Social media can be a tricky thing to maneuver for Slaylebrities. On one hand, it’s a promotional tool: They can announce film and album releases, life events, and their opinions on anything and everything. But the last thing is where it gets tricky: How much is too much to share online? When does a personality cross the line between entertaining and annoying?
Many famous people have it down to a science: They maintain a presence, sharing fun, personal anecdotes without getting too intimate, and let their publicity team handle the rest. But when things start to enter weird territory, it becomes all too obvious that a celebrity is handling their own accounts.
Whether they’re in politics, TV, music, or are just known for being known, these are some of the Slaylebrities who have really annoyed us on social media.
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Once upon a time, Rihanna (real name Robyn Fenty) told the world that she 'ran out of f***s to give.' Specifically, that was her Twitter response to MTV after the network tweeted "Yikes!" along with a photo of her "smoking a rolled 'cigarette' on a bodyguard's shoulders at Coachella in 2012," reported Billboard. Though her statement was directed at one of the biggest worldwide entities in the music industry, Rihanna has kept her word. From her unapologetic fashion choices to her savage clap backs leveled against foes and fans alike, RiRi makes no apologies. In fact when questioned about her decision to not wear a bra under a sheer Swarovski-encrusted dress at a fancy awards event, Rihanna told Vogue that her only regret was that she didn't wear a bedazzled thong underneath. (Insert blushing emoji here.) She wore nude undies, in case you were wondering. Rihanna is savage. We all know it. It's the name of her lingerie line! But has the woman Forbes named "The World's Richest Female Musician in 2019" taken her attitude too far? It's easy to laugh at the superstar's biting online commentary or to marvel at the fierceness of her material (Check out the fantasy revenge video for "B***h Better Have My Money.") However, there are plenty of moments when the award-winning artist's actions and words make her seem like more of a bully than a boss. Decide for yourself as we take a closer look at the shady side of Rihanna. Judging by Rihanna's reported list of backstage demands, this superstar truly does want you to make her feel like the "Only Girl (In The World.)" According to a 2016 Business Insider report, Rihanna's eye-popping requests allegedly include covering the walls with dark blue or black drapes trimmed in "icy-blue chiffon" and a large, plush animal-print rug. With specific décor requests like these, it might not be long before she drops a Fenty interior design line. The "Work" singer apparently makes her team work hard to keep her happy. She reportedly specified that her backstage area should create a "relaxed atmosphere," and when it comes to scents, her sensitive nose has expensive taste. Business Insider reported that the Barbados beauty needed exactly six Archipelago Black Forest candles. She also supposedly requested white tulips, but did display some flexibility on the flower front. If white tulips weren't available, Ri was reportedly willing to settle for white Casablanca lilies or white freesias. Keep in mind, all this is supposedly for one person for one appearance. Perhaps Rihanna should dial down the diva demands on the road because her "Last Girl On Earth" tour in 2010 reportedly couldn't keep pace with her spending — and the singer believed her accountants were to blame. According to Page Six, she filed a lawsuit in 2012 claiming it was her accounting firm's "negligence that prompted a costly IRS audit of her returns and that she lost millions during the tour because the firm failed to reconcile costs versus revenues while still paying itself millions in fees." The firm allegedly "gave her the green light to buy a $6.9 million Beverly Hills mansion even though she was bleeding cash." In a subsequent Page Six report, Rihanna's legal team alleged that property was a lemon that required about $1 million in renovations before she sold it at a loss. The singer was supposedly down to her last "$2 million at the end of 2009." One of the accountants named in the suit sang a different tune in legal documents (via Page Six): "The tour was what she wanted, just as the exorbitant amount of expensive clothing and other purchases she squandered her money on were." He added, "...Was it really necessary to tell her that if you spend money for things you will end up with things, and not the money?" Rihanna was seeking $35 million but reportedly reached a $10 million settlement with the firm in 2014. If you've collaborated with Rihanna on several hit songs over the years, but she still doesn't like you, then your name is probably Drake. Despite making several songs together ("Work," "Take Care," "What's My Name?") Rihanna has not publicly reciprocated any fond feelings for her musical counterpart. In fact, in a 2019 Vogue cover story, she appeared to throw some serious shade at the rapper instead. The fashion mag asked Rihanna about the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, when Drake presented her with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. The rapper was definitely in his feelings during his lengthy speech, telling the world that RiRi is "someone I've been in love with since I was 22-years old, and she's one of my best friends in the world." What was Rihanna's take on that big moment? "Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part, I don't like too many compliments; I don't like to be put on blast." Is she implying that these two are not besties, as Drake suggested? "We don't have a friendship now, but we're not enemies either. It is what it is," she said. Ouch. That ice-cold response kind of broke all of our hearts. Rihanna is the clap back queen, and entire articles have been devoted to her trolling. When Barstool Sports published a piece in 2017 titled: "Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?" she responded on Instagram with a Gucci Mane meme that depicted the rapper's varying shirtless physics. Her caption: "If you can't handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don't deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane." Within days, "Rihanna's fans responded with praise (and over 600,000 likes) for her devil-may-care attitude," reported Rolling Stone. Unfortunately for her adoring fans, known as the Navy, Rihanna doesn't just troll her haters. She has also thrown shade at her followers. The singer promised a new album in 2019, so as the year progressed with no album in sight, fans began asking questions. Rihanna apparently didn't appreciate those queries because in July 2019, she shared a video clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. In the clip, reality star Karlie Redd shares the results of a lie detector test and says, "Guys, it was all a lie." Rihanna made it clear in the captions that she was dedicating this sarcastic slam to the Navy. According to People, when one fan responded with: "I can't believe I stan a liar...." Rihanna clapped back with three laughing emojis. Who wants to support an artist who makes fun of her own fans? Just kidding, RiRi. We love you. Please don't troll us. The rich and famous are not immune to Rihanna's clap back battles. When fellow singer Ciara told the Fashion Police that Rihanna "wasn't the nicest" to her, Rihanna sent a not-so-nice tweet in response: "My bad ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme" The Daily Mail recounted another heavy dose of shade directed at actress Amanda Bynes in 2013. Bynes went on a racially-charged Twitter rant about Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship. At the time, the former Nickelodeon star's mental stability had been making headlines, which seemed to be what Rihanna was referring to when she responded to Bynes' controversial tweets with one of her own: "Ya see what happens when they cancel intervention?" In 2014, T-Boz and Chilli from the girl group TLC vented to Sunrise Australia about other female artists using their bodies to sell music. The Australian show said they singled out Rihanna. "Every time I see you, you don't have to be naked," said T-Boz, claiming TLC made music history "with our clothes on." RiRi's responded via Twitter with a picture of her sticking out her tongue and the caption: "When there's no changing the fact that I'm me, and they're well ... they're them." According to Billboard, Rihanna also "changed her Twitter header photo to a shot of TLC wearing revealing outfits during their '94 VIBE photo shoot." The lesson here: If you're going to critique Rihanna, you better brace yourself for the retaliation. In what will go down as one of the most infamous concert mishaps of all time, Rihanna disciplined a fan with a bop on the head during her "Diamonds World Tour" in 2013. YouTube footage shows the "We Found Love" singer performing her hit song at a concert in Birmingham, England. Much to the delight of her screaming fans, Rihanna walks through the crowd during her performance, but someone apparently gets too excited and grabs RiRi's arm. Despite having a security guard by her side, RiRi takes matters into her own hands and appears to smack the concertgoer with her sparkling gold microphone. Then, she continues on her merry way like it's nobody's business. Some fans believed the microphone attack was an accident, but Rihanna put those rumors to rest with a savage tweet (via The Huffington Post): "Purpose! That b***h won't let me go." There you have it, RiRi owns every ounce of her shade. Forcing fans to wait two hours for you to show up to your own concert and delivering a mediocre performance is not a good look. According to Yahoo!, Rihanna phoned in a 2013 performance in the Netherlands during her "Diamonds World Tour" after "spending the day shopping at the Alaia showroom in Paris." A Standaard music critic wrote that Rihanna's performance felt like "a Valium overdose," and according to Yahoo!'s summary of the review, RiRi "rarely danced and murmured only a few of her famous lyrics during the show, leaving the rest to a backing track." The self-proclaimed "badgalRiRi" put out those same shady vibes in 2016 during her performance at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. According to the Daily Mail, the Barbados beauty was "booed by 60,000 fans ... after showing up an hour late and lip-syncing almost the entire show. Clearly, she should have put more "work, work, work, work, work, work" into it. Whether you love her or loathe her, this music superstar's wildly successful career and powerful reputation remain tinged by a shady side.
In Beyoncé's new documentary about Beyoncé co-directed by Beyoncé there's a shot of her flying in a helicopter checking her iPhone. As we see the real world below, the world of people who don't get to take those luxurious rides, Beyoncé says the following, in Beyoncé voiceover: "I think people have an idea in their heads about entertainers, celebrities. I think they feel like their lives are so perfect, and it's really hard to go through painful experiences when you're in the public eye, because it's hard to have closure." Beyoncé then cuts away to Beyoncé looking directly into the camera, describing her miscarriage, a traumatic experience for any woman, whether or not she's as trapped by celebrity as Beyoncé these days. Beyoncé's self-styled soapbox in HBO's Life Is but a Dream (airing Saturday) is a coda of sorts to weeks worth of Beyoncé-mania, starting with the inauguration and reaching its peak with the Super Bowl. And now, in the denouement, we're told we'll see the real Beyoncé, the one for whom life is not so effortless. This Beyoncé goes through the same real-life struggles we do, but all under the watchful eye of the public. The media's interest in her life is clearly the enemy here, even though many of us worship her every move. We're supposed to sympathize with Beyoncé—except when she finally does open up, she presents us with a pristinely guarded queen who's actually more distant than ever. Beyoncé is Perfect? Life Is but a Dream is supposed to be the official version of Beyoncé's behind-the-scenes life, as she see it. And it is. Except for all the talk about the importance of family, we ultimately discover that Beyoncé is deeply self-centered. She is still a wonder on stage, but she has been so perfect for so long that, in glimpses of her off the stage, Beyoncé appears constantly out of touch with the real world. In rehearsal scenes, important members of her crew and her entourage go unmentioned by name in any notable way, and their work is often portrayed as at odds with her vision for the stage act. Of course a Beyoncé movie directed by Beyoncé to promote a Beyoncé tour would portray a magical Beyoncé vision as stemming from Beyoncé herself, but about halfway through this thing you find yourself asking: Doesn't anyone else get some credit? Is this a documentary or a some kind of autobiopic? Early on in Life Is but a Dream, Beyoncé says, in voiceover: "Thank God for my computer." The real, behind-the-scenes Beyoncé, we are led to believe, is constantly recording selfie videos on her laptop, in which she reveals her innermost feelings in a perfectly poised fashion. Beyoncé has never been one to be unfiltered. Just take her Tumblr: a marvelously put-together collection of professional photos and personal photos that look professional. In the documentary, though, Beyoncé implies that we are witnessing her important, rare moments of alone time. Amy Wallace's recent GQ profile explained that there exists a "Beyoncé archive," which contains "virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny's Child, the '90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she's ever done; every video of every show she's ever performed; every diary entry she's ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop." The "unblinking eye" of her laptop, as it appears in Life Is but a Dream, never catches any blemishes, nor snot, nor bed hed. The world got another taste of this self-love last week when her publicist asked BuzzFeed to take down photos of her Super Bowl performance. The outtakes from a Getty photographer were in this post about how "fierce" Beyoncé's halftime show looked, and the photos showed her body contracting and straining in ways that are, you know, pretty normal when a normal person is dancing vigorously. Last we heard, fierceness was not a bad thing—Beyoncé was, after all, Sasha Fierce. But bad photos of Beyoncé? That simply is not done in Beyoncé's world—even Getty had to delete the shots from its archive. And if other scenes in this documentary are any indication, Beyoncé has quite possibly never seen a single unflattering image of herself in any medium. She looks stunning when recording close-ups of herself in bad lighting. She looks stunning when she's going into labor. Watching her perform flawlessly is a thrill. Watching her go through hard times without a hair out of place just makes you feel bad about yourself. The media has not been altogether nice to Beyoncé in reviewing this HBO glamor project, which is being promoted as a "revealing" portrait "in her own words." Brian Lowery writes at Variety: "For those who can't imagine growing tired of Beyonce Knowles' flawless face (or the rest of her), try going 90 wearisome minutes with 'Life Is But a Dream' a vanity project that puts tolerance for showbiz self-obsession to the test." Nitsuh Abebe at New York explains: "the parts of Life Is But a Dream that show us a 'real' and 'vulnerable' Beyoncé feel like the parts of job interviews where someone’s asked about their greatest weaknesses." David Rooney at the Hollywood Reporter says: "actually the 90-minute film is repetitious and bland." Alessandra Stanley at the New York Times deems it "gauzy, stylish and utterly opaque." And over at Salon, Willa Paskin calls it "fascinating"—which it is—but also a "high-level propaganda piece." Which it most certainly is. Beyoncé's message: being in the spotlight can be difficult. Well, of course it can. And in Life Is but a Dream, she's clearly feeling real, human emotion when she describes hearing the rumor that she has faked her pregnancy. And that was a particularly nasty rumor. But the media, for the most part, reveres Beyoncé. That's why perhaps everyone was so angry about the lip-syncing scandal following her performance of the national anthem on Inauguration Day. We know she's talented, so why couldn't she live up to the expectations of perfection that we expect? As much as we actually do want Beyoncé to like us—she is the closest thing we have to royalty over here, and her talent and beauty is remarkable—nobody is really sure Beyoncé wants to like us in return. We're the people who don't understand what it's really like for her, she tells us. And after this big "revealing" documentary, we still don't know what her real life is really like. Even though she swears she's just like everyone else, it doesn't seem like it. Maybe we'll get more in the Oprah interview that also airs on Saturday night. But probably not. Beyoncé herself—not just Beyoncé's dream life—prohibits us from feeling bad for her.
