They don’t serve drama like this anymore. Today’s teen stars are goddamn dullards compared to the drama-ridden heyday of Disney and Nickelodeon. Some of these feuds happened in real time, posted all over the stars’ social media for the fans to see. Other times, the drama was revealed retroactively, alerting fans that they’re favorite on-screen friends could barely tolerateworking together.
Cast your mind back to the glory days of the early ‘aughts. Selena, Demi, and Miley were passing the Jonas Brothers around like a game of pass-the-purity-ring. Taylor Swift was hovering on the periphery, causing trouble and stirring the pot. These Disney stars who hate each other blasted their enemies on Twitter, YouTube, and in interviews – it was glorious! And on the same side of the spectrum, we had Nickelodeon star feuds to revel in. There was never a dull moment. Read on for the best TV teen star feuds that prove ain’t no drama like young, raging, hormone-induced drama.
Drake Bell And Josh Peck
The fictional Drake and Josh of Nickelodeon sitcom fame appear to share an fictitious love for one another. The real life Drake and Josh are barely on speaking terms these days. Their drama came to light when Drake Bell got his knickers in a twist over the fact that he wasn’t invited to Josh’s wedding.
Drake pulled on his petty boots and took to the internet, tweeting, “When you’re not invited to the wedding the message is clear…” He followed this up with the equally petty, “Loyalty is key… ALWAYS remember where you came from.” Drake promptly deleted the tweets but the internet never forgets.
Josh shed some light on the current state of their friendship in a recent podcast interview saying, “I have no good answer for when people ask — and I get [it] all the time — it’s ‘Where’s Drake?’ […] I go, ‘I wish I had a better answer but probably at home. Whole Foods?'” It looks like they may be on the up and up with Drake telling the media he and Josh have cleared up the confusion and he was just “cranky” at the time. Things are all good…for now.
Kenan Thompson And Kel Mitchell
This feud isn’t especially dramatic or messy, just depressing. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchel, stars of the iconic and beloved Kenan & Kel, stopped hanging out once they moved past their show and the movie it inspired.
In 2012, Kel told TMZ, “The truth is Kenan does not want to be seen with me in any form of media or even have my name mentioned around him.” That’s cold, Kenan. Kel also went on to say, “I have not been upset about this. I respect his choice of wanting to make a name for himself solo.”
Demi Lovato And Selena Gomez
This feud is one for the ages. It sparked an iconic gif that can really be used in response to anything having to do with Taylor Swift. Demi and Selena, friends from early childhood when they both starred on Barney & Friends, had such a strong friendship Disney gave them an original movie, Princess Protection Program. But they had a huge falling out when Selena started hanging with Taylor Swift.
Selena ditched Demi for Taylor’s girl squad and Demi’s response to this rebuff was captured on camera forever immortalizing the phrase “Ask Taylor!” In 2014, Demi unfollowed Selena on twitter and told Andy Cohen, “I think it’s just one of those things where people change and people grow apart.”
Victoria Justice And Ariana Grande
Victoria Justice’s pettiness toward one-time friend Ariana Grand also got her meme’d. But the feud goes beyond petty outbursts; Ariana once mentioned being bullied on set and the majority of people assumed that the bully in question was Victoria Justice. This annoyed Victoria to no end.
There was also some shadiness about the way Victorious, Victoria Justice’s TV show, was cancelled. Ariana tweeted (and has since deleted) this statement on the situation: “Sweetheart the only reason Victorious ended is because 1 girl didn’t want to do it. She chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam and Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise. I’m sick of this bs.”
Ashley Tisdale And Lucus Grabeel
The High School Musical cast always seemed extra chummy – maybe too chummy. Something had to be going down beneath that shiny, Disney-approved exterior. Well, turns out there was something bubbling underneath the surface. In a tenth anniversary reunion interview, Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Gabreel revealed that they had hated each other while filming.
Tisdale said of their on-set relationship, “All I remember is, we were not close. We were not good friends […] It’s been 10 years, we can totally talk about this. We hated each other.” The pair are on good terms now but it seems like their roles as siblings was more rivalry than love.
Jake T. Austin And Selena Gomez
Former wizard siblings, Jake T. Austin and Selena Gomez of Wizards of Waverly Place, never came to blows but instead brought their beef to the preferred platform of celeb feuds everywhere: Twitter. Selena was looking to branch out into more mature roles and wanted off the show. Jake was not into this and took to Twitter to criticize Selena’s choice to act in the movie Spring Breakers. He tweeted, “When an artists’ definition of ‘growing with their fans’ is creating content they aren’t even allowed to see…”
Nothing throws shade like an open-ended ellipses.
