14 Music Collaborated Who Feuded Backstage

Halsey calling her cheating co-worker on SNL is a power move.

Watching not just one but two of your favorite musicians play together is electrifying. They feed on each other’s energy for the crowd or for the camera.

However, amazing chemistry on stage doesn’t always mean they get along well backstage. Sometimes drama is brewing behind the scenes.

Here are 14 celebrity duos who performed together but had a serious backstage fight:


Jennifer Lopez and Shakira co-hosted the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show — but one of them wasn’t too happy to share the stage.

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In his documentary half timeLopez said, “It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people for the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world.”

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In conversation with Shakira, she said: “If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes [instead of 12]. That’s what the fuck they should have done.”

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Liam Payne was one of five members of One Direction since its formation on The X factor in 2010 until the band went on hiatus in 2016. Some members got along better than others.

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Payne once had a physical altercation with one of his bandmates backstage – but he declined to name the specific member.

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On the podcast Impaulsive with Logan Paulhe said, “There was a time when there was an argument backstage and one member in particular threw me against a wall. So I said to him, ‘If you don’t take those hands away, he chances are you’ll never reuse them.'”

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Halsey and G-Eazy released ‘Him & I’ in 2017. They were in pretty good shape too relationship from August 2017 to July 2018.

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Then, in February 2019, Halsey apparently confirmed the reason for their separation. By performing “Without Me” – a song they allegedly wrote about G – on Saturday Night Live, a handwritten note was projected onto the stage behind them. He read, “I’m so sorry Ashley for cheating.”

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Other parts of the note also listed places the writer had cheated on her, including “places I can’t even remember.”

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Brandy and Monica released “The Boy Is Mine” in 1998, sparking rumors of a backstage feud. While promoting their duo, they only performed it together once.

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Producer Dallas Austin said VLAD-TV, “Monica never liked Brandy.” He also alleged that the rumors that they were fighting in the VMAs had some truth to them. He said: “Before they could even take the stage, Monica parried [Brandy] in the face.”

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They finally ended their feud on the Instagram Live show Verzuz in 2020. They eventually performed the song together again and embraced it.

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Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were dating when they joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. However, she ended their relationship after the band recorded Rumors – the album that put the band on the map.

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They continued to play together for decades, but Buckingham continued to blame their breakup on their band. nicknames said The Oprah Masterclass“If we hadn’t joined Fleetwood Mac we would have continued our music, but we probably would have gotten married and probably had a child. It would have been a different life.”

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Finally, in 2018, Nicks decided she couldn’t work with her ex anymore — and he was fired Of the band.

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Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel played twins Sharpay and Ryan Evans in musical high school and toured with High School Musical: The Concert – but they “hated each other”.

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Meet in a Youtube video a decade later, Grabeel said, “We didn’t start off on the right foot.”

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Tisdale added: “I looked a lot like Sharpay, and Lucas was like, ‘Who is this person?’ And I was like, ‘Who is this the person?’ … But after we wrap, I don’t know. I always had love for you. You are literally like my twin brother.”


Charlie Puth and Little Mix released “Oops” in 2016. When they performed it live on X factorhe had a crush on one of the members – but she already had a boyfriend.

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Then, during a game of “Truth or Wine” with BuzzFeed in 2020, Little Mix declined to name which past collaboration they would say no to today. However, Jesy Nelson gave a one-word clue – LA – and the fans speculated they were talking about “LA Girls” singer Charlie Puth.

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Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus married in 1971, and three years later won Eurovision with ABBA.

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However, they divorced in 1980, and Fältskog found it difficult to remain in the band thereafter. Two years later, ABBA split up.

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In his autobiography, As I amshe wrote, “We always told the media that it was a ‘happy divorce’, which of course was a facade. … Obviously, we all know that happy divorces don’t exist, especially when ‘there are children involved.

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After Gwen Stefani joined No Doubt in 1989, she began dating band member Tony Kanal.

However, their breakup in 1994 sparked his creative awakening, inspiring him to write ‘Don’t Speak’ – which they performed together every night on tour.

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Kanal told the Guardian“We were on tour for tragic kingdom for 28 months. We were going through the breakup, and in every interview we were talking about it, so we were opening up that wound every hour. It was so brutal, but I don’t know how we got away with it.”

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Sonic Youth band members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore married in 1984 and then stayed together until 2011 when he had an affair.

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The end of their relationship also marked the end of the band, but first they did one last tour through South America.

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In his memoirs, girl in a groupKim wrote, “During rehearsal and all of this week, I remember Thurston insisting on telling the band that he didn’t want to perform this or that Sonic Youth song. I finally figured out that some songs he wanted to omit concerned [the other woman].”

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As the Rolling Stones reached their peak, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards clashed at meetings, rehearsals and recording sessions.

Producer Chris Kimsey said The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones writer Rich Cohen, “When we started doing [the 1983 record] Sheltered, it was the worst time I have ever had with them. …I’d have Mick in the studio from, like, noon until seven, and then Keith from, like, nine until five in the morning. They wouldn’t be together. They were specifically avoiding each other.”

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After the band signed a new recording contract, Jagger revealed that he had also signed a deal to make three solo albums. He also skipped a tour with the band to promote his first solo record, which eventually led to the band disbanding.

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When Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan played several shows together in Japan in 1994, she complained about her personal hygiene.

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She told his biographer Brian Hinton, “The third night they stuck Bob on the mic with me and he never brushes his teeth, so his breath was like right in my face.”

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In 2010, she told the Los Angeles Time“Bob is not genuine at all. He is a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, him and me.”

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Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel became best friends when they were only 11 years old. A few years later, they started releasing music together under the name Tom & Jerry.

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However, Simon also released solo music, which caused a rift between the two. They broke up in 1958 but reunited in 1963, when they decided to give music another shot as Simon & Garfunkel.

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Yet their relationship remained contentious as Garfunkel could never get over how Simon betrayed him when they were 16.

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And finally, John Lennon and Paul McCartney worked together closely during their time in the Beatles, even sharing credit for every song written by either of them. They also had friendly competition, constantly trying to outdo each other when it came to songwriting.

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However, after the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, died in 1967, McCartney took over as de facto frontman, leaving the other members to feel like “attendants”.

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By 1969, Lennon had had enough. He told McCartney, “I think you’re silly. I wasn’t going to tell you, but I’m breaking up the band.”

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Corina C. Butler