Celebs Who Can't Stand Ariana Grande

Pint-sized pop singer and songwriter Ariana Grande burst onto the scene in the early 2010s as Cat Valentine of Nickelodeon's "Victorious." Soon after the show's wrap and the end of its spinoff, "Sam & Cat," Grande became one of the most recognizable artists in the world thanks to her signature ponytail and hits like "The Way" and "No Tears Left To Cry."

However, despite her success, talent, and sweet persona, these days, the tiny starlet has taken on the persona of a more dangerous woman—and we aren't just talking about her past arena tour. Since entering the spotlight, Grande has become known as somewhat of a diva. From drug allegations to donut-licking and cheating scandals, Grande is far from America's Sweetheart, and it seems that Hollywood isn't all that thrilled with her either. Over the years, Grande's attitude has angered an impressive number of celebrities, and her reputation only seems to be getting worse. Let's dive into celebs who can't stand Ariana Grande.

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is no stranger to Twitter drama, and she used the social media platform to serve up some questionable shade about Grande in December 2013. It all started off innocently enough. Knowles tweeted a SoundCloud link to one of her songs, "Cash In," and a fan tweeted back to compliment her singing skills. Knowles responded to the fan saying, "@Grimezsz Awh man, thanks girl!!! Mutual feelings.... mutual Mariah love (imitation) lol." When the fan told Knowles that she was the better Mariah Carey imitator of the two, Knowles replied, "@Grimezsz No one is better at this than Ariana Grande tho. So ima just chill, lol. Happy Sunday!"

It's no secret that Grande is often compared to Carey, so there are two ways to read this one: Knowles was either praising the little diva, as Vibe suggests, noting that Knowles even attempted to clarify her point by tweeting, "Ps: I am saying Ariana Grande is AMAZING and one of the best vocalist of our time," or Beyonce's baby sister was actually taking a subtle dig at Grande, as others alleged. Knowles has since deleted those tweets, so we'll probably never know the truth, but just to be on the safe side, when these two attend the same functions, Grande should probably take the stairs.

Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton has always reported on the lives of celebrities, and Ariana Grande is no exception. The singer has been consistently targeted by Hilton throughout the years, and in 2014, he took it way too far. In a series of tweets, Hilton expressed concern for Grande, whom he claimed might be struggling with substance abuse. "Are you okay?" The blogger tweeted. "I heard someone saw you doing cocaine at a party this weekend. Stay away from drugs, Ariana!!!"

Hilton took it a step further by tagging both Grande's mother, Joan Grande, and brother, Frankie, in his rant, again feigning concern for the singer (via Bustle). Apparently, Hilton was seeking revenge on Grande whose fans had been e-harassing him since his distasteful comments about her Grammy's dress (per Bustle). "For every day your fans continue to spam me on social media, I will continue to tweet you. I know u see my tweets. I win!," he taunted, before eventually threatening to sue (via Twitter).

Eventually, per J-14, Grande called the fans off, tweeting: "arianators, I know u don't like when ppl say bad things about me but please don't wish negativity upon any1. don't give up ur light, I love u." Years later, in his memoir, "TMI: My Life in Scandal," Hilton would express regret for how things went down with the starlet. "I was really hurt, so for years afterwards I was super petty toward Ariana on my website and on social media," Hilton admitted. "I regret that," (via BBC).

Victoria Justice

From 2010 to 2013, Ariana Grande starred alongside Victoria Justice on the hit Nickelodeon show "Victorious." Ten years after its abrupt cancellation, there's still no clear answer on why the show was canceled. Rumor spread that it was due to some behind the scenes drama between costars, namely, Justice and Grande. The drama started in 2013 when Grande opened up about being bullied to Seventeen magazine. "I worked with someone who told me they'd never like me," she said. "But for some reason, I just felt like I needed her approval. So I started changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly. I was so unhappy." All roads seemed to lead to Justice, who denied bullying her co-star and called Seventeen out for alluding to her as the mean girl. Things would only get worse when Grande tweeted that "Victorious" was canceled because "1 girl didn't want to do it," (via J-14). Tabloid consensus cast Justice as the "one girl."

Soon, the rumor would snowball out of control, and nearly a decade later, Justice is still asked about the situation in interviews. In early 2023, Justice addressed the feud head on and attempted to put the rumors to rest. "Ariana texted me and we were both like, 'This is so stupid,'" she told E! News, via Instagram. She continued: "It's just so not even relevant now ... Ten years later, how is this even a story? This is so stupid."