Cardi B knows how to make an entrance. On Saturday, the 26-year-old rapper stepped out for Paris Fashion Week rocking a head-to-toe floral ensemble from designer Richard Quinn. “I heard you bitches were missing me at Fashion Week New York. I’m here to serve it to you motherf–kers. I’m going to serve it to you cold,” Cardi said in an Instagram video. In the clip, Cardi is seen walking in the street near the Eiffel Tower, as onlookers attempted to capture the moment on their devices. She also tweeted images of her outfit on Saturday night, posting, “How they going to understand it when they don’t even understand me.” While plenty of rappers struggle to make it big in the industry, some say Cardi B had it easy. According to Fader, "Many people—fans and industry—treat her like a dilettante" who didn't pay her dues. That assessment isn't lost on the young star. "And then I gotta tell myself, Stop feeling guilty. You worked for this," she told the magazine. "When I was a stripper, I used to strip like six nights a week. I used to bust my a**. And I didn't stop [working]. Until today I work just as hard as I did before." Despite releasing songs with catchy lyrics and head-bobbing beats, critics have accused her of stealing other rappers' flows. Her most popular hit, "Bodak Yellow," was reportedly inspired by Kodak Black's 2014 track, "No Flockin." When confronted with such allegations, Cardi B has had no problem fessing up to biting the style of other popular artists. During one of her shows, the rapper made it clear she doesn't care if people think she copied Kodak or Meek Mill or Migos. "So what b**ch? So what?" she told the crowd (via Billboard.) "I'ma sound like all your favorite rappers. I'ma take all they flows and I'ma body it b**ch." This leaves many to wonder if she'll continue to be successful despite her admitted lack of originality. Playing nice isn't on her agenda. While some new artists go out of their way to make sure everyone likes them, Cardi B is the exact opposite. There have been longstanding rumors that she had beef with Nicki Minaj, though both emcees have denied any bad blood between them. One feud Cardi B will speak to involves an unnamed person who never liked her but suddenly wanted to be her BFF. As the rapper took the stage at the MoMA PS1 Warm Up event in August 2017, she unleashed an expletive-filled rant to let the mystery woman know they would never be friends. More recently this feud ended in physical battery disgrace. In September 2017, Cardi B took to Twitter to accuse a New York City cop of putting her in a chokehold and slamming her against her car. In the since-deleted tweet (via TMZ), she called out the NYPD and bashed the department for allegedly not doing its job. According to sources for TMZ, another driver hit Cardi B's Bentley SUV. She got out and started arguing with the other driver, and that's when the police got involved. Cardi claimed an officer, who was reportedly white, roughed her up but eventually let her go. When the NYPD looked into the allegation, it couldn't find any information about the incident, reported TMZ. Police reportedly checked surveillance videos in the surrounding areas and still couldn't find anything to support the rapper's claim. When Cardi B subsequently clammed up, authorities began to doubt anything inappropriate had happened, reported TMZ. With success comes the possibility that people will be out to get you, and Cardi B believes she was targeted by a racist hotel in Albany, N.Y. According to the Times Union, the Hip Hop star booked a room at the Albany Hilton after one of her shows, but other guests complained about noise around 1 a.m. Hotel staff reportedly smelled marijuana, and management asked the rapper and her crew to pack up their things and leave. After getting the boot from her accommodations, a video of Cardi B leaving the hotel was posted online. In the footage, she calls a staff member a "racist motherf***er" and says "Albany is known for being racist." She later deleted the video from her Instagram account. Cardi B's music video for "Bodak Yellow" has amassed hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, but not everyone is dancing and singing along to the hit record. The rapper has been accused of cultural appropriation due to questionable scenes and imagery used in the video. In one scene, she's dressed in an abaya and headscarf–religious garb worn by Muslim woman. "Cardi B is not in any way connected to the Arab heritage or the Middle East: she's from Trinidadian and Dominican descent," said an op-ed for Refinery 29. "There's no reason for her to evoke Middle Eastern imagery in her video except to play dress up, and in a way that perpetuates harmful preconceived notions of the region." As soon as she made her way from an underground artist to mainstream media's favorite star, it didn't take long for internet sleuths to dig up some dirt from her past. In some shady tweets, shared by BET, Cardi was blasted for calling dark-skinned black women "roaches." Following an online campaign to "cancel Cardi B," the rapper responded by making light of the term "roach," saying she even uses the word to describe herself, noting that it's supposedly a popular term in her neighborhood. Her explanation didn't change the fact that many believed she used the word to degrade women of color. When Cardi B stepped out with Offset from the rap group Migos, they instantly became a hip-hop power couple. Initially, she tried to keep their relationship private, but it didn't take long for her to allegedly use her love life to attract attention online. In October 2017, over a span of about ten minutes, Cardi B posted a series of messages on Snapchat that "turned the internet upside down," according to BET. The back-to-back posts alluded to her and Offset calling it quits and included Cardi B throwing up deuces and a "single" caption while Offset reportedly responded with a middle finger emoji. While their fans and a sizable segment of the world wide web began to freak out over their breakup happening in real time, Cardi B soon waved the white flag, apologized to Offset for overreacting, and offered to treat him to a meal at Waffle House. She later took to her Twitter to admit their argument was sparked by her accusing him of stealing her purple blanket. Days later, Offset put an 8-carat diamond engagement ring on her hand, leading many to deduce that their lovers' quarrel was nothing more than a publicity ploy. Calling women roaches wasn't the only comment that Cardi B caught heat over. She also made a cringe-worthy video in which she threatened to get her cheating man drunk and let a transexual take advantage of him. She uses a derogatory word for "transexual" during her rant. Cardi B later tweeted that she didn't know the term she used was socially unacceptable, but that excuse didn't shield her from being labeled transphobic. Not that she seemed to care, telling haters to "stfu with the bulls**t" on Twitter. Cardi B has made it very clear that she's been a member of the Bloods gang since she was 16-years-old, and she unapologetically raps about her "bloody" affiliation in "Bodak Yellow." The rapper even received a special gift from Offset–a blinged-out necklace decked out with red nails and a red bandana tied around the wrist to pay homage to her gang ties. Launching a violent attack is never something to be praised, though some cut Cardi B some slack when she instructed New York gang members to band together against White Nationalists. After supposedly hearing that Neo-Nazis were planning to hold a rally, she posted a special message to "every Brim set, Stones, Blazers, Trey" and even her rival Crips to join forces. She even gave instructions on how to get to the rally by telling folks to take the "Metro North" railway to the location and "put ya Timbs on." Perhaps she was advocating for notoriously violent gangs to assemble for a peaceful protest? Yah, perhaps. More recently we can’t not mention how Cardi B was paid to do a concert in Ghana but left behind some very angry Ghanaian celebrities for standing them up at a supposedly planned meet and greet. Cardi B of course released a video to call them out!
Known for becoming famous through a sex tape scandal, Kim Kardashian’s social media presence is likely the most interesting thing about her. Her show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is the definition of the hashtag #RichPeopleProblems, and she and her family have mostly made their money by showing everyone how much money they have. Regardless of how you feel about the Kardashians personally, you likely know the highlights of Kim Kardashian’s life over the last decade or so. She went from being a party girl struggling to remain in the limelight, to a wife with two children and a booming brand. But that doesn’t mean that her incessant and extremely vain Instagram posts are any less annoying. Of course, Kardashian did pull back from social media for awhile, which has definitely brought her intolerable levels down a bit. In October 2016, Kardashian was robbed in her hotel room in Paris. The celebutante took some time off from her accounts for a few months, returning to Instagram in early 2017. Lucky for us, she’s now back to posting frequent images of her backside
There's a select group of celebs whose names always seem to come up in discussions about Hollywood's biggest divas, and Jennifer Lopez is one of them. The dancer-turned-actress-turned-singer has struggled to rid herself of the shady label for years — a designation that she believes has been unfairly applied to her. When she spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, J.Lo argued that she's only seen as difficult because she's a woman. "I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable, meanwhile I'd show up 15 minutes late and be berated," Lopez said. "And you watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they'll be like, 'God, she's really difficult.' It's like, 'Am I? Am I difficult because I care?'" The entertainment industry has changed for the better since Lopez sat down for that interview, but not all of J.Lo's past behavior can be explained away by gender bias. There's no doubting that she and her female peers have been held to a different standard, but according to some of those peers, Lopez's reputation as a difficult diva is very much an earned one. Read on to find out why many people find her impossible to work with. If there's one thing we know for sure about Jennifer Lopez, it's that she loves a good endorsement deal. From alcohol and automobiles to makeup and jewelry, J.Lo has put her name to numerous products over the years, but those deals haven't always worked out well for the brand she's representing. Lopez once starred in a Fiat commercial in which she drove around the Bronx, explaining why her old neighborhood continues to inspire her. Her deal with the Italian manufacturer was reportedly worth millions, yet Lopez apparently refused to actually return to the block she sang about, forcing Fiat to find a body double. Eligio Cueto, owner of the Mott Haven barbershop seen in the ad, told The Smoking Gun that producers spent a couple of hours shooting near his business. The featured Fiat 500 car drove up and down East 136th Street, but according to the barber, Lopez was not at the wheel. "It wasn't her," Cueto said. "It was a double that looked like her." J.Lo's people refused to comment, but Fiat later fessed up. "As you may know, in today's world, people are increasingly mobile and their work takes them to a variety of locations," the company said in a statement (via E! News). "As a result, we took the opportunity to film wherever Ms. Lopez was working at the time to accommodate her schedule." The scandal was later dubbed the "Fiatsco" in the press. When a reporter from Movieline turned up at Jennifer Lopez's swanky Beverly Hills mansion to conduct an interview in 1998, he was greeted with what he decried as an "orchestrated" and "deliberate" scene: J.Lo was lounging by her swimming pool, mid-massage, as countless cronies buzzed around the place doing her bidding. The rub-down clearly didn't relieve Lopez of all her stress, however, because the actress seemingly felt the need to let loose during the interview, taking swipes at a number of her industry rivals. When she was asked what she thought about the actresses with whom she was competing for roles, J.Lo said that Romeo + Juliet star Claire Danes does "the same thing with every character she does," despite the fact that they'd just worked together on a movie (Oliver Stone's neo-noir crime thriller U Turn). Lopez went on to say that she was "never a big fan" of two-time Oscar nominee Winona Ryder, and she also went off on Gwyneth Paltrow, who would win best actress at the Academy Awards the following year. "Tell me what she's been in?" Lopez said during that infamous interview. "I swear to God, I don't remember anything she was in. Some people get hot by association. I heard more about her and Brad Pitt than I ever heard about her work." Jennifer Lopez also offered her opinion on fellow pop star and actress Madonna during a candid Movieline interview, claiming Madge was good at the former, but not so good at the latter. "Do I think she's a great performer? Yeah. Do I think she's a great actress? No," Lopez said. "Acting is what I do, so I'm harder on people when they say, 'Oh, I can do that, I can act.' I'm like, 'Hey, don't spit on my craft.'" It's easy to argue that the "Material Girl" wasn't cut out for acting, but at the time of Lopez's interview, Madonna was still riding the Evita wave — the 1996 musical biopic was reviewed positively by the majority of critics. The Queen of Pop isn't the only musician Lopez has shaded. There's been speculation that J.Lo's short-lived relationship with Drake in 2016 was nothing but a publicity stunt. However, the fact that Rihanna (who's had a somewhat complicated relationship with the Canadian rapper over the years) unfollowed Lopez on Instagram after she posted a pic draped across the Grammy-winner seems to suggest that there was, indeed, some truth to that coupling. Lopez revealed that she and Drake were working on a song together, but working with J.Lo doesn't always end well — she later dissed Drake during a live show in Las Vegas, telling the audience that he was nothing but a "booty call" for her (per Inquisitr). You can add Cameron Diaz to the list of actresses who have felt Jennifer Lopez' wrath. J.Lo went after Diaz in a no-holds-barred Movieline interview, calling the There's Something About Mary star "a lucky model who's been given a lot of opportunities I just wish she would have done more with." Yikes! Lopez's brutal assessment of Diaz's career trajectory reportedly made things a tad awkward when the actresses were both cast in 2012's What to Expect When You're Expecting. On-set sources claimed these two did not get along during the shoot. According to Now, Lopez didn't endear herself to Diaz, who allegedly said the pop star was a nightmare to work with. "She's even said that Jen should stick to her day job, meaning American Idol and singing," an insider claimed. "She demands to eat at specific times, no matter what ... she stops work and has an assistant run over to her with a small protein and veg-based meal. It's driving Cameron crazy." Details of the apparent feud also appeared in Star magazine, whose source claimed that the co-stars actively avoided one another. "They don't interact much, but when they do, the tension is thick," the whistleblower said (via Stuff). "[Lopez] just acts as if Cam doesn't exist." Both actresses denied there was a rift when they appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the movie, which was ultimately panned by critics. Jennifer Lopez and celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes (pictured) go way back. They met in 2000 at a cover shoot for InStyle magazine and immediately hit it off. "She just goes, 'I like you,' I said, 'I like you too,'" Barnes (whose other clients include Celine Dion, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Julianne Moore) recalled when he sat down with Refinery 29 in 2018. "Then she was like, 'What are you doing on Friday?' Even though I was supposed to be working with Kim Cattrall, I said, 'Nothing,' because I just thought, 'This woman is so beautiful, I have to work with her.' She said, 'I'm shooting my album cover, wanna do it?' Two days later, we're on a plane to Stockholm." The two became close friends in the years that followed, with Barnes (who reportedly came up with Lopez's signature glowing skin look) becoming a trusted member of her inner circle. It wasn't all fun and games, however. During an appearance on The Jeff Probst Show, Barnes revealed that J.Lo once fired him because she thought he'd leaked info about her to the press. "It was like I had the plague," the makeup guru revealed (via Radar Online). When the true source of the leak was discovered, Barnes said he was swiftly rehired, but he never got an apology from J.Lo. "I went right back to work with her, and we just never spoke about it again, which is even weirder." According to one United Airlines employee, J.Lo's reputation as an impossible diva is 100 percent warranted. Speaking to Star magazine, the flight attendant alleged that Lopez was super rude to him after he innocently asked the famous songstress if she would like a beverage. "I just said, 'What can I get you to drink?' But Jennifer refused to even acknowledge me," he claimed (via Radar Online). "She turned her head away and told her personal assistant, 'Please tell him I'd like a Diet Coke and