From Olivia Wilde To Victoria Beckham, 2022 Was The Year Of Inconsequential Celebrity Drama And It’s Time To Relive It


 It’s fair to say that the information cycle has been fairly bleak over the final couple of years. In fact, even our usual escapism of popular tradition has been extra draining than uplifting thanks to grave stories, together with the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial and Kanye West’s antisemitic comments.

But amid all of the seriousness and misery, 2022 has actually provided us with some absolute gems of celebrity drama that's reminiscent of yesteryear — earlier than our stars became extra PR trained and social media savvy, and when petty feuds and cringe exposés were all of the rage.After all, for every “Will Smith slapped Chris Rock” 2022 headline there was a “Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine,” and the latter is simply a lot extra palatable for gossip enthusiasts because it’s all of the enjoyable of well-known faces misbehaving with out anyone getting hurt — bodily or otherwise.So, because the year involves an end, I thought that it was about time we looked again on a few of the ultimately innocent however endlessly entertaining tales that celebrities have gifted us this year.

Buckle up for a actually petty and seriously awkward stroll down reminiscence lane…

Let’s simply get the elephant within the room out of the way and say as quickly as and for all that the Don’t Worry Darling saga was one of many best celebrity dramas that we have ever seen.

Whispers of a messy feud between the movie’s director, Olivia Wilde, and lead actor, Florence Pugh, first started to swirl final year however it didn’t attain boiling level till August.

This is when Florence and Olivia’s ~creative differences~ started to become actually obvious as they consistently gave interviews that contradicted one another.

While Olivia repeatedly praised the movie’s intercourse scenes, which culminated in her excitedly declaring to Variety: “Men don’t come on this movie!” Florence spoke out against the hypersexualized way that the film was being marketed.

Olivia additionally regularly mentioned her decision to fire Florence’s original costar, Shia LaBeouf, because he was apparently making Florence uncomfortable and she has a strict “no-assholes policy” on her sets.

But shortly earlier than Don’t Worry Darling’s Venice Film Festival premiere, Shia shared messages and emails from Olivia that appeared to show that he’d quit the film of his personal accord — and Olivia had actually begged him to change his mind.

In a video that later leaked online, Olivia can be seen patronizingly referring to Florence as “Miss Flo” as she tries to persuade Shia to rejoin the project.

During a press convention on the film festival quickly after, Olivia awkwardly insisted that Florence was unable to make it due to different work commitments. Florence instantly rebuffed this declare by showing up in Venice with an Aperol Spritz in hand whereas the press convention was nonetheless going on.

For that extra little bit of pizzazz, Florence’s glam team were noticed wearing T-shirts with “Miss Flo” emblazoned throughout them in deleted social media posts, and her stylist additionally referenced Olivia’s sassy remark in an Instagram caption.

Things solely got extra awkward when the premiere started later that evening, with Florence’s costars — Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Nick Kroll — acting as human buffers between the 2 women, who wouldn't stand close to or speak to every different all through the entire evening.

And simply when you thought that issues couldn’t get any extra bizarre and intense, Don’t Worry Darling’s main man, Harry Styles, was accused of actually spitting on Chris after a unusual video of them on the premiere circulated online.

For a glorious couple of days in September, the web was alight with people very seriously attempting to decipher what on earth had occurred within the video because it was analyzed physique by frame. Ultimately, Harry joked about the incident at his subsequent concert, and Chris’s rep vehemently denied that any spit had been despatched his way.

As the old saying goes, all’s well that ends well… But I personally can’t wait for a film to be made about the circus that surrounded Don’t Worry Darling’s rollout at some level within the not-so-distant future.

