Why is it that people (especially men) love to see women fight publicly? Some catfights are downright dirty, with hair pulling, hitting, kicking and scratching involved. When celebrities are the stars of the main event, however, a catfight usually involves lots of public badmouthing of each other, and can still be downright dirty. Celebrity catfights don’t have to contain just women: men can get into the act as well. Here are ten of the most famous celebrity catfights of all time.
1. Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields
Some of us who are mothers understand how hard the postpartum period can be. Postpartum depression is a real, true condition characterized by a chemical imbalance that can sometimes be relieved by antidepressants, among other therapies. Try telling that to Tom Cruise. He slammed Brooke Shields on the “Today” show in 2005 for her use of Paxil for postpartum depression, saying that she should have used vitamins instead. Shields wouldn’t take this lying down, however, and blasted back at Cruise in a well written New York Times op-ed piece. As she noted, Cruise is far from being a medical expert, and “comments like those made by Tom Cruise are a disservice to mothers everywhere.” She succeeded in making Cruise look like the ass he truly is.
2. Paris Hilton vs. Nicole Richie
Wait a minute….weren’t these two similarly talented (or perhaps lacking talent) young women friends? Yes, but Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton officially called their friendship quits in 2005, after production of their reality show “The Simple Life” was finished. Some say that Richie was jealous that Hilton was asked to host “Saturday Night Live” instead of her, and in retaliation, showed one of Hilton’s sex tapes to a group of their friends. Neither has publicly confirmed why the friendship was over, but recently the two were seen speaking to each other at a Beverly Hills party, so perhaps their feud is now kaput.
3. Heather Locklear vs. Denise Richards
Here’s another pair of blondes who used to be BFFs but ended up falling out. It all started when Heather Locklear divorced guitarist Richie Sambora, and Locklear’s good friend Denise Richards almost immediately shacked up with him. Apparently Richards forgot the female “golden rule”: never date a friend’s ex, at least not without that friend’s express permission (and sometimes not even then). When confronted by Locklear, Richards reportedly told her that she “no longer exists” to her. Another friendship goes down the toilet over a man. How sad.
4. Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera both started as Mouseketeers on TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Then it was rumored that once Spears broke up with Justin Timberlake, Aguilera took up with him (which, as we all know, is taboo: see #3 above). Sources also said that Aguilera was upset that Spears’ TV kiss with Madonna got more attention than her own liplock with Ms. Ciccone. Aguilera continued to publicly trash Spears, especially after she married Kevin Federline, when Aguilera called Spears “trailer trash.” The war of words seems to have calmed down in recent years, maybe because these two young women are finally maturing? Nah.
5. Joan Rivers vs. Lindsay Lohan
Joan Rivers started posting crude jokes on Twitter about Lindsay Lohan and she can’t seem to stop (one example: “Lindsay Lohan is so dumb. Her idea of being sworn in is cursing at the judge.”). Even though the girl was in jail and is now in rehab, Rivers’ jabs continue almost daily. Lohan’s ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson has fought back on Lohan’s behalf, Tweeting, “Hey Joan Rivers. You have collagen older than Lindsay, pick on someone your own age — oh wait I guess people that old can’t hear.” I’m sure both parties know, however, that you can’t buy better publicity than this. It keeps both Rivers and Lohan under the media’s microscope, which, being celebrities, is probably something they both crave.
6. Jerry Seinfeld vs. Lady Gaga
Jerry Seinfeld, who obviously loves New York, called Lady Gaga a “jerk” when she was filmed at both New York Yankees and New York Mets baseball games being inappropriate (she gave the cameraman the finger at one and wore skimpy lingerie to the other). “This woman is a jerk. I hate her,” Seinfeld said on a radio show. He added, “You take one ‘A’ off of that (her name) and you’ve got ‘gag.’” Gaga did not publicly respond to Seinfeld’s criticisms, but her actions in New York speak louder than words.
7. Rosie O’Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck
You can’t get more public than this one: Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck went at each other on the daytime talk show “The View.” What started out as a political discussion ended as a personal attack, with O’Donnell accusing Hasselbeck of not standing up for O’Donnell when other media outlets said she’s called the troops “terrorists.” O’Donnell called Hasselbeck a coward, while Hasselbeck told O’Donnell to defend her own “insinuations.” The feud never truly ended, as O’Donnell left the television show three weeks later. No love will ever be lost between these two.
8. Jenny McCarthy vs. Amanda Peet
Ask any mom and they’ll tell you, things can get pretty heated between two moms when they attack each other’s parenting skills or childrearing methods. Jenny McCarthy is famous for campaigning against infant vaccinations, as she believes her son’s autism might have been caused by them. Amanda Peet has publicly supported early vaccinations. Peet has called parents who agree with McCarthy “parasites.” McCarthy responded that, if that’s true, she’s proud to be a parasite. Peet later apologized for using that term, but, as neither woman has changed her views on this controversial topic, the fight goes on.
9. Megan Fox vs. Angelina Jolie:
Just looking at photos side-by-side of these two women is a bit scary. It looks like the younger actress Megan Fox is desperately trying to resemble the older Angelina Jolie, although Fox has vehemently denied that she’s the “next” Jolie. Fox has given Jolie some backhanded compliments in the press. Jolie responded by blasting Fox when the comparisons to her were made. Allegedly, Jolie said, “Is she aiding in Africa or sitting in on U.N. conferences? Donating herself to something bigger than Hollywood? I’m not familiar with her work, is she an Oscar contender?” As both stars’ popularity rises and falls, it should be interesting to see how this catfight evolves.
10. Lily Allen vs. Courtney Love
These two reportedly had words and almost a fistfight after the NME awards, as Courtney Love had Tweeted about her annoyance with Lily Allen for locking down some Chanel dresses prior to the awards. After the awards, Allen began some Tweeting of her own, calling Love a “crazy old lady,” among other things. Love then accused Allen of stealing her daughter’s sunglasses, taking drugs in her house, and called her fat. This war rages on.