These 14 Celebrity Friendship Fallouts Were Beyond Shocking
Some bonds aren't built to last.
It would be nice to think each person who enters our lives will turn into a forever friend, but that's simply not the case. Friendships come and go, and even the most promising camaraderie can sometimes crumble. Friends who once went together like coffee and creamer can wind up mixing more like oil and water. No one knows this more than the Hollywood elite, who seemingly fly through more friendships than anyone else. So much so that fans are still recovering from these 14 celebrity friendship fallouts.
In terms of severity, celebrity friendship fallouts can be as intense as the end of a romantic relationship. Fans love a good celeb duo, and when one person loses their sidekick, it's a devastating blow. To make matters worse, celebrities are forced to see their friendship fallouts play out in the public eye. Bitter spats are often aired out on Twitter or in interviews. When it comes to certain superstars — such as Kim Kardashian, for example — her breakups, makeups, and celebrity feuds are broadcasted on national television (and social media, of course) for all to see.
Perhaps nothing should shock us about celebrity relationships at this point, but the end of these friendships definitely caught fans by surprise.
Liam Payne & Zayn Malik
It’s no secret that there was tension among the One Direction boys, especially as Zayn Malik abruptly left the group in March 2015. Interviews with the members now pursuing their own solo careers have revealed that things weren’t as peachy as the group’s heavily curated image appeared to be.
The fallout to come to light most recently is between Malik and Liam Payne, who had some pretty unflattering things to say about the “Dusk Till Dawn” singer on Logan Paul’s podcast, “Impaulsive,” on June 1, 2022. Referencing an almost-physical altercation between Malik and Paul’s brother, Jake Paul, Payne brought up that Malik’s then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid shaded Jake in a tweet. “She said ‘get yourself a respectful man’ or something … yeah, that one didn’t age very well,” Payne quipped about the former couple. Payne then said there are “many reasons” why he dislikes Malik, but also “many reasons” why he’ll “always, always” be on his side.
Payne continued, “You can always look at the man for where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever that guy’s a d*ck, right?’ But at the end of the day once you understand what he’s been through to get to that point and also whether or not he actually wanted to be there … I don't agree with any of his actions. I can’t commend some of the things that he’s done.” It seems as though the two former bandmates aren’t exactly on the best of terms these days.
As for Liam’s relationship with the others, he said to The Face Magazine in 2019, “I speak to Louis [Tomlinson] quite regularly,” and “I feel like I know where I stand with Niall [Horan].” When it comes to Harry Styles, Payne told fans in a June 2, 2021 Instagram Live that they’re still in touch. “Yeah, I did speak to Harry, and it was really lovely,” he said. “He called me because he has a sixth sense for if I'm struggling or if one of us is in trouble, I feel like ... I've got a lot of love for the man. He's great, he's really, really great.”
Larsa Pippen & Kim Kardashian
It was truly the end of an era when fans realized Pippen and Kardashian hadn't been hanging out as much throughout the course of 2020. The friends previously had a close friendship since at least 2011 when Kardashian first introduced Pippen to fans on Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. But by the end of summer 2020, Pippen confirmed the end of their friendship. The Kardashians and Pippen unfollowed each other on Instagram in July 2020, and Pippen admitted they were done for good during a Nov. 9, 2020 interview with The Hollywood Raw.
The kicker? She blamed their fallout on Kim's now ex-husband, Kanye West. "He talks so much about me being this and that and this and that," she said on the podcast. "I just feel like Kanye was in a place where he really didn’t trust anyone with Kim.”
Jordyn Woods & Kylie Jenner
Once attached-at-the-hip besties and roommates, Woods and Jenner ceased communication in February 2019 after Tristan Thompson (Khloé Kardashian's then-boyfriend) and Woods were spotted kissing at a house party. The dramatic incident drove a wedge between Woods' relationship with the KarJenners and spurred Thompson and Khloé to break up.
To this day, Woods and Jenner haven't made amends, at least not that fans know of. Woods did apologize for her part in Thompson's second cheating scandal in a March 2019 episode of Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk.
Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were practically Disney friendship royalty. They were both staples on the children's network, starring in Wizards of Waverly Place and Sonny with a Chance in the late 2000s, respectively. But their friendship actually goes back even further than that. The pair first met in 2002 when they both starred on Barney & Friends. There's a lot of history between them, but their friendship hasn't always been an effortless one.