lime.' She wouldn't even look at me. It was sad, she seems so sweet in her movies." As far as we know the scorned flight attendant didn't get in any trouble, but that reportedly wasn't the case for one German hotel maid who had the nerve to ask J.Lo for an autograph. Pray Dodaj was a staff member at the luxury Melia hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany during Lopez's stay in 2012 — was being the optimal word. "I am an incredibly big fan so I took all my courage and rang the bell to get an autograph, but I was rejected by two assistants at the door," Dodaj told The Sun. "A day later the cleaning company that employed me at the hotel called and said that Ms Lopez had complained. I was fired right there on the phone." Lopez called the story "hurtful" and refuted that she got anyone fired, though she didn't deny complaining about the maid. Mixing business with pleasure rarely ends well, but if the stories are true, that's never stopped Jennifer Lopez. "You always flirt with your co-stars, it's harmless," she told Movieline back 1998. By her own admission, her love life has been a roller coaster ride. "For me, the relationship journey has been very up and down," she told Harper's Bazaar in 2019. Perhaps her relationship with retired baseball star Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez is going well because he is not from her world — J.Lo's former boyfriends and ex-husbands (she's been married three times) all came from the music and movie industries. Lopez's first husband, Ojani Noa, is a former producer; her second husband, Cris Judd, is a dancer; her third husband and baby daddy, Marc Anthony, is a singer and actor. Scattered among those marriages were relationships with music mogul P. Diddy, Oscar-winner Ben Affleck, and backup dancer Casper Smart. Workplace relationships often complicate matters, and when that workplace is a movie set and millions of dollars are at stake, directors get nervous. How does J.Lo deal with that? She simply flirts with them, too. "That's the best way to deal with these bigwigs," Lopez said when Movieline asked about her relationship with U Turn director Oliver Stone. "I just went in there and we hit it off and I flirted with him, got tough with him, and he just loved it." Jennifer Lopez got to know American Idol host Ryan Seacrest during her two-year tenure as a judge on the long-running show, but their friendship may not be as close as we thought. The "Dance Again" singer celebrated her 50th birthday in 2019, and she organized a suitably swanky party to mark the occasion. Harper's Bazaar described the bash as "the most lavish birthday party in the history of birthday parties." It took place at Gloria and Emilio Estefan's private home on Star Island in Miami. The likes of Ashanti and DJ Khalid were on the guest list, but her old American Idol colleague was not. Seacrest reportedly flew to Miami from New York for the party, only to discover that Lopez hadn't bothered to put him on the list. When he tried to enter, the door staff turned him down. Seacrest explained the whole thing on Live! with Kelly and Ryan. "You're not on the list," the bouncer supposedly told Seacrest (via Page Six). "Clearly there's a mistake, she invited me personally," Seacrest replied. The doorman showed him the list. "Well, sure enough, there's Ryan T., and Ryan Z ... There's no Ryan Seacrest." A few phone calls were made and Seacrest — after being told to "wait under the fan" — was finally given permission to go inside. Was this an honest mistake, or a shady move? We'll let you decide. J.Lo and Rosie Perez met in the early '90s when the latter was working as a choreographer on the sketch-comedy show In Living Color. A 20-year-old Lopez was one of the numerous dancers who attended an open casting call for the show's dance group, The Fly Girls. Creator Keenan Ivory Wayans reportedly called J.Lo "chubby and corny" and wasn't interested in hiring her, but Perez supposedly vouched for the curly-haired New Yorker. Before long, Perez began to wonder if she'd made a mistake. All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage," Perez said of J.Lo in her memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life (via the New York Post). When she confronted Lopez about what she'd been told, the newbie apparently "went off [like] some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest." According to Perez, Lopez believed that she was the best dancer there. Lopez reportedly yelled at Perez: "I know I'm good, I'm better than any of these girls and you know it." The feisty pair talked it out and eventually buried the hatchet — or so Perez thought. When Lopez later made it big in Hollywood, J.Lo supposedly made "disparaging comments" about Perez, who claims that Lopez ghosted her. "I was blindsided," Perez said. "I'd thought we were cool. I called her up. She wouldn't pick up." Most big musicians send riders when negotiating with a venue or organization prior to a gig, but if the stories are true, Jennifer Lopez has made some truly diva demands over the years. According to The Huffington Post, J.Lo was all set to perform at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament (which has a TV audience of about 60 million) in 2013, but she apparently lost the gig when IPL bosses found out that she was asking for a private plane and numerous hotel rooms to accommodate all of her stylists and handlers. The organizers wouldn't play ball and replaced Lopez with Pitbull. This demand was nothing, however, when compared to the nearly impossible requests J.Lo reportedly made ahead of her medley performance at the World Music Awards in 2010. The Mirror reported that the singer's rider allegedly requested a helicopter to be kept on stand-by as well as a custom-fitted speed boat and a pair of diamond-encrusted headphones to drown out the sound of the boat's motor — talk about rich people problems! "Her people requested that she have an entire floor of the hotel to herself to ensure she wasn't hassled," an insider told the tab. "Privacy was a main concern so she had a piece of beach roped off, too." There's confidence, and then there's arrogance, and Jennifer Lopez has walked a dangerous tightrope between the two for years. Traditionally, it's the movie-going public and the Hollywood press that decide who is an A-list star, not the star herself. During her highly contrived poolside interview with Movieline in 1998, J.Lo did away with tradition and declared herself an A-lister. She was probably feeling buoyed by the critical reception to her turn as murdered pop star Selena Quintanilla in 1997's Selena. Veteran film critic Roger Ebert praised J.Lo for "evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman" in the biopic, but comments like that appeared to go straight to Lopez's head. When Movieline asked Lopez why she was a hot property in Hollywood at the time, she delivered an incredibly immodest answer. "Because I'm the best," she said. "I feel I can do anything, any kind of role. I'm fearless." This kind of honesty is somewhat refreshing, but having too much belief in your own abilities will inevitably get under the skin of colleagues and viewers alike. Lopez claimed to have something called "the stardom glow," but not everyone saw it that way. Sure, 1998 was a good year for her, but she certainly fell out of favor with the critics in 2003, when Gigli managed a woeful 6 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and landed Lopez the worst actress title at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
Welcome to the modern age of “personal brand-building” and self-promotion. Actively marketing yourself is now necessary—something career experts are quick to point out to women, who’ve been brought up not to “brag,” and the quiet office types who’d rather keep their heads down and focus on the work. However, few talk about the potential dangers of over-selling yourself. Media queen Oprah Winfrey provides a cautionary tale. On Sunday night she took to Twitter, where she has 9.2 million followers, and sent a tweet that rocked the internet: “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Nielsen box.” She appealed to viewers to tune into her year-old network’s Sunday prime-time, which was competing primarily with the 54th annual Grammy Awards show. Soon after the first tweet, she followed up with: “Commercial Grammy people..u can turn to OWN.” It’s well-known that Nielsen ratings serve as television currency, and Winfrey’s new network has been struggling to collect. At some points last year, it was attracting just a third of the audience expected by advertisers. She and her partners at Discovery Communications have been preaching patience. Now, its most promising program is one hosted by Winfrey, called Oprah’s Next Chapter, which follows her as she travels the world interviewing high-profile subjects. It’s been reaching around one million viewers per episode. Winfrey may have been keenly aware of competition in the time slot, which over the last few weeks has included the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s, and popular dramas like Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead. It’s not uncommon for her to use Twitter to ask her audience to flip to OWN. On her birthday on Jan. 29, she tweeted: “As a birthday present could u all watch NEXT CHAPTER Sean Penn in Haiti with me tonite on OWN 9/8 ctrl. That would be a great gift .” This time, however, she crossed a line. By calling out those specifically with a Nielsen box, which the company uses to collect viewership data in a representative sample of about 25,000 households, she violated Nielsen’s policy against coercion and, at least temporarily, damaged her standing with fans. According to the New York Times, Nielsen officials reached out to OWN representatives to police what it considered a “possible biasing effect” that could skew audience numbers. Winfrey deleted the original tweet and issued an apology, saying she intended no harm. The Nielsen report will include an asterisk next to OWN’s ratings in that time slot—a slap on the wrist compared to some other instances. The Times notes that Nielsen once excluded data altogether for one Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show after the comedian asked those with a Nielsen box to tune into that specific episode. Beyond the ratings politics, readers reacted sharply to the tone of desperation in the tweets. Some wrote to her that it was “unethical” and “corrupt,” others that it was “desperate” and “pitiful” to “beg.” Winfrey’s responses included: “’desperate’ not ever a part of my vocab… Unethical a little harsh don’t u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if u’re offended….Just making a request, since I can’t watch myself. Choice is yours.” Many were so surprised by the tweets that they assumed someone had hacked into her account. But these notes were certainly Winfrey’s. Harpo President Sheri Salata confirmed on Twitter that she was with Winfrey at the time, and watched her type the tweets on her iPad. No doubt many can relate to the trials of building a brand, and Winfrey has taken on a heavy load. Beyond being co-owner of the network, she has named herself chairman, chief executive and chief creative officer, in addition to serving as its core personality and on-air host. But where is the line between frantic pleas and strategic marketing? How does a small business, brand or media personality determine the appropriate tone and frequency of self-pointing posts that are neither burdensome nor lost in the shuffle? Oprah Winfrey — who built a billion-dollar empire persuading everyone from celebs to average Joes to reveal the truth about themselves — is a big phony when it comes to her own past, an explosive new book charges. Winfrey’s relationship with longtime “love” Stedman Graham, her reputed dirt-poor upbringing in rural Mississippi, her rumored lesbian crushes on women such as Diane Sawyer — all are stories she has manipulated for decades in the name of sensational ratings, according to writer Kitty Kelley’s latest unauthorized biography “Oprah.” The much-anticipated book details how: * Winfrey concocted stories about sexual abuse she suffered as a child — and grossly exaggerated the poverty she was brought up in. * She went to great lengths to conceal her “lesbian affairs” — including hefty payoffs — and publicly attached herself to Graham to appear more normal to her audience of housewives. * She lavished romantic gifts — including a diamond toe ring — on ABC talking head Diane Sawyer. * Winfrey sold her body to earn extra money and has even described herself as a teen “prostitute.” * She doesn’t know the true identity of her biological father. * Her relationship with her own mother is so cold that Winfrey won’t even let the older woman have her phone number. Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Miss., in 1954, and, the way she likes to tell it, she was so impoverished that she never had any new dresses or dolls and had to adopt two cockroaches as pets, naming them Melinda and Sandy. But her family says that’s nonsense. She may not have been well off, but Oprah was relatively “spoiled” as a little girl, her cousin said. “Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea,” said the relative, Katherine Carr Esters. “I’ve confronted her and asked, ‘Why do you tell such lies?’ Oprah told me, ‘That’s what people want to hear. The truth is boring.’ ” A friend of Esters added that the manipulation of her past is a key to her success. “Every move is calculated to further her brand and lift her image, which is why she does good works,” Jewette Battles said. As a teen, Winfrey was a wild child, promiscuous to the point of prostitution, her relatives said. The future star would steal from her mother’s purse, pawn her jewelry and even turn tricks. She was eventually sent to live in Nashville with Vernon Winfrey, who was her mother’s former lover and who is listed on her birth certificate as her father. He has been described as the domineering disciplinarian who set her straight. Later, determined to become rich and famous, Winfrey was ready to change her story to her advantage, making sure she cultivated her image as an everywoman, the book alleges. That meant she had to quell rumors about her sexuality. At one point, the rumors included seamy talk at ABC about a relationship between Winfrey and Sawyer when Oprah worked there. Employees there described “giggly late-night phone calls” and a series of lavish gifts from Winfrey — including gigantic sprays of orchids and a 1-carat diamond toe ring — to Sawyer. Despite such rumors, Kelley concludes Winfrey is “asexual.” Still, she quotes sources describing how, in 1989, Winfrey was insistent on paying Tim Watts, an ex-boyfriend, $50,000 to keep quiet about her lesbian affairs and the fact that her brother, who died of AIDS, was gay. “He said she did not want him to talk about her brother being gay,” said Judy Lee Colteryahn, who also dated Watts. “It’s no big deal to have a brother who is homosexual, but apparently it was to Oprah. Tim also said he knew about some lesbian affairs.” As for Winfrey’s very public relationship with Graham, the pair do not even share a bedroom, according to the book. Landscape architect James van Sweden of Oehme, who spent years working for the couple, said he planned to design a space for a wedding in front of their new estate but knew immediately after watching them together that there would never be a wedding. “Oprah keeps Stedman around because she wants her audience to accept her as a normal woman with a man in her life, but from what I saw during those four years, I can tell you there’s nothing there with Stedman. Nothing at all,” he said. “He’s simply a fixture in her life,” van Sweden added. “Window-dressing.” According to her father, Vernon, Oprah admitted that she was not in love with Stedman. “I’m in like . . . not in love,” she told him, according to the book. She did reportedly have one affair with a man — “Entertainment Tonight’s” John Tesh, while the two were working in Nashville. According to Tesh’s ex, he broke things off because he couldn’t deal with the stigma of being an interracial couple. “He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn’t take it any more,” the ex said. “He walked out in the middle of the night.” Winfrey has played coy on Tesh. Vernon Winfrey says he’s been dismayed by how Oprah plays fast and loose with the truth. “She may be admired by the world, but I know the truth,” he says. “So does God and so does Oprah. Two of us remain ashamed.” Vernon reserves his harshest words for Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, who put the kibosh on a biography he was working on. Calling her a “dirt hog” and “street heifer,” he blames King for a rift in his relationship with Oprah. “She’s become too close to that woman Gayle,” he says. King and others in Oprah’s entourage worked hard to keep a tight grip on employees in order to keep her out of the tabloids. “I thought I would be working for the warm and fuzzy person I saw on television,” a former employee at Winfrey’s Harpo production company said. “But, God, I was conned. It’s a cult at Harpo. So oppressive it’s frightening.” Perhaps the biggest secret of the book is left a secret. Oprah allegedly does not know the true identity of her father. Esters told Kelley who he is, on the condition she not publish the information until Winfrey’s mother comes clean to her daughter. “And you’ll know when that happens because Oprah will probably have a show on finding your real father,” Esters said. “As I said, the girl wastes nothing.”
