Because singers can never keep their gobs shut when they’re in a bad mood. Ever.
Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
It started when Katy and Taylor both dated John Mayer – Taylor briefly in 2009-10 and Katy in 2012. Taylor then dished the dirt on Katy in Rolling Stone, saying: ‘For years, I was never sure if we were friends. She would come up to me at award shows and say something and walk away, and I would think: “Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’” After Katy reportedly poached Taylor’s dancers on a tour, Katy tweeted that Taylor was a ‘Regina George in sheep’s clothing,’ referencing teen film Mean Girls. Taylor hit back by saying the pair were ‘straight up enemies’. Ouch.
Chris Brown vs Drake
Chris Brown isn’t the biggest fan of Drake – and the two reportedly fell out over Rihanna in a Manhattan bar in 2012. Drake reportedly taunted Chris with a note that read: ‘I’m f**king the love of your life, deal with it.’ The musicians allegedly had a huge fight, which resulted in Chris getting bottled in the face – and sharing a photo of his bloodied chin on Twitter. The New York police department confirmed five people were injured in the fracas, including Chris’s bodyguard. After the fight, the musicians were offered $1million to throw punches in the boxing ring – but the offer wasn’t taken up. Well, it’s not like either of them needs the cash.
Mariah Carey vs Eminem
Remember when Mariah and Eminem hooked up? No, we haven’t seen any evidence either, but Eminem swore it happened – and Mariah wasn’t happy about his claims. The pair allegedly started dating in 2001 after they met to record a song on Mariah’s album Charmbracelet. But it looks like things didn’t work out, with Eminem later rapping on Superman: ‘What you trying be? My new wife? / What, you Mariah? Fly through twice.’ Eminem confirmed their fling in a 2002 Rolling Stone piece, saying: ‘There’s truth to that. But on the personal level, I’m not feeling it. I don’t like her as a person.’
Mariah later released a diss track Obsessed, which may have been aimed at Eminem, and even dressed up like him in the video for the song. The lyrics included: ‘You’re delusional, you’re delusional / Boy you’re losing your mind.’ At least she got back at him in a dignified way. Sort of.
Zayn Malik and Naughty Boy vs Louis Tomlinson
When Zayn quit One Direction last March, it wasn’t ever going to be pretty – but few Directioners would have anticipated the amount of vitriol that would be unleashed between him and former bandmate Louis Tomlinson on Twitter. After Zayn was pictured in the studio with producer Naughty Boy, Louis sniped that
Naughty Boy was ‘inconsiderate’, before adding: ‘How f**king old are you?’ He then took another swipe at a filter Naughty Boy used on a photo of him and Zayn, commenting: ‘Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha ! Some people still do HA!’
Naughty Boy then interjected that Louis couldn’t sing, adding: ‘But who’s complaining when there’s auto tune eh.’ Zayn also retaliated by calling Louis ‘bitchy’. He later told a magazine that relations with the rest of 1D were frosty, explaining: ‘I tried to have contact but nobody’s reached out. So… whatever.’ Boy band life is so hard.
Solange vs Jay Z
We all thought Beyoncé’s life was perfect – until her sister Solange was filmed physically attacking Bey’s hubby Jay Z in a lift at the Met Gala in May 2014. Dressed up to the nines for the swanky fashion event, Solange was shown kicking and swinging at the rapper while a security guard struggled to hold her back. Meanwhile, Bey stood eerily still for the entire duration. Rumours of Jay Z’s infidelity have dogged his marriage to Beyoncé throughout their relationship, but the couple have never explained the reason for Solange’s ferocious assault on her brother-in-law. Reports at the time suggested that she could have been angry with Jay Z over claims of romances with women who were at the event that night. And lyrics in Beyoncé’s Lemonade also seem to allude to cheating within a relationship. But something tells us we’ll never know the truth about this one.
Robbie Williams vs Gary Barlow
Robbie shockingly quit Take That in 1995 and went on a massive bender, admitting he’d become obsessed with ‘crushing’ ex-bandmate Gary – and that he was happy when Gary’s solo career stalled after the band split. Rob said: ‘My problem has always been with Gary. I wanted to crush the memory of the band – and I didn’t let go.’
The rivalry between the pair got so bad that Gary even considered changing his name after the initial failure of his singing career. He said: ‘I couldn’t face my own name because even over the phone people would make some wisecrack.’ The band later reconciled, though, with Robbie joining them on album Progress in 2010 and a tour the following year.
The noughties’ finest, Sugababes were never far from drama, with reports of in-fights between original members Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan.The band had a changing line-up of six members in their time. Siobhan departed the band in 2001, calling Keisha ‘the first bully in my life’. She explained: ‘It was just never good. Right from the start, we just didn’t get on.’ Things didn’t seem to improve when Heidi Range joined the group, with rumours of rifts between Heidi and the original members – and Mutya herself admitting: ‘I just didn’t speak to her.’ Keisha confessed: ‘I was a bitch to Heidi at first because I couldn’t get over the fact that we’d worked since we were 12 and this girl from stage school had it all handed to her on a plate. I made her life hell’. Keisha quit in 2009 and the group went through a further