Things seemed to get murky in 2010 when Gomez started spending more time with Taylor Swift. That year, Lovato seemed to shade their friend in an interview with Girl's Life. "We're both busy, and I wish the best for her," they said, according to E! "True friends don't let their friends or family be mean to you. If you can't trust somebody, you can't be friends with them."
Thankfully, the two later made up, hitting the InStyle Awards red carpet together in October 2017 in a major show of solidarity.
Taylor Swift & Katy Perry
Ah, the infamous spat between two of the biggest pop stars in the world. Swift and Perry were industry friends until they got into it in 2014. Swift accused Perry of stealing dancers from her Red Tour when three dancers (who had previously danced for Perry) decided to leave Swift's tour halfway through to go dance on Perry's Prismatic tour.
This didn't sit well with Swift, who allegedly went on to write "Bad Blood" about the situation. Swift all but admitted so during a September 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, where she mentioned "someone" did something horrible to her. "She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me," she said, without mentioning Perry by name. The singers also both dated John Mayer, which probably didn't help the situation.
Luckily for fans of both pop stars, they made amends in 2018 when Perry sent Swift a literal olive branch and note to Swift’s dressing room during her Reputation tour, and in 2019 by exchanging baked goods. Not to mention, Perry made an iconic cameo in Swift's "You Need to Calm Down” music video, wherein they hugged while wearing campy fast food costumes.
Bella Thorne & Tana Mongeau
Thorne and Mongeau dated from September 2017 to February 2019. When they called it quits romantically, they promised fans they would remain friends and keep things amicable. Unfortunately, that plan didn't last very long. When Mongeau got engaged to Jake Paul a few months later, Thorne was less than thrilled, posting a now-deleted set of photos of herself with puffy red eyes (seemingly from crying) captioned, "When ur ex gets engaged."
Two years later, Thorne released a song called “SFB,” which accused an ex of using her for clout. “You wanted me for clout, and I should’ve thrown you out," she sang in one verse. Needless to say, the pair are no longer friends at all.
Lauren Conrad & Heidi Montag
There was a time when Conrad and Montag's friendship seemed rock solid. The stars appeared as besties on The Hills from 2006 to 2010 and had each other's backs through thick and thin in the show's earliest episodes.
Things took a dramatic turn when Spencer Pratt, Montag's now-husband, waltzed into the picture and created tension in the show's third season. Most of the drama that ensued stemmed from Conrad's belief that Montag and Pratt ignited rumors Conrad had a tape of herself being intimate with her ex-boyfriend (rumors Conrad denies).
The girls tried to make amends, but their friendship ultimately fell apart, ending with Conrad's infamous line, “I wanna forgive you, and I wanna forget you.”
Katy Perry & Kristen Stewart
Perry and Stewart were good pals until 2013 when Perry started hanging around Stewart's ex, Robert Pattinson. Despite Perry’s insistence that she and Pattinson were just friends, the media had a field day with their friendship, speculating it was something more. This drove a wedge in Perry and Stewart’s friendship, forcing Perry to reach out in an effort to make amends.
In an interview with Elle magazine, she said, "I sent her a text message saying, 'I know you've seen all this stuff but you know I would never disrespect you. I'm not that person. I'm just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of tits.'" Still, the friends seemed to have drifted apart after the incident.
Nicole Richie & Paris Hilton
The Simple Life co-stars were one of the most iconic friendship duos of the early 2000s, but things took a downward spiral in 2005 when they stopped speaking completely for reasons they never divulged to the public. "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it," Hilton said in a statement.
The two stars, however, have since made amends, though it was never made clear what exactly sparked the rift. In fact, Richie reunited with her longtime friend at Hilton’s 2021 wedding in Los Angeles.
Lindsay Lohan & Paris Hilton
Lohan and Hilton were once the ultimate socialite duo, romping around town to the newest Hollywood hot spot together dressed to the nines. Sometimes Britney Spears also joined them, and they became notorious for their party girl lifestyle. When they had a falling out in 2006, it was the end of an era. Gone were the smiley paparazzi pics, and in came a slew of drama.
For starters, there were rumors Lohan was spotted hanging with Hilton's ex, Stavros Niarchos, in May 2006. That same year, a video surfaced of Lohan telling paparazzi Hilton hit her at a house party. Lohan opened up about their fallout in a March 2021 interview with People.
"She did some things to really hurt me and betrayed my trust, and caused a lot of drama," Hilton said of Lohan. "So we weren't friends anymore, and it was kind of like this on and off friendship." The heiress also said things weren’t all that amicable during their iconic 2006 outing with Spears. “It was kind of awkward because we were having some drama,” she said of the night.