Jennette McCurdy

When "Victorious" ended, Nickelodeon created a spin off in which Ariana Grande would reprise her role as Cat, and Jennette McCurdy of "iCarly" would reprise her role as Sam Puckett. The short lived series, "Sam and Cat" ran for one season. Once again, the drama arose from supposed issues on-set. In 2014, TMZ reported that McCurdy was being paid less than Grande on the Nickelodeon show even though the two shared equal billing. Grande denied the pay rumors on her Facebook page: "I am NOT making more money than my costar, nor do I think I should be. So we can all move on and get out of our heads that this was a money thing cause I don't play like that at all. I am, have always been and always will be about equality and fairness."

Even though Grande continued to deny any rumors of a feud, McCurdy would make her grievances known with her web series "What's Next for Sarah?"(via Hollywood Reporter) and in her 2022 memoir, "I'm Glad My Mom Died." In her book, McCurdy reflects on the disdain she felt for Grande, who she claims was given special treatment during their time on "Sam & Cat." "I'm pissed about it. I'm pissed at her. Jealous of her... So now, every time she misses work it feels like a personal attack .... From that moment on I didn't like her. I couldn't like her," she writes, as reported by PageSix.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko and Ariana Grande have never been friends. They both dated Big Sean and for several years, anytime Sean was on a break with one of them he was spotted with the other. From the studio to late night hookups and musical collaborations, Grande just always happened to be there anytime Sean and Aiko broke up. According to TheThings, Grande blamed Aiko for why her and Sean were never able to work through their issues. Though neither singer has ever spoken about the other directly, many speculate that they've been secretly sharing their dislike for each other through their music. In fact, Aiko made her feelings very clear on her 2015 track "None of Your Concern:" "I've been hearin' things and seeing things and so it seems you movin' on from me / Of course you on the scene with little miss thing, and trust me she really don't want beef" (via PopBuzz).

To add fuel to the fire, Grande made several references to Sean in her music, even writing that the rapper "could still get it" in the "Thank U, Next" music video (via PopBuzz). Additionally, many think that her 2019 hit, "Breakup With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was in reference to Sean and Jhené. But, despite all the drama, Aiko and Big Sean reunited and seem to be happier than ever. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in late 2022 (via People).

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic is an entertainment reporter and television personality who has built a solid career on celebrity interviews and news. However, out of the hundreds of celebrities she's interviewed, Ariana Grande might just be her least favorite. In 2014, Rancic reportedly went on a rant about Grande's unbearable demands and diva behavior. According to Fox News, Rancic called Grande out for acting like a "young Mariah" by demanding that Rancic switch sides with her during an interview so the camera would show Grande's "good side."

Rancic supposedly wasn't pleased because that was also her good side, but Grande wouldn't budge, the publication reports. "I had to fight 13 years to get this side to the camera," Rancic argued. She continued: "'Little Ariana comes over, I feel like 'bing', elbow in my side, I'm like, "What's going on?" and they push me to the other side." Talk about first-world problems!

Bette Midler

Bette Midler is not a fan of Ariana Grande's oversexualized image. In an interview with The Telegraph in 2014, Midler shared her thoughts on the "pornification" of pop music, using Grande as an example of artists relying too heavily on their sex appeal. "It's terrible! It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch... looking so ridiculous," Midler told the publication. "I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it. I wish they'd stop. But it's not my business ... Sex sells. Sex has always sold."

Grande seemed hurt by Midler's critiques and questioned the singer's feminism. "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgment," she tweeted, per Time. "not sure where that Bette went but i want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love." Midler then went toe-to-toe with the starlet, tweeting a characteristically comedic pseudo-apology: "...all I can say is, 'Spoken like a reformed old w***e! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off" (via Twitter). We can't help but wonder if Midler's response was merely a move to get the Arianators off her back than an actual attempt to bury the hatchet.

Alexander DeLeon

Ariana Grande just can't catch a break. Alexander DeLeon, the lead singer for The Cab, has only met Grande once, but apparently, she left a pretty sour impression on him. In early 2011, he kept his dislike for the pop star short, not-so sweet, and to the point in a tweet: "hope none of my fans ever have the displeasure of meeting ‪@ArianaGrande. most stuck up, disrespectful person I've ever met in this industry." Ouch!

