Celebs Who Treated Their Exes Like Trash

Living well is the best revenge, but don't tell that to these bitter celebs. Despite being rich and famous, these stars all went out of their way to make their exes' lives a living hell.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

Months after his quickie divorce from country starlet Miranda Lambert, musical cowboy Blake Shelton made his romance with pop princess, and fellow Voice coach, Gwen Stefani exceedingly public, confirming their romance to the press right before the CMA Awards in November 2015. A source told Us Weekly, "[Lambert] had her suspicions but didn't really know it was a real thing until the announcement [at the show.]"

Stefani filed for divorce from rocker Gavin Rossdale less than two months before stepping out with Shelton, and according to TMZ, the Bush frontman was suspicious of the tales of his alleged infidelity spreading through the tabloids just as her highly-publicized new love (and new single "Used to Love You" ) emerged.

Brad Pitt

Friends (1994-2004) star Jennifer Aniston filed for divorce from actor Brad Pitt in April 2005. That July, Pitt and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) co-star Angelina Jolie posed as sexy parents for a 60-page retro photo spread in W magazine. The move led Aniston, who has since moved on with actor and husband Justin Theroux, to tell Vanity Fair Pitt had a "sensitivity chip missing." No kidding.

Charlie Sheen

Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen divorced in 2006, but by 2012, they were friendly again. Richards even received temporary emergency custody of Sheen's sons with his subsequent wife, Brooke Mueller, in 2013. Despite all the attempted good will, Richards couldn't stay on Sheen's good side: the Anger Management (2012-14) star tore into her on Twitter in June 2015, calling her "the worst mother alive"—and that's the nicest of his comments.

Their relationship continues to be volatile: as of this writing, they exes are getting along well, but in January 2016, Richards claimed Sheen was trying to evict her and her daughters from their home, and in March of that year, he attempted to reduce his child support payments to Richards. According to TMZ, both Richards and Mueller (who also joined the ex-wives club) agreed in August 2016 "to slice their child support payments [from Sheen] in half, for fear if he goes to court the payments would be reduced to next to nothing." Sources told the tab the ladies would each receive about $25,000 a month, down from approximately $55,000 a month.

Rob Kardashian

Reality bro Rob Kardashian lashed out at ex Rita Ora on Twitter in December 2012 so badly that it sparked the hashtag "#ritawhora." He wrote, "She cheated on me with nearly 20 dudes while we were together, I wonder how many she will sleep with now that we apart?" Kardashian even blamed the chanteuse for his weight gain on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Ora never responded to Kardashian's freakout—beyond simply denying that she ever dated him in the first place. Burn.

And none of this even takes into account how Kardashian's temper affects his current on-again-off-again fiancée, Blac Chyna. When they're off, he goes off, which won't be good for their daughter, Dream, when she gets to Googling age.

Calvin Harris

Rita Ora dated Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in 2013, collaborating on nearly an entire album of songs together during their relationship, including Ora's single "I Will Never Let You Down." When they split in 2014, Harris reportedly pulled the plug on Ora's performance of their hit at the Teen Choice Awards. His only explanation was a bitter tweet: "You'll only know 1 side of the story RE Teen choice awards...But just know I had a damn good reason." The Mirror reported that the producer also put the kibosh on Ora ever performing or releasing any of the songs she recorded with him, forcing her sophomore album to be put on hold indefinitely.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's music video for "Style" features boy band ex Harry Styles' paper airplane necklace, as well as, well, that title and the lyric "Take me home," the title of a One Direction album. Styles wasn't the only former flame to experience vitriol at the country crossover's hands. She openly mocked pop star Joe Jonas in her SNL monologue in 2009. When her romance with musician John Mayer went south, she wrote "Dear John," then told Glamour he was "presumptuous" for assuming it was about him. Obvious clues in her album booklets and music video helped the world figure out that "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was likely about actor Jake Gyllenhaal. But if you ask her about all that, she'll just have her squad mean-mug you at an awards show.

Not all of Swift's exes took her attacks lying down. When Swift and DJ Calvin Harris split in the summer of 2016 after more than a year together, she not only very publicly moved on at lightning speed with actor Tom Hiddleston, but also tried to slam Harris on a professional level as well. In July 2016, while dating The Avengers (2012) star, Swift took credit for penning Harris' hit "This Is What You Came For."

TMZ reported that Harris and Swift had worried the song would be "overshadowed" by media attention if the press and fans found out they'd collaborated, so Swift used the pseudonym "Nils Sjoberg" on the credits and kept the publishing rights to the song. However, Swift changed her tune after Harris reportedly said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that he couldn't envision a collaboration with Swift ever happening. Sources told TMZ that Swift was "hurt" by Harris' response—even though it was just a cover story that they'd already agreed to tell—and the romance pretty much died right then.

Harris fired back in a series of since-deleted tweets, writing, "I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals, and initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym...I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do...I won't allow it."

