A Comprehensive Explainer Of The Drama Between Chrissy Teigen & Michael Costello

One thing I’ve learned from the internet is that you can never trust what you read. The latest controversy between Chrissy Teigen and Michael Costello proves that, when it comes to internet feuds, before making any conclusions it’s imperative to, as Alec Baldwin would say, “consider the source.” What started off as a pile-on on Chrissy Teigen about which few thought twice has quickly turned into a convoluted tale of alleged faked screenshots, blacklisting, design theft, and more. How did we get here? And when’s the film adaptation coming to Freeform? I’m honestly not quite sure about the former, and the latter is but a mere pipe dream, but I’m here to attempt to make sense of it all.

The story starts, sort of, with Chrissy Teigen. The former Sports Illustrated model has had a rough year on Twitter, to say the least. The tides of public favor started turning against her during the pandemic, when her “I’m so relatable lol!” shtick began to wear thin with some Twitter users—notably, when she told an anecdote about how, one night at a restaurant with her husband, a waiter recommended a bottle of wine that, unbeknownst to the couple, cost $13,000.

After that, the pile-ons just kept coming, so she quit Twitter in March and later rejoined—at which point, her mentions got even worse. In an interview with the Daily Beast in May, Courtney Stodden mentioned how Teigen bullied them (Stodden is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns), both publicly and privately. In addition to publicly tweeting that she fantasized about Stodden taking a “dirt nap”, Teigen also privately messaged them things like, “I can’t wait for you to die.” Stodden was a teenager at the time. Teigen apologized, first in a Twitter thread, writing, “I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel,” before vowing to “forever work on doing better.”

But Teigen’s Medium post, which was published a week ago, was what really got the ball rolling with this whole feud. In her 1,131 word mea culpa for her previous behavior and old tweets, Teigen wrote, “I’ve apologized publicly to one person, but there are others — and more than just a few — who I need to say I’m sorry to. I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted.” This is where Michael Costello entered the chat, and where things took a weird turn.

Last week, the designer and Project Runway season 8 contestant claimed that he was yet to receive an apology from Teigen, whom he claimed bullied him to the point that he was “traumatized, depressed” and dealing with “thoughts of suicide.”

The incident over which Costello claims Teigen bullied him stems from a spat Costello got into with designer Maxie James in 2014. In a since-deleted Instagram post, James says Costello ordered one of her dresses, and then took the dress and, according to the post, “put it on HIS model took pictures in HIS showroom as if he designed this piece his self.” James also claimed in the post that she tried to reach out to Costello, but he blocked her.

Costello’s cousin Stephanie (with whom he also co-created his brand STELLO) later claimed in a statement that, in fact, James was the one who’d copied Michael’s design, and not the other way around. “I, Stephanie Costello, purchased the garment in question due to the apparent similarities between it and a gown that Michael Costello and I designed that was posted on social media over a year ago,” she said. She further explained that she photographed James’ dress in Costello’s showroom “as a sarcastic and inappropriate attempt to expose the designer’s garment as a forged duplication of our own”. Ms. Costello apologized for the “extremely unprofessional” reaction.

If that all sounds kinda suspect to you, you’re not alone. At the time, people criticized Costello’s alleged design theft, and his purported response is what led to the racism accusations both back then, and also all these years later. According to screenshots that Costello claims are fake, he appears to have written in a comment: “Your Just probably a dumb n***** defending her. I am royalty bitch! I dressed Beyonce! Who are they gonna believe!” (Costello dressed Beyoncé for the 2014 Grammys. He has also dressed the Kardashians and Tamar Braxton, to name a few.)

Back in 2014, Costello’s rep immediately slammed the screenshots as false. “The image was created using image editing software and in no way depicts the views of Mr. Costello,” a statement read. Costello added, “The hurtful screenshot circulating is fake and does not represent my views on society, nor do I condone the use of such a terrible term.” In a 2021 statement, he said the screenshots have “now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down,” however, a rep for Instagram told Insider that while Instagram does use third-party fact-checkers to identify and label false information, it does not remove false information. Furthermore, the misinformation policy wasn’t implemented until 2019.

The 2014 statement continued, “The image of concern was distributed by an Instagram account that has continually harassed and slandered Costello in an attempt to defame his character,” and put forth the theory that “a disgruntled intern, who is no longer employed with the company, created the account.”

Chrissy Teigen had something to say about the alleged comment back then, commenting, and later deleting, “So you say all that racist sh*t and get that horrible press with people using the hashtag #michaelcostello to call you out on it, then you create a contest where you beg people to use the same tag but in a positive light. Covered up all the negative press. Genius and shady all at once. Start a PR firm. Xx.”

Fast-forward seven years, and Costello claims that Teigen didn’t just leave that comment on his page, but that she also sent him messages saying things including, “You will get what’s coming to you” and “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.” Costello claims that Teigen made good on her threat (to end his career, not kill him!). He says that Teigen and her assistant Monica Rose effectively blackballed Costello and threatened not to work with any people or brands that agreed to work with him.

