Celebrities Who Can't Stand Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus burst onto the scene at just thirteen years old with the Disney Channel's smash hit Hannah Montana. Her four seasons on the show cemented her as a bona fide teen idol, and she transitioned seamlessly into pop idol status.

To say that Cyrus has reinvented herself many times throughout her career would be an understatement. From Disney pop to country, from Can't Be Tamed to hip-hop and twerking, this music star has tried many styles on for size. She's also tried the patience of a lot of celebrities. "I almost feel like people think of me as dumb ... I'm like, I'm smarter than you think," Cyrus once told Reuters (via E! News). "You know, I understand what you're trying to do. It's all a mind game and whatnot."

Whether publicly trashing her fashion sense, her performances, or her partying ways, these stars made it clear they aren't playing mind games with Miley Cyrus. Keep on scrolling to find out which celebs can't stand this singer-actress.

Nicki Minaj

Prior to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, rapper Nicki Minaj posted a series of tweets criticizing what she considered a lack of nominations for women of color, writing, "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it." VMAs host Miley Cyrus later told The New York Times that she hadn't followed the story, but felt the complaints were more about Minaj herself than broader race issues: "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite."

When the two met face-to-face at the VMAs, Minaj concluded an acceptance speech with, "Back to this b**ch that had a lot to say about me in the press the other day. Miley, what's good?" She later reflected to The New York Times, "If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us." 

If you thought the drama was over, think again. Cue Cyrus' 2019 track, "Cattitude," which seemingly referenced Minaj's former feud with Cardi B with the lyric: "I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi." While Cyrus claimed on Capital Breakfast (via NME), "I don't actually think there is beef now anymore," Minaj responded on Queen Radio: "A Perdue chicken can never talk s**t about queens."

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson isn't known to get engaged in public feuds, but after Miley Cyrus' headline-making 2013 VMAs performance​ (we all know the one), the former American Idol winner didn't hold back. In a now-deleted tweet (via the Daily Mail)​, Clarkson wrote: "Just saw a couple of performances from the VMAs last night 2 words.... #pitchystrippers."

At the time of this writing, Cyrus has yet to respond to the tweet. But at the time, Cyrus' fans jumped into Clarkson's mentions to call her "fat and 30" and "bitter." One friend wrote, "Kelly Clarkson called Miley a pitchy stripper. Do you think she's mad because her past few singles flopped and wasn't asked to perform?'"

When asked about her famous tweet during a 2018 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Clarkson said, "I never said Miley Cyrus. The fact that I tweeted 'pitchy stripper' and people thought Miley Cyrus is not my problem. I'm just sayin'." As a person who was born and raised in the South, allow me to translate Clarkson's "I'm just sayin'": It means she was definitely talking about Miley Cyrus. That said, 2019 saw Clarkson covering Cyrus' mega-hit "Wrecking Ball" on her talk show, perhaps signalling it was time to walk away from the alleged drama.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is no stranger to celebrity feuds. Whether it be Kanye West, Katy Perry, or Camilla Belle, the "Shake It Off" singer doesn't seem to shake perceived slights from other celebrities off well.

In 2013, a source told Life & Style (via Hollywood Life) that they overheard Swift trashing Cyrus' performance at Soho House in Toronto, supposedly calling it "grotesque" and "disgusting." Was this a response to Cyrus criticizing Swift's choice of attire at the 2013 VMAs? "It's not the Grammys or the Oscars. You're not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style," Cyrus told Rolling Stone (via E! News). "It's supposed to be fun!" Cyrus didn't stop there. An insider told OK! (via Hollywood Life) that Cyrus has also allegedly called Swift "stuck up" and "prissy" and referred to her as a "sexless, frigid ice princess" who "bored' Harry Styles out of bed." 

