Inside Jodie Sweetin And Candace Cameron Bure's Fractured Friendship Throughout The Years

"How Rude!" The classic phrase that millennials around the world know to be from the one and only, Stephanie Tanner. Jodie Sweetin, the actress who portrayed Stephanie, and her co-star Candace Cameron Bure (who played Sweetin's big sister DJ), both rose to fame through their aforementioned roles on the popular TV sitcom, "Full House" and its sequel, "Fuller House". 

"Full House" first premiered in 1987 lasting eight seasons, before the Netflix reboot emerged in 2016. The two played on-screen sisters, and have been very vocal about their off-screen relationship, comparing it to that of real life sisters. Real sisters have their up's and down's, and Bure and Sweetin appear to be no different. The two have been making headlines for over 20 years now- for positive reasons, like supporting a co-star at a charity event- to not so positive reasons; their now alleged "feud."

Sweetin told the Lauren Interviews podcast in June of 2022, "I love my family. I love my TV family, and she's been my sister for 35 years. We are very different people and we are in very different places in our life. That's okay. That's okay. You know, we don't need to agree in order to care about each other in that regard. But, you know, I'm very loud and out there with who I am, and she is very out there with who she is and that's fine." Fast forward to 2023, we're not so sure Bure OR Sweetin would echo that same sentiment...

They share different political views

Despite their sisterly bond on and off camera, the two actresses have publicly shared their very different political views. Candace Cameron Bure is known for her conservative beliefs and has been vocal about her support for the Republican Party. She has spoken at events for conservative organizations such as the National Prayer Breakfast, and made headlines for her comments about the Great American Family Network not featuring gay couples in their holiday films (we'll get into that, later). 

Bure has also been criticized for her views on LGBTQ+ rights, as she has vocally opposed same-sex marriage. Jodie Sweetin has been very aligned and proudly boasts liberal or Democratic views. She has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, participating in events such as the LA Pride Parade. She has also expressed support for Democratic politicians and causes, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Sweetin was even violently shoved by an LAPD officer at a Pro-Choice rally in Los Angeles, making headlines for the way she gracefully handled herself after the scuffle.

It's safe to say that these two women are clearly on the very opposite ends of the political spectrum. In various interviews, both actresses have always expressed their mutual respect for each other's very different opinions, and their ability to maintain a strong friendship despite their differences. Hold that thought, though- we're getting to the juicy parts of this fractured friendship...

Jodie Sweetin had her first drink at Candace Cameron Bure's wedding

Jodie Sweetin had a well-documented struggle with addiction throughout her life, not shocking as many child stars go down the same unfortunate path. Sweetin has also been very public about her journey to sobriety as well. In her 2009 memoir titled "UnSweetined," she detailed her addiction to drugs and alcohol, which began when she was a teenager. In the book, Sweetin recalls the first time she drank alcohol- which was at Bure's wedding. "Full House" had just finished its eighth and final season, and she was fourteen years old.  "I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. That first drink gave me the self confidence I had been searching for my whole life. But that set the pattern of the kind of drinking that I would do," she quoted in her memoir, per Discovery House. Sweetin goes on to reveal that she snorted meth in the bathroom at the premiere of a Mary Kate & Ashley movie as well, which couldn't have been easy to admit.

She struggled with substance abuse for years, including during her time on "Full House," and eventually hit rock bottom in 2005. After a series of failed attempts to get sober, Sweetin checked herself into a rehabilitation facility in 2008. She has since been very open about her commitment to staying sober, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and sharing her story with others who may be struggling with addiction. You go, girl.

They once boasted about their shared sibling-like bond

Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin always appeared to have a special bond that went beyond what they shared on television as sisters during their time on the popular 90's show. When the "Fuller House" reboot was in development, the ladies were grateful and excited to be able to work together again. Bure told People Magazine"It's so great that we are not new friends. When you go on any project you are still trying to develop chemistry and develop a friendship, but that's such an advantage for us, not only on the show but like you said, to be able to call anytime."

She added, "We are so comfortable with one another and we really are sisters. It's beyond friends, we are as close as sisters could be, it's amazing." Sweetin goes on to say how wonderful it's been to be able to grow up along side each other, and that she's essentially known Bure and her other "Full House" cast mates almost as long as she's known her "real" family- that's pretty mind blowing to us!

Like any normal sisters, their friendship has faced some challenges over the years. Between Sweetin's struggles with addiction and Bure's life as a Christian activist/speaking out against certain views that Sweetin holds – we've always been impressed at how the two have managed to remain close despite all of their social differences. But is a friendship like this sustainable?

Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure and other Full House cast members come together after the death of Bob Saget

The 2022 death of Bob Saget, who played the beloved patriarch Danny Tanner on "Full House," came as a shock to fans and the "Full House" cast members alike- truly crushing news to all. In the wake of his passing, John Stamos, Jodie Sweetin, and other cast members came together to honor their friend and colleague and celebrate the memories they shared. 

