“So Disappointing”: Stars Who Had Terrible Encounters With Other Celebrities When They Met
There are so many threads on the Internet dedicated to everyday people venting about their not-so-pleasant experiences with celebrities, that’s it’s not a shock to hear someone say one of your faves is actually pretty mean. But it’s whole other thing when a fellow star says a well-known figure wasn’t the nicest to them.
Check out a few times a few of your favorites were accused of making a pretty atrocious first impression.
China McClain and Anita Baker
When The Descendants and Black Lightning star China McClain and her mother ran into Anita Baker out in public, the actress took to social media to say that the singing legend wasn’t as kind as they’d hoped:
In response, Baker said that McClain’s mother approached her in a loud manner, and by doing so, attracted unwanted attention to her while she was just out filling out a passport application:
While still being respectful (she referred to her as Ms. Baker), McClain politely refuted the “Sweet Love” singer’s story, telling her that everyone needs to treat people with “love & respect.”
Claressa Shields and Serena Williams
In a recent interview with Scoop B Radio, the boxing champ said she had two less than positive encounters with the 23-time Grand Slam tennis ace. The very first encounter happened prior to the 2016 Olympics:
“I’m not the type of person to just jump on somebody so I was just like ‘Hey Serena’ and there was nobody around,” she said. “I talk very loud so when I said it, she didn’t say nothing. She just acted like she couldn’t hear me and just kept walking straight. After that, Shakur Stevenson was just like, ‘Did she just ignore you?’ And then after she heard Shakur say that, she just looked over and said ‘hey’ and kept going so that was strike number one for Serena Williams and I let that go even though I was very upset.”
The second incident was at the opening ceremony of that same Olympiad and involved Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Afterward, Shields was so mad she almost direct messaged Serena about it.
“So during the walk, I walk in with Coach K and he tells me, ‘I’m going to get you that picture with Serena Williams,’ and I told him, ‘No I don’t want no picture, as a matter fact, you can ask her if you want, but I’m not going to ask her because I see how she is now,'” she recalls. “So, Coach K went and tapped her and her and the girls that were with her, they ignored him she acted like she didn’t feel him touch her. She finally looked back and saw it was him and walked away so fast and I just was like, ‘Who the hell does she think she is?'”
Unfortunately, after that, Shields was so upset she blocked Williams on social media and looks at the tennis legend differently these days.
Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams
In an interview with ESPN back in 2013, a then 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, a young but formidable talent, had some words for Serena Williams. After shocking everyone by beating the legend at the Australian Open that year, a few days after the loss, Williams posted on Twitter “I made you” to no one in particular. But Stephens said that message was for her, and she wasn’t happy about any of it.
She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia. And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.” [Her mother tries to interrupt.] “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that—no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?
The two haven’t been able to ease tensions and be friendly since. And while Stephens just calls Williams “a colleague” at this point, two years after all that drama, Williams said in 2015 that she would always root for her.
“I mean, I don’t know. I just feel like, you know, I’m, like I have always said from day one, I always root for her and (like to) see another African-American doing well,” she said. “I think she’s super cute, so I always root for her.”
Tia Mowry and Charlize Theron
Man, who could forget the time Mowry said she ran into the Oscar winner at SoulCylce and received an icy reception?
“She wasn’t very nice to me,” Mowry told InTouch. “I said ‘Hi,’ and she actually rolled her eyes and said, ‘Oh my God.'”
“I wasn’t over-the-top,” she added. “I know how to approach another celebrity. Charlize was just mean. I’m just being honest.”
Years later when asked about what happened while visiting Watch What Happens Live, Theron apologized if the incident actually happened and if she made Mowry feel any kind of way.
Ciara and Rihanna
While visiting E! for Fashion Police in 2011, where the co-hosts were speaking on Rihanna’s fashion, Ciara went off the script and said she’d had a recent encounter with the star at a party and claimed RiRi “wasn’t the nicest.” What made it worse was that Joan Rivers joked that Rihanna acted like a “b—h,” and in turn, Ciara just laughed.
When Rihanna found out what happened she tweeted, “My bad Ci, did I forget to tip you?”
After that, the two went back and forth via Twitter, and their issues continued for years, but thankfully, the two eventually were able to put aside their differences.
Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj
It seems that the singer and rapper were guests of designer Jeremy Scott for the Met Gala in 2016. And if pictures from that event (and a lack of tagging folks) didn’t make it clear enough, Lovato and Minaj didn’t hit it off well.
During an interview with Billboard in 2018, she didn’t name names, but Lovato said that her encounter with a particular celebrity on that night, which many assumed was Minaj, almost made her want to give up her sobriety. Instead, she just bailed on the gala and went to a late-night AA meeting.
“I had a terrible experience,” she said. “This one celebrity was a complete b—h and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”
Sherri Shepherd and Kenya Moore
Back in 2014, both women were guests on What What Happens Live. And while Shepherd usually gets along great with people, she and Moore just didn’t see eye to eye on much. Their disagreements caused some awkward tension.
But Sherri said that despite the two not bonding at all, and the Twitter shade that ensued after the interview, Shepherd wished the RHOA star all the best.
Claudia Jordan and Tamar Braxton
Back when Tameka “Tiny” Cottle had her short-lived Vh1 show Tiny Tonight, co-hosts Tamar Braxton and Claudia Jordan ended up not getting along. There were reported behind-the-scenes tensions. And on screen, the tension was also apparent. Take for example an episode for Valentine’s Day where Jordan said she didn’t need her first date with a man to be over the top and luxurious. Braxton, who was (and still technically is) married to Vincent Herbert and loves extravagant displays, disagreed. But things went left when Braxton reminded Jordan that no one had put a ring on her finger and she had no man, therefore, her opinion wasn’t as valid. They ended up engaging in a Twitter feud, and eventually, Braxton left the show to concentrate on her pregnancy with son, Logan.
Jonathan Capehart and Gabourey Sidibe
Who doesn’t love Gabourey Sidibe? Journalist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart for one. The Washington Post writer published a piece back in 2010 after he claimed he tried to go up to congratulate Sidibe on her Oscar nomination for Precious at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but she wasn’t feeling him intruding in her conversation.
I was thrilled to spot her at a table laughing uproariously with the man sitting to her right. “I know you’re having a good time and I’m sorry to interrupt,” I began. My next sentence didn’t come out because Sidibe shouted over the din, “Yeah, come back in five minutes!” Thinking she was joking, I laughed and pretended to walk away. When I noticed that the look in her eyes meant she was serious, I walked back to her and said, “I just wanted to congratulate you on your nomination. I thought your performance was spectacular. I even wrote a column about it.” After wishing her good luck, I rejoined my friends.
While SZA didn’t spill the tea on which fellow star treated her poorly, she did tell her Twitter followers that someone wasn’t too kind to her before deleting the message earlier this year.
“Jus had my first Hollywood ‘mean girl’ experience,” she said. “That was abhorrent. Good thing ion give a f–k.”