A few years later, in 2019, DeLeon would double down on his previous comment, though this time it would be backed up by a compliment. "she's never been very kind to me but undeniable how good this new @ArianaGrande "7 rings" song is. she's on a @JHarden13 scoring streak right now," he tweeted, making a reference to the famous basketball player, James Harden. Luckily for DeLeon, the shade didn't make much noise and he was spared from the wrath of the Arianators. Grande herself never publicly acknowledged the shady tweets.

Mayim Bialik

Television's 80s sweetheart isn't a big fan of Ariana Grande either. Mayim Bialik, who is most known for her beloved roles in "Blossom" and "The Big Bang Theory," is not impressed by Grande, and she made those feelings known in an honest blog post for Kveller. In her piece, Bialik uses her "old-fashioned" upbringing as an excuse to criticize several racy billboards, before digging her nails into ones featuring the "Side to Side" singer. "I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery..." Bialik writes. She then goes on to question why Grande must pose in lingerie. "I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?" (via Kveller).

After receiving some major Internet backlash, Bialik was forced to deny she has any "Problem" with Grande, tweeting: "Nothing personal against Ariana Grande or sexy women. Chill out, people. My @Kveller post was social commentary! Have a sense of humor!" Grande never publicly responded to the criticism.

Soulja Boy

Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" was one of the biggest hits of 2019, but the singer caught quite a bit of heat for the track. The song samples "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" and "Gimmie The Loot" by The Notorious B.I.G, but it seems like Grande forget to credit a few other inspirations. Most notably, rapper Soulja Boy accused the singer of plagiarism and "stealing [his] swag" following the release of the track (via The Fader). Soulja Boy took to Twitter to call Grande out for allegedly stealing his "Pretty Boy Swag" flow, and demanded credit. "You're a thief," he tweeted. Additionally, Soulja Boy retweeted a few videos comparing the two tracks.

Underground rapper Princess Nokia also had a few qualms with "7 Rings." Nokia publicly accused Grande of copying her song "Mine" and cultural appropriation with a few now-deleted videos posted to Instagram and Twitter. "Does that sound familiar to you?" she asks, with "7 Rings” playing in the background. "Ain't that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm ... sounds about white" (via The Fader). But that's not all — 2Chainz also joked that Grande ripped the idea for the "7 Rings" music video from his "Pink Trap House” visuals (via Instagram). It seems like the pair were able to come to an understanding, because 2Chainz later collaborated with Grande on the "7 Rings" remix (via Vibe).

Pete Davidson

In early 2018, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson began their whirlwind of a romance. The singer and Saturday Night Live star connected in 2016 – while they were both in relationships, we might add (via Insider) – and later became inseparable. In May 2018, they were confirmed as a couple. Just weeks later, the lovebirds announced their engagement and immediately started sharing the juicy details of their relationship. In fact, Grande publicly spoke about Davidson's "manhood" on several occasions, which the comedian was less than thrilled about (via Cosmopolitan). The couple seemed infatuated and happy, so when it all came crashing down after only 4 months, the public was shocked. The breakup came just a month shy of the passing of Grande's ex boyfriend and rapper Mac Miller. Apparently, this was the catalyst to the couple's separation, The Sun reports.

After the breakup, Grande tried to reach out but Davidson wanted nothing to do with the "Thank U, Next" singer. "He blocked her and said, 'Stop reaching out. You're not good for my health. I can't have this in my life,'" a source tells People. He also confessed that he cried to his mother over the breakup, (via US Weekly), and spoke extensively about it during his Netflix stand-up special, "Pete Davidson: Alive From New York" (per The Hollywood Reporter), Grande showed sympathy for her ex-fiancé on her Instagram story, and the two seem to be on okay terms. "i care deeply about pete and his health," she said, and urged her fans to "please be gentler with others," People reports.

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is one of the biggest haters in pop culture. On one day faithful in 2018, he was doing what he does best, and he set his sights on Ariana Grande. After criticizing the band Little Mix for appearing in a nude photo shoot for their 2018 single "Strip," Grande's mother, Joan, called Morgan out on Twitter, suggesting that if he doesn't have anything nice to say, he "[shouldn't] say it!" The British Television host was quick to snap back with a quip about Joan's daughter. "I'd just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity. As your own daughter does...!" he snarled.

Grande wasn't gonna let that slide. She quickly tweeted, "I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it's OUR choice" (via Huffpost). Grande then urged Morgan to realize that there are other ways to get attention than to criticize "young, beautiful, successful women," saying it's not good for his career or, at least, "what's left of it." Morgan tried to defend himself against her comments (via HuffPost), but Grande had already tapped out of the conversation, tweeting, "thank u f***in next."