At first glance, Costello’s allegations seemed to track. Teigen, after all, had privately messaged another celebrity messages that more or less amounted to death threats before. Until people dug deeper into Costello’s purported screenshots and noticed some inconsistencies. Insider points out that, among other things, the verified check mark next to Teigen’s name was missing, and the messages have purple and blue backgrounds—a feature that wasn’t introduced until 2020.

In response, both Teigen and John Legend put out statements. Teigen’s team posted a statement on her Instagram on her behalf that said, in part, “Chrissy is completely surprised and disappointed by Michael Costello’s recent attack, which includes fictional ‘screenshots’ from 2014 of supposed private messages that Chrissy did not send.” It also said, “Chrissy has never conspired with anyone to harm his career,” noting that the stylist Costello accused Teigen of conspiring with to take him down did not even start working with her until 2016.

On Friday, Legend tweeted, “Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened.” He added, “Honestly I don’t know why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves in this narrative, but that’s what happened.”

(Costello’s reps were unimpressed by Legend’s response, saying in a statement to EW, “John has been complicit by observing Chrissy bullying many other people on- and offline for years. We are not at all surprised by his biased support of his wife.”

This clusterf*ck doesn’t only involve Chrissy Teigen, though, because after Costello inserted himself into this narrative, other celebrities came forward with… shall I say… less than flattering anecdotes about the designer. On Wednesday, Leona Lewis revealed that she felt body-shamed and bullied by Costello after an awkward run-in in 2014 (a busy year for this guy, evidently). According to Lewis, Costello was supposed to dress her for a charity fashion show. She wrote on Instagram, “When I got to my fitting I was made to feel very awkward and uncomfortable as the dress was a sample size and he/his team clearly did not want to alter it to fit me.” Lewis then says the designer failed to show up to her next fitting, offering the following explanation: “He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show which made me well aware that I wasn’t the body type required.”

Costello paints a different picture of that incident, claiming that Lewis’s team simply didn’t give Costello enough time to fulfill their request. He told Page Six that he received the request on January 30th, a week before the fashion show on February 6. He said, “I thought it would be ideal to lend her one of my showpieces all for charity and then have it returned just in time for my show.” That piece didn’t end up working out, and they couldn’t make her a new dress because he was based in LA and the charity fashion show was happening in NY, but asserted, “we could have made something custom for Leona without a doubt” with more time. He also seemed to imply Lewis’s allegations had something to do with his speaking out against Teigen: “It’s bizarre how attitude towards me shifted as soon as I spoke my truth in regards to Chrissy Teigen and others trying to blacklist me,” he told Page Six. He also said, “I have always been a fan of Leona Lewis and she has always adored me. Her team has continuously requested for her to wear us from 2013 up until now.”

(They have since buried the hatchet—Lewis later wrote on Instagram story, “I love you guys so much for the support you’ve shown, there are always 2 sides to every story and that’s clear here but I choose forgiveness.”)

Lewis wasn’t the only one to share an unpleasant experience with the Project Runway alum. Makeup artist and photographer Jordan Liberty also called out Costello, claiming he sexually harassed him while Liberty was going through chemotherapy. Liberty claims that in 2017, Costello DM’d him, complimenting his work and suggesting they work together. Liberty says that as soon as they scheduled a meeting, Costello sent him “a collage of dick pics.” After Liberty generously said he was “flattered” but wanted to “keep things professional,” Costello kept moving their meeting time, eventually saying “really horrible things on the phone” (Liberty declined to get into specifics) when he called the designer for clarification.

On Friday, Costello set his Instagram to private (he has since made it public again). In, where else, an Instagram post, he wrote, “The fact that Chrissy Teigen and her crisis team are working so hard, so strategically to come out against the DMs she sent me, and to downplay the comments she publicly posted on my Instagram, only proves that she is the same bully she has always been.” He then reiterated that Teigen has “gone out of her way to close doors” to his career “by making calls, sending texts, telling colleagues” that she would not work with anyone who’d worked with Costello.

So after all that, where are we left? With two sets of screenshots that may or may not be real, and a whole lot of confusion about who’s telling the truth. Perhaps most hilariously to me, Costello’s rep insisted to EW, ”Michael hasn’t inserted himself into their lives. It’s quite the opposite, as it’s Chrissy who inserts herself into other people’s lives.”

While these two play a public game of “I know you are but what am I”, I need a Tylenol.

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Jeffree Star Is Feuding With 10-Year-Old Mason Disick

If you read that headline and had to check to make sure that April Fool’s Day was, in fact, yesterday, you’re not alone. Jeffree Star, YouTube beauty guru and lover of drama, has beef with Kourtney Kardashian’s 10-year-old son. If the global pandemic wasn’t strong enough evidence, I think this is confirmation that we’re officially living in The Bad Place. What is going on, and how the f*ck did we get here? Let’s dive in.

