Good Grief Bastille
Cheryl brands Cher "unappreciative", Example questions Alexandra Burke's real age and Kanye West offers Taylor Swift a grovelling apology. We round up the biggest spats in pop star history.
Rita Ora and Calvin Harris fell out on Twitter after Rita gave an interview which suggested she had turned down Calvin's song 'Call My Name', which was recently released by Cheryl Cole. Her comments prompted Calvin to tweet: "For the record, Call my name was never given to Rita Ora to sing... she made that up, don't know why." Rita then tweeted that the media had twisted her words and that she hadn't said she turned the track down. After realising it was a misunderstanding, the pair resolved their differences, with Calvin tweeting: "thank you luv + good luck with everything!"
Lady Gaga and Madonna have recently been caught up in a dispute over their apparent similarities, which has prompted Queen of Pop Madonna to include a mash-up of her song 'Express Yourself' with Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' on her current world tour. The apparent attempt to show the resemblances is reported to have triggered the 'Judas' star to respond during a speech to the audience at one of her 'Born This Way Ball' tour dates. "It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work," the 26-year-old told an audience in Auckland. "And that doesn't make me feel good at all."
The ongoing beef between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim started back in 2007, when Nicki was accused of copying Lil' Kim's debut album artwork on her mixtapes. The feud continued when each star gave wildly different reports of their first meeting. While Nicki claimed the pair agreed they were "good" and posed smiling for a picture together, Lil' Kim seemed to suggest the encounter didn’t go so well: "What? Are you kidding me? Picture somebody saying to me, 'We good?' I'll ring her throat, snatch her larynx out." Since then the pair have continued to make pointed and unflattering comments about one another through their lyrics and in interviews (Lil' Kim telling one journalist that she'd happily collaborate with Nicki Minaj – for a minimum of $7million, adding that she had no intention of "taking [her] foot off [Nicki's] neck"). In the artwork for Lil' Kim's 'Black Friday' mixtape, the star is seen piercing a bloody pink wig with a samurai sword. More recently the pair have moved release dates to clash with the other's, in what fans have described as a deliberate move to anger the other.
The Girls Aloud singer wasted no time hitting back at rapper MC Harvey’s claims of a secret relationship following her separation from husband Ashley Cole. The former So Solid Crew member made the accusations during an interview with NOW magazine, but Cheryl took to her Twitter account to confront the rapper, sparking a heated exchange of words via their social network accounts. Cheryl tweeted: "I don't know when I became so naïve but even after 10 yrs in this industry i am still shocked that people will tell soul destroying lies to benefit themselves #sadbuttrue." Harvey later backtracked and denied a "romantic relationship" but insisted that the pair had communicated via text message and email.
Example found himself at the centre of another one of his many Twitter feuds when he posted: "29 is my real age by the way. My PR age is 24. Everyone has a different age for the media. Alexandra Burke is actually 41". The post hit a nerve with The X Factor winner; she told her followers to “be ready”, before she launched into an anti-Example tirade. “I'm all about the love&positivity in this industry.. But what I HATE is when celebs hate on 1another..We should all be supporting 1another". She continued to rant in a series of tweets: “if you want my # I will gladly give it 2 u so we can have this out. Tired of ur constant bitching! you don't even know me. Don't bitch about me -BITCH2ME!! No need for the rudeness. U won't go far in life if u carry on. "I have no time for people like you. Grow up and grow some damn balls & say what U need to say to me ! &DONE!!! I will pray4 u mate".
Not content with annoying Alexandra Burke (and previously Cher Lloyd), Example soon turned his attention to The Saturdays, tweeting Rochelle Wiseman that he was prepared to write her and the girls “some good songs” and that his next arena tour was in need of "some miming dancers". He didn’t help matters by later tweeting "This beef between me…and The Saturdays is really kicking off. Don't they realise when boys are mean it means you fancy them.”
