ Blue Eyes. In 1990, Sinéad vowed to cancel a show in New Jersey after learning that the Garden State Arts Center traditionally played the National Anthem before the featured talent took the stage.

It wasn’t out of disrespect for America, O’Connor insisted. The singer “has a policy of not having national anthems played before my concerts in any country, including my own, because they have nothing to do with music in general,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The venue relented, and Sinéad performed, but she was banned from playing there in the future.

The incident made headlines, prompting one of New Jersey’s favorite sons to react. When Frank Sinatra took the same stage a short while after O'Connor, he told the audience that he'd "like to kick her in the ass!"

O’Connor later told Esquire that she could never hit Frank Sinatra because, "[H]e’s like 78 years of age, and I’d probably kill him."
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Sharon Osbourne vs. Lady Gaga
Gaga and Sharon's daughter Kelly started feuding in 2009. First, Kelly called Gaga a "butterface." Then, Kelly criticized the singer for disrespecting the fans she so dearly loves by ditching them on the 2012 Grammys red carpet. She then went on to claim that Gaga was pregnant, which sent the Little Monsters into a frenzy insulting Kelly on Twitter.

Gaga penned a letter explaining how disappointed she was in Kelly's bullying ways on Fashion Police. That's when the you-know-what really hit the fan. Sharon Osbourne joined the conversation with an open letter she posted on Facebook. In it, she says Gaga is the bully. The two eventually made up on The X Factor.

Meanwhile, Kelly and Gaga's beef ended in March 2014 when the two posed for a photo at Elton John's Oscar party.
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Shia LaBeouf vs. Alec Baldwin
LaBeouf's track record of late has not been, well, smooth. Aside from his various arrests and that bag incident, Shia got caught up in a petty feud with Alec Baldwin over art, because, well, of course. "The theater belongs not to the great but to the brash," he tweeted after being fired from Baldwin's play Orphans. "Acting is not for gentlemen or bureaucratic-academics. What they do is antiart."

Baldwin fired back, saying he didn’t believe Shia was “in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn’t.” LaBeouf later issued an email apology that turned out to be plagiarized. And, thus began yet another LaBeouf. (Sidenote: Who here would watch a reality show called Beef With Shia LaBeouf? I would.)
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Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields
After Brooke Shields opened up about her battle with postpartum depression in her book Down Came The Rain, Tom Cruise said that it was “irresponsible” for the actress to claim that antidepressants helped cure her.

“Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them,” Shields responded in People.
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Jennifer Garner vs. Kevin Smith
In the '90s and early '00s, Ben Affleck was a Kevin Smith movie mainstay. Smith is a huge comic fan, so one would assume he’d discuss Affleck’s new role as Batman with his friend. Nope. When Yahoo Movies asked the director if he knew about any Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice details during Comic-Con this year, Smith expressed some serious ill will toward his former friend. Specifically, toward Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner.

“I don’t know, because we’re not fucking tight,” Smith said to Yahoo. “I have not been [close with him] in decades…He’s got a wife that doesn’t care for me.”

The Smith/Garner scrabble dates back to 2006, when the two costarred in Catch and Release. “Jennifer does not share the same sense of humor as me — she did not like my jokes,” Smith told the New York Daily News. The actress apparently threatened to kick Smith’s ass if he continued talking smack about Ben Affleck on set.

At the time, Smith also seemed more optimistic about a reunion with Affleck. “[He] is one of the most intelligent people on the planet. He will run for office one day and be President, and then we’ll smoke a joint in the Oval Office.”
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Sean Penn vs. Wyclef Jean
When Wyclef Jean announced his campaign to be Haiti's president, Sean Penn staunchly objected. Penn, the leader of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, accused Jean of mishandling $400,000 in earthquake-relief donations and questioned his presidential qualifications. Jean responded with a low-blow cocaine jab that prompted the JPHRO to publicly educate Jean on Haiti's drug problem.

The two eventually ended their feud in February 2011. Here's a video for proof. Jean went on to endorse Michel Martelly for president of Haiti.
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Tyrese vs. James Franco
The list of Franco feuds is long and full of luminaries. Still, there’s one name on there you’d never expect. After James costarred with Tyrese Gibson in the movie Annapolis, Tyrese told Playboy that the two had had a falling out, and he’d never work with Franco again. Tyrese was convinced that James had deliberately punched him, and Franco cited his acting methods as the reason for his on-set ’tude. That's how the beef sausage gets made, folks.

