Inside some of the biggest celebrity sibling feuds

There are numerous celebrity siblings who enjoy loving, functional relationships that no doubt made their parents proud — think Donny and Marie Osmond, or the three Gibb brothers collectively known as The Bee Gees. Many more examples can be seen in the annals of showbiz lore, from Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal to models Gigi and Bella Hadid. 

Yet there is another category of celebrity siblings, and it’s a far more entertaining one: celebrity siblings who can’t stand each other. Interestingly enough, there have been numerous examples of that particular type of relationship over the years, with stories recounting the feuds of sibling stars filling the pages of supermarket tabloids for decades.

These examples include not one but several sets of battling rock-star brothers, legendary Hollywood sisters whose simmering feud spanned decades, a pair of princes, and even a beloved movie star who aided the opponent of her Oscar-nominated brother in his nasty custody dispute — over a child who would go on to become a star in her own right. Tea will be spilled, so keep on reading on to find out these famous celebrity sibling beefs.

Politics keeps Stephen Baldwin at odds with his brothers

It’s no secret that Alec Baldwin leans to the left on the political spectrum. In fact, he won an Emmy for his hilarious impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, which is by no means complimentary to the president. 

However, the former 30 Rock star’s politics are in opposition to those of brother Stephen Baldwin, a fundamentalist born-again Christian and enthusiastic Trump supporter. This has caused a rift. In 2017, Stephen told The Hollywood Reporter, “I haven’t spoken to [Alec] since the election,” he said, adding, “That’s the truth. That is by his choice.” In fact, Stephen made a somewhat dubious prediction that the Republican tax cuts introduced in late 2017 would bring his brother over to his side. “I’m calling it now: With the amount of money Alec is going to make with this new tax cut, I bet he votes for Trump for re-election,” he declared. “Just saying!”

Meanwhile, another of the four Baldwin brothers slammed Stephen for his political views. “If our father were alive today… he’d smack you in the side of the head for supporting Donald Trump,” Billy Baldwin tweeted to Stephen. 

The troubled sisterhood of Kim and Kyle Richards

As fans of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills can attest, the relationship between sisters Kim and Kyle Richards has seen more ups and downs than a seesaw at a preschool playground. Part of this has to do with Kim’s longtime struggle with alcohol, which RHOBH viewers first saw when Kyle confronted her in the back of a limo in an infamous 2011 scene. “Kim, you act like an insane person,” Kyle tells her clearly intoxicated sister, adding, “I’m so sick of your crap, everybody is, everybody’s sick of what you put us through.”

Kim was still having issues in 2015, when she was arrested and “cited for public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer,” according People.

In 2019, Hollywood Life reported that Kyle reached out in an attempt to end their estrangement after what Us Weekly reported as a “downward spiral” that led Kim to “a brief visit to the emergency room at UCLA.” That conversation didn’t go well. “[Kim] felt Kyle’s words came out harsh and that Kyle was overstepping her boundaries and [was] out of line,” said a source, claiming the talk escalated to “a heated argument.” Kyle, according to the source, was simply “trying to help and let Kim know that she’s here for her.” 

Liam and Noel Gallagher's feuding destroyed Oasis

When Oasis burst on the music scene in the early 1990s, the British rockers charted a string of hits, including “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” “Champagne Supernova” and more. The band’s rise was as meteoric as its demise was messy, brought about by the ongoing animosity between founders Liam and Noel Gallagher. While both brothers were responsible for the band’s success, thanks to their individual creative contributions, their dysfunctional relationship far transcended mere sibling rivalry. 

Rolling Stone charted a timeline of the brothers’ ongoing battles, with highlights including: Noel walking offstage in the middle of a show and quitting the band’s debut North American tour (he came back soon after); the legendary “Wibbling Rivalry” bootleg recording of an interview in which the brothers trash each other mercilessly; Noel quitting again in 2000, and then for good in 2009. 

Since then, both Gallaghers have publicly slagged each other. Liam pretty much summed up his feelings about his brother — which are no doubt mutual — when he told LA Weekly, “I’d rather eat my own s**t than be in a band with him again. He’s a miserable little f**k, if you know what I mean.”

Ray and Dave Davies brotherhood has a few… kinks

When it comes to rock-star sibling rivalry, the undisputed all-time champions have to be Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, who’ve been riffing and roughhousing since the 1960s — and certainly didn’t keep it to themselves. As Ultimate Classic Rock recalled, the band members’ onstage brawls ultimately led to a four-year ban in America.