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas broke up with pop star Demi Lovato after dating briefly in 2010, conveniently around the time Camp Rock 2 (2010) was released. After their split, she went to rehab and claimed that Jonas never contacted her to see how she was doing. Jonas' supposed callousness didn't end there. In December 2013, he penned an essay about his Disney days for Vulture, throwing Lovato under the bus by alleging that she introduced him to marijuana as a teen. Jonas' final dig wasn't necessarily aimed at Lovato (remember, he dated Swift too), but it was biting nonetheless. After admitting he lost his virginity at 20 to actress Ashley Greene, he wrote, "I'm glad I waited for the right person, because you look back and you go, 'That girl was bats**t crazy. I'm glad I didn't go there.'" Greene didn't get off scot-free, either. In October 2016, Jonas detailed his experience losing his virginity to her in a Reddit AMA...and went into a lot of unnecessary detail.

Chris Brown

Actress Karrueche Tran broke up with singer Chris Brown in 2014 after she found out he'd fathered a daughter with another woman while they were together. Since their split, Brown has been caught on camera following Tran to clubs and berating her. When model Tyson Beckford posted a photo with her online, Brown posted a comment on Instagram allegedly threatening to break his legs. The cyber strong-arming didn't stop there. Brown's buddies allegedly sent A Weekend with the Family (2016) actor Marques Houston threatening photos of guns after he dared to comment on one of co-star Tran's provocative Instagram snaps. Tran has since said she doesn't feel comfortable dating anyone, telling Kontrol magazine in November 2015 that she's "not mentally ready." Brown doesn't seem mentally ready to move on either. As recently as January 2017, he was feuding with Soulja Boy just because he liked a photo of Tran on Instagram.

Justin Timberlake

When pop power couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears split in 2002, the onetime N*SYNC singer went on a full-on press tour insinuating that Spears cheated on him, allegedly with choreographer Wade Robson. JT also spent plenty of time hinting that Spears wasn't a virgin. Whether or not she was actually unfaithful remains a mystery, but Timberlake released his hit "Cry Me a River" video, featuring a Spears doppelganger, to drive home his damning narrative.

Nick Loeb

Former Congressman Nick Loeb went from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde once Modern Family (2009-) star Sofía Vergara moved on with actor Joe Manganiello. Right when Vergara's movie Hot Pursuit (2015) premiered, Loeb sued to prevent her from destroying embryos the pair conceived through fertility treatments when they were together. In the lawsuit, Loeb accuses Vergara of being physically and emotionally abusive. In October 2015, mere weeks before Vergara's wedding to Manganiello, the actress lost a move to dismiss the suit, meaning it may go to trial—against her wishes. If it does and Loeb wins, he could get to raise babies from the frozen embryos—against her wishes.

John Mayer

After Mayer split with singer Jessica Simpson, he gave a now-notorious interview with Playboy (via E! Online) detailing the couple's bedroom exploits and referring to Simpson as "sexual napalm." Simpson was humiliated by the press and told Oprah she would not accept his apology for his verbal diarrhea. Simpson wasn't alone in her humiliation at the hands of the "Your Body is a Wonderland" singer.

Mayer also embarrassed ex Jennifer Aniston over their age difference (she was 39 to his 32 at the time they dated). "One of the most significant differences between us was that I was tweeting. There was a rumor that I had been dumped because I was tweeting too much. That wasn't it, but that was a big difference," he told Playboy (via E! Online). "The brunt of her success came before TMZ and Twitter. I think she's still hoping it goes back to 1998. She saw my involvement in technology as courting distraction. And I always said, 'These are the new rules.' You have to show that you don't take yourself seriously." Radar Online reported that Aniston still has bad blood with Mayer, which, given those sorts of comments, isn't surprising.

Wilmer Valderrama

That '70s Show (1998-2006) star Wilmer Valderrama isn't exactly a beacon of cultural relevance or class, as evidenced by his infamous 2006 interview with Howard Stern, in which he humiliated not one, not two, not three, but four former flames. He told the shock jock that he took Disney princess Mandy Moore's virginity and said it "wasn't like warm apple pie." He commented on actress Lindsay Lohan's waxing regimen (which is particularly gross when you recall that they got together when she was just 17 years old). He said Can't Hardly Wait (1998) star Jennifer Love Hewitt was an "8" in bed and that singer Ashlee Simpson was a "screamer." Ugh. Just ugh.

Kim Kardashian

Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian infamously married basketball pro Kris Humphries for 72 days. Their divorce proceedings lasted longer than their entire relationship, with Humphries alleging Kardashian faked the entire romance for ratings. While that would surprise no one, the NBA star had no proof and no leg to stand on in court. Even worse, in Keeping Up with the Kardashians episodes airing after the split, footage conveniently made Humphries look like a clumsy, mean-spirited oaf, and the clan often mocked him in the press. Lesson learned: don't foul a Kardashian.

