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Let’s face facts—though the phrase “Friends Forever” gets thrown around a lot, managing to pull an act like that off is incredibly difficult. Even “Friends For An Extended Period of Time” is tricky, not to mention a lot less catchy. For celebrities the problem can be exasperated by the fact every little thing they do is scrutinized by the media, the public, and their peers. This also means when friendships go wrong, ensuing feuds are publicized across the globe. Here are 15 celebrity friendships that led to a falling-out for all the public to see.
Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston
During their time performing together on the massively successful sitcom Friends, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston became, well, friends. From 1994 on they remained close and were the subject of much paparazzi and tabloid chatter. In 2011 things reportedly took a turn when Cox separated from husband David Arquette and became romantically linked with Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins, two of her Cougar Town co-stars. The changeover supposedly gave Aniston a flashback to her own marital split with Brad Pitt, who began his long term relationship with Angelina Jolie while the divorce papers were barely dried. Not eager to see Cox pull a Pitt on Arquette, the stars parted ways. The falling out would continue to follow the stars’ reputations until, eventually, they reunited for a double date earlier this year, making this falling out one of the rare entries on this list that may have a happy ending.
Michael Bay & Megan Fox
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Michael Bay discovered Megan Fox during the filming of Bad Boys 2, where he cast her in a role as a… well, a hot girl in a swimsuit. That’s okay, though, as the director saw potential in the starlet, the sort of sex appeal that could turn her into a superstar. He did, though the transformation would backfire on both of them. In a notorious interview, Fox discussed Bay’s on-set habits as difficult, using phrases like “He wants to be like Hitler.” By the same token, she praised his personality away from filmmaking, saying “I kind of really enjoy his personality because… he’s so hopelessly awkward… And it’s endearing to watch him.” Two of Bay’s crew members retorted by posting an angry note insulting Fox on the official Michael Bay website. Bay would kill the note and address it publicly, saying “Well, she’s 23,” before concluding “She needs to grow up.” The final verdict came from Stephen Spielberg himself, who told Bay to fire her from Transformers 3. The Fox and Bay have been engaging in a war of words in interviews ever since.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Kim Kattrall
Sex and the City co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall have had a long rumored love-hate relationship that had them labeled “frenemies” on several occasions. Their friendship status has been threatened by rumors of jealousy over their salaries and amount of screen-time. Parker also was reportedly furious over Cattral’s refusal to sign on to the Sex and the City movie unless she would be given a bigger paycheck, while Cattrall has taken public swipes at the outfits Parker wore on the show. Despite the widely reported fall-outs, both have dismissed any supposed “rivalry” when asked publicly.
Jennifer Garner & Kevin Smith
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Having made six of his eight films with Ben Affleck, director Kevin Smith has long been one of his closest friends. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s stayed on good terms with Affleck’s wife, Jennifer Garner. The actress apparently liked him enough to co-star with him in her romantic comedy, Catch and Release (cast pictured above), but after one of Kevin Smith’s spoken word performances she threatened the director physically. Smith explained the beginning of the end of his friendship with Garner: “Jennifer does not share the same sense of humor as me… I was picking on Ben Affleck and making fun of him because I’ve known him for a really long time… and Jennifer goes, ‘You know, if you keep saying stuff about him, I’m going to kick you’re a–.’ And she could—I’ve seen Alias.”
Katy Perry & Rihanna
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Katy Perry and Rihanna’s status as besties has supposedly been challenged by none other than Chris Brown. According to sources Katy did not approve of Rihanna and Brown’s kiss on the 2012 MTV VMAs. (Perry’s reaction favored comparison to the feelings of everyone else living on the planet earth at the time). Tabloids later notice Rihanna skipping out on Katy’s birthday party and Katy not attending a Halloween party hosted by Rihanna. As such, the two probably shouldn’t be called chums anymore.
Winona Ryder & Gwyneth Paltrow
During her formative years, starlet Gwyneth Paltrow was inseparable with fellow actress Winona Ryder. Things are rumored to have went sour when Paltrow stole the lead role in Shakespeare In Love out from under Ryder. Gwyneth later won an Oscar for the role, which apparently rankled things further. In an editorial enclosed in Paltrow’s newsletter GOOP, she opened up about an anonymous “frenemy” many believe is actually Ryder: “This person really did what they could to hurt me… I tried to take the high road. But one day I heard that something unfortunate and humiliating had happened to this person. And my reaction was… happiness.” It is widely speculated that the incident she’s referencing is Ryder’s 2001 shoplifting charge, an incident that has stalled her career ever since.
Nicole Ritchie & Paris Hilton
The break-up between former best friends and The Simple Life co-stars Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton came abruptly in 2005. At the premiere of her film House of Wax, Hilton announced the two were at odds. “I will not go into the details… Nicole knows what she did,” Hilton said, firmly adding “and that’s all I am ever going to say about it.” Nicole would later report Hilton showed signs of jealousy on the set of their show and tried to have her replaced for season 3. Another rumor involves Nicole gathering her friends for a party to watch Paris’ sex tape to make fun of it, rather than see her host Saturday Night Live. A series of potshots at each other followed throughout the years before the two made up, hugging it out for the cameras earlier this year. However, they haven’t exactly been Simple Life simpatico since.