At the end of October, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez announced they were divorcing after just two years of marriage. “It is with a heavy heart that we have come to [this] decision,” the actors said in a joint statement. “We move forward with love and respect for one another.” But if Berry’s past — and the aggressive divorce lawyers each has hired — is any indication, the parting will be anything but amicable. Martinez is her third husband and second baby-daddy and just the latest in a string of bitter breakups and ugly legal battles for the Oscar-winning actress. The common denominator of all the drama is, of course, Berry herself — leaving many wondering why the beauty has such a beastly record with relationships. She has always looked for ‘alpha males,’ but after this divorce, she’s going to need a long period of self-reflection before she hooks up with anyone else,” a Berry friend tells The Post. Berry’s first marriage, to former Yankee David Justice, ended with her filing a restraining order against him. Now, following the Berry-Martinez divorce announcement, he’s come out swinging on social media. He is particularly incensed that Berry — who has spoken openly of being in an abusive relationship in which she was hit so hard that she lost 80 percent of her hearing in one ear — never made it clear to the public that he wasn’t her abuser. She was mad at me leaving the relationship so she and her Hollywood Team just tried to destroy my character. It had to be my fault, right? Yup . . . Me, Eric, Gabriel and Olivier were all her ‘Knight in Shining Armor’, until it ends . . . Then we all become the worst guys in history. Only the guys in the relationship with Halle know the real deal . . . there will be another, of course. He’ll be called ‘The Best’ until it ends,” he recently tweeted. He signed off with a warning to Berry’s most recent ex, Martinez. “Just wait, Olivier . . . It’s coming!” Berry’s second husband, Eric Benét, piled on, tweeting: “My man @23davidjustice is tweeting some truth dis mornin’!” Justice also used the platform to remove his name from the rumor mill of abusers — and add a new one. When she first reported that she had been in abusive relationships, she wouldn’t name the ‘famous’ former boyfriend (WS),” he tweeted. While it was unclear whom, exactly, Justice was referring to, Berry dated Wesley Snipes in 1990. The actress was none too happy with the online outbursts from her exes. “Halle was pissed that these guys, who she hadn’t spoken to in years, took advantage of her divorce announcement,” a Berry friend tells The Post. “She thought it was totally rude and ungallant.” The actress’s second union, to R&B singer-songriter Benét, ended amid his admission that he had cheated on her. But a source close to Benét says the singer was unfairly maligned. He has always been painted as the villain — the sex addict who broke Halle’s heart,” the insider says. “She had a major part to play in their problems, too, and Eric feels as though she should acknowledge that.” While they were married, it was reported that Berry had adopted Benét’s young daughter India, who lost her mother in a car accident when she was just 15 months old. (She’s now 24.) “I’m all [India’s] got as far as a mother goes. It feels as if she’s my own,” the actress told an interviewer while married to Benét. “I don’t think anything’s going to prevent us from having a mother-daughter relationship. We’re very close, and I will always be there for her.” Following the divorce, the mother-daughter relationship seemed to quickly dissipate. In 2006, Benét told The Post that Berry no longer saw his daughter. “Halle used to insist she loved India, though she hasn’t seen her and has barely communicated with her in years, and not because I’ve stopped her,” he said. A Berry friend says the situation wasn’t straightforward. “Her divorce from Eric was very acrimonious and as much as she hoped to stay in India’s life, it just didn’t work out that way.” Berry met the hunky Canadian model while shooting a Versace campaign and had her first child, daughter Nahla, with him three years into their relationship. A friend of hers says it was an incredibly tempestuous relationship and that neither of them was willing to back down when they argued. “It was a case of two ‘alphas’ in a relationship, each wanting their own way and not being prepared to compromise,” the source says. When Nahla arrived, “they were both smitten with her but they grew more and more distant from one another. The arguments continued and they knew it wasn’t the best environment to raise a little girl in.” The fighting continued long after the relationship ended, as the exes attempted co-parenting while Berry started a new life with Martinez. On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, Aubry dropped Nahla off at Berry’s Los Angeles home and had a fight with Martinez that sent both men to the emergency room. Aubry suffered facial cuts and a fractured rib, while former welterweight boxer Martinez sustained injuries to his hand. Both parties claimed that the other had instigated the vicious fight. Aubry was charged with misdemeanor battery, but in court papers, the model claimed that Martinez had taunted him the previous day, while the warring family was watching Nahla’s school play. “I wish I could beat the s - - t out of you right now,” Martinez was alleged to have said. “You’re lucky we’re in a school right now. We’re going to take Nahla right now and you’re not going to follow us.” Aubry claimed that Martinez was furious at the custody ruling, which meant that he and Berry were forced to stay in LA, instead of moving to France in hopes of avoiding the paparazzi. “You cost us $3 million,” Aubry alleged that Martinez said. “When you see the judge, you’re going to tell him you’re going to Paris or I’m going to kill you.” Martinez insisted that Aubry attacked him, unprovoked, and although both parties initially sought restraining orders, no charges were filed and a child-custody arrangement was finalized just days after the brawl. “Halle was devastated after the fight,” a friend reveals. “She rushed Nahla into the house so she didn’t see her dad and Olivier acting like wild animals. She knew that both Gabriel and Olivier had hot tempers, but she was furious with them for reacting in such a juvenile way.” While Berry blamed Aubry for instigating the brawl, she was still “mad” at Martinez in the aftermath. “She felt that he could have handled it in a different way — called the police, walked away,” the friend adds. “She has a pretty hot temper herself, but violence is the one thing she will not tolerate.” Martinez and Berry appeared to have put their differences behind them when they exchanged vows in July 2013 — just three months before Berry delivered their “miracle” son, Maceo. “I didn’t think it was possible,” Berry told Ellen DeGeneres of discovering she was pregnant at age 46. While Martinez — who is best known for the 2002 movie “Unfaithful” and starred with Berry in 2010’s “Dark Tide” — was “delighted” to become a first-time father, an insider says, parenthood merely fueled existing tensions in the increasingly volatile relationship. “Halle was the primary breadwinner — and for a proud Gallic man, that was an issue. Being known as ‘Halle Berry’s husband’ really started to grate with him. On the flip side, she thought he should be more grateful for his lifestyle, and more supportive.” Martinez’s ‘explosive’ temper was evident in January, when he used his toddler son’s car seat to push an employee at Los Angeles’s LAX airport while the family made their way through a paparazzi swarm. The worker is now suing the couple for $5 million and Berry, according to the insider, was “incensed” by her then-husband’s inability to control his emotions. And while the former couple said they “wish each other nothing but happiness” in a statement, there’s evidence to the contrary. Despite what legal sources insist is an “iron-clad” prenuptual agreement, which was drawn up to protect Berry’s $70 million fortune, Martinez and Berry have filed individual divorce petitions, with both citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. The pair have also appointed notably aggressive divorce lawyers: Berry hired Stephen Kolodny, who has represented Mel Gibson and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s ex-wife Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, while Martinez has retained Laura Wasser, whose celebrity client roster has included Tom Cruise and Britney Spears. “There are a lot of issues to be ironed out,” an associate of Martinez’s tells The Post. “Olivier is determined to be a very involved father to his son, and he’s prepared to fight tooth and nail in court if it gets to that.”
Most people know Angelina Jolie as the butt-kicking actress in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, one-half of the now-defunct Brangelina, and a humanitarian who has committed the majority of her adult life to participating in charity work across the globe. But there are some lesser known controversies associated with the Academy Award-winning actress that paint a much darker and more disturbing picture. In July 2017, Vanity Fair ran an in-depth feature on Jolie that included a discussion about the casting process for her film First They Killed My Father. According to contributing editor Evgenia Peretz, "In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie." Srey Moch, the actress who was chosen for the role, reportedly stared at the money for a long time before she grabbed it. When she was forced to give it back to the director, "she became overwhelmed with emotion," Jolie said, tearing up as she spoke. "When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn't have enough money for a nice funeral." When the article was released, Jolie was slammed for allegedly exploiting the children, but her camp called it a "misunderstanding." Jolie's lawyer asked the magazine to remove a portion of the original article from its website and to publish a statement clarifying that the "children were not tricked as some have suggested... All of the children auditioning were made aware of the fictional aspect of the exercise and were tended to at all times by relatives or guardians from NGOs..." Vanity Fair stood by its original story and published a transcript from the recorded interview. Jolie has been very open through the years about personal aspects of her life, but now that the outspoken actress is a mom to six kids, we can't help but wonder if she'd like to redact portions of this 2007 interview about her childhood. I was a member of a group called the Kissy Girls. I was very sexual in kindergarten,' she told OK! magazine (via the Daily Mail). "I created a game where I would kiss the boys and give them cooties. Then we would make out and we would take our clothes off. I got in a lot of trouble!" Yeah, no kidding. In a 2003 interview with Cosmopolitan, Jolie revealed that her mother let Jolie's first serious boyfriend live with them in their home. Some may call that lax parenting, but Jolie saw it as her mom being "caring and nurturing." I was either going to be reckless on the streets with my boyfriend or he was going to be with me in my bedroom with my mom in the next room because I was going to have a boyfriend," Jolie recalled. Because of her mom's decision, "I continued to go to school every morning and explored my first relationship in a safe way," she said. That early relationship may not have been as "safe" as Jolie made it out to be. According to an interview with OK! Magazine (via the Daily Mail), Jolie lost her virginity at age 14, but "the sex and the emotions didn't feel enough," she said. "I was no longer a little girl. In a moment of wanting to feel closer to my boyfriend I grabbed a knife and cut him. He cut me back." The pair was soon "covered in blood, my heart was racing," Jolie recalled. She told Barbara Walters of ABC News that she still has scars from that encounter. "It didn't hurt," Jolie said. "It was cold, and it felt so primitive and it felt so honest." Jolie's obsession with blood appears to have continued throughout her adult life. An insider told InTouch magazine that when her kids get a scrape, Jolie saves "their discarded bandages in a large jar." How's that for a keepsake? And then there was the time she walked the red carpet wearing a vial of blood belonging to her second husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton. The couple divorced in 2003, but years later, Thornton opened up about his ex's fascination with blood during an event at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television (via E! Online): "You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in it or something like that and wear it around your neck? That's what it was. She bought two of those ... She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter's baby hair in one. Same thing." Sure, nothing says "I love you" like a vial of your lover's blood dangling from your neck. It makes sense that someone with an affinity for blood would also be attracted to sharp knives, right? In an interview with Barbara Walters (via ABC News), Jolie talked about collecting blades from around the world. "They are not shiny, brand-new sharp knives from the store. They're antique beautiful knives from other countries," she said. In a 2003 interview with Cosmopolitan, which took place a year after she adopted her first son, Jolie explained that she keeps her collection out of reach of her son. "I love [Maddox], and I would never let anything happen to him," she said. Jolie and co-star Jonny Lee Miller fell in love and got married in 1996 after meeting on the movie set of Hackers. It was a small civil ceremony with only two invited guests: Jolie's mom and Miller's best friend. According to The New York Times, the groom showed up wearing black leather pants, but Jolie definitely one-upped him when she decided to skip the traditional white gown. The actress reportedly showed up in black rubber pants and a white shirt with Miller's name written across the black in blood. She said she drew the blood herself with a "clean surgical needle." When asked why she felt the need to wear Miller's bodily fluids on her wedding ensemble, a 21-year-old Jolie responded, "It's your husband. You're about to marry him. You can sacrifice a little to make it really special.” And just think, all this time we thought her 2014 wedding dress covered in her kids' drawings was eccentric. Jolie admitted to having an affair with her Foxfire co-star, Jenny Shimizu, while still married to Miller. According to the New York Daily News, her relationship with Shimizu continued long after her first marriage ran its course and even during subsequent romances with other men. In 1997, Jolie told Girlfriend magazine (via Us Weekly), "I would probably have married Jenny Shimizu if I hadn't