Despite all the drama that’s gone down since we got to know them, the Kardashians are generally known for keeping their sh*t tight on social media. They show us exactly what they want, when they want, which is mostly on TV and the fake Twitter fights they drum up to encourage us to watch them on TV. Like, Kylie Jenner is one of the most famous people on the planet, and she managed to keep her pregnancy a secret until after she had the baby! They might be tone-deaf or problematic, but the Kardashians are almost never sloppy on social media.

Well, I think it’s safe to say that the Kardashian ship has officially sprung a leak, and it’s none other than Mason Disick. Mason, Kourtney and Scott’s eldest son, recently discovered social media, and it’s been a f*cking trip already. A couple weeks ago, Mason made an Instagram account, and almost immediately went live for his followers. Normally, this wouldn’t have been that noteworthy—but Mason is a messy bitch who lives for drama. A viewer asked if Kylie and Travis are actually back together, and Mason said no right there on Instagram Live! An icon, honestly.

Shortly after that, Mason’s Instagram page disappeared, and Kourtney later explained that she shut that sh*t down. In her own IG Live, Kourtney said that her reason was that Mason is only 10, and Instagram’s age minimum is 13. That’s true, but I feel like the real reason was probably that Kris Jenner sent her a strongly worded text to get her son in line. The family that avoids PR crises together stays together!

So Mason’s Instagram is sadly gone, but don’t worry, he’s still on TikTok. He’s actually been on TikTok since January, and Kourtney has appeared in his videos, so it’s a parent-approved platform. But that might not last long, because Mason has now figured out how to use TikTok’s live feature. In his first live video, he talked about going viral on Instagram, and complained that he won’t get to go to Coachella this year “because of corona.” Aw, maybe he can do a Zoom Coachella with Vanessa Hudgens.

And, in a video from last week, he went live with major TikTok star Addison Rae, who has a casual 30 million followers. What am I doing wrong with my life? When a viewer asked Mason about his favorite beauty YouTuber, he answered honestly: “I don’t really watch makeup YouTubers, but I think James —he’s really nice. Because Jeffree Star is, like, spoiled AF.” Lmaooooo. Considering that James Charles and Jeffree Star are two of the messiest YouTubers around, you already knew this was going to cause drama.

On Wednesday, Jeffree Star was made aware of what Mason said, and as he always does, he made his thoughts known on Twitter. After declaring that six years ago, he only had $500 in his bank account, he suggested that Mason might be “confused with his own privilege versus mine being self-made,” and added that “hopefully his father can educate him soon.” OUCH.

Okay, so is everything that Jeffree Star said probably correct? Honestly yeah, it’s no secret that Mason has grown up extremely privileged, and with his aunt touted as a self-made billionaire, he might not really understand what that means. But does Jeffree Star realize that he’s dragging a literal child in front of his millions of followers on Twitter, just for calling him spoiled?

This is both a bad look and an unnecessary one, and someone must have pointed this out to Jeffree, because he’s since deleted his tweet about Mason. I’m hoping that Mason will go live again to address his beef with Jeffree, but I have a feeling that Kourtney won’t let that happen and she will be changing the Wifi password immediately. That’s probably for the best, because I don’t need to be spending my time thinking about a feud between a 34-year-old and a 10-year-old child. This might be the weirdest feud of 2020 so far, but with the way this year is going so far, who knows what will happen.

Images: Rosdiana Ciaravolo / Contributor/Getty Images; jeffreestar / Instagram

UPDATED: The Extremely Stupid Reason Selena Gomez And Bella Hadid Are Feuding

Sometimes, celebrity feuds are messy, knock-down, drag-out wars. Other times, they’re so subtle that you almost miss them completely. This latest bit of drama between Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid falls into the latter camp, with the feud being so subtle I almost couldn’t figure out WTF was going on at first. That’s because it involved an Instagram follow, a comment, and a dirty delete. Grab your microscopes, everybody, because this sh*t that went down between Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid on Instagram is what we in the business call “minute and inconsequential.” But I’ve got nothing to do today (that’s a lie), so I’ll explain this entire scenario. As for why you should care about it, I’m sorry, I can’t explain that.

In order to understand why anyone would even take note of what Selena Gomez may or may not comment on Bella Hadid’s Instagram, you first have to understand the history of their friendship. Or, I guess I should say, lack thereof. Sources tell InTouch that Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid were never really friends per se, but they obviously knew of each other because they both A) are super famous and B) dated The Weeknd. Hating your boyfriend’s ex, simply because she used to date him? It’s a tale as old as time. In January 2017, when Bella learned that Selena was dating The Weeknd, she unfollowed her on Instagram. In March 2017, Selena and The Weeknd both unfollowed Bella Hadid in turn, which really has got to make me wonder what those two did for fun during their relationship. Like, they really sat around and mutually decided to unfollow Abel’s ex on Instagram? Couldn’t you just like, go for a walk instead?