About a year ago we hated the sight of each other,” Dave Davies told New Musical Express of Ray back in 1966, via UCR. “We would fly into a temper at the slightest provocation. I suppose, in a way, it was only natural when we spent so much time together.” In another quote cited by Ultimate Classic Rock, Ray acknowledged he was not blameless. “Dave has his problems with me sometimes, but that’s inevitable,” he said, adding, “I’m not an easy person to work with.” 

By 2014, Dave was singing a different tune, telling the Independent that his “love has always been relentlessly directed towards [Ray].” The following year, however, that sentiment wasn’t quite so apparent. Dave told the Daily Mail of a childhood incident that he said was “symbolic of [the brothers’] whole relationship.” During an impromptu boxing match, Dave knocked Ray into a piano, leaving him “seemingly unconscious.” When Dave leaned in to check on him, “Ray bolted upright and punched [Dave] hard in the face.” Dave recalled to the tab, “I felt the pleasure that I’d knocked him over, then concern that I’d hurt him. But all he really wanted was to get back at me.” 

Julia Roberts' battle with brother Eric got nasty

Before Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts America’s sweetheart, it was her older brother, Eric Roberts, who was the movie star in the family. In the 1980s, he was on the rise in Hollywood thanks to acclaimed performances in Star 80, The Pope of Greenwich Village, and Runaway Train (earning his sole Oscar nomination for that last one). When his little sister’s stardom ultimately eclipsed his, Eric was neck-deep in cocaine addiction, a path that ultimately led him to TV’s Celebrity Rehab.

When he and girlfriend Kelly Cunningham split in 1993, Julia reportedly helped fund Kelly’s legal costs in the custody battle over the ex-couple’s daughter, future American Horror Story star Emma Roberts.

Eric and Julia spent years estranged from each other, but they reunited in 2004 shortly after the birth of Julia’s twins. He gushed to People at the time, “I don’t think she’s ever been happier in my presence.” Fourteen years later, he looked back at their estrangement, which eventually broke when they became “e-mail buddies,” according to Vanity Fair. “I wouldn’t characterize it as a falling-out,” he told the outlet, but admitted his drug use was a major factor. “I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey, unable to enjoy enjoyment. Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia.” 

Madonna felt betrayed by her brother's tell-all

When Christoher Ciccone wrote a tell-all book about sister Madonna Louise Ciccone aka Madonna, it created a rift that lasted for the better part of a decade. Madonna reportedly felt betrayed by the book, c, which provided a detailed account of her wedding to Guy Richie — an event she went to great lengths to keep private. In an excerpt published by the Daily Mail, he writes of her “bullying behavior,” and includes a scorched-earth fax he sent the “evil queen” complaining of years spent “listening to your bitching, egotistical rantings, mediocre talent and a lack of taste that would stun the ages.” Speaking to CBS News, Christopher said, “Some may consider it betrayal of some kind, I consider it my memoirs. I can’t tell my story without telling hers. Our lives are completely intertwined.” 

In 2017, Christopher told The Sun (via Page Six) that he and his sister were starting to bridge the divide. “We’ve gotten past that, we talk,” he said, but added, “I do know Madonna likes to hold grudges.” In 2019, the hatchet was buried. “We are at peace now and just spoke last week,” Christopher told R Online, adding, “Madonna has been great!” 

Nick and Aaron Carter's rivalry ended with a restraining order

Nick Carter is best known as a member of 1990s boy band Backstreet Boys, while younger brother Aaron Carter had a successful pop career of his own. Since then, both have experienced various issues: Nick has been candid about his struggles with addiction, while Aaron also battled substance abuse, and in 2019 revealed he’d been diagnosed with various mental disorders, including schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder.

Discord between Aaron and Nick can be traced back years, which Aaron recalled in 2019 by tweeting footage of an ugly interaction from their MTV reality show House of Carters, alongside the claim that Nick “bullied” and “tortured” him his “whole life.” The exact same day as Aaron’s tweet, Nick went public by tweeting that he and their sister Angel were seeking a restraining order against Aaron. As he explained, “Aaron’s increasingly alarming behavior and his recent and his recent confession that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my unborn child” left them “no choice but to take every measure possible to protect [themselves].”

Aaron responded with another tweet, claiming he and Nick hadn’t seen each other “in four years.” In a follow-up, he coldly declared, “Take care. @nickcarter we’re done for life.”