married [Miller.] I fell in love with her the first second I saw her." Shimizu, a former Calvin Klein model, also spoke about their relationship on her now defunct blog, The Starr Sisters of Malibu (via Complex magazine). On the blog, Shimizu claimed Jolie liked to visit dominatrix clubs with her. Jolie's dominatrix scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith is starting to making a little more sense now, isn't it? Jolie has made it no secret that she loves to play with weapons, but this next anecdote takes a very dark and potentially deadly turn. According to the New York Post, Jolie allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her during a particularly dark time in her life. "The person spoke very sweetly to me, he made me think about it for a month. And, after a month, other things changed in my life and I was surviving again," she reportedly told IMDb (via the New York Post). Following her divorce from Thornton, Jolie gave a customarily candid interview to the New York Post in 2004. She was raising Maddox as a single mom at the time, but she definitely wasn't lonely. Jolie revealed that she decided to get "closer to men who were already very close friends" to keep herself satisfied. "As crazy as that sounds, meeting a man in a hotel room for a few hours and then going back and putting my son to bed and not seeing that man again for a few months is about what I can handle now," she said. Who was on her friends-with-benefits roster? Jolie refused to name names. But three years later, the actress seemed to backtrack about her self-proclaimed "modern woman" lifestyle. In a 2007 interview with Cosmopolitan (via Today), she claimed she'd only slept with four men in her entire life, two of which were her ex-husbands, Thornton and Miller. So what's the truth? We may never know. Part of the enduring allure of Jolie is her refusal to play it safe with her life choices. From her cinematic exploits to her humanitarian endeavors to her diverse family, Jolie is well aware that her lifestyle isn't for everyone. "I never woke up and thought, I really want to live a bold life," she told Vanity Fair in 2017. "I just can't do the other. It's the same as I can't make a casserole. I cannot sit still." The actress has publicly acknowledged the dark days of her past, while explaining that she now views life very differently. "I was just being a young girl who was experimental, bold and a bit nutty," she told USA Today. "I was absolutely self-destructive." She said her international humanitarian work reshaped her views. "Once I started to learn about the world and I became grateful for everything that I certainly have. Since going through my first war zone, never have I woken up and not been simply grateful." When she became a mother in 2002, Jolie made a promise to herself and others. "I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again. Now I have five more," she told USA Today, smiling. "So I have to behave." Angelina Jolie spent a good decade transforming her image from a wild child who wore vials of blood around her neck to a latter-day Mother Teresa, ministering to refugees and war-zone orphans. But St. Angie’s halo has well and truly slipped. “It doesn’t matter how much charity work you do,” said a source with knowledge of the Jolie-Pitt family. “If you drive a wedge between a father and his children, you’re an a–hole.” Over the past few weeks, Jolie, 43, and her lawyers have claimed that Pitt, 54, has failed to pay any “significant” support for their six children. (Pitt’s camp insists that the actor has paid out $9.3 million since the couple’s 2016 split.) Jolie has, as a Hollywood source close to the Jolie-Pitts told The Post, tried to paint her ex as a “deadbeat dad” and created a rift between the actor and his kids. In court documents, Pitt’s lawyers called out Jolie and her lawyers for filing papers that are “calculated to increase the conflict” and are a “thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.” Just this month, she was playing mind games. Around August 1, Pitt asked Jolie, through lawyers, to end the marriage as soon as possible, even before the high-profile couple has worked out a custody schedule and financial agreement. Through her team, Jolie asked her ex to wait a week to consider his request — then filed her own motion, requesting the exact same thing. Angelina filed with the judge to make it look like she wanted the early divorce before Brad [did],” said Los Angeles divorce attorney Peter Walzer, who has cases up against one of Jolie’s lawyers, Laura Wasser. Some say it’s an act of revenge by Jolie, who was, of course, the first to make the public strike in the split. “She doesn’t want Brad to move on,” said the family source. “She’s furious that he’s not chasing after her — and [that fury is] now ruining her image.” Jolie’s latest round of fire also comes this month when she hired two new attorneys — Hollywood bigwig Joseph Mannis, who has represented celebrities Halle Berry and Dennis Hopper in contentious family cases — and San Francisco-based Samantha Bley DeJean. They join Wasser, who, according to the family source, advised the star not to go nuclear on Pitt. “I think Angelina thought, ‘I don’t like where this is going, let’s get tough,’ ” Walzer said of the actress’ decision to bring in more hired guns. “Several things have happened that have caused [her] to say ‘I better . . . hire some lawyers in who are going to be aggressive.’ ” The Hollywood source said Jolie was also provoked to wage war by two of her friends: Lady Arminka Helic, a Bosnian foreign-policy expert and a member of the UK House of Lords; and Chloe Dalton, who worked as former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague’s speechwriter. The trio all met through Hague, who a close confidant of Jolie’s, and with whom she set up a sexual-violence-prevention initiative for women in Bangladesh. “They played a big role in all of this, telling Angelina, ‘You’re the greatest’ ” the Hollywood source said of the friends. Part of Jolie’s strategy to protect her own persona, insiders say, has been to publicly shame Pitt since they announced their divorce in September 2016. “She filed for divorce out of the blue, then people connected to her floated information to the media that [Pitt] had punched one of their kids on a flight in a drunken, high rage,” said the family source. According to TMZ, Jolie told a social worker that Pitt had struck their son Maddox, then 15, on a private jet. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services investigated and cleared Pitt of the child-abuse allegations. In November 2016, Pitt was also cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing. The family source added, “Angelina kicked the s–t out of Brad at the beginning. Then she tried to make other threats and said he was going to be arrested. She really started a whispering campaign against Brad that was demonstrably false.” Jolie was further left fuming, according to the Hollywood source, when her ex was given a standing ovation by the audience at the January 2017 Golden Globes after months out of the spotlight. “Angelina went crazy. That’s why she insisted on releasing a joint statement two days later,” added the Hollywood source. “She was trying to attach herself to him, so people wouldn’t view her unfavorably.” In the joint statement, released on January 10, 2017, Jolie and Pitt said they were hiring a private judge and would handle their divorce in a private forum, while working to reunify their family. But then, the family source said, “Angelina believed the only way to win was to go in for the kill.” Jolie’s team publicly leaked court documents, alongside a statement about a lack of child support, to NBC News earlier this month. “She went on the attack,” the family source said. “Essentially, Angelina’s calling Brad a deadbeat dad, when he pays for the kids’ security, hotels and private jets. All he wants is to see his kids.” Insiders also told The Post that Jolie has made that difficult. “In the past two years, Angelina has driven a wedge between [Pitt] and the kids, from controlling [their] phone calls to telling the kids they don’t need to see him and picking times he can see them when she knows he’s working,” said a source with intimate knowledge of the divorce. In June, Judge John Ouderkirk (who also presided over the couple’s August 2015 civil wedding ceremony) told Jolie that if the children “remain closed down to their father,” she faced losing custody of them. The actress was ordered to give Pitt the numbers for all the kids’ phones, as well as to refrain from monitoring any conversations between him and the children. Currently, Pitt gets visitation with Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10, for four hours every other day and 12 hours over the weekend. There is one exception: The court is allowing Maddox to decide how much time he spends with his father. On Wednesday, news leaked that Jolie and Pitt had come to terms on an interim custody agreement. However, a source close to Pitt said that the couple have the same interim agreement that has been in place for a while, with a more permanent custody deal still to be decided. There was no new agreement. This was totally made up,” the source said. “The biggest joke is that she continues to be awful toward him.” “Angie has these wild mood swings,” the source added. “She [had] launched this aggressive tone, which backfired, saying she’s poor when she’s making $25 million a movie, and saying Brad’s not paid child support. This week, she came back all mellow and super nice — it’s a direct reaction to the fact that people did not react well to her [previous] blow.” (Jolie’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment.) As for financial support, Pitt’s lawyers have reiterated that he loaned Jolie $8 million so she could buy a $19 million home — the estate of legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille — and has paid out more than $1.3 million in child support. For Pitt, said the Hollywood source, “It’s really the alienation from his kids that’s the worst.” Walzer said Jolie needs to be careful about her behavior ahead of a custody hearing, which will be followed by family visits with a court-appointed psychologist. “When somebody is in the throes of this kind of custody proceeding, they’re not always rational,” he explained. “If you look uncooperative, it could be worse for you. If you look like you’re the alienating parent, then you’re putting yourself at risk — do you really want to do that?” And then there’s Jolie’s public reputation. This is certainly not the first time Jolie has puppeteered her image and the lives of those around her. She became truly famous, after years of under-the-radar movie roles, when she stole the show in the 1999 movie “Girl, Interrupted.” At that point, Jolie was Hollywood’s ultimate bad girl. She dressed in witchy black, was using drugs (as she would admit to years later) — including going to Disneyland while on acid — and shocked the world when she shared an uncomfortably intimate kiss with her brother James at the 2000 Oscars, where she won Best Supporting Actress. That year, she married Billy Bob Thornton — who allegedly dumped fiancée Laura Dern to be with her — and took her reputation into overdrive when the two hit the red carpet wearing vials of each other’s blood. But by 2003, the couple had split and she was ready to reinvent. She became a mom on her own to a son, Maddox, adopted from Cambodia. Hooking up with Pitt in 2004 on the set of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” she was seen as the vixen who stole the man of America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston. There was nowhere to go but up. So the transformation to St. Angie kicked into high gear as she adopted more children and pursued an interest in human rights. “Angelina did one of the greatest jobs ever in developing a new persona ,” said the Hollywood source. One step at a time, Jolie showed her softer side. The couple was seen taking their multiracial brood of six around the world. Jolie became a special envoy to the United Nations. And she publicly, and poignantly, spoke of her mother’s death from ovarian cancer and her own decision to have a double mastectomy and surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after discovering she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene. Angie was controlling her own narrative,” said the Hollywood source. “She was a role model — there was a relatability about her and her health issues. She did a great job to combine all of these things.” But, it seems, Jolie may have finally lost control. “Ultimately, she almost got too comfortable [acting as a role model],” added the Hollywood source. “She wasn’t able to adapt to some of the realities of her marriage and her life. “She just assumed that people would follow whatever she said, including her husband, and so when they had marital issues, she . . . believed she could just bully him into whatever she wanted.” After her marriage to Pitt came apart, Jolie employed a master stroke of public relations — breaking her silence on the split while in Cambodia promoting a movie she had directed, “First They Killed My Father.” Looking upset, she told the BBC in February this year it had been a “very difficult time . . . We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.” However, the Jolie insider said, the actress was beset by old demons. “You can try to change as much as you want, but you’re always going to go back to who you truly are. She can’t help herself.” According to Page Six, Jolie is also fuming that she has been usurped as the world’s most glamorous humanitarian by Amal Clooney, the stylish human-rights lawyer who is married to George Clooney. “Angelina hates all the attention that Amal is getting,” said a Jolie insider. The brunette reportedly feels Amal has pulled a “single white female” and stolen her identity. The insider added: “Angie can’t understand why she herself has become so unpopular in Hollywood.” For his part, Pitt has given only one interview since the split, to GQ in May 2017, in which he detailed how he had given up the alcohol and marijuana that he had used as “a crutch.” He spoke of his fears for his children and said: “It is a drag to have certain things drug out in public and misconstrued. I worry about it more for my kids, being subjected to it and their friends getting ideas from it.” This, said the Hollywood source, is why he just wants to finalize things as quietly and peacefully as possible. “He’s not having the best time, but he’s hanging in there. He’s hopeful this will all be resolved.” But Hollywood’s former golden couple is now reduced to barely speaking to each other, added the Hollywood source. “They talk some, but [not] very much. Once you go down this road, and s–t gets flung about, then it’s very difficult.”
