Got beef? These celebs do

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Every so often, a celebrity battle breaks out with such epic intensity that it shakes the nation " or at least creates a buzz among celebrity gossip lovers. Here are the Top Ten recent celebrity feuds in all of their knock-down, drag-out glory.

Lauren Conrad vs. Heidi Montag
The stars of MTV reality show The Hills " if you can call them “stars” " have garnered tons of press lately due to their bitter feud. The former-best friends grew apart over Montag’s dirtbag fiancé, Spencer Pratt. Montag and Conrad have taken to publicly trashing each other in the pages of Us Weekly. The warring pair even refused to shoot promotional photos for the latest season of The Hills in the same room. Don’t expect this battle to end any time soon.

Paris Hilton vs. Nicole Richie
Hilton and Richie’s friendship ended abruptly when Nicole allegedly played Paris’ infamous sex tape at a party. After claiming they would never be friends again and even refusing to tape a season of The Simple Life together, the pair mended fences. But it seems like Hilton and Richie’s friendship may be over again. Well before Nicole announced her pregnancy to Diane Sawyer, she distanced herself from frenemy Paris.

Britney vs. Herself
Britney Spears went from teen icon to international superstar in a few short years. For a long time, it seemed like Spears was set to be this generation’s Madonna, constantly reinventing herself. She even formed a close friendship with the famed pop star. But after taking a hiatus to get married, divorced, and have kids, Spears doesn’t appear ready to take back her superstar spot. Britney’s worst enemy is not K-Fed, but her own laziness " it’s sabotaging her career. Opting to party instead of rehearse for her MTV Video Music Awards "comeback" performance, Spears failed miserably on the show. Early buzz suggests Spears’ career is dead on arrival.

Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields
After Cruise used Oprah’s couch as a trampoline, he went on a Scientology-backed tirade about the perils of psychiatry. On the attack, he honed in on Brooke Shields. He claimed Shields was “misguided” for using antidepressants to treat her postpartum depression and said she should have used vitamins instead. In response, Shields took to the pages of The New York Times, writing an opinion piece that denounced Cruise’s holier-than-thou spiel. “While Mr. Cruise says that Mr. Lauer and I do not ‘understand the history of psychiatry,’” Shields wrote, “I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.” Well played, Ms. Shields. Well played.

Rosie O’Donnell vs. Donald Trump
It’s hard to remember what started the feud between these celebs, but it’s harder to forget how much news-space (and airtime on The View) was devoted to their fighting. Every week they reached a new level of animosity, with O’Donnell calling out Trump’s shady business practices and Trump declaring O’Donnell fat and ugly. This feud got old fast " good thing it’s over!

Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie
Years later, tabloids still can’t get enough of the animosity, real or imagined, between Aniston and Jolie. Jolie had an affair and started a family with Aniston’s then-husband, Brad Pitt. Together they made a baby that may grow up to become the most beautiful human being on earth. Meanwhile, Aniston told Vanity Fair she was devastated over her divorce and often screamed at the ocean to deal with the pain. Sorry, Ms. Aniston " there’s no shame in mourning the death of a marriage, but when it comes to saving face, we think you’ve lost this feud.

Avril Lavigne vs. Everyone
Avril Lavigne may be as manufactured as most other major-label pop artists, but her superiority complex makes her think she’s above the likes of Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. Ever since she burst onto the scene wearing ties and punky T-shirts churning out pop-rock Top 40 fluff, Lavigne’s been calling out Spears and Duff for their weak singing voices. Lavigne may be the best singer of the three, but the other pop stars aren’t exactly stiff competition. Lavigne has also feuded with The Rubinoos, songwriting team The Matrix and Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk " each claimed Lavigne took more credit for her songwriting than she deserved. Maybe Avril’s worst enemy is her own inflated ego.

Clive Davis vs. Kelly Clarkson
The American Idol-alum and the famed record company exec waged a battle of wills this summer over Clarkson’s latest album, My December. Clarkson wanted total creative control of her record and claimed Davis didn’t care about her talents as a songwriter. Davis accused Clarkson of overestimating her own skill, which was probably true, as Kelly’s album was a total flop. Lead single “Never Again” failed to garner much attention, Clarkson cancelled her summer tour, and overall My December was a dismal failure. Clarkson has since apologized to Davis and is already at work on her next disc.

David Letterman vs. Jay Leno
Letterman featured Leno on Late Night with David Letterman when the big-chinned funnyman was just a budding stand-up comic. So it must have come as a surprise when Johnny Carson retired from his gig as the original host of The Tonight Show, a job Letterman had been eyeing for a long time, and Leno filled the vacancy. Angry and disappointed, Letterman switched to rival network CBS to host his own series, The Late Show. Letterman and Leno’s rivalry intensified because they shared the same time slot, forcing them to fight each other for ratings. This feud will finally come to an end as Leno retires in 2009.

Tupac Shakur vs. Notorious B.I.G./Biggie Smalls
Tupac and Biggie were on opposite sides of an East-West coastal hip-hop feud during the mid-90’s. While the famous rappers were once friendly collaborators, they found themselves in different corners during the feud. In 1996 Shakur released “Hit ‘Em Up,” a diss song in which he claimed to have slept with Biggie’s wife Faith Evans. Shortly after, Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting. Less than a year later, Biggie was dead too, also by gunfire. Although there is no proven connection between the deaths of both rappers, conspiracy theories abound.

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