In 2008, celebrities waged war on each other, on purity rings, on the paparazzi you name it. There were battles fought in the pages of magazines, on YouTube and at airport gates. And we learned that when celebrities get a camera in their face they either ham it up (Heidi and Spencer) or beat up on the cameraman and/or his equipment ([artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]). So, here we look back on the greatest celebrity feuds of the past year.
Kanye West had not one, but two scuffles involving members of the media. In September, the rapper, along with his bodyguard, destroyed the property of a paparazzo trying to take a picture of the rapper at Los Angeles International Airport. He avoided felony charges because he destroyed only a piece of lighting equipment worth less than $100. Then, after a similar scuffle with a photographer in Jolly Old England, he was taken in for questioning again. He avoided those charges too, and blogged about it. This guy really hates getting his picture taken, but he really loves blogging.
[artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] and Joe Jonas met, presumably fell in love and went to the VMAs together. Then they broke up, according to her, because of Camilla Belle, whom he met the set of his "Lovebug" music video. She said he dumped her in a 27-second phone call. She made a wacky video telling her doll not to date a Joe Jonas doll. Joe and his brothers took to their MySpace blog to deny everything Taylor said, but they later took down the post. She wrote a song about it and sold tons of albums. And now Camilla might be two-timing Joe with Robert Pattinson, and well, that's how young love goes.
Brand made a few naughty jokes at the [artist id="2088128"]Jonas Brothers[/artist]' expense when he hosted the September VMA broadcast, poking fun at their purity/ promise rings. During the show, [artist id="2807016"]Jordin Sparks[/artist], who also wears a purity ring, spoke out against the comedian's remarks, saying some people don't want to be "sluts" (um, OK). And sometime later, [artist id="2024407"]Paris Hilton[/artist] (yes, that one) stepped in and defended the boys. Brand later apologized for his remark and the Jonas Brothers accepted. But last week, Brand said he wanted to kiss them at midnight on New Year's Eve. Guess he can't take a hint.
They're all young, cute Disney stars (and Miley's backup dancer). But little did we know that there's a mean girl lurking in each of them. In 2008, there was buzz starting that Demi or Selena could dethrone Miley as Disney Queen Bee. Demi and Selena also began making YouTube videos very similar to Miley and Mandy's. So, Miley and Mandy recorded a video that clearly mocked the others. She later said she was sorry about it. And in an attempt to play nice (or bow to the still-reigning queen), both Selena and Demi told us there was no Miley feud.
On the season-three finale of "Making the Band 4," [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist], in classic Diddy fashion, single-handedly kicked out the most famous members of [artist id="2400155"]Danity Kane[/artist], Aubrey O'Day and D. Woods, basically for being too famous. He didn't like O'Day's constant need to be in the limelight, while D.Woods was just guilty by association. The three remaining members of the group spoke out about Diddy's decision, but O'Day and Woods have been pretty quiet about the whole incident. But with a new season of "Making the Band" starting in 2009, we don't expect the feud to die anytime soon.
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are without a doubt the most polarizing duo on "The Hills." And they stirred the pot once again when they eloped in Mexico in November. Heidi's mom gave the marriage six months and claimed that Spencer drugged her daughter to get her to agree to the elopement. Spencer denied the claim and said that she needed to take a chill pill. Heidi said that she couldn't be happier. Even Tom Cruise weighed in, advising Spencer that he'd eventually have to give Heidi the big wedding her family claims she always wanted. They've admitted they want kids. That may mean more trouble in 2009.