They say ignorance is bliss, but that doesn't always hold true when you're a high-profile celebrity. In 2016, Kylie Jenner came under fire for saying something pretty cringe-worthy in an interview with Marie Claire. At the height of her wig obsession, the youngest Jenner boasted to the mag, "I started wigs, and now everyone is wearing wigs ... I just do whatever I want to do, and people will follow." Naturally, readers were totally appalled. It's not the first time the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been accused of being ignorant — she's been called out for cultural appropriation countless other times, too. That same year, the starlet attended Alexander Wang's NYFW show, with the public immediately calling her out for wearing a Yaki ponytail. In 2015, Amandla Stenberg clapped back at the star for wearing cornrows in an online feud that turned ugly. It looks like not much has really changed for the Life of Kylie alum. Per Daily Mail, Jenner took to her Instagram story in January 2020 to share one of her Paper magazine outtakes — which saw her sporting twist braids. As the outlet explained, "The star's hair was styled in twist braids, a style commonly used and popularized by black women." Of course, this didn't sit well with fans — even if the shoot's photographers claimed the look was inspired by Gwen Stefani in Moby's 1999 "South Side" music video. Usually, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That certainly changes, however, if the copy makes a lot more money than the original. As it turns out, Kylie Jenner may be a bit of a creativity thief. As everyone already knows, the makeup mogul is the mastermind behind Kylie Cosmetics, which now boasts an instantly recognizable logo: lips that appear to be dripping with lipstick. However, it looks like it's an image that was already in circulation. Per TMZ, the original belongs to makeup artist Vlada Haggerty, whose Instagram "is littered with photos of women striking various poses which accentuate their lips." What's more, this wasn't the first time Jenner was called out by Haggerty, as the makeup artist took to her Instagram to directly shade Jenner, too. As Haggerty's photographer Julia Kuzmenko McKim wrote on her own personal blog, "It breaks my heart to see how large brands take independent, unprotected artists' work and use them to multiply their wealth." Ultimately, Haggerty filed a lawsuit that was later quietly settled. Jenner's pout has landed her in trouble other times, too. As TMZ revealed in 2017, the starlet's lip logo for her Life of Kylie series appeared to be jacked from New York painter Sara Pope. This lawsuit was settled as well, but we have a feeling it may not be the last one for the celeb. In 2019, Kylie Jenner made headlines when she graced the cover of Forbes as the "youngest self-made billionaire ever" at 21 years old. The issue? Well, truth be told, is the claim even valid? As CelebrityNetWorth revealed, "she's still technically off by $12 million," and Kylie Cosmetics would only be worth a billion if it sold "for 12x profits/4x revenue." The public was outraged, so much so that Forbes had to go back and clarify their claim — with Jenner doing damage-control rounds, too. Speaking to The New York Times, the Kylie Cosmetics founder explained, "I can't say I've done it by myself," she admitted. "If they're just talking finances, technically, yes, I don't have any inherited money. But I have had a lot of help and a huge platform." However, the damage was done regarding the public backlash, with even Dictionary.com roasting the reality TV star. All in all, it raised the question: why didn't Jenner clarify things in the Forbes piece that was initially published? Kylie Jenner's cosmetics empire is continuously growing — so much so that she decided to add another element to it: a skincare line. Calling the collection Kylie Skin (surprise, surprise), Jenner launched her much-talked-about line in May of 2019, even posting a video to her YouTube channel of the products in action. "So, I'm going to show you guys my everyday skincare routine," she explained in the video, starting with her face wash, which she revealed is her "favorite product in the line" and makes her face feel "so clean." With claims that she uses it every day, fans were, of course, excited to get their hands on a product that would get them that coveted KarJenner glow. Well, a few days after the YouTube teaser went up, Jenner also posted to her Kylie Skin Twitter account a video of herself using the cleanser again, this time of less professional filming quality. In the video, as she takes the product and puts it on her face, she very quickly wipes it off — causing fans to realize the amount of foundation residue on the white towel. As Insider revealed, viewers criticized the starlet for not even knowing how to use her own products. Truth be told, we don't think the cosmetics queen cared that much, as the face wash still sold out on her website. Being worth so much money at such a young age, you'd think Kylie Jenner would be a bit more sensitive to those around her who aren't as blessed as she is. The starlet was criticized after an interview that Alex Rodriguez gave to Sports Illustrated, in which he detailed his experience sitting next to the Kylie Cosmetics founder at the 2019 Met Gala. Arriving at the event with his date, Jennifer Lopez, Rodriguez dished, "We had a great table ... We had Kylie and Kendall ... Kylie was talking about Instagram and her lipstick, and how rich she is." Of course, the mention went viral, and Jenner actually took to Twitter to deny the claim, saying she only spoke about Game of Thrones with the athlete. The whole alleged incident seems a little bit ironic, because a few months before the piece was published, the Life of Kylie star declared in an interview with Paper, "I don't define myself by how much I have. I honestly don't wake up even thinking about it." Hmm. While Rodriguez's claim is certainly cringe-worthy, it's not the only time Jenner has come across as a bit insensitive. According to Cosmopolitan, in August of 2019, the makeup aficionado launched her birthday collection for Kylie Cosmetics. The theme of the line? Money. Oh, Kylie. The Australian bushfires that began in late 2019 were so horrifying that by the start of 2020, the country had to call for "mass evacuations" as a result of communities suddenly deemed unsafe. What's more, as The Verge notes, "More than 1 billion mammals, birds, and reptiles likely lost their lives in the blazes," with numbers only growing as time goes on. Of course, many A-listers lined up to lend their own helping hands. Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental organization, Earth Alliance, donated $3 million. Ellen DeGeneres launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $5 million to help the people, firefighters, and the animals of Australia. What about Kylie Jenner? As per Flare, the social media starlet came under fire when she took to her Instagram story to mourn everyone affected by the bushfires. As her caption read, "over half a BILLION animals have been killed in Australia...this breaks my heart." The issue? As the outlet notes, the next day, Jenner posted another photo to her story, this time "showing off her pedicure...and her US $1,480 mink fur Louis Vuitton slippers." Of course, the backlash was totally savage, pushing Jenner to donate $1 million to relief efforts — two days after her public slip-up. When Keeping Up with the Kardashians initially premiered in 2007, Kylie Jenner was only ten years old, meaning she quite literally grew up in the spotlight. Of course, coming into money at such a young age has led Jenner to be accused of taking things for granted, with some people even reporting that the young starlet has come across as rude. While any online goss is ultimately all hearsay, it was a 2019 story (which has since been altered) by Harper's Bazaar Arabia that really drew a lot of attention. According to News.com.au, the original article published by the fashion mag dished about how both Kylie and Kris Jenner had come in for a shoot that promoted the mother-daughter duo's rising makeup empire. Although Kris was sick with the flu, the outlet praised her for still being "'bang on time' to the photoshoot, politely greeting everybody on set and introducing herself." As for Kylie? As Harper's Bazaar originally wrote, "It's at least 60 minutes later (and late) before Kylie pulls up in a silver Lamborghini Urus. No handshakes, no eye contact, straight to hair and make-up. You'd never guess that they were related." Yikes. We have a feeling momager Kris had to do some damage control, as the updated version of the piece sees no signs of Kylie's negative behavior, instead saying that the makeup mogul arrived "shortly after" her mother. Although Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott broke up in October of 2019, the pair was plagued by gossip that the Astroworld rapper was being unfaithful months before they called it quits. According to TMZ, that same year in March, Jenner had allegedly accused Scott of cheating, having discovered "evidence" he cheated on her. Hmm, the plot thickens. When they did split, speculation began that the couple actually broke up because Scott had a mistress the entire time. Per Metro, fans of the A-list duo started noticing Instagram model Rojean Kar, who would share photos from locations that Scott was in "immediately after he posted his own snaps." What's more, back in March (when Jenner originally accused her ex-beau of cheating), Kar "reportedly shared a screenshot showing that Kylie had blocked her on Instagram, writing, 'How many times a day do you block and unblock me, girl.'" Oddly enough, however, by the time Jenner and Scott had officially split, Kar denied being the other woman, taking to her Instagram story (via E! News) to set the record straight, declaring that "None of [the] rumors are true." However, as OK! found out, a few weeks later, Kar posted yet another story, claiming that Jenner had "silenced" her. "I wish the truth would just reveal itself ... It's just sad to see how someone with all that money and fame is still concerned with little insignificant me." The Kardashian-Jenner girls have promoted their sultry hourglass figures for as long as they've been in the spotlight. Kylie Jenner is known for following in her big sisters' footsteps, regularly seen in form-fitting looks that leave little to the imagination. However, with all the photos that the youngest Jenner posts online, she regularly faces backlash for altering her appearance, too. Per International Business Times, a 2017 mirror selfie, in particular, attracted a lot of speculation, as it showcased a very obviously warped wall behind Jenner. Of course, the reality TV star clapped back on Snapchat, claiming the wall was a curtain. We'll let you decide this one, but Jenner's track record isn't that great — she once even accused The Daily Mail of Photoshopping her baby bump when she insisted she wasn't pregnant (spoiler alert: she was). You'd think that Jenner would stop with the editing after so much controversy, but it just keeps happening. In July 2019, the Kylie Cosmetics founder found herself in hot water yet again with an Instagram photo of herself and BFF Anastasia "Stassie" Karanikolaou. As per Shape, Karanikolaou had one leg appear significantly thinner than her other one — a sign that Jenner may have altered her own leg to make it seem slimmer. As one user hilariously wrote, "I'll come back and check this later when the rest of the legs finished uploading." Burn. It's no secret that Kylie Jenner has come under fire for cultural appropriation throughout the years. In fact, even at the height of her most "accomplished" Forbes moment, the starlet faced backlash. According to Style Caster, social activist Brittany Packnett slammed the makeup mogul for making her billion-dollar empire by "profiting off the exploitation of Black women." In a tweet, she declared, "You can get on the cover of Forbes + be a young billionaire by selling the very features, style and swag that Black Women have always possessed but got called ghetto for it. And notice-now that she's made her fortune ... she'll exploit black culture and black people for as long as its [sic] profitable-and then return to the comfort of whiteness." It's not the only time Jenner has found herself in trouble over this very issue. According to E! News in 2015, the reality TV celeb posted a photo to her Instagram page from a photoshoot that saw Jenner with dark makeup painted all over her face. As the outlet notes, instead of "talking about her hair or outfit, users began raising a question: Did Kylie just go blackface?" What's worse was a since-deleted caption that read, "What I wish I looked like all the time." While we assume Jenner doesn't intentionally look for reasons to offend anyone, a little bit of awareness and understanding go a long way, no?
At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? In a gold strapless mini dress and a crown bigger than the one Beyoncé wore at the Grammys, the 47-year-old supermodel was approached by more than one party guest who had come in costume as Naomi Campbell. When we meet, Halloween itself, we are in the restaurant of a downtown Manhattan hotel and one of us has been here a lot longer than the other. It would have been disappointing, bewildering even, if Campbell were punctual. Extreme lateness has become part of her notoriety, her mythos of supreme divadom. One hour and 27 minutes after the scheduled time, she swoops in, the full force of her, in giant sunglasses and on the phone, flanked by an assistant smiling apologies. Does she want anything? Coffee, water? “No. I just want to start,” she says, sitting down and stressing the last word by giving the table a brisk rap with manicured fingertips. She acknowledges the homages with smooth queenliness. “Every Halloween, I’m very honoured and flattered to see many Naomis,” she says in a coy, Cool Britannia voice that floats somewhere between Streatham and Notting Hill, both south-London-gal-at-the-back-of-a-bus and posh-lady-taking-tea. “When I came to New York and went to my first Christopher Street parade, I saw many Naomis.” And, in conclusion: “I embrace them all.” This is how it begins, then, with Campbell seemingly in character as one of the imperious women she plays on the small screen. She is vampish, predatory Camilla Marks in Lee Daniels’s hip-hop drama series Empire, a character who had a particularly fine coital moment yanking on the gold chains of a besotted, shirtless Hakeem Lyon (23-year-old Bryshere Yazuan Gray) to intone: “Tell me who am I to you.” (“My mama,” he answers, in a whisper.) She was also Claudia Bankson, a shade-throwing Vogue editor on the cult FX show American Horror Story. Finally, she plays Rose Spencer-Crane in the new show Star, the petulant wife of a rock star and a woman who descends upon working-class Atlanta swathed in designer clothes to deliver lines such as: “You have bad roots, you insolent hussy.” These characters are all delicious to watch, but they are united by cartoonish hauteur. As I ask Campbell about this acting phase of her life, one facet of a highly visible career resurgence, she taps away at a text, peering distractedly at her phone for the response. I seem to be getting an act, all three roles in one. Campbell has been convicted of assault on four occasions and in 2008, she pleaded guilty to attacking two police officers at Heathrow airport. This side of her – the violence, rage and substance abuse – is usually depicted as her “dark side”, like some fairytale moralistic counterpoint to her beauty, fame, and wealth. The truth is, the bad behaviour seems only to have enhanced her legend. As Daniels recently told the New York Times in a profile of his star: “She showed up to the shoot three hours late. The limousine door opened and she came out like Cruella de Vil. And I was screaming at her at the top of my lungs at the audacity of coming that late to my set, and she was screaming back at me. I fired her on the spot and fell in love with her there and then.” In 1999, Campbell entered rehab for cocaine and alcohol addiction and she says now that she, “took on my shit and learned from it. I try to move on. But there are certain times when people try to use your past to blackmail you, to benefit them. That shit I’m not going to allow.” Her offences are simply fact, but I wonder, too, if past decades subjected her to the ugly stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’, one which even the highest in the land face. (As former first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey in an interview last year: “That was just one of those things that you just sort of think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me.’”) Maybe we are finally approaching a cultural moment in which the figure of a highly assertive, ambitious and phenomenally successful black woman is widely recognised as not just aspirational, but politically vital, too. In August, Campbell posted a photograph on Instagram of British Vogue’s editorial staff under outgoing editor Alexandra Shulman. All 55 faces in the picture are white. She wrote: “Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor.” Enninful, an old friend of hers, is the first man and the first black person to edit British Vogue. He has lambasted what he calls “the Sloanies’ club” of the magazine’s old guard and his shake-up included the appointment of Campbell as a contributing editor. I’ve no disrespect for the past staff at all,” she says. “None. I have gratitude and graciousness to Lucinda Chambers, who was very important in my early career. But let’s support the next generation.” And now, suddenly, she is blazing with fury, her greenish eyes shooting heat across the table. “I’m not pleased at how he [Enninful] has been treated. I’ve been in this business for 31 years, I’ve seen editors come and go, and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. I find it racist. And I will not stand by and let people attack him in this way.” (Shulman, appearing to take aim at Enninful, recently wrote that editing was, “certainly not a job for someone … who thinks that the main part of their job is being photographed in a series of designer clothes with a roster of famous friends”.) “Let the work speak for itself,” says Campbell. “He has worked in this business for many years, that’s why he got the job, fair and square. And to see all this stuff come out is appalling. England should be ashamed. Support your own. And be happy that there’s going to be a new generation, a new Vogue. I’ve been appalled. I’ve been appalled.” She repeats the word two more times, with emphasis. “It’s like a vendetta and it should stop. And I want you to say those words as I say them. I take it as racial abuse. I take it as that. It’s not fair.” I’m happy because I’m based in truth, that’s it. I’m being honest to my morals. As I said, I’m loyal: you fuck me and I’m done with you.” She laughs, then rephrases this more delicately: “If I get hurt, I wish them the best, I close the door and I move on.” She admits that she is reluctant to allow new people into her life, “but when I meet someone and it’s real and special I can see it”. For many years, though, she didn’t always see it. “I was in my drinking, partying days, I wasn’t seeing it clearly. I see it more clearly now.