Ariana Grande And Jeanette McCurdy
Rumors once swirled about the animosity between the two stars of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat. There were stories of salary disputes and Ariana Grande wanting to get the hell off of the set so she could pursue her singing career. Following the show’s cancellation, Jeanette McCurdy started a web series called What’s Next For Sarah? about a former child star whose show was cancelled. In the third episode she threw some proper shade Ariana’s way by writing a character called Gloriana (sounds familiar) who flaunted her successful singing career. Though something so flagrant may not technically count as throwing shade.
Jeanette also wrote an Internet rant about breaking up with a friend shortly after the cancellation of Sam & Cat. Which is exactly in keeping with what teenaged celebs do when feuding.
Selena Gomez And Miley Cyrus
A purity ring can’t hold a fella back from macking on multiple Disney chicks. Back in the day BFFs Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus both fell victim to that Jo-Bro charm. After recently dating Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas moved on to Selena Gomez. And thus, a new feud was born. Miley was pretty damn livid that Selena was picking up her sloppy seconds.
So livid that she took to YouTube and made a parody video of the videos Selena and Demi Lovato were making to promote the Disney channel’s BFFS. Miley gave a half-assed apology – a very sorry-not-sorry kind of statement. Which is ironic, considering Demi’s latest single.
Selena Gomez And Ariana Grande
If it seems like some of the feuds on here all involve the same people, that’s because they do. In yet another teen-drama-mashup, Ariana Grand and Selena Gomez have also had their beef. Ariana and Selena were performing at the 2013 Jingle Ball and both had technical issues during their sets. However, Selena was very obviously lip syncing her performance. Ariana, on the other hand, was not.
Grande drew attention to this by saying “At least I wasn’t tracking” during her set. Obviously, Selena Gomez didn’t appreciate the remark.
Amanda Bynes And Miley Cyrus
Amanda Bynes has had a rough few years in the public eye. One bad habit she picked up through her troubles is releasing pent up aggression on Twitter. Often this aggression is toward other celebrities. Not long after Miley Cyrus had broken up with Liam Hemsworth, Amanda took to the web to tweet her thoughts on Miley’s promiscuity. Bynes bashed out this tweet: “Liam Helmsworth is the most gorgeous man on the face of the earth other than Tanz Watson. FYi!” Within a few days of professing how horned up she was for Liam, she tweeted Miley a very simple “Ur ugly.”
Dylan Sprouse And Joe Jonas
Now this has the makings of a great feud: Famous Disney siblings from different families squaring off against each other. Sounds perfect! It all started when Joe Jonas spoke with Vulture magazine in December 2013 about the perils of growing up in a Disney fame machine. Dylan Sprouse, one half of The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody, didn’t take kindly to this and posted a response to the article on his tumblr saying, “I think it’s bullshit that they were being robbed of choice or creativity. If they wanted too, they could have told Disney ‘NO.’ Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right.”
Guess Sprouse would say not to bite the hand that feeds you.
Miley Cyrus And Nick Jonas
You know the drama was damn good if it inspires a Disney-style diss-track. Hearthrob Nick Jonas, one-third of The Jonas Brothers, made his romantic way through the Disney girl gang, starting with Miley Cyrus. They broke up in 2008, inspiring Miley to write “7 Things” about Nick and to fill the music video with mementos from their relationship.
According to the video’s director, Brett Ratner, Miley wore Nick’s diabetes necklace and flashes his photo to the camera, leaving no room for confusion – this song is straight up about that Jonas boy.
–Joe Jonas And Aly Michalka
Another Jonas Brother. Another break-up song. This time Joe Jonas is the song’s subject and Aly and AJ Michalka are the spurned singers. Namely Aly, who dated Joe Jonas. The two were even each other’s first kiss. After they broke up, in 2007, “Potential Breakup Song” hit the airwaves and one lyric in particular stood out: “It took too long for you to call back, and normally I would just forget that, except for the fact it was my birthday, my stupid birthday.”
Sounds like Joe forgot Aly’s birthday. The DNCE front-man seemed to confirm this when he discussed an unnamed ex-girlfriend recently saying, “My ex-girlfriend sent me a piece of her birthday cake in the mail and it was an ice cream cake. That’s when I knew it was kind of over.” A messy break-up, literally.