Olivia de Havilland's epic Hollywood feud with star sister Joan Fontaine

Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, who died in July 2020 at age 104, was as famous for her movies as she was for her contentious relationship with her sister, fellow movie star Joan Fontaine. According to Biography, the sisters’ animosity sparked in childhood and continued throughout their lives. Speaking with People about her 1978 memoir No Bed of Roses, Fontaine sniped, “I regret that I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood… You can divorce your sister as well as your husbands. I don’t see her at all and I don’t intend to.”

A few years after Fontaine’s 2013 death, de Havilland told the Associated Press that she bore no responsibility for the bad blood with her sister, despite the fact that she confessed to having taken to calling Fontaine “Dragon Lady.” “On my part, it was always loving,” she insisted, “but sometimes estranged and, in the later years, severed.” She also refused to categorize what took place as a feud. “A feud implies continuing hostile conduct between two parties. I cannot think of a single instance wherein I initiated hostile behavior,” de Havilland said, adding, “But I can think of many occasions where my reaction to deliberately inconsiderate behavior was defensive.”

These Black Crowes had little brotherly love

The Black Crowes hit the music scene with a vengeance in the 1990s, their rootsy, bluesy sound propelling brothers Rich Robinson (guitar) and Chris Robinson (lead vocals) to bona fide rock stardom. 

Throughout the band’s career, breaking up and getting back together happened so frequently it practically became a ritual. In 2002, Billboard reported the band was going on hiatus, with Chris to pursue a solo career. The Crowes reunited for a 2005 reunion tour, only to split again, going on “indefinite hiatus” in 2010. “I don’t have a brother anymore. We don’t speak,” said Rich in a 2018 interview with WAB (via Ultimate Classic Rock). “I haven’t spoken to him in four years… It is a shame that it became about money, which it did… Ultimately, he wanted everyone’s money. He felt that he was more important and bigger and better than everyone else, and that’s delusional and not the case, and I just felt like it wasn’t very righteous to live that way. And so the band split up.”

In 2019 Rich and Chris reunited and announced a 2020 reunion tour — which was postponed before it even started due to the pandemic.

Anyone have any advice for this newspaper columnist feud?

When it came to newspaper advice, two syndicated columnists ruled the roost: Abigail Van Buren, who penned Dear Abby, and Ann Landerswho wrote Ask Ann Landers. Their readers, however, may not have realized that those weren’t their real names — and that the two were twin sisters, Esther “Eppie” Lederer (Ann) and Pauline Phillips (Abby), born 17 minutes apart. 

Eppie, reported The New York Times Magazine, entered the game when she was hired to take over a Chicago newspaper’s existing Ask Ann Landers column. Facing a huge backlog of letters, Eppie asked her sister to help craft answers, until her editor told her she could no longer farm out the work. Miffed, Pauline got her revenge by launching her own competing column for another newspaper, Dear Abby. According to Pauline’s daughter, Jeanne Phillips, Eppie was devastated. “She didn’t talk to her for about 10 years,” said Phillips. 

While the sisters eventually reconciled, the bad blood passed down to their daughters, who both took over their mothers’ respective columns after their deaths. Margo Howard — Eppie’s daughter, admitted that “the rivalry went into the next generation with Jeanne and I.”

Prince Harry and Prince William got into a royal rumble

Prince William and younger brother Prince Harry seemingly had a close relationship for their entire lives. Yet royal watchers began to see cracks form after Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

In late 2018, the Daily Mail reported that a source told royal reporter Katie Nicholl that “Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so,” resulting in “a bit of a fall out” that required Prince Charles to step in. Harry was also reportedly insulted by William alleged suggestion that his romance with Markle was moving a bit quickly. Meanwhile, an October 2020 Daily Mail excerpt of the book Battle of Brothers: William & Harry — The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult claimed that when Harry pushed back, William asked their uncle, Charles Spencer, to express similar concerns, which brought on “an even more bitter explosion.” Harry reportedly wasn’t upset with his uncle, claimed the book, but with William for “dragging” Spencer into it, adding that the “anger and mistrust — that distance — has lasted to the present day.”

While that’s a lot of speculation from anonymous sourcing, consider this actual quote from Harry, who told ITV in October 2019, “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. … As brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.” He did, however, confess, “I will always be there for him and as I know he will always be there for me. … I love him dearly.” 

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