But things seemed to have cooled down between Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid in May, when Bella liked an Instagram picture of Selena. I know, I know, this is all so stupid, why do I waste my time thinking about these people? I can’t say. It’s an asinine job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Well, the cold war between Bella and Selena started up again last night, when Bella posted a picture of herself. Selena Gomez commented “stunning” with the heart eyes emoji, and the next thing we knew, Bella deleted the pic. Fans quickly speculated that she deleted the photo because Selena had commented on it. While certainly possible, that would be extremely weird. If anything, wouldn’t you just delete Selena’s comment? Maybe the post just wasn’t getting good engagement… or maybe Bella didn’t realize Instagram is taking away likes. Or maybe she really is that bizarrely petty. I don’t know the girl, so I can’t say! (If it were me, then you could definitely say she’s just that bizarrely petty.)

This all became actual news when a Selena Gomez fan account posted Bella’s then-deleted picture and called attention to the dirty delete, writing, “She’s all about supporting women. You all just can’t take it nicely. Btw Ms Hadid deleted the post.” Or, put in a way that makes actual sense that you don’t have to re-read three times, “Selena Gomez is all about supporting women, Bella Hadid just can’t take a compliment and deleted the post.” Or maybe “you all” refers to people who may have commented on Selena’s initial comment? It’s hard to tell, and we’ll never know now that the original post with the comment has been deleted.


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Selena Gomez commented “That sucks” with a sad face, and that’s it. That’s the drama. Selena Gomez tried to comment something nice on one of Bella Hadid’s Instagrams, so Bella responded by deleting the entire post. Lmao. I kind of love the ruthlessness of it all. It’s like, “my enemy commented on my post, so I’m gonna throw the whole post away—that will teach her to compliment me!” What a ridiculous power move.

UPDATE: It seems like I was probably right, and Bella Hadid didn’t delete her photo just because Selena Gomez commented on it. In a new Instagram caption (god, why can’t these people just release a statement through their publicist), Selena put the rumors to rest… sort of. In a comment on a pic Elle posted about the not-feud feud, Selena said, “NO. I shouldn’t of spoken without knowing the truth. I’m sorry. Please don’t be hurtful. She is a wonderful person and it is all a misunderstanding.”


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Soooo I was probably right in that Bella deleted the original picture because it got bad engagement, or maybe she didn’t have the rights to post it, or something. Probably completely unrelated to Selena Gomez. Well, this has been a fun exercise in jumping to conclusions! Now, if you need me, I need to figure out what it means when Instagram said 15 minutes ago that someone was online two hours ago, and now it jumped to two days ago.

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Jameela Jamil Got In The Messiest Twitter Fight With Sara Sampaio

Ah, Jameela Jamil. Talented actress, champion of body positivity, and prolific tweeter. Jameela does important work helping to tear down the norms of problematic diet culture and harmful social media wellness practices, but she also has a habit of putting her foot in her mouth on social media. Over the last 24 hours, she’s been in a heated Twitter back-and-forth with Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio, and it’s all one big mess. Tempers are high, things are getting condescending, and I’m not sure anyone is completely in the right, tbh. Let’s try to make sense of this, shall we?

A few days ago, Jameela Jamil reposted a video of a runway show in which several women are walking barefoot, dancing together, and generally just having a good time. No one in the video is super skinny, and Jameela took note. She said the show looked fun, then added “not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight.”

Oh my god 😍😍😍 this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful. https://t.co/hck5n6e9Xu

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 13, 2019

And in the least shocking turn of events, this offended some people, namely models, namely Sara Sampaio. Sara is a Portuguese model who has worked with Victoria’s Secret since 2013. She criticized Jameela’s description of models as “extremely offensive,” and called her a hypocrite for going against her usual message of body positivity.

How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down? Calling runway models “long-starved terrified teenager” is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy. https://t.co/JOBtY0yrui

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

As we saw last week with the George W. Bush drama, Jameela Jamil isn’t one to back down from criticism on Twitter, and this was no exception. She clarified that she wasn’t referring to all models, and clarified that a “*vast* majority” of young models have issues with drugs and/or eating disorders. She also said that Sampaio should “try to calm down.” *Cringe emoji*

On the one hand, while I understand Sampaio’s argument that Jameela Jamil could have just celebrated the video without bringing anything negative into the narrative, that’s not really Jameela’s style. Her whole thing is calling out issues in beauty standards, and the fashion industry has long played into and profited from these toxic ideals. On the other hand, telling Sara Sampaio to “try to calm down” is extremely condescending, and it doesn’t make Jameela Jamil’s argument any stronger.

I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be.