Franco is trying to mend the relationship, though. “I take full blame for any problems on that film. If he had a bad experience working with me, I was probably a jerk. I was not purposely cruel to him, but I was probably so wrapped up in my performance that I was not as friendly as I could have been," he told GQ in an interview.
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Shirley MacLaine vs. Warren Beatty
For many, it’s a major surprise to learn that Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLane are brother and sister. MacLaine, who is three years older, achieved Hollywood acclaim first; whereas Beatty couldn’t seem to reach the A-list until Bonnie and Clyde. But, the two have never been close. The Telegraph reported that, “They’ve been through long periods of what might be called competitive estrangement.”

MacLaine has even been quoted as saying that everything she knows about her brother comes from newspapers because he doesn’t want to talk to her. Still, Beatty mentioned his sister when accepting a lifetime achievement award in 2008, so maybe the years of estrangement are coming to an end.
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Jonah Hill vs. Matthew Morrison
During an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote Moneyball, Jonah Hill let it slip that he had a bone to pick with Glee’s Matthew Morrison. Hill told Fallon that at a recent “douchey Hollywood party,” he saw Morrison talking to Chace Crawford. Hill snuck up behind the pair and heard Morrison finishing a joke with, “something, something, something, Jonah Hill.” Both men started laughing.

“I’m the punchline in this guy’s joke? He doesn’t even know I'm at this party, it’s ‘blah, blah, blah Jonah Hill,’ and then crack up?” Jonah related to Fallon, before throwing down the gauntlet. “Yo, Matthew Morrison, you better bring your shit next time I see you, dude...I’d like to see him sing his way out of this one.”

Matthew Morrison responded to the challenge in his own video on a later episode of Fallon. “I heard that Jonah said I should bring my shit next time. Well, guess what? This is next time. You think I can’t sing my way out of this? Guess what, Jonah? I can sing my way out of it, and I can dance my way out of it.”

Did Jonah Hill just get served?
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Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis
The costars of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? were bitter rivals for over 30 years and even went to their graves detesting one another. In 1935, Davis reportedly fell in love with her costar Franchot Tone. The actor did not return her advances, and he later became Crawford’s second husband.

The sordid feud continued for years, but it came to a head when Davis was nominated for her role in Baby Jane, while Crawford was overlooked. She actively campaigned against Davis to members of the Academy and even wrote to the other Best Actress nominees to let them know she would gladly accept the award on their behalf, should they unable to attend the ceremony. On Oscar night, Joan managed to overshadow Bette by accepting Anne Bancroft’s award for The Miracle Worker.
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Donald Trump vs. Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O’Donnell called the Donald a “snake-oil salesman” after he decided not to fire Miss USA Tara Conner when allegations of her misbehavior came to light. O’Donnell went on a tear on The View, bringing up many of Trump’s alleged financial, marital, and moral indiscretions.

In return, Trump called Rosie “a woman out of control” and told People that he planned to sue her over what he said were false statements. “Rosie will rue the words she said. I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements — and it'll be fun. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.”
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Ben Affleck vs. Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner starred together in 13 Going on 30, but they did not remain friends in real life. When a fan recently asked Ruffalo if he keeps in touch with Garner, the actor said, “We had a great time together, and I think we would, but then Ben came on the scene, and that was the end of that.” He called it “sad” that they hadn’t remained buddies. My, my, the Affleck/Garner coupling has truly instigated some Grade-A celebrity beef.
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Katherine Heigl vs. Shonda Rhimes
Heigl famously quit Grey's Anatomy in 2010 after giving several interviews in which she dissed the show's writing. In a 2014 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes fired back. When asked about her "perfectionist tendencies," Rhimes says, "We're always behind," but "There are no Heigls in this situation." She also now has a "no assholes policy," stating: "I don't put up with bullshit or nasty people. I don't have time for it."
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Johnny Carson vs. Joan Rivers
After several successful stints guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rivers was poached by FOX to launch a competing late-night show. The comedian said she called Carson to tell him, but he denied receiving such a call. Although Rivers' show was a flop, the two never spoke again.
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Mariah Carey vs. Eminem
Carey and Eminem reportedly dated in 2001. In 2002, the rapper mentioned her name twice in songs from The Eminem Show. Carey denied the two ever had a sexual relationship, but Eminem continues to insist in interviews and song that the two had had a fling.
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Angel Haze vs. Azealia Banks
The good ol' hip-hop feud was revived back in early 2013 when these two aspiring raptresses went tête-à-tête. Banks initiated the fight via Twitter, questioning her authenticity. Instead of keeping the feud strictly social, the two hit their respective studios and busted out some fire diss tracks. It's all water under the bridge at this point, the those tracks can still kick some serious ass today.
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Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Martha Stewart
Stewart has been subtly negging Paltrow's attempt to position herself as a lifestyle expert since the launch of Goop. Martha's attacks became a little more direct this past September. First, Stewart reportedly said that, "She just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart." Then, the domestic diva ran a story called "Conscious Coupling" — a dig at Paltrow's term for separating from Chris Martin — in the November 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living.