Cyrus hit Swift again in a 2015 interview with The New York Times, this time taking aim at Taylor's squad. "I'm not trying to be in the squad," Cyrus said. "None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I'm inspired by them." With Cyrus later tweeting out a NSFW meme of herself and Swift in 2019, it's honestly hard to tell just how much bad blood's actually remained between these two songstresses.

Ed Sheeran

Has Ed Sheeran ever had a controversial opinion? We can't imagine the "Shape of You" singer having beef with anyone, but after watching — you guessed it — Cyrus' 2013 VMAs performance, Sheeran had something to say. In an interview with the Mirror (via the Daily Mail), Sheeran said he thinks Cyrus has an amazing voice but is "packaged the wrong way" and called twerking "a stripper's move." He even had some words for her music videos. "When I first heard 'Wrecking Ball,' I thought it was a brilliant song," he added, "but the video distracts too much from it." Yikes.

A year later, Sheeran apologized for his comments during an interview with The Sun (via E! News), calling himself a "c*nt" for passing judgment. "I'd be f**king livid if someone said that about me," he said. "My general point was I wanted her to sing the songs so people could see what an amazing artist she is. I just worded it wrong." He added that he "genuinely" loves her music and would find a way to apologize.

While promoting 2017's Younger Now, Cyrus was asked by Billboard if the album was "pretty singer-­songwriter-y." Her answer? "Yeah. But not granola. I don't listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff." Shots fired.


Stop us if you heard this before. A celebrity had thoughts on Miley Cyrus' 2013 VMAs performance. But no celebrity went completely in on the performance quite like music and film legend Cher. To say she ripped it to shreds would be an understatement. Brace yourselves.

"I'm not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she'd just rocked the house, I would have said, 'You go, girl.' It just wasn't done well," Cher told USA Today. "She can't dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn't great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don't stick out your tongue if it's coated." We wonder if there were any aliens who could see this nuclear take from orbit.

Later that week, during a sit-down interview with CBS' Sunday Morning (via Rolling Stone), Cher had more to say about the performance. "I just thought all of it was terrible. Outfit, terrible. Dancing, terrible. Singing, average. Performance, terrible," she said. "If she'd just come out there and kicked a**, even though I don't think that I would have loved it, I would have respected it, and I would have appreciated it. That whole area that she was in was not something that I would gravitate to myself, but I would have thought, 'Boy, you did that. I give you props.'" Well, then. Cher eventually apologized. Well, sort of.


"And the Jay-Z song was on." Who can forget that line in the earworm that was Cyrus' smash hit "Party in the U.S.A." However, in a 2009 interview on MileyWorld Web (via MTV News), she was asked which Hov song inspired one of her biggest hits. Her answer will live in infamy. "I've never heard a Jay-Z song," Cyrus replied. "I don't listen to pop music." She went on to say that she didn't write the song, but chose it "because I needed something to go with my clothing line." Wow.

It took four years for the legendary rapper to respond, but when he did, he did it typical Jay-Z fashion: in a song. On the 2013 track "Somewhereinamerica," Jay-Z raps, "They see I'm still putting work in/Cause somewhere in America/Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'." A sarcastic dig or is he a fan? You be the judge.

During a Twitter Q&A (per E! News), a fan asked Jay-Z if he really thought Cyrus was somewhere twerking. "Yes! she represents an old worlds (sic) worst nightmare," he replied. "Black neighbor, and the daughter not seeing color." Cyrus caught wind of his answer and wore it like a badge of honor. "Call it what you want," she tweeted. "But I don't see Mr. Carter shoutin any of you b**ches out. #twerkmileytwerk."

Katy Perry

In 2014, Katy Perry came out to support Miley Cyrus on tour, and in what we assume was a delight to the audience, Cyrus crawled over to Perry's front-row seat and offered up a playful kiss. At least, that's Perry thought it was going to be.

"She has this one part where it's like a kiss cam, and I just walked up to her to give her like a friendly girly kiss, you know, as us girls do, and then she like, tried to move her head and go deeper and I pulled away," the "I Kissed A Girl" singer told an Australian talk show soon after (via CBS News). "God knows where that tongue has been. We don't know! That tongue is so infamous."