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

After those first couple tweets, it was basically a free-for-all between Sara and Jameela, with each tweeting and responding with blocks of text every couple minutes. It’s really not important to read every single tweet, or analyze every word, because it’s not that complicated. Sara Sampaio obviously feels strongly about not making disparaging generalizations about models, and Jameela Jamil doesn’t give a sh*t about making the fashion industry look bad.

Sampaio talked about how eating disorders and drug use are a problem in society as a whole, not only in the modeling business, and that these problems don’t actually affect a “vast majority” of models (k, I’m gonna need a citation on that), like Jameela suggested.

You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls just so you can celebrate others. Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole. And when you talk like you know for sure majority of https://t.co/4hAIf379WP

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

Sara also clarified that the only intention of her original tweet was to call out Jameela Jamil’s negativity: “I never said there wasn’t a problem with the industry, so don’t go around and put words in my mouth.” Honestly, this drama is more intense than 80% of Real Housewives feuds, which is saying something. Jameela Jamil then told Sara not to “police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic,” before adding that her words “aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive.”

Okay, so while I agree with Jameela that we don’t have to be polite when trying to affect change in the world, that’s not the same thing as demanding a free pass to offend whoever you want along the way. Sara’s not trying to say that Jameela should stop doing this kind of work, just that this specific tweet could have stayed on a positive note instead of slamming a whole group of people for basically no reason.

Don’t police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic. I was celebrating that it’s a refreshing change, compared to the toxic fashion show norm. I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite. https://t.co/NqvfwTeixP

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

So all of that (and more that I didn’t embed because it was just too much) happened on Tuesday night, ending at around 1opm. But that’s not the end!! Jameel Jamil fired up her Twitter machine once again this morning, going all the way back to Sara’s original response to her tweet. Girl, at this point, the horse is dead. Stop beating it.

Also @SaraSampaio , you MIDUNDERSTOOD the tweet in the first place… it was Not taking aim at *kids* for being starved and afraid. It’s definitely not *their* fault. Who on EARTH would blame children? it was taking aim at this (unbelievably fucked) industry. Which is RIGHT to do https://t.co/K3DkuRmIG7

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

After all of what happened on Tuesday night, Jameela claimed that Sara didn’t even understand the intent of her tweet in the first place. After all of that!!!! Jameela, I’m not gonna tell you how to live your life, but if someone misunderstands your point, perhaps try letting them know in the first response, rather than 10 rounds of petty tweets later. She said that her tweet wasn’t taking aim at the starved teenagers, but actually the fashion industry as a whole.

By this point, it doesn’t really matter, but Sara did criticize Jameela for “attacking girls,” so she can correct her if she wants. But Sara also understandably called out Jameela this morning for her “constant condescending tone” when responding to her, and told her to have a nice life. Wowwww, this is so petty, and I love it.

This is the last I’ll say on this. Your constant condescending tone is just unnecessary, and makes it impossible to actual have a conversation. Hope you have a nice life. Wish you all the best.

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

Despite Sara’s best efforts to shut the feud down, Jameela wasn’t done, and she followed this up with her most personal attack yet. She fully went for the jugular, saying that Sara works “for a transphobic, fat phobic company,” and that she should check herself “before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls.”

You also proudly work for a transphobic, fat phobic company @SaraSampaio . Victoria’s Secret is a brand that sets out to exclude most women, so I would check yourself on that before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls. https://t.co/e8HKFPQ71X

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

Honestly, this one left me speechless. Up until this point, the argument had stayed pretty squarely focused on the issue at hand. They can debate Jameela’s message on the tweet as much as they want, but Jameela really took it to a new level by attacking the job that has, by far, been the defining part of Sara’s career. And, I mean, she is not wrong…

If you’re speaking out against what your company did then GREAT. I look forward to seeing your activism on that with your big profile. You seem passionate about speaking out. So best of luck to you on helping young girls and trans people in this business. ❤️ https://t.co/UdQNCJrtb6

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

Despite saying she was done with the feud, Sara couldn’t ignore Jameela’s attack on her career, and came back for one last tweet, in which she acknowledged Victoria’s Secret’s mistakes, and said that they’ve “been working on changing that.” She made one more dig at Jameela, saying that she’s made big mistakes in the “pass” too, but then said that she’s not going to turn to “personal attacks to try to win some stupid twitter feud.”

Oh my god, you guys, I am so tired. Honestly, it’s comical that these two women got so involved over something that started with a dumb tweet about a fashion show that was meant to be positive, but that’s just the world we live in. I now know way more about Sara Sampaio than I ever intended to, and honestly, she’s pretty great at being petty on Twitter, so I kinda like her. Between Jameela’s relentless dedication to her causes and Sara’s unwillingness to back down, this was unknowingly a matchup for the ages.