A bombshell report from The Sun shed light on Meghan and Harry's supposed tempers leading up to their wedding day. In an astonishing allegation, the Queen was forced to step in and pull Meghan and Harry in line after Meghan was told she couldn't wear the original tiara she'd picked out from the Queen's collection. "Meghan had her heart set on this tiara with emeralds and Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it," a spy told The Sun. As the origins of the tiara couldn't be 100 per cent confirmed and with fears it could have questionable ties to Russia, the Queen apparently would not loan it out. And it did not go down well. "There was a very heated exchange that prompted the Queen to speak to Harry. She said, 'Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she's given by me,'" the insider claimed. Adding: "The Queen also questioned why Meghan needed a veil for the wedding, given it was to be her second marriage. The message from the Queen was very much Meghan needed to think about how she speaks to staff members and be careful to follow family protocols." Rumours of tension between the two Duchesses escalated following reports that Catherine was reportedly left "in tears" after her daughter Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress fitting for Meghan's wedding in May. It's unclear exactly what caused the Duchess to burst into tears, but The Daily Beast claims Kate and Meghan had an argument over Charlotte's dress. An insider told the UK's Telegraph: "Kate had only just given birth to Prince Louis and was feeling quite emotional." Many royal insiders have insisted there's actually no bad blood between Duchess Catherine and Duchess Meghan, but their respective husbands are not getting along. A source told Vanity Fair that there is no feud between Kate and Meghan. "Kate and Meghan are very different people and they don't have a lot in common but they have made an effort to get along," said the source. "Any issues are between the brothers." Some sources have said Harry and William's bond said to be "almost irretrievably broken" because William "refused to roll out the red carpet" for Harry's new bride. "Harry didn't think William was rolling out the red carpet for Meghan, and told him so," a source spills of the brother's rift. "They had a bit of a fallout, which was only resolved when Prince Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort. Three royal aides resigned since Meghan and Harry were married in May 2018. In December 2018, it was announced that Samantha Cohen, private secretary to Harry and Meghan, would leave their service in British spring 2019, after the birth of the couple's royal baby. Samantha has worked with the royal family for 17 years. According to The Times, a source close to Meghan said: "Sam will be a huge loss." "Going forward, Meghan might need someone cut from a slightly different cloth to traditional courtiers, who is not a career civil servant or royal insider". Nicknamed Samantha 'The Panther,' the former royal aide served as assistant private secretary and communications secretary to the Queen and was one of her most trusted members of staff. In October 2018, a palace aide and assistant called "Melissa" quit because of what the Daily Mail described as "Hurricane Meghan." She reportedly put off staff with her "particular brand of 'up and at 'em' West Coast energy" and rumoured routine of "getting up at 5am [and] bombarding aides with texts" and her eyebrow-raising fashion. "Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears," a source The Mirror. "Melissa is a total professional and fantastic at her job, but things came to a head and it was easier for them both to go their separate ways." The Palace has refused to comment on all of these rumours, except for one fact. Britain's top selling newspaper The Sun claimed tension between the royal sisters-in-law reached boiling point when Kate cautioned Meghan over her strict behaviour towards her staff members, telling her: "That's unacceptable, they're my staff and I speak to them." A source revealed to the publication: "Her and Kate fell out when she b--f--ked Kate's staff." The Palace was quick to shut down the report, releasing a rare statement saying: "This never happened." In December, a royal insider told US Weekly that Meghan is "fed-up" with the rumours and her inability to "stand up for herself" on social media. Meghan reportedly feels like she "has no voice" and is "frustrated" that she is unable to defend herself. "It's just been frustrating and stressful to have no voice," a royal source told the magazine. "She's always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling. "She's always been so independent, her entire life, and that's all been taken away from her. She's always been able to clap back on social media and now she can't." At the end of each year, the royals release their new Christmas card photos. They're always super cute and candid - and 2018 was no exception. But it's interesting to note that the Cambridges and the Sussexes chose to release two separate photos of their own families on the same day, through Kensington Palace's official social media accounts. Duchess Catherine and Prince William released an adorable picture of their family-of-five dressed in jeans on a tree trunk outside their country home in Norfolk. The three youngsters, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3 and Prince Louis, 7 months are seen cuddling up to their parents and looking utterly charming. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's Christmas photo was a never-before-seen picture of the pair at their wedding in May. The couple are hand-in-hand, facing away from the camera, sharing a romantic moment on the grounds of Frogmore House, the Windsor residence they are about to call their new home. Many royal fans took the photo as a sign of a subtle snub. With the couple faced away from the camera, many interpreted that message to mean they are turning their back on the naysayers. One fan on the Kensington Palace Instagram account described the pose as "icy". "Icy is the word, of course it carries not so subtle messages," they wrote. "Looking at their backs?? For Xmas wishes??? Rude!!!!" But others disagreed. Another fan commented: "It's a beautiful photo. I love them! It's their first Christmas as a married couple and this was a special moment for them this year. Why not sure it. Who cares if you can't see their faces. Big deal! We see their faces everywhere. I love it!" Whether or not the Sussex's Christmas photo was an intentional snub, there's no denying the press has changed their tune and royal fans are following suit. The Duchess celebrated her 37th birthday on January 9, 2019 with a very low-key celebration at home with family and some close friends - but not everyone was invited. Meghan reportedly suffered an incredibly deliberate snub by her new sister-in-law from the event. "Kate had a gathering for her 37th birthday at Kensington Palace," a source told Woman's Day. "It was her, William, the kids, her mum, dad, sister Pippa and husband [James Matthews]. Harry and Meghan were not invited, which she deemed humiliating." "Even though they don't get on, the Queen and Prince Charles had asked that they make a good public show of trying to make nice. Poor Kate was so nervous about her own birthday and how to handle the family drama she was almost in tears." An insider revealed to a US magazine that it's William – not Kate – who Meghan should be ranting about. "Harry desperately wants his wife to be happy and finds it difficult to say no to her. William feels she is tearing the royal family apart," a source said. Meghan can't seem to escape the theory that she is difficult and demanding, particularly to her staff. That rumour doesn't seem to be dying down any time soon, with yet another royal employee resigning - her female bodyguard. The "highly regarded inspector" was the first woman to hold such a prestigious position in the Royal family and also played a pivotal role in removing Meghan from a crowded Fiji market in October last year. The bodyguard reportedly resigned from Scotland Yard due to the challenging nature of the role, particularly as Meghan wished to be seen as "one of the people". While there are no claims that Meghan and her chief protection officer (who is not being named) clashed, the resignation comes after the recent departure of Meghan's personal assistant, Melissa Touabti and speculation that private secretary Samantha Cohen had also resigned from her duties. Sources told the Daily Mail that "even though [Meghan] was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely. "But in her current role she can't go anywhere without her protection team, and that's a massive constraining force on an individual like her." Until recently, Prince Harry and Meghan lived and shared a household with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with both couples residing at Kensington Palace and sharing many formal resources, including a full team of staff made up of a private secretary, press secretary, assistants and bodyguards. But in March, the Queen announced the creation of the new Sussex Household, meaning Harry and Meghan now have their own staff. "The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring," read the statement from Buckingham Palace. "The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017," it read. "This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess's work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage." While many royal commentators argued the split was "very normal", some fans on social media saw it as another sign that a feuding Harry and William were drifting further apart. "Charles and Andrew don't share an office. Edward and Anne don't share an office. It was always going to happen," noted respected commentator Victoria Arbiter, whose father serves in the royal offices of the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. "Because it happened upon Harry getting married, people looked for something to blame, which is bizarre. I don't know why we need to blame anybody. It just speaks to the level and the volume of work that these couples are going to be carrying out." After months of waiting for renovations of their new family home to be completed, the Sussexes finally moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. The extensive renovations, which are thought to have cost upwards of $5 million, reportedly include a yoga studio, triple-glazed windows (to block out the noise from nearby Heathrow Airport) and a low-carbon energy unit. A royal insider told Elle the couple "couldn't be more excited about starting their life together with their new baby and are keen that their child will be able to enjoy their privacy away from the fish bowl." The arrival of the little one brought some peace to the relationships within the royal family, with several members of the family paying Harry and Meghan a visit at their new abode. The Queen was reportedly their first formal visitor, as she "wanted to formally welcome the Sussexes to their new home, a source told The Sun. It was later revealed that the Cambridges also had a secret visit to Frogmore while they were in Windsor to attend the official royal church service on Easter Sunday. Kate, William and Harry had all attended an Easter service at the nearby St George's Chapel, but Meghan had been unable to attend due to being heavily pregnant, according to Scobie's source. So instead of allowing poor Meghan to miss out on the fun, the royals took the party to her - with William and Kate "showing their support" by popping by for a catch up. "William and Catherine visited because Meghan was unable to attend the service," the close source told Harper's Bazaar. "They wanted to be supportive and see how she is doing. It was a lovely afternoon." In the days and weeks leading up to the birth of the royal baby, speculation about exactly how and where Meghan would give birth to Baby Sussex went into overdrive, with all of Meghan's decisions around the birth of her baby scrutinised with a fine-tooth comb. It was revealed that Meghan definitely would not be posing with a perfect blow-dry and a full face of makeup on the steps of the Lindo Wing, as Kate Middleton and her late mother-in-law Princess Diana once did, choosing to avoid a public photoshoot in front of the world's media. Instead, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan wanted to keep the birth of their child private. "The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family," the family said in a statement. It also emerged that Meghan "felt sorry" for Kate during her rather public royal baby displays. A friend of Meghan's told The Post that the Duchess felt bad for Kate having to look impeccable and face the world's media mere hours after giving birth. Meghan also snubbed the Queen's own "highly regarded" all-male medical team, instead choosing her own female doctors to help deliver her baby. The strong feminist, vegan and advocate of natural living has clearly ensured all of her values are reflected in the way she gives birth, and many have praised the modern Duchess for deciding to do things her own way. While from the outside, it might seem as though all this criticism was just water off a duck's back for Meghan, a video of Meghan talking to singer Pharrell Williams on the red carpet at The Lion King premiere gave a heartbreaking insight into how the Duchess feels about being the subject of such intense media scrutiny. In the video shared by Twitter account named Royal Suitor, Pharrell is heard telling Meghan and Harry: "So happy for your union. Love is amazing. It's wonderful. Don't ever take that for granted but what it means in today's climate." The singer then continued: "I just wanted to tell you it's so significant for so many of us. Seriously. We cheer you guys on." Pharrell's wonderful words of support clearly touched the Duchess, who responded: "Thank you, they don't make it easy." No, Meghan, it certainly can't be easy. Harry and Meghan decided to jet off to the Spanish island Ibiza and also the south of France for their family summer holiday with baby Archie - and they took several private flights to get to their European destinations. That choice caused many critics to label the royals as hypocrites, for preaching about environmentalism and conversation, while choosing a method of travel that is proven to be terrible for the environment. Their decision made front page news in their native UK, but an impressive list of celebrity friends jumped to the defence of the Duke and Duchess, arguing the negative media reports were petty and unfounded. At the beginning of October, while they were still partaking in the #SussexRoyalTour of Africa, it was announced that Harry and Meghan would be suing the UK tabloid newspaper The Mail on Sunday, the weekend offshoot of the Daily Mail, alleging that it unlawfully published one of Meghan's private letters. The tabloid published a letter handwritten by Meghan to her estranged father Thomas Markle, after he missed her royal wedding in 2018. Prince Harry was clearly livid about this invasion of privacy and in a rare statement, revealed the heavy toll that story had taken on his family. "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son," he wrote in a statement on the couple's official website. The Duke of Sussex added that the legal process "has been many months in the making," and that to stay silent on the matter "would be contrary to everything we believe in." "The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you've seen on this Africa tour. "Though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been," he wrote. In a heartfelt conclusion to the statement, Prince Harry referenced his late mother Princess Diana and how the media treated her up until her death in 1997. "Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. "We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it." The couple is funding the legal action themselves and any proceeds from the case will be donated to an anti-bullying charity. A documentary from British television network ITV, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, revealed the heartbreaking impact the constant attacks from the British tabloid press have had on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan revealed that her British friends warned her that the UK tabloids would "destroy her life". "When I first met my now husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy," she said. "But my British friends said to me 'I'm sure he's great, but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'. "And I very naively thought — I'm American, we don't have that there — what are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense … I didn't get it. "So it's been ... complicated." Meghan said she had tried to put on a brave face, but it just all got too much. "I've said for a long time to H - that's what I call him - it's not enough to just survive something, right? That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive, you've got to feel happy. "I've really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip... I've tried, I've really tried." Holding back tears during the raw interview, Meghan spoke about what it had been like to weather the intense criticism while pregnant with baby Archie and then later, as a new mother. When asked if she was doing OK, Meghan revealed she had been struggling at lot. "Look any woman especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn ... And especially as a woman, it's really, it's a lot. "So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. And also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I'm okay, but it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes." As clips of Meghan's heartbreaking confession that she "wasn't doing OK" surfaced on social media, a viral hashtag called #WeLoveYouMeghan started trending on Twitter, with fans rallying around the royals. For months, rumours of a feud between Harry and William have been brewing, and Harry addressed the claims head-on during the ITV documentary. "Umm... part, part of this role and part of this job and part of this family being under the pressure that it's under, inevitably, stuff happens. But look: We're brothers, we'll always be brothers — and we're certainly on different paths at the moment," Harry revealed. "But I'll certainly always be there for him as I know he'll always be there for me. "We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy. "But I love him dearly and the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But as brothers, you have good days, you have bad days." On November 14th, it was revealed that Harry, Meghan and baby Archie would spend their Christmas break overseas, visiting Meghan's mum Doria Ragland in Los Angeles, instead of spending their holiday period at Sandringham with The Queen. