When romantic relationships come to an end, it can send those involved into an emotional tailspin filled with wallowing, lashing out, and weepy nights spent all alone. Dealing with the end of a friendship can also bring up similar feelings — especially when you must part ways with someone you’ve grown up with and have come to love like family.
While non-celebs can grieve the end of their friendships in the privacy of their homes, celebrities are often forced to see their lives play out in the spotlight. From Twitter spats to diss tracks, celebrity friendship breakups are often put on display for the entire world to see.
Fans and other celebs take sides and drag out all of the ugly facets of a crumbling friendship like a real-life soap opera. From Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to JAY-Z and Kanye West, check out 16 iconic celebrity friendships that went up in flames.
1. JAY-Z & Kanye West
Despite their successful 2011 collaborative album Watch the Throne, the bromance between JAY-Z and Kanye West began fading shortly after the duo ended their tour. West’s behavior became increasingly erratic, and neither the 4:44 rapper nor his mega-famous wife Beyoncé attended Ye’s wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian. Things took a turn for the worse last year during West’s Saint Pablo Tour where he called out JAY-Z and Beyoncé. He then went on to file a lawsuit against JAY-Z’s streaming company Tidal. Recently, on his song “Kill Jay Z” the Blueprint MC addressed the ongoing feud. He rapped,
I know people backstab you, I feel bad too/ But this ‘f— everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/ But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/ But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/ You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f— was he thinkin’?/ ‘F— wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
JAY-Z later told Rap Radar, “That really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”