Kanye West

Kanye West has a laundry list of beef with many Hollywood elites, and Ariana Grande is no exception. In December 2018, Kanye West went after Grande for offering her unsolicited commentary while he was in the middle of a Twitter rant about Drake. After she encouraged the public to turn their attention away from the "grown men arguing online" and instead, to focus on a song she was gearing up to release, the "Jesus Walks" rapper called Grande out for trying to be "cool." In a follow up tweet, he expressed disappointment in the singer for capitalizing on his mental health: "All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you're ready to really make sure everyone's ok don't use me or this moment to promote a song" (via USA Today).

Grande pushed back at his suggestion, but she admitted that she could see how her tweet could be seen as "insensitive" and apologized for triggering him. But then she appeared to continue dragging the issue, tweeting, "Last thing. stop weaponizing mental health" (via Spin).

Drake Bell

Drake Bell, who now goes by Drake Campana, is most known for his role in Nickelodeon's "Drake and Josh." Since the show's wrap in 2008, Bell has busied himself with making music and criticizing some of Hollywood's biggest stars. In a lengthy rant about the industry, Campana targeted Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga among others and shared his thoughts on Ariana Grande, deeming her undeserving of her career. "There's just a lot of really young, entitled people. I don't think a lot of these young people have to work very hard," he told BuzzFeed. "Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she's been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have... what work did she ever have to do in her life?"

He also claimed that stars like Grande use their influence to manipulate the masses. As a consequence, fan bases can be used to bully and tear down others. "Ariana Grande's fans told Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it," Campana concluded in his Buzzfeed chat. "It's disgusting." Whatever helps you sleep at night, Mr. Campana.

Michael Rapaport

"Higher Learning" actor Michael Rapaport apparently just doesn't get the hype around Ariana Grande. In a December 2018 Instagram post that showed the "God Is a Woman" singer posing with a kissy face and peace sign, Rapaport felt the need to share his misogynistic thoughts on her looks. "‪Ariana Grande is 27 acts 12, you take off those boots she hides her legs in, the cat eye make up and the genie pony tale and I think there's hotter women working the counter at Starbucks," he wrote (via USA Today). "No disrespect to Starbucks."

As could be expected, Rapaport was met with widespread backlash, with many of her fans, Arianators, slamming him on Twitter. For her part, Grande never acknowledged the actor but appeared to thank her fans for coming to her defense. She tweeted, "Thank god for my beautiful friends" (via USA Today). This didn't stop Rapaport from criticizing her again in 2019 when he blamed her for Pete Davidson's alleged suicide threat (via US Magazine).

James Charles

To beauty vlogger, makeup artist and CoverGirl representative James Charles, Ariana Grande is the "rudest celebrity" he's ever met, despite the fact that they've apparently never actually met in person, according to BuzzFeed. In 2018, Charles claimed that the two had started a virtual friendship after he'd attended one of her concerts and shared footage of it online. At the time, Charles was experiencing 

widespread backlash for numerous online controversies, including his racist tweet about Ebola, as reported by The Cut. This scandal apparently drove Grande to unfollow him. "I messaged her ... and I was like, 'Hey, did I do something wrong?' And she literally was like, 'Hey babe, I just saw a lot of angry tweets from my fans and I would never want to disappoint them, so I unfollowed,'" Charles said of the situation in a YouTube video.

That didn't sit too well with Charles, who apparently sent Grande back a "strong-word message," but the vlogger would later regret the way he handled the situation. In an Instagram Q&A session, he admitted that Grande did "literally nothing" to deserve what he said (via US Magazine).

Jai Brooks

Jai Brooks is Ariana Grande's first public boyfriend and a member of the Youtube comedy group The Janoskians. When the two broke up after a tumultuous two years, Brooks wrote an extensive Twitlonger accusing his ex-girlfriend of cheating on him. "Yes I was cheated on. Yes it does suck. Yes I was left for another man," he wrote, without ever directly naming Grande, but he would call out her new beau, Nathan Sykes. At the time, Grande and Sykes had just gone public with their romance and were releasing a single called "Almost Is Never Enough."

"You said to me if I didn't come back to you, you'd make me look bad to the entire world," Grande shot back the next morning (via US Magazine). "...I'm no longer afraid of you or your lies anymore." Two years later, Seventeen reported that Brooks and his twin brother, Luke, might've shaded Grande on Twitter, but the singer paid them no mind.