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. "Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess' mother Doria Ragland. "This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen." On January 9, in a surprise announcement just a day after making their first public appearance of 2020 at Canada House, Harry and Meghan announced they will be stepping back from their royal duties this year as they split their time between the UK and North America. The couple shocked royal watchers by sharing a lengthy statement on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, announcing their intentions to leave The Firm and even become "financially independent". "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the pair wrote in the statement. "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen." The pair explained that it is with their fans' encouragement that they plan to make the transition, and they will continue to honour their time between supporting the Queen and their various patronages. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity." The royal couple finished their post: "We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support." It seems Harry and Meghan's shocking move was made without the consent of The Queen and without consulting other senior members of the royal family. Just moments after the duo announced their news, The Queen broke her silence with an official Palace statement on Twitter, and it doesn't seem like she was at all amused by the news. In the statement released on behalf of Her Majesty, the move was described as "complicated" and that it's still at "an early stage." "Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage," said the statement issued by Deputy Communications Secretary to The Queen, Hannah Howard. "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through." What's more, royal correspondent for the BBC Jonny Dymond revealed that no senior members of the royal family were warned about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision. A palace source told the BBC that senior members of the Royal family feel "hurt" by the announcement that Harry and Meghan are to withdraw from their current Royal roles. The source confirmed that no members of the royal family were consulted. It turns out, Harry and Meghan were forced to make their announcement earlier than expected, because news of their move had been leaked to the UK press. "Harry was asked to put pen to paper with some ideas for discussion. He was reluctant, on the grounds that such documents normally leak," The Sunday Times journalist Tom Bradby wrote, explaining how Harry's first chats with his family went down. "He was persuaded and did as he was asked. The document, or its details, was shortly afterwards leaked to The Sun. And then, once he had gone ahead with an announcement anyway, palace officials claimed to have been blindsided by it." The couple apparently intended to hold back from telling the public anything until the logistics had been fleshed out, according to Harper's BAZAAR's respected royal writer Omid Scobie, A source told Scobie that Harry and Meghan "they felt they had been cornered", after their plans were leaked. "It was a case of act now or lose control of something they had spent a long time working on," the source explained. And so they decided to get ahead of the story and make their announcement public. The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, along with each of their private secretaries, arranged an unprecedented crisis meeting at Sandringham, to discuss exactly what Harry and Meghan's new roles will look like, moving forward. While Meghan was never going to attend the meeting in person - she travelled back to Canada to be with baby Archie - she reportedly wanted to dial into the meeting via a conference call. It was expected that by the end of the meeting, the Queen would come to a conclusion which would define Meghan and Harry's roles indefinitely. According to royal reporter Tom Bradby, who produced the ITV documentary on Harry and Meghan's tour of Africa, and is close with the couple, even attending their wedding, if Harry and Meghan do not get their way in the royal split, it is possible they will go public with explicit, damaging details of their treatment by the royal family. Writing in the Sunday Times, Bradby suggested the couple had been treated extremely poorly, and that their admissions in the documentary were just the tip of the iceberg - he described them as "qualified honesty". "I have some idea of what might be aired in a full, no-holds-barred, sit-down interview and I don't think it would be pretty," Bradby wrote. "I suspect the royal family would carry British public opinion still — perhaps only just — but its international standing is a key part of its value to the British state. If that were to be tarnished, it could be very damaging indeed." In the end, Meghan was reportedly excluded from the much-anticipated crisis talks between the senior members of the royal family and Prince Harry, dubbed the Sandringham Summit, due to concerns over dialling her in from Canada. A Skype call was deemed too risky, in case anyone else was listening in. "This was a highly confidential family discussion, not a conference call," a source told The Daily Mail. "While the Queen has no objection in principle to Skype or conference calls, for clarity's sake it is more likely that Harry will break off from the negotiations to call the Duchess," an aide revealed just before the meeting began. Following the meeting, Buckingham Palace released a statement explaining The Queen was supportive of Harry and Meghan's "desire to create a new life as a young family". "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family," Her Majesty said in the statement. She also addressed the pair's wish to become "financially independent", saying: "Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives." The logistics around Harry and Meghan's living arrangements were also mentioned. The pair had made it clear they wished to split their time between the UK and North America. The Queen supports this decision, saying: "It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK." She ended the statement by adding that the matters were "complex" and that there was still work to be done. "But I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days," she added. On Sunday January 20, the Queen released a surprisingly personal statement, explaining exactly how Harry and Meghan's roles will evolve moving forward. It seems the couple were not allowed to have a "half-in, half-out" arrangement, whereby they would cease to be official members of the royal family, but still reap the benefits of a taxpayer-funded lifestyle. Instead, they will lose their "royal highness" titles, although they have not been formally stripped of them, and will now be referred to as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The Queen released a unusualy warm and casual statement announcing the news. "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life," The Queen said in her statement. She then thanked them for all the dedicated work they have done for their royal patronages, adding that she was particularly proud of how quickly Meghan had fit in. "[I] am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family," her statement read. "It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life." Another statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed the finer details of the couple's future as they step back from royal life. The statement made it clear that Harry would lose his "official military appointments" and the couple would no longer receive taxpayer funds. "They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties. With The Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations," it said. "While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty." Another key element to the agreement confirmed the arrangement for Frogmore Cottage, which will stay under the ownership of Harry and Meghan. In late 2018 through to 2019, the pair's Windsor home underwent significant refurbishments - and the new statement confirmed that the Sussexes would repay £2.4 million (AUD $4.5 million) of taxpayers money spent on the renovations. Prince Harry shared a deeply personal and moving statement in the wake of his and Meghan's decision to step back as senior royal family members. Speaking at a private dinner for one of his key charities, Sentebale, on Sunday, 19 January, the Prince was emotional as he delivered the powerful speech to guests. "Before I begin, I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks," he said as he addressed the room. "So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share - not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years with a clearer perspective." Harry then said that the UK is his "home" and a place that he loves. "I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life." He then added a sweet quip: "Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurray!" Addressing the constant criticism of his wife head-on, Harry said: "I also know you've come to know me well over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she's the same woman I fell in love with. "We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, we were here to serve." He then explained the heart-breaking reality of what came to be: "For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this." Of this, Harry said: "Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible." Harry's statement made it very clear that the complete severance of ties was hot his decision. He and Meghan clearly hoped to have a "half-in, half-out" arrangement, but it seems that was denied.
Even with the best intentions and well-deserved fame, celebs can misstep when it comes to social media. Madonna has earned her place in pop culture, but things were a lot different when she was at the peak of her fame. Now, she has to try and keep up with the Kardashians of the world to stay relevant, and it’s not exactly her forte. Madonna’s Twitter is, like many who aren’t truly comfortable with the platform, a bit confusing. She tweets with a lot of emojis, and misplaced capital letters. Her message appears to be all over the place: She celebrates women’s rights and other like-minded causes, but there’s also a lot of promotion, though for what, it’s hard to say. Of course, it’s hard to knock the Material Girl too much — she shares photos of her adorable adopted children, and always shows a lot of passion for what matters to her. But maybe someone should help her find a better way to express all of this.
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian
Get ready for a pattern. The Kardashians dominate this list, probably because they all are of the same mentality (and the same representation). Like the rest of her family, Kourtney is a big fan of herself. She posts frequently on Instagram, often sharing multiple images of herself in the same outfit from different angles. Should someone tell her that Instagram isn’t her own personal mirror? Khloe isn’t really any better. Both sisters use Twitter as essentially a way to share blog posts from their personal branded sites (that they of course, write themselves). Her Instagram is in the same vein as Kourtney’s, but sometimes worse, as she’s often advertising products from her Good American clothing line. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining, as Khloe does try to promote charitable causes that matter to her. Of course, all of this is moot: The Kardashians are going to keep doing things the way the professionals they’ve hired tell them to. Maybe someday that will involve a little less self-promotion and a little more natural sharing.
For a lot of celebs on this list, there’s really just a problem of excess. Take DJ Khaled for example: his Twitter is a lot of the same, over and over. Constantly bringing up your album doesn’t make people want to buy it more! And the overuse of unnecessary hashtags and caps lock are other subjects entirely. Now, take his Twitter stream, and make it into one never-ending video. That would be Khaled’s Snap story. While yes, his son, Asahd, makes adorable appearances, it’s like the artist has never heard the adage “less is more.” Like Pratt, he records almost every second of his life, from walking down a hall to pressing buttons in the studio. Maybe a little mystery would be a good thing, huh Khaled?
This list would not be complete without Ye. Even before he became Mr. Kim Kardashian, West was arguably the most controversial person on Twitter. He became infamous for his rants, and made quite a few enemies. Fortunately, things have been quieter on the West-ern front as of late. West has taken to focusing on promoting music, his and that of those he respects. Since shortly before his hospitalization in November 2016, West’s online presence has been scarce. Still, looking back at his Twitter history, it’s easy to see that he was screaming for attention for some of his mental health concerns. Attention that he has now (hopefully) gotten. There are many, many instances that can be called out, but some of the most notable are the time he declared Bill Cosby’s innocence amongst growing allegations of rape, his attack on Wiz Khalifa for using the initials “KK” for a strain of weed, and when Amber Rose called him out for a very specific sexual interest. And these are just the moments that took place in 2016.
Though not a Kardashian by birth, here’s another psuedo-celeb who hands with the family. Scott Disick, baby daddy and long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend to Kourtney, feeds off the haters with his social accounts. Not that people don’t have a reason to despise him: In addition to flaunting his wealth without shame, Disick has been known to be very rude to the Kardashians, who are really the only reason anyone knows his name in the first place. Disick’s Instagram account (with the self-important handle @letthelordbewithyou) is dominated by images of his extravagant lifestyle. Most notable is his vast array of vehicles, which range from sleek sports cars to trucks with impossibly large wheels — and of course, the family private jet. Disick is anything but humble, referring to himself as “Lord Disick” (thus the handle), and boasting about his latest purchases. Unsurprisingly, his Twitter isn’t any better. In fact, it may be worse. It features links to his Instagram posts (though he hasn’t posted on Twitter since mid-2016, so there’s one upside). Instagram is clearly Disick’s platform of choice, as it allows him to use few words to show off his toys, and easily conveys the message that he thinks he’s better than everyone else.
Paris Hilton is known for things like sex tapes, her family’s money, and reality shows, much like another celebutante who ranks higher this list (wait for No. 3). However, Hilton has been doing this since long before “social media celebrity” was an occupation. In fact, in the early ‘00s, there was no one more famous than Hilton. But after The Simple Life and her time behind bars, Hilton never regained the popularity she once held. Like Lohan, she dipped her toes into the (heated) pools of pop singer, cameo actress, and fashion “designer,” though most of her cash seemed to flow in from her various fragrance lines. However, she was still Paris Hilton, and it was still all about her. Looking at her social media profiles is exactly like looking at the tabloids 15 years ago, only with modern updates to her clothes and general appearance. She’s the same socialite she’s always been: donning sunglasses, striking poses, and promoting products. It’s simultaneously comforting and terrifying to see that some things never change.
Some former child stars essentially disappear from the public eye, and go on to lead civilian lives. Others take some time off, or manage to propel themselves into a serious acting career. However, most child stars who stay in the biz tend to go off the deep end a bit, before trying desperately to become relevant again. This is where we find Lindsay Lohan in 2017. After a couple of DUIs, a few rehab stints, and a complete lack of success in Hollywood this decade, Lohan has come back to entertain us the only way she knows how: social media. The 30-year-old maintains an active presence on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Facebook, where she has actually encouraged followers to reach out to her on the Messenger app. Her posts are generally self-centric, but in the past she has tweeted her support of (or frustration with) various political causes and figures. And it gets weirder. For her official relaunch, Lohan has decided to create a reality TV show called The Anti-Social Network, where she’ll hack into the social accounts of seemingly regular people (aided by someone they know) and make them complete challenges in order to win money. Why? Because, according to the promo, Lohan “is social media.” Whether or not she can made a comeback by violating the privacy of others remains to be seen.
or a guy who had a phenomenon named after him (who still remembers Bieber Fever?), the Biebz is certainly hated in the social media sphere. His is a strange case of a teenage boy who became famous on YouTube, catapulted to mainstream stardom, and now doesn’t seem to appear anywhere but in the blogosphere and on his personal accounts. Starting with his Instagram, Bieber has an affinity for black-and-white photos (of himself), paparazzi shots (of himself and occasionally fans), and travel/workout videos (yes, of himself). Not that Instagram isn’t a prime hub for selfies from the famous and non-famous alike, but a little variation might be nice. Then again, when he has shared images that featured others, a feud with his ex, Selena Gomez, broke out — so maybe he should just refrain from posting altogether. Bieber’s Twitter usage is sporadic, and very random. As for Snapchat, he’s scarcely seen. At least we’re lucky enough to avoid his waning influence on one platform.
Many celebrities are known for a signature cause, body part, or thing that they’ve said. This can define them in a positive or a negative way. Some stars try to distance themselves from this trait, while others embrace it. Enter Snoop Dogg. When you hear his name, it’s synonymous with almost exclusively one thing: smoking marijuana. The rapper has never been shy about his vice, but he’s also never been known for being the most vocal person in general. This is why his Snapchat story is so obnoxiously him: It’s just video after video of him listening to music and smoking weed. Of course, his other social accounts aren’t much different. Snoop’s Twitter is pretty much the same as his Instagram posts, which are photos of his face, videos of him talking, and the occasional meme. Not to say that he doesn’t have anything to offer his fans, but it’s hard to determine exactly what point he’s trying to make.
Long before Donald Trump became POTUS, the hotel mogul, reality show host, and all-around rich white guy was known for his tweets. He has many, many opinions, ranging from celebrity couples to politics. Mostly, he just really likes to tell people what they’re doing wrong. Now, he’s the leader of the free world, and yet Twitter is still his go-to platform. Trump is known for his emphatic use of caps lock and exclamation points, as well as his abhorrent grammar — though the latter has improved since he started posting from the Oval Office. No one is safe from a Trump tweet: Not other world leaders, organizations, or the entirety of the free press. So, if you’re a thin-skinned person with even a little clout, you might want to be wary of what you say. You never know who’s next on the chopping block.