And Harry wasn’t the one One Direction alum to be making headlines with their bizarre behavior this year, with Liam Payne going viral not as quickly as however twice over the final 12 months.The first time was thanks to his complicated accent at an Oscars after-party in March. The subsequent was when he laid into his former bandmates all through a May look on Logan Paul’s podcast, the place he appeared to forget every little bit of media coaching that he had ever been taught.At the time, Liam recalled throwing an unnamed bandmate up against a wall, and claimed that he warned them: “If you don’t take away these hands, there’s a excessive likelihood you’ll by no means use them again,” prompting a mass outpouring of secondhand embarrassment.Liam additionally said of “rowdy” Louis Tomlinson: “In the band, we hated every other. Like, come to blows hate every other, it was close.” And he went on so as to add that to this day he dislikes Zayn Malik “for many reasons” earlier than taking aim on the singer’s family.Finally, Liam was widely mocked when he claimed that One Direction was formed round him being the lead singer and insisted that he’d been the most profitable solo artist from the band — regardless of official gross sales and chart rankings telling a wildly different story.After Liam’s bombshell comments, people waited with bated breath to see how everybody concerned would react, and Zayn appeared to reply within the pettiest way possible.The star — who rarely makes use of social media and by no means acknowledges his time in One Direction — retaliated by importing an 8-second Instagram video of himself belting out what used to be his excessive note within the group’s hit single “You and I,” one factor that Liam had taken over as quickly as Zayn left the band.

Many followers interpreted this as Zayn’s way of placing Liam in his place following the podcast feedback and were left wheezing when they noticed that Louis had liked the post.As if that wasn’t enough, footage was shared simply two months later that seemingly confirmed that One Direction was constructed round Niall Horan, not Liam. Ouch.Instagram getting used as a tool in petty feuds actually ramped up a gear in 2022, probably thanks to the extent of deniability that it offers when followers pick up on a subtle undertone in a post.Victoria Beckham is arguably the star who utilized her social media web page the most this year amid her rumored falling out with her now-daughter-in-law, Nicola Peltz Beckham.

In fact, Posh Spice is a shining instance of the energy of leaving issues unspoken, and her and Nicola’s social media exercise has always been used as a barometer of how well the 2 women get along.When Nicola first started dating Victoria and David Beckham’s oldest child, Brooklyn Peltz Beckham, in 2019, she was instantly welcomed into the household with open arms and the Instagram posts to show it became incessant.

But these fizzled out completely by the level it got here for Nicola to stroll down the aisle in April, with Victoria and her household all-but-ignoring their future in-law within the months that preceded the wedding.Although on the floor Victoria and Nicola have maintained ranges of celebrity professionalism that one other stars have lacked this year, their on-line exercise has left little doubt over the tension of their relationship.For example, straight after the marriage Brooklyn and Nicola took on the joint final name of “Peltz Beckham” — one factor that his mother refused to acknowledge as she repeatedly referred to the newlyweds as “Mr and Mrs Beckham.”Nicola was equally petty and didn’t share a single wedding photo of Brooklyn’s relatives on Instagram. She even excluded them from a nine-picture carousel that she posted alongside the caption “family is everything to me 🤍🤍🤍.”More recently, Victoria expertly managed to solely share photos of Brooklyn to her Instagram Story after he and Nicola landed a joint photo shoot with Vogue.Nicola has repeatedly insisted that she and her mother-in-law get alongside simply fine, however Victoria has but to contact upon the fixed hypothesis — seemingly letting Instagram do the talking instead.But of course, not all celebrity drama comes within the type of a feud, and there have been loads of different examples this year.I mean, remember when Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney suffered a main fake pas when she failed to vet the photos from her mom’s sixtieth birthday party earlier than they were uploaded to Instagram?

Sydney received huge backlash when the obvious MAGA-themed bash was uncovered as followers noticed guests wearing the telltale red caps, in addition to what appeared to be a Blue Lives Matter shirt.And Sydney’s seriously blasé response solely added fuel to the fire, with the star nonchalantly tweeting on the time: “You guys that's wild. An innocent celebration for my mothers milestone sixtieth birthday has turned into an absurd political statement, which was not the intention. Please cease making assumptions. Much like to everybody and Happy Birthday Mom!"