The Maroon 5 frontman took no prisoners in his Twitter tirade against MTV, the day before the 2011 VMAs. "the VMA's. one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I'm drawing a line in the sand. f*ck you VMA's.” Fans of the award ceremony said that Adam’s outburst was a reaction to a lack of nominations for Maroon 5 that year. MTV made light of the comments, and tweeted Adam back inviting him to tune into the ceremony. The singer responded with the following tweet: “still waiting to have my ‘jerry macguire mission statement moment of deep regret...’ not happening. phew! i may be a pop singer. but every once in a while the angsty teenager in me just blurts out some raw honesty. it's a reflex."
The audience were left speechless and Taylor mortified after Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV VMAs in 2009 to insist that the award for Best Female Video really belonged to Beyonce for ‘Single Ladies’, and not Taylor, for ‘You Belong With Me’. Later in the evening, a horrified Beyonce invited Taylor up on stage to complete her acceptance speech. Following a dressing down from Taylor Swift’s angry mother, Kanye took to his blog to publically apologise for his moment of madness, writing: "I'm sooooo sorry to taylor swift and her fans and her mom. She is very talented! i'm in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!. beyonce's video was the best of this decade! I'm sorry to my fans if I let you guys down! I'm sorry to my friends at mtv. I will apologize to taylor 2mrw.”
The ‘Firework’ star launched a Twitter rant against Calvin Harris after the Scottish DJ pulled out of his support slot on her UK tour. "Fyi All Uk & Ireland Related Shows @CalvinHarris will Not be joining in on the fun and has Cancelled last minute." Calvin hit back saying he had good reason for backing out, "Sorry to all who wanted to see me with Katy - her team suddenly moved the goalposts, and i was to appear on stage with "no production". "It would have looked s**t, sounded s**t - trust me you would have been more disappointed Seeing the show than u are with me cancelling. That's the honest truth. Her show is Awesome, you'll all have an amazing time without me. (especially w/o (without) me DJing on a cardboard box in front of a pink curtain)." Katy responded with more angry tweets until Calvin eventually apologised to Katy and her fans.
The brief friendship Robbie Williams enjoyed with Liam Gallagher in the mid-90s had clearly ended by the time the former Take That star arrived at the BRIT Awards in 2000. After being dubbed "the fat one" from Take That, Robbie took to the stage to ask the audience if anybody would like to see him fight the Oasis man. "Would you pay to come and see it? Liam, a £100,000 of your money and a £100,000 of my money," he said. Sadly, Liam wasn't there to answer Robbie's challenge in person. Read about more infamous BRIT Awards spats below.
The Girls Aloud singer and the pop star turned boutique owner have had a love/hate relationship ever since Cheryl branded Lily a “chick with a d***”) back in 2007. They appeared to have made up by 2010, when Cheryl publically congratulated Lily on her “ridiculously cute” pregnancy photos. But the feud flared up again in early 2012, when Lily took to Twitter to comment on reports that Sarah Harding had been involved in a violent row with her then boyfriend, writing: "Wow 40% of Girls Aloud will have been charged with assault". Cheryl responded to the reference to her 2003 assault charge by unfollowing Lily on Twitter. Lily hit back at claims she had an “irrational hatred” of Girls Aloud by insisting that ‘The Promise’ was one of her favourite songs.
They were best buddies during The X Factor 2010 - Cheryl happily took the flack for putting her protégé through to live shows despite a less than flawless audition, and as the weeks went by Cher appeared to morph into her mentor before our eyes. But things turned sour when the ‘Swagger Jagger’ singer was voted off the show and promptly launched a pop career. During the promotion tour for her first single, Cher told interviewers that she hadn’t heard a dickybird from her former mentor. Cheryl declined to comment – until now. Following reports that Cher told interviewers that she’d consider singing with Cheryl only if the ‘Fight For This Love’ star was prepared to sing live, Cheryl took to Twitter to brand her mini-me “unappreciative".