Cyrus shot back on Twitter (via E! News), making reference to Perry's ex, John Mayer, and his tongue: "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT...been." John Mayer would probably like to be excluded from this narrative.

Taylor Momsen

Remember Taylor Momsen? The former Gossip Girl formed her rock band, The Pretty Reckless, in 2009, but as a former child star who ventured into music, Momsen wanted to make it very clear that she wasn't Miley Cyrus.

"I'm not looking to be Miley f**king Cyrus. I don't care about the fame. I do it because I love music," she told FHM in 2010 (via HuffPost). "I like making records and if people like them, then we'll go along for the ride... the Disney bubblegum s**t that the world is living right now is pathetic." Tell us how you really feel, Taylor. She added, "I don't know Miley, but musically we're different. To compare us because of our age is silly."

In November 2019, The Pretty Reckless announced they were working on their fourth studio album with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (via Loudwire). So, say what you will about Momsen, but her musical style has never changed. Miley on the other hand...

Elton John

During 2013, when Miley was just being Miley, Sir Elton John had some harsh criticisms of the young starlet. "I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen," he told The Australian (via E! News). "And she's so young! But she's got two records in the top 20," he continued, "so who is going to stop her?" Ouch.

The legendary singer justified his comments and perceived foresight into Cyrus' future by invoking ... Michael Jackson. "Maybe it's a British thing, but I can spot a car crash before it happens," he explained. "I was in my dressing room in Las Vegas when they announced that Michael Jackson was playing 50 dates at the O2 [Arena in London]. I turned to my agent and said: 'He won't do a single one of those.'"

Cyrus has chilled out a bit since then, and a mere five years later, she joined John on stage to perform his classic hit, "Tiny Dancer" at the 60th Annual Grammys.

Joan Rivers

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers spent the latter part of her stellar career calling out celebrities for their fashion faux pas on her show Fashion Police, so did you really think Miley Cyrus' 2013 VMAs outfits would be treated any differently?

In an interview with OK! (via the Mirror), the late television host didn't hold back, calling Cyrus' choice of fashion "disgusting." Rivers added, "She should know her audience, and her audience is 17-year-old girls. I would never have let [daughter] Melissa go to a concert like that at 17 years of age." Rivers also accused Cyrus of being a poor role model, telling Entertainment Tonight, "No, this is not normal behavior for a 20-year-old. This is just ... disgraceful. It makes me very sad too because she could have been such a role model and she could have achieved the sexiness without going through all this insanity."

Was Rivers done with her critique of Cyrus? Of course not. She dressed up as the "Wrecking Ball" singer for Halloween in an inflated nude suit with her best representation of Cyrus' VMAs outfit. That's some serious shade, folks.

Jodie Sweetin

Former Full House star Jodie Sweetin had a very public battle with a drug and alcohol addiction. In her 2009 memoir UnSweetined (via Sober Nation), the actress admitted she started drinking at 14 before moving on to cocaine and ecstasy. At the height of her fifteen years of substance abuse, she revealed she spent $60,000 on drugs between 2006 and 2007. Sweetin entered recovery in 2008 and has since earned her degree drug and alcohol counselor.

However, in 2016 (per E! News), Miley Cyrus posted a photo of Sweetin during her time as an addict with the caption, "Current Mood #fuller house." Fans were not pleased. "Seriously effed up to post this...Anything to get attention I suppose Miley," one user wrote. "She is now a different person, and it's not ok to drag someone for their past," another said.

When E! News asked Sweetin about Cyrus' dig, she responded with nothing but positivity. "I don't pay attention to negative stuff," the Fuller House star explained. "I have so much good stuff going on in my life right now that I try not to pay attention." As Taylor Swift would say, sometimes it's best to just shake it off.