Candace Cameron Bure took to her Instagram to post the most heart-wrenching photo and statement which included, "This hurts like nothing I've ever felt before. I love you, I love you, I love you. You knew that. I knew that. But I have to say it again. I want one more hug. I want one more text that says, 'oh, btw, it's me Bob' after a long rant. I want one more laugh. I want to roll my eyes at you one more time."

The cast even released a joint statement that really tugged at our heart strings, which shouldn't have been surprising as they have always been known for their close-knit relationships, both on and off screen. In the wake of Saget's passing, they truly proved that their bond is unbreakable. While they may have lost one of their own, their love and support for each other will hopefully always remain strong. This is a truly comforting thought to those who grew up watching and loving the show.

Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure stood by co-star Lori Loughlin during her legal troubles

Lori Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on "Full House," made headlines in 2019 for her involvement in a college admissions scandal involving her two teen daughters. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two girls into the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits. Throughout this messy scandal, both Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure publicly supported her and stood by her side.

Sweetin and Bure made an appearance on the "The Today Show" in April of 2019, and Bure was asked by Hoda Kotb how she felt about the scandal and Loughlin. "It's too personal to us and we would never want to talk about someone that's such a dear and close friend. I've already said that we are family and we stand by each other and pray for each other and we'll always be there for each other,"  Bure stated. 

While Sweetin didn't say anything quite audible, she did nod her head in agreement with Bure, chiming in with a "yes" a few times. Bure even appeared to support Loughlin publicly, a month prior to the "Today Show" appearance, at the "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards." During an acceptance speech, Bure noted that "a loving family sticks together no matter what" (via Us Magazine). We love that.

Candace Cameron Bure Bure gets lit up in the tabloids for being rude

In July of 2022, "Dance Moms" alumni Jo Jo Siwa posted a (now deleted) TikTok video where she answered a fan's question about the "rudest celebrity" she had ever met. In her response, she named Candace Cameron Bure. Siwa claimed the encounter she had with Bure on the Netflix' "Fuller House" red carpet premiere, left her very upset as an eleven-year old fan. 

According to Siwa (via USA Today), she was excited to meet Bure, whom she watches and loves on "Fuller House," and approached her for a photo. However, Bure allegedly brushed her off and said "not right now" to a photo as she was busy taking group photos with the cast and doing interviews- red carpets can be very chaotic, especially if one is part of the headline event. Siwa even explained this doesn't mean that Bure is the "worst human"; she just had a bad experience with her.

Bure jumped on instagram to share that she had no idea what Siwa was talking about, and attempted to get in contact with her or her publicist. The two were eventually able to connect, and Bure apologized for Siwa for the red carpet situation. "I broke your eleven year old heart- I feel so crummy," Bure exclaimed in her video. Siwa even admitted to totally understanding the craziness of red carpets now as an adult herself, and the two appeared to patch things up. For now ...

How Jo Jo Siwa appeared to come between Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin

Candace Cameron Bure's interview in the Wall Street Journal in November 2022 made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Bure was promoting her holiday films on the "Great American Family" network (Bure is also the Chief Creative Officer), and mentioned that the films will focus only on "traditional marriage." JoJo Siwa wasted NO time capturing that headline and an image of Bure, creating an Instagram post that read, "Honestly, I can't believe after everything that went down just a few months ago, that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, but then also talk about it in the press. This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people." 

While the comments on Siwa's instagram were mixed; some standing up for Bure, saying she's entitled to her opinions as Siwa is entitled to hers, the comment that received the most attention came from Jodie Sweetin. It read, "You know I love you (with two heart emojis)." Many fans took this as Sweetin throwing shade at Bure, for choosing to comment on Siwa's behalf over her lifelong friend and "sister," Candace Cameron Bure. As of November 28th, 2022, Candace Cameron Bure unfollowed Jodie Sweetin on instagram, following her public support of Siwa. Although Sweetin still follows Bure on instagram, this left many fans wondering – is there a possible feud between the two on-screen sisters?

Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin make their first public appearance together after the instagram unfollow by Bure

In their first public appearance together since "the unfollowing on Instagram," both Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure attended "90's Con" in Hartford Connecticut on March 17, 2023. It was noted by Heavy that Bure and Sweetin never stood or sat next to each other during photos or on the "Full House" panel. Additionally, fans noticed that the two skipped red carpet interviews, and didn't take any audience questions after the panel (most panels would open the floor to the audience for questions). 

Also worth mentioning; one day prior to 90's Con, Bure posted an Instagram live video with co-stars Dave Coulier and Andrea Barber, laughing and joking around after flying into Connecticut together for the event. Sweetin was noticeably absent, but Barber quipped that "Jodie was on her way." Overall, "90's Con" appeared to be drama free amid the ongoing feud rumors between Sweetin and Bure – but is there, or isn't there a feud?

"Full House" co-star Marla Sokoloff, who played "bad girl" Gia, said in a TikTok video that she's confused as well. "There is a part of me that wants to get to the bottom of it, because there were differences before. I am curious, truly, to what the real story is there." We are too, Marla – we are too.