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Why 50 Cent Is Going After Lala Kent & Randall Emmett Again

I have aged approximately 56 years since the original #FoftyGate, when 50 Cent posted on Instagram one Friday in April about how Lala Kent’s fiancé, Randall Emmett, owed him a million dollars. 50 (Fifty? Fitty? Fif?) demanded Randall pay him back the money he was owed by Monday, which spawned the phrase “Money by Monday”, which was silk screened onto T-shirts and used as hashtags across the nation. Vanderpump Rules fans and 50 Cent followers alike spent the entire weekend waiting to see if Randall would pay back the money by Monday (spoiler alert: he did, or at least, 50 claimed he did). It was a glorious weekend, and I’m pleased to report that it’s one that is repeating itself, as 50 Cent has once again taken aim at Lala and Randall—although, this time, it doesn’t have anything to do with money, or Randall, and everything to do with Lala.

Foftygate 2.0 started on Friday, when Lala Kent appeared on Watch What Happens Live! and a caller asked about Lala’s relationship with Fifty after Randall paid him back. Lala started by saying she listened to “In da Club” on her birthday, and then she revealed, “I think I really dinged Fofty’s ego. In fact, I know that because I have the receipt to prove that, that I would never post because I ain’t that girl.” She followed that up by saying, “I ain’t beefing unless I’m getting paid on Vanderpump, yo.”

If you’ll recall, Lala, who is from Utah, has previously said that the spirit of Tupac Shakur inhabits her body (because he doesn’t have anything better to do in the afterlife), and she is apparently still clinging to this narrative. On WWHL, she also went on to jokingly compare her beef with Fifty to the infamous Tupac and Biggie feud of the 90s.

Fofty found out pretty much right away and was not happy about this. He first shared a screenshot of a Hollywood Life writeup of Lala’s interview, writing in the caption, “What’s wrong with this hoe… now don’t say she didn’t ask for it when I started tripping.”


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What’s wrong with this hoe, ? now don’t say she didn’t ask for it when I start tripping. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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Then he immediately followed that up with a screenshot from an UsWeekly article in which Lala revealed that she hit rock bottom on a trip to Disney World with Randall and his daughters, confessing that she was drunk for four days straight. I feel like I remember Lala talking about this on Vanderpump Rules (or maybe all her rock bottom stories just bleed together, I don’t know), but yikes. She was drunk for four days in front of his daughters? At Disney World, presumably on rides? That’s a big ol’ yikes.


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?oh this bitch be drunk 4 days straight. She must just be on some drunk hoe, I don’t remember type shit. ? #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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Still, though, as much as I live for pettiness, it’s f*cked up for Fofty to make fun of Lala’s drinking issues when she has publicly been pretty open about the fact that she has a problem.

Then, he posted another picture, of Lala and Randall in bed together, with the caption, “Randell: I’m sorry Fofty this bitch is drunk and high. I told her put that damn phone down she don’t listen.?50:Shut the fuck up Randell.?”


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Randell: I’m sorry Fofty this bitch is drunk and high. I told her put that damn phone down she don’t listen.?50:Shut the fuck up Randell.? #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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So 50 has graduated from posting text screenshots to just recapping them in the captions? That’s what I’m guessing he means by this. Is he claiming that Lala is drinking and on drugs again? This is all a lot, and I am frankly upset that Fofty hasn’t given us the full picture here. Also, it’s hilarious to me that these guys are supposedly friends, and yet Fifty still can’t be bothered to spell Randall’s name right.

He followed that up with a photo of Lala and Randall in which Lala looks like she just came back from a fresh fillers appointment, and Randall looks like his typical mix of confused and serious.


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The fuck is wrong with your neck buck O ?#lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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I mean, yeah whatever Randall has some loose neck skin, but cut the guy a break. He’s like, 50 years old.

THENNN things started to get really good. Fofty posted a couple videos of Lala discussing, on camera, how she and Randall met. In case you didn’t have to watch the clip 32 times throughout last season of Vanderpump Rules, the gist is basically a #MeToo nightmare: Randall saw Lala working, sent his assistant to ask if she was an actress, got her an audition, had sex with her that night, and gave her the part and a Range Rover the next day.


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? No caption needed,LOL #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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?‍♂️Then he falls in LOVE with the hoe, and they live drunk and high happily ever after. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac

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At this point, I really don’t know what Fofty is getting at with this. It seems like he’s trying to shame Lala for something that she has been very open and shameless about in the first place, so I feel like it’s not going to work. Also, should Lala really be shamed for this, or should we be shaming Randall, who kind of used his power as a producer to sleep with an aspiring actress and reward her with a part in a movie? Just because they’re getting married doesn’t make it any less sketch.

It’s also not clear what 50 wants out of this situation—unlike last time, we don’t have a clean-cut #MoneyByMonday deadline. Maybe he wants an apology? For Lala to take back what she said? I have a feeling Lala is going to walk these statements back real quick, because for all her talk about “popping” people who challenge her, at the end of the day, she talks a big game but can’t back it up.