Where’s a publicist when you want one?

Speaking of, a sure Ms. Kimberly Noel Kardashian can probably relate all too well to a backlash response getting, well, extra backlash, as she discovered herself on the middle of greater than her fair share of drama all through the year.Perhaps the most groan-inducing incident was when she basically attacked women everywhere for not wanting to get their “fucking ass up and work.” Kim reiterated on the time, “It appears like nobody desires to work these days,” after she was requested to give recommendation to women in enterprise again in February.Her stern feedback caused an immediate Twitter storm, with Kim under fire as she was accused of being out of contact with actuality and by no means checking her personal privilege.Kim’s response to the frenzy aired in an episode of The Kardashians in October, and people were a lot extra stunned to see PR darling Kim double down on her comments, rather than apologizing.

“Yeah, we grew up privileged, however people don’t know the story of your dad and mother having to promote their home in Hidden Hills because they couldn’t afford it and they needed to maneuver to an apartment,” she insisted on the time, which is a declare that's directly contradicted in her mother Kris Jenner’s personal memoir.In addition to feuds and slipups, we were additionally handled to a good old-fashioned sexting scandal this year, with Adam Levine being uncovered in some toe-curlingly cringe leaked DMs.

“Holy fuck. Holy fucking fuck,” a few of the messages to an Instagram mannequin read. “That physique of yours is absurd.”

“I may want to see the booty,” one other said. “Fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.”

And if these messages weren’t sufficient to place Adam in celebrity jail, the truth that he has been married to mannequin Behati Prinsloo since 2014 certainly is.

In a assertion that fortunately didn’t use the phrases “absurd” or “booty” once, the Maroon 5 lead singer insisted that he didn’t have an affair however admitted that he had “crossed the line.”

“I used poor judgment in talking with anyone different than my spouse in ANY kind of flirtatious manner,” he confessed.

And I have to confess that sliding into the DMs of one other woman out of your verified social media account as a well-known married man probably wouldn’t be the neatest transfer for anyone to make.

Finally, what's celebrity drama with out one of many biggest stars of late-night leisure being called “a tiny cretin of a man” by a fed-up restaurateur?

James Corden was brutally called out on Instagram by Keith McNally, the entrepreneur behind A-list New York hot spot Balthazar, for apparently verbally abusing the staff over a stray hair.

In the messy exposé, Keith said that James was “extremely nasty” to his servers as he quoted the precise manager’s reports that detailed two incidents with the British comic.

In one instance, James allegedly threatened to leave the restaurant a negative Yelp review if his party weren’t supplied with a free spherical of drinks after he discovered a hair in his food.

Keith’s post served as a catalyst for people to recirculate previous allegations about James’s behavior on social media, and others leaped on the chance to make their very personal claims against him.

In a response that would make any publicist wail in exasperation, James dismissed the situation as “beneath” him all through an interview with the New York Times, however later backpedaled all through his opening monologue on The Late Late Show.

Here, James lastly admitted to creating a “sarcastic, impolite comment” to the server and said that he would apologize to the staff in person subsequent time he's in New York City.

But the star’s woes didn’t finish there, and shortly afterward James was seemingly stitched up by his Late Late Show writer’s room when they gave him a gap monologue that regurgitated a gag from Ricky Gervais’s 2018 stand-up present almost phrase for word.Ricky himself roasted James for the gaffe and was caught liking a series of shady tweets that referenced the Balthazar drama, and suggested that James’s writers had set him up on purpose.

Lesson learned? Never cross the people whose job it's to make you look good on live TV.

Actually, please do — because that’s precisely the kind of factor that gives the remainder of us mere mortals with endless entertainment.

So, to the celebrities who spent 2022 getting exposed, being shady, or simply generally giving their PR groups stress-induced headaches, we thanks for your service.


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