There’s something undeniably entertaining about celebrity feuds. First of all, famous feuds are drama that doesn’t involve you. So, right off the bat, you’re ready to grab the popcorn. However, what makes celebrity drama even more enticing is that it occurs at such a large scale. Celebrity arguments don’t just upset the two of them involved. Others inevitably chime in. Fans voice their support or disdain for whoever spoke first. The latest celebrity beef often lives on long after the offending words were uttered.
Imagine if your petty fight with your best friend ended up covered by People, E! News, and Page Six. Recent celebrity arguments often get front page treatment. Jillian Michaels kicked off the famous celebrity rivalries of 2020 by taking a shot at Lizzo’s body, saying she was unhealthy due to her size. Celebrities like body positive star Jameela Jamil quickly got involved, and Whoopi Goldberg shared her thoughts on the situation on The View.
But they weren't the only ones with 2020 celebrity feuds right out of the gate. Another of the recent celebrity feuds was between Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart. The former tried to come for the Jumanji: The Next Level star and his workout regimen. However, it didn't turn out so well for Cannon, who later deleted the post.
Who knows what other celeb drama 2020 will bring? Check back here to keep tabs on the latest celebrity feuds.
Axl Rose vs. Steven Mnuchin
The beef between US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose started with a disparaging tweet from the latter.
"It's official! Whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he's officially an a**hole," Rose tweeted.
Mnuchin responded with "What have you done for the country lately?" with a flag emoji that he meant to represent that of the United States. However, in actuality, he mistakenly chose the Liberian flag, which is nearly identical to the American flag except for having one star instead of 50.
Rose pounced on his mistake, tweeting back, "My bad, I didn’t get we’re hoping [to] emulate Liberia’s economic model, but on the real, unlike this admin, I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths, [and] unlike you, I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility [to] the American people [and] go on TV telling them [to] travel the US during a pandemic."
Nicki Minaj vs. Meek Mill
There's been bad blood between Nicki Minaj's ex Meek Mill and her current husband, Kenneth Petty, for a while. On February 5, 2020, Minaj took it to another level after seeing that Mill had liked a meme making fun of her new husband. She posted in an Instagram story, "You a [clown emoji]. [You] do [it] for likes. #TwitterFingers beat women, scared of men." She also posted a photo of Mill looking down at his phone, and covered his face with a clown emoji. Her allegation that he beats women is seemingly unfounded.
Mill then hopped on Twitter to lob his own accusations at Minaj. "The only way you can try to [end] my career is to say I beat women... talk about ya brother convicted of rape and you... knew and paid for his lawyer ... ya little brother touched that lil girl, too! You know I know... you want me to crash with ya boyfriend and I won't." He also tweeted, "You sad you willing to crash your man because you losing now and everybody in the industry know you a bad person! You been knew your brother was raping that little girl. That's why I got away from you!"
Mill was referring to Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, who was sentenced to 25 years to life in January 2020 for predatory sexual assault. Maraj was arrested in December 2015, and found guilty in November 2017. His lawyers claim that the allegations had been fabricated by the victim's mother as part of a scheme to get his famous sister to pay $25 million in hush money. However, prosecutors said there was DNA evidence to support the claim, as well as a witness - the victim's younger brother. Just before her brother's arrest, Minaj posted a photo with Maraj on Instagram, writing, "Jelani, I love [you] more than you'll ever comprehend." However, Mill's claims that Minaj paid for her brother's lawyers has not been substantiated.
Minaj tweeted in response, "You beat your own sister and taped it. Spit on her and taped it. Kicked me in front [of] your mother and sent her to the hospital. Sucking drake d*ck made [you] feel tough again. Move on." She then posted (in a since-deleted tweet), "Imagine talking about an alleged rape of a child to hurt someone who wasn’t involved just so [people] can dislike me. You can never stand on your own. You won’t tell [people] the mother is on tape asking me for $20 million to make the charge go away [though]. [You] was around. [You] know. See [you] soon." Minaj's allegations in this tweet have not been substantiated.
Mill once again fired back [in a since-deleted tweet], tweeting, "Surrounded by rapist talking what? Stop playing you picked a great time to be saying I ever put my hands on you... you full of hate and the whole industry know you full of hate... and ya bag getting low so you wanna destroy me," and "I can’t believe y’all industry people let these people survive this long in the game knowing they really nasty people and have a nasty upbringing... Everybody really know what’s going on! I’m powerful. I'm never scared to speak up!"
It seemed Mill was finally ducking out of the Twitter fight when he posted, "For clarification I don’t hit women and I won’t let my interviews be filled with question about her or any situation to do with her when I come out to do press for my new album! No devils tricks."
Both stars have also been retweeting fan responses to the feud. Nicki Minaj fans have been tweeting, "#IStandWithNicki."
Jillian Michaels vs. Lizzo
Jillian Michaels slammed Lizzo on BuzzFeed News' AM to DM on January 8, 2020, asking, "Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? ... 'Cause, it isn't going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I'm just being honest."
Celebrities quickly defended Lizzo, slamming Michaels for fat shaming. The Good Place star Jameela Jamil [in a since-deleted tweet, wrote], "Just saying... MY WHOLE DAMN THIN FAMILY HAS DIABETES AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND PROBLEMS WITH OUR JOINTS. Why is this woman acting like she's an MRI. Stop concern-trolling fat people and get in the bin."
That same day, Michaels released a statement in response to all of the backlash. However, to many, it just seemed like she was doubling down on her previous statements. The Instagram statement read, "As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few. I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies."
Lizzo never directly responded to Jillian Michaels. However, she did post a video to Instagram that same day that read as a response. Along with a video of a ritzy hotel suite and a gorgeous view, Lizzo wrote, "At the 25 second mark I want you to take 5 deep breaths... in through the nose... out through the mouth.. today’s mantra is: This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy."
The next day, Whoopi Goldberg jumped into the fray on an episode of The View, saying, "She is who she is … and if you don’t get it, then you don’t get it. I’m thrilled that she’s a big-figured woman. I’m thrilled that she is and that she has no compunction about wearing whatever she wants to wear and she’s comfortable. So I do celebrate her."
Nick Cannon vs. Kevin Hart
Nick Cannon thought he would start off the new year by coming for Kevin Hart and his workout routine. He called him out via an Instagram photo showing he and Hart using a similar machine, writing, "JV vs. Varsity!! @kevinhart4real vacations over!!! Let's go!! Somebody call @TheRock tell him I'm on the way!!! LOL."
However, the post likely didn't get the response Cannon was hoping for. Hart wasted no time responding, calling out Cannon's form, equipment, and accessories. The comedian commented, "#1 straighten your legs # 2 turn your hands around and do it the real way # 3 that Durag stinks #4 that mask is made to help with your breathing when you run jacka**. So take it off during this exercise # 5 The total weight of those chains are 45lbs ..... F*** off Nick," along with a series of laughing emojis.
Hart clearly got the upper hand in that argument, as Cannon later deleted the photo from his Instagram account.