Images: 50cent / Instagram; Shutterstock

Taylor Swift And Katy Perry’s Feud Is Finally Over

Hell might officially be frozen over, because Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s feud has officially been squashed. I really wasn’t sure this day would ever come, and the shock is still wearing off. These two have hated each other for years, but I guess all good drama comes to an end. It’s the end of a pop culture era, so let’s go over the new developments, and take a little walk down memory lane.

Katy announced the peace treaty on her Instagram on Tuesday night, with a photo of a plate of cookies with the words “peace at last” written in icing. The cookies look f*cking delicious, but I have a few questions about how this photo came about.

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feels good ? @taylorswift

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First of all, who supplied the cookies? Did Taylor Swift bring a plate of cookies to Katy Perry’s house? Did she have them delivered by someone else? Did they hang out and bake the cookies together? And I’m even more fascinated by the icing. Those letters were obviously not professionally piped on the platter (I hope), so who did it? Taylor? Or did Taylor send instructions and Katy piped the letters herself? Did one of their assistants do it? Will I get ANY work done today? Sadly, I have answers to exactly zero of these questions.

Taylor did quickly comment on Katy’s photo, so there’s no question that the peace offering was real.

That’s a lot of heart emojis, but it’s pretty on brand for Taylor Swift’s recent rebrand as a human rainbow. If anything, the timing of this makes perfect sense, because both Taylor and Katy are gearing up to release new albums. The feud made sense in the past, but both of them are going for more of a positive, happy vibe lately, so the ~bad blood~ doesn’t really fit with their images anymore. I’m sure there were other important developments in them not hating each other anymore (like maybe them both being in happy relationships and John Mayer being less in the public eye/dating pool), but the publicity can’t hurt for either of them.

Now that these two have publicly buried the hatchet (for now), let’s take a look back at the seven-year saga that is Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s feud.

Going back to the early years of their careers, Katy and Taylor were friends. Things first took a sour turn in 2012, when Katy Perry started dating John Mayer, who Taylor had previously had a relationship with. I don’t know all the specifics of how this went down, but we all know it’s never a good idea to get involved with your friend’s ex. In the immortal words of Gretchen Weiners, that’s just like, the rules of feminism.

The John Mayer thing was an issue, but things really went south over drama surrounding backup dancers on their tour. First, Taylor Swift purportedly stole some of Katy Perry’s backup dancers for her tour, and then some dancers later jumped ship from Taylor back to Katy. The whole thing was a mess, and it was was pretty much what killed any friendship they had.

They each released a song that was obviously about the other—Taylor Swift had “Bad Blood,” and Katy Perry released a full-on diss track with “Swish Swish.” At the time she released “Bad Blood,” Taylor said it was about a “straight-up enemy” pop star who “basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour.” Yeah, subtle, no idea who she could be referring to.

Perhaps the height of pettiness in this feud came in 2017, when after years of criticizing Spotify for their practices of compensating artists, Taylor Swift suddenly had a change of heart. She released her entire music catalogue to Spotify on the exact same day that Katy’s new album Witness was released. Honestly, I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift, but this is so savage that I have to applaud.

Things in the feud started to thaw last year, when Katy Perry sent Taylor Swift a letter before her tour, along with a literal olive branch. Just famous people sh*t.

The letter and the olive branch were a nice gesture, but things took another step forward a couple weeks ago, when Taylor added Katy’s new song “Never Really Over” to her official Apple Music playlist. At that point, it was only a matter of time until Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s feud officially ended, and so the plate of cookies didn’t come as a total surprise.

So, where do we go from here? Now that Katy and Taylor are on good terms, there’s big speculation that the two could have a collaboration on one of their upcoming albums. That would definitely be a big moment, and it’s probably the only thing that would get me to stop listening to “Old Town Road” on repeat.

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Paris Hilton Just Reignited Her Feud With Lindsay Lohan

It doesn’t get more iconic than Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Just from saying those two names together, I’m instantly transported back to a time of low-rise jeans, tragic hair extensions, and passed-out starlets in the back of cars. Things were simpler back then. While we’ve moved on from the era of Von Dutch trucker hats, not all of the drama has been left in the past. There’s clearly still some bad blood between Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and Paris has recently reignited their decade-long feud. I’m obsessed.

On Tuesday night, Paris Hilton was a guest on Watch What Happens Live, and lucky for us, Andy Cohen got her to play Plead the Fifth. If you’re unfamiliar, Andy asks three uncomfortable questions, and you only get to skip one of them. Like a true icon, Paris answered all three of her questions, and the first one nearly made me fall out of my chair. Noting that Paris Hilton recently said she never wants her name spoken in the same sentence as Lindsay Lohan’s (oops, I’ve already done it three times), Andy asked Paris to say three nice things about Lindsay.

Watch what she had to say:

Are you dead? Because I’m dead. In case you didn’t watch, Paris first says that Lindsay is “beyond,” which is probably actually a compliment coming from her. Like, if Paris Hilton tells you that your outfit is “beyond,” you wear that outfit every single day until you die. It’s just the rules. After her first (probably) nice thing, Paris is truly out of good things to say, so she just ditches the assignment and goes with “lame and embarrassing.” You guys! You guys. This is the kind of legendary shade that I live for.