Harold Ramis & Bill Murray
Many great comedians have at least one other great comedian backing them up. Chris Rock had Louis CK (before his own career blew up), Will Ferrell has continued a fruitful relationship with Adam McKay and Bill Murray made his best movies with Harold Ramis. Note the past tense there—despite their longtime friendship and a string of hit movies (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Caddyshack), Ramis and Murray parted ways in 1995. According to Ramis, Murray experienced a period of depression on the set of Groundhog Day following his divorce. When it spilled over into a disagreement about the direction of the film, Murray would sever his ties with Ramis permanently. Though Murray has made no attempt to mend their relationship, Ramis continues to speak fondly of his friend and has expressed hopes he will participate in Ghostbusters 3. “He’s the thorniest of the group,” Ramis is quoted as saying, expressing some doubts.
50 Cent & Young Buck
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50 Cent saw enough talent in Young Buck to sign him and give him a spot in his group G-Unit. Buck would release his first solo album, Straight Outta Cashville under 50’s stead and would perform with G-Unit on Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. Unfortunately, after rumblings of a beef between the two rappers began, 50 Cent would drop Young Buck completely. 50 would justify the move by leaking a taped phone conversation of the two arguing about money—50’s specifically, which Young Buck owed him. Buck claimed the tape was dated well before the beef and later dissed 50 Cent on his 2010 independent release, The Rehab. In April 2012, Buck announced he was in negotiations to rejoin the label, though nothing has come of it yet.
Ciara & Rihanna
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Ciara and Rihanna had been spotted warmly interacting on the red carpet (pictured above with Patti LaBelle) and in tabloid shots before their 2011 Twitter war. It all started when Ciara revealed Rihanna had been unpleasant to her on an episode of E!’s Fashion Police, dubbing the Battleship star a “B-tch“. Never one to take the high road, Rihanna took to Twitter, writing “My bad ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme.” This resulted in a flame war of words, with Ciara responding “Trust me Rihianna u don’t want to see me on or off the stage.” Yet it would be Rih-Rih who would pull the trump car in the tweet war, writing back “Good luck with bookin that stage u speak of.” After a few hours of silence, the two took back to Twitter to make amends, though the pair haven’t been seen together since.
Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera
The two pop stars have often claimed they have been friends since their time together as children working on The New Mickey Mouse Club (see the bonding above). Many reports say they have also been cutthroat rivals since The New Mickey Mouse Club (see how you could cut the tension with a knife above). During the early aughts the pair’s “frenemy” dynamic evolved into a war of record sales, awards, public recognition, and maybe even men (following the Spears-Timberlake breakup, Aguilera is rumored to have gone after the N’SYNC singer). Both have often denied rumors of a feud, though Aguilera would take several potshots at Brit during her Kevin Federline years (once comparing her to “trailer trash”). Earlier this fall, the rivalry extended onto television as The X Factor and The Voice went head-to-head with their season premieres.
Paris Hilton & Kim Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton do have a lot in common—both were born into wealth and became famous thanks to sex tapes and reality TV shows. When comparing these notes, ask yourself—did Kim copy from the Paris Hilton celebrity playbook? Many say yes as Paris is widely credited for getting Kim into the world of lavish, socialite parties. Hilton, who had taken Kim under her wing, was shocked to find the world’s attention shifting to Kardashian after her own sex tape with Ray J leaked. Kardashian went from Hilton friend to bitter rival shortly thereafter. Rumor has it both ladies ended their feud at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. According to sources, the pair hugged, chatted and in the process, buried the hatchet.
Leighton Meester & Blake Lively
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Meester and Lively play best friends on Gossip Girl, but their behavior on set suggests the pair’s relationship soured some time ago. Though both have denied any feuds since reports began tricking to the press 2007, rumors of infighting, jealousy, and an overall unstable work environment have persisted. In 2010, Lively’s rep would issue a statement more or less confirming something was going on between them: “Blake and Leighton have never been best friends and never professed to be. Blake goes to work, does her job, and goes home.”
Katie Holmes & Victoria Beckham
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During the Golden Era of the TomKat, Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes went together like a 90s era Aniston and Cox. The two would regularly be seen out together, attracting “BFF” tabloid attention like crazy. Then, in 2008, the pair apparently had a rift over a comment Katie made. Based on insider sources, Katie called tattoos “trashy,” thus hurting the feelings of her recently inked friend Beckham. The two then began a rivalry that has since spilled out onto the catwalk when the pair scheduled to show off their fashion lines in New York at the same time last fall.
Chuck Lorre & Charlie Sheen
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TV producer Chuck Lorre helped reinvent Charlie Sheen’s career with Two and a Half Men. The show would be a ratings bonanza and delivered major money to Sheen until 2011, when the actor accused Lorre of pushing him around on the set. Sheen made a series of insulting remarks, calling Lorre an “earthworm” before devolving into a rant that many believe was influenced by drugs and alcohol. Sheen would also accuse Lorre of publicly attacking him on the Vanity Cards displayed at the end of every show, writing things like “He felt dead inside. No matter how hard he parted, he could never escape that simple fact—inside, dead.” By the time Sheen’s termination papers were being put into play, Lorre’s lawyers would assert that the feud was about Sheen’s health and the “pushing” was for the actor to enter rehab. The pair would eventually part ways. Lorre would later credit John Cryer for helping him put Sheen on a path to recovery, stating “We were concerned our friend was gonna die, and everything we did was hopefully to keep that from happening.”