ALL THE YOUNG FEUDS
From Eminem to Ariana Grande via Elon Musk and Kanye West, it’s been a year of super-sized bust-ups and beefs, reports ED POWER
WE ARE LIVING through the Age of Anger. Donald Trump is in the White House. Brexit has taken a sandblaster to Britain’s imagined version of itself. Conor McGregor – 50 per cent man, 50 per cent shouty tattoo – is the most famous Irish person on the planet.
So it’s no surprise this should be a ripe old year for feuds. The curtains have certainly come down on 2018 in an entertaining manner, with human punching-bag Piers Morgan getting all spittle-flecked with Ariana Grande, and Ariana Grande’s mother, after he accused the former of parading herself and the latter sensibly interjected.
The catalyst for all this was (obviously) Little Mix, whom Morgan accused of ripping off the Dixie Chicks with a photo-shoot in which they posed in their altogether, save for some strategically-placed graffiti. At time of writing, it looks set to rumble on (and on).
Likewise going at it were Drake and Pusha T. Pusha redefined the concept of the diss track by accusing Drake of keeping a secret love child (Drake’s response was that he wanted to shield the kid from the media).
The bad blood appeared to have cooled
– until Pusha came to Drake’s hometown of Toronto for a concert, and was promptly bumrushed by Drizzy fans (whom Pusha accused of being hired specifically to create a disruption).
Closer to home, Roy Keane didn’t take it well when fellow pundit Ian Wright crudely imitated his Cork accent (why don’t you try that in Roy’s native North Side, Ian?). Prior to exiting his job as Ireland assistant manager, Keane also managed to fall out with Ireland midfielder
Back in the realm of pop, lovely Lana Del Rey had the knives out for Azealia Banks. It kicked off in September when Banks took issue with Del Rey criticising the Trump-supporting Kanye West. Del Rey hit back saying, “Banks. u coulda been the greatest female rapper alive but u blew it. don’t take it out on the only person who had ur back.”
Never one to take an admonition lying down, Banks responded that she would “fuck up” Del Rey – which led Del Rey to promise to pass on her psychiatrist’s number.
Banks also had a cameo in the strange story of Tesla tycoon Elon Musk and his self-destruction via Twitter. She revealed that Musk’s girlfriend – and former Hot Press cover star – Grimes had invited her to come and collaborate at Musk’s pad. But the accommodation was not to Banks’s liking. “Staying at Elon Musk’s house has been like a real like episode of Get Out,” she tweeted.
As ever, the rap community was a reliable source of celebrity v celebrity flare-ups. Cardi B and her former collaborator Nicki Minaj, for example, were involved in a literal dust-up at a Harper’s Bazaar party.
“I heart someone screaming – everyone recognised Cardi’s voice – people either got out of the way or took out their phones and started filming,” said an eye-witness. “Nicki was surrounded by a bunch of guards and barely even looked at her. Next thing you know, shoes were flying and Cardi was on her way out.”
Elsewhere, Eminem took his ongoing differences with Machine Gun Kelly to the next level on his new album. It all started in 2012 when Kelly tweeted that Eminem’s teenage daughter was “hot as f**k”. This didn’t go down well with her dad – who made his feelings clear on the song ‘Killshot’: “Ow, Kelly, ooh, but I’m 45 and I’m still outselling you / By 29 I had three albums that had blew”.
A celebrity feud can erupt where you least expect. It even became an issue with the (long overdue) #MeToo movement, as Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, who had together helped expose the monstrous Harvey Weinstein, had a public falling-out. It all flowed from claims by actor Jimmy Bennett that he’d had a relationship with Argento as a 17-year-old, and that the then 37-year-old had paid him $380,000 in hush money. McGowan felt she had been misled over the issue by Argento and the alliance came unstuck.
“MeToo is not just for women,” said McGowan shortly afterwards. “I’ve had so many men share their stories of abuse. It’s never happened before in history and people are freaking out and trying to analyse and crunch the data. My response is to let it breathe, let people have their voice.” In a year of conflict that, at least, is a sentiment with which we can all agree.
"BANKS ALSO HAD A CAMEO IN THE STRANGE STORY OF TESLA TYCOON ELON MUSK AND HIS SELF-DESTRUCTION VIA TWITTER."