It’s safe to say that things are still pretty rough between Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan (oops, I said their names together again). We were reminded of their feud last summer, when Comments By Celebs found another absolute shady gem from Paris. One of those accounts who posts stuff from 2000s pop culture found a video (most likely from 2006) of Lindsay Lohan speaking to the paparazzi. She first says that Paris just hit her and poured a drink on her at a party, but then she tells the reporters that it never happened, and calls Paris a friend. After that, Lindsay calls Paris a c*nt straight to the camera, and then again insists that she didn’t say it. Lindsay might have changed a lot of things about her life in the last decade, but she has always been delusional.

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As we said in the podcast, these were the good ol’ days. #CommentsByCelebs

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Paris, always ready to throw the shade, commented “#PathologicalLiar” on the video. Think about that. This account paris2000s resurfaced this video of Lindsay Lohan from more than 10 years prior, and Paris Hilton still made a point to talk sh*t about Lindsay. Honestly, her commitment is inspirational.

In response, Lindsay’s dad Michael Lohan tweeted that Paris should grow up, while also calling her “SAVAGE” and a liar. The Lohan family is so messy that honestly it’s just funny Michael feels he has any room to talk, but I will never turn down a good celebrity feud. Paris Hilton probably never even saw this tweet, because Michael Lohan hasn’t been relevant since…ever?

Please. Grow up. If anyone is a liar it's you Paris
The hotel heiress is SAVAGE. https://t.co/QrfVhwhk8Q via @HuffPostEnt

— Michael Lohan (@MichaelJLohan) July 18, 2018

There’s one more important instance of shade that Paris Hilton has thrown Lindsay’s way. In 2017, she explained to MTV Australia that iconic photos of her going out with Lindsay and Britney Spears aren’t exactly an accurate depiction of what happened. “Actually, it was just Brit and I  out, and then Lindsay chased us to the car and got in. She wasn’t invited.” Paris Hilton is channeling the kind of pettiness that I aspire to, and it’s honestly beautiful.

While I love a good petty moment, it’s actually starting to feel like this feud is a little one-sided. Like, Lindsay Lohan is just chilling in Dubai, and unless she’s doing something we don’t know about, like post a cryptic and weird Instagram, maybe Paris should give it a rest? It’s never a good look to be obsessed with your enemy, and Paris Hilton looks a little obsessed right now.

Images: Shutterstock; Watch What Happens Live / YouTube; @commentsbycelebs / Instagram; @michaeljlohan / Twitter

Celebrities Who Secretly Hate Each Other

It’s hard to keep up with all the celebrity news these days. There are countless feuds between singers who hate each other that we are all aware of (hi Cardi B and Nicki Minaj). But there are some celebrities who hate each other that do so in a more tasteful private manner. Ever think actors really aren’t that good at their job? Well, there are a bunch of co-stars who can’t stand one another and you’ll be shocked when you find out. I apologize in advance for possibly ruining your favorite movies or shows when you learn about these celebrities who hate each other. Whoops.

1. Rachel McAdams Ryan Gosling

This one broke my heart. Apparently, when they first started filming The Notebook the chemistry was not there. Gosling even asked the director to replace McAdams but instead, the two were forced into a couples therapy session. LOL. This ended up working because their acting in the movie is v compelling and the two even went on to date on and off for four years after filming.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

During the filming of Romeo + Juliet, Danes found DiCaprio to be immature and avoided him at all cost when they weren’t in scenes together. DiCaprio was 21 while Danes was 17 at the time. She didn’t like that he would prank others on set, while he reportedly thought she was uptight. I guess it’s true when they say girls mature faster than boys.

3. Mariah Carey and Everyone

Carey has a reputation of being a diva. And the celebrity feuds she is involved in are endless. The list includes Nicki Minaj, J.Lo, Demi Lovato, and probably continues to grow as we speak.

Mariah Carey

4. Kelly Osbourne and Christina Aguilera

This one is rather one-sided. After Osborne said, referring to Aguilera, “Maybe she is just becoming the fat b–ch she was born to be. I don’t know.” Fat shaming is never cool. Although this duo has a long history of snarking comments to one another, Aguilera stayed quiet in this specific instance. Only time will tell if this feud will continue.

5. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall

Ugh. It’s v depressing to know that your fav BFFs on TV are actually part of the list of celebrities who hate each other. That said, Parker and Cattrall have been pretty public about their *lack of* friendship. In February, Cattrall posted to her Instagram (see post here) to call Parker out for being a fake friend and to tell her to leave her alone after her brother’s death. Ouch. Fans, including myself, were devastated to learn about this feud, especially since that meant no third Sex and the City movie.

Sex and the City

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