Kanye West

You'd think that since rapper Kanye West is happily married to Kim Kardashian, he'd give up trying to diss his most famous ex, model-turned-talk radio host Amber Rose. Alas, that hasn't been the case. In February 2015, West told The Breakfast Club (via Us Weekly), "If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn't be an Amber Rose...It's very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that's with Amber Rose...I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim." In January 2016, he dragged Rose into his own feud with her ex-husband, musician Wiz Khalifa, tweeting, "You let a stripper trap you...I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years."

Ray J

In fairness to Ray J, the only reason anyone remembers the singer's name is because of his sex tape with Kim Kardashian, so it's only natural that he'd bring their relationship up at any and every given opportunity. In 2013, six years after the X-rated footage went viral and more than a year after Kardashian got together with West, Ray J released "I Hit It First," featuring pixelated artwork that looked a lot like Kardashian in a bikini and a music video starring a K.K. doppelganger. West retaliated during a performance, but Ray J still has yet to shut up about the whole thing, boasting about the tape on Celebrity Big Brother in January 2017.

Tyga and Blac Chyna

Tyga calls himself King Gold Chains, but the rapper and model Blac Chyna essentially crowned themselves the king and queen of pettiness. Tyga dumped Chyna, his then-fiancée and mother of his son, King Cairo, to date a much younger Kylie Jenner. No biggie: Chyna retaliated by throwing shade on social media, then getting engaged to and having a child with Jenner's half-brother, Rob Kardashian, ensuring that Thanksgiving dinner will be really interesting from hereon out.

Jesse James

As if getting publicly busted cheating on his wife of five years wasn't humiliating enough, Monster Garage (2002-07) star Jesse James also threw Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock under the bus about their sex life. In a Howard Stern interview in 2011 (via the Daily Mail) he told the host with the most that his then-love, tattoo artist Kat Von D, was much better than Bullock in bed. "That one is an easy no-brainer. One hundred percent [Von D]. She's a vixen."

James then somehow found a way to blame Bullock for his own infidelity. "I think I subconsciously did want to get caught, but I didn't think it would be as crazy as it got. The problem was me...I could marry anyone and it didn't matter because I would always screw it up and sabotage it because I couldn't live with myself. She could stand there in front of the world and say she loved me, but in my mind I was thinking, 'Yeah? Bulls**t. You don't love me. I'm just some biker kid.'" Maybe "kid" isn't the word we'd use.

Marilyn Manson

Musician Marilyn Manson was still married to burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese when he allegedly began his affair with teenage actress Evan Rachel Wood in 2006. As if that wasn't foul enough, he paraded Wood—who made herself over to be a Dita doppelganger—all over red carpets, in his "Heart Shaped Glasses" video, and even cast her in one of his movies. He then dissed Von Teese in the press and painted himself a victim.

"People would say that drugs and alcohol wrecked my marriage." he lamented to Spin (via People). "But buyer beware. She said she had tolerated the [musician's] lifestyle because she hoped I would change and threatened to leave if I didn't. I was sleeping on the couch in my own home. I was no longer supposed to be a rock star. I was someone who had to be apologized for. I wasn't prepared to be alone. I came out of this naked, a featherless bird."

Von Teese and Manson are on decent terms now, but it seems like he and Wood had a falling out. The Daily Mail reported that in June 2015, when Manson was asked about the True Blood star, from whom he split in 2010, he replied, "Mistake!" What a catch.


Rapper Future and hip-hop star Ciara had a child together, followed by one of the most bitter splits in recent history. TMZ reported that in February 2016, Future gave a radio interview accusing the "1,2, Step" singer and her now-husband, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, of staging paparazzi photos with their son. He then went on a Twitter rant against her, lobbing chestnuts such as "This b***h got control problems." Ciara sued Future for slander, libel, and defamation of character, but the suit was eventually dismissed. In January 2017, the pair settled its lengthy custody case, but the pettiness may not be over. Future stood on the sidelines as Wilson lost to the Atlanta Falcons that very week, though the rapper reportedly swears it was just to support his hometown of ATL; not to troll his ex's new man.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Pop headliners Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are either addicted to each other or to the drama they both bring to the table, because they just can't leave each other alone. In March 2013, Gomez and some friends posted a choreographed dance to "Everybody Knows," featuring a Bieber look-alike she called a "douchebag." A week later, she mocked Bieber in an interview with David Letterman, chuckling over how they'd both made him cry. For the next few years, Gomez mostly lied low (save for some sketchy social media comments), though tabloids say that truce occurred because she and the Biebs may have still been hooking up. When he finally moved on in August 2016, Gomez instigated a very public Instagram feud with Bieber after he posted some selfies with his then-girlfriend, model Sofia Richie.

That's not to say Bieber is innocent. Instead of leaving Gomez's comments well enough alone, he often retaliates, and as recently as January 2017, he dissed her flame, The Weeknd. C'mon, kids, grow up.


Uh, remember the rapper's song "Kim" named after his ex and baby's mama? The one where he murders her and stuffs her in the trunk of the car? 'Nuff said.