It seems things have always been a bit complicated between the two stars, and “frenemies” would probably be the best way to describe their dynamic to this day. Still, Hilton has publicly wished Lohan well, recently reaching out to her to congratulate her on her engagement.
Katy Perry & Rihanna
Perry and Rihanna’s fallout is a mysterious one. While they were once each other’s biggest supporters in their careers, something seemed to change around the spring of 2018. There were rumors Rihanna didn’t invite Perry to her Met Gala after party that year, and their sweet comments about one another and adorable friendship photos at events stopped coming. While neither star ever confirmed the end of their friendship, a report from The Sun suggested that while there may not have been any big fight between the stars, they are seemingly distant these days.
“Katy was upset about the whole situation because Rihanna was cold to her and she wasn’t invited to her afterparty,” a source told The Sun following the 2018 Met Gala.
Drake Bell & Josh Peck
Bell and Peck were once the ultimate friendship duo on Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh, but somewhere down the line, they drifted apart. After the show went off the air, their friendship dynamic seemed to shift, and in June 2017, the distance between them was made clear. Peck didn’t invite Bell to his wedding — a choice that did not sit well with Bell, who cut ties with his longtime co-star in a series of tweets.
"When you're not invited to the wedding the message is clear,” he tweeted on June 18, 2017. "True colors have come out today. Message is loud and clear. Ties are officially cut. I'll miss you brotha,” another post, which has since been deleted, said.
Thankfully, the guys appeared to patch things up several months later. Peck posted a video titled “Drake and Josh Reunion” later that summer in which they seemed to get back to being the best of buds. They reunited at the MTV Video Music Awards and made it clear whatever drama they had was water under the bridge. “It just feels right,” Bell said as Peck put his arm around him. “It’s all love [and has] always been love,” Peck said later in the video.
Taylor Swift & Karlie Kloss
Circa 2013, Kaylor became one of the most enviable celeb friendships out there. From Knicks basketball games and nights in baking cookies to the Victoria’s Secret runway show and Swift’s 1989 World Tour catwalk stage, the duo were inseparable. The pair even had a joint Vogue cover shoot together as they trekked around Big Sur, California, on what looked to be the ultimate besties road trip.
Things reportedly started to sour in 2016 around the time of the Swift and Kanye West phone call drama. Then in Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video in 2017, she wore a t-shirt with some of her closest friends’ names on it (including Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, and Blake Lively), and fans were quick to spot that Kloss’ name was notably missing. Though no one knows what exactly happened, it’s pretty clear the two began to drift apart, even as Kloss posted a backstage photo with Swift at a Reputation tour show.
As of late, Kloss has been spending quite a bit of time with her manager, Scooter Braun, who is not exactly on the best of terms with Swift in regard to the ownership of her masters. Needless to say, given that Kloss and Braun remain pretty tight, Kaylor has not been a thing for a while now. In fact, Swifties have speculated that the line, “When the words of a sister come back in whispers / That prove she was not in fact what she seemed / Not a twin from your dreams / She’s a crook who was caught,” from Swift’s Evermore track “It’s Time To Go” is about Kloss and her loyalty to Braun.
Jesy Nelson & Little Mix
In December 2020, Nelson left the British girl group due to mental health reasons, and since then she has had a fairly public falling out with the remaining members of Little Mix: Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Not only are the women not on speaking terms anymore, but there seems to be quite a bit of tension.
After Nelson left the group, she addressed her relationship with the other members in an interview with The Guardian in August 2021, discussing drifting apart from her former bandmates and how they aren’t speaking anymore. Then Nelson released her first solo single, “Boyz,” with Nicki Minaj in October 2021, which sparked accusations of Blackfishing — she raps in an accent, mentions she’s attracted to men who are “so hood,” and sports an excessive tan, grillz, gold chains, and curly hair in the music video.
Not only did fans accuse Nelson of being insensitive, but her former bandmates also addressed it, too, speaking to the The Telegraph. “Capitalizing on aspects of Blackness without having to endure the daily realities of the Black experience is problematic and harmful to people of color,” Thirlwall said in the October 2021 interview. “We think it’s absolutely not OK to use harmful stereotypes. There’s so much to say on that subject that it’s hard to sum up in a sound bite.”
As things stand, the current members of Little Mix have all unfollowed Nelson on social media, and it appears as though Pinnock, Edwards, and Thirlwall simply want to move on, with Thirlwall adding, “We don’t really want to dwell, because we have so much to celebrate as a three.”
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