2017 was a crazy year across the board, and part of the insanity involved the petty online wars fought over various social media platforms. Stars were not above using live stories, tweets, and Instagram comments to take down each other, and...tbh, we kind of loved the drama of it all. Here's a quick rundown of some of our favorite shady moments from this year.
Justin Bieber on The Weeknd
Oh, memories. Early in the year Justin Bieber had a standard Instagram Live Q&A with his fans. Then friend Alfredo Flores asked Biebs what his favorite song at the moment was. The answer? "Starboy" by The Weeknd, ex Selena's then-bae.
And in case you think Justin was being genuine, there was a lot of laughing following that response, so we can't help but feel like it may have been a dig.
Hailey Baldwin on Selena Gomez
This is a complicated web, so we're gonna SparkNote it real quick. You know that Hailey and JBiebs had a Thing. We're all well-informed on the love triangle between The Weeknd, Justin and Selena. And you know that pre-Selena, Bella Hadid and The Weeknd were a couple. Bella and Hailey are friends on the model circuit, and Selena (naturally) is enemy number one for being involved with their exes.
Everyone caught up? Great.
So when Hailey retweeted this vid of Bella playing in a bubble bath for Vogue (as one does) it was quickly interpreted as shade towards Selena Gomez, then in the early throes of her relationship with The Weeknd. God, this is exhausting.
Savannah Chrisley on Bella Thorne
We're throwing it way back to the pre-Disick, pre-Blackbear and certainly pre-Mod Sun relationship drama of Bella Thorne. There was a short-lived love triangle between her, reality star Savannah Chrisley and NBA player Chandler Parsons. The tl;dr version is that Savannah was rumored to be dating Chandler and even went quasi-public about them "hanging out" in an interview. A few days later Bella shows up courtside with Chandler's Jersey number written on her cheek. Ruh-roh.
What followed was two little slams towards Bella. Shortly after, Savannah posted a random Instagram Live video where Savannah ranted off about fishnets. She asked whether they were becoming trendy again because she thought they were for Halloween exclusively. And who was caught donning her signature fishnets-and-pants combo at the game? Girl, you know who.
Then Savannah posted a series of deleted Tweets trying to...take the high road, maybe? "Girls want attention. Women want RESPECT," she wrote. "Today … I choose to be a woman. Don’t be THAT girl."
Honey, I know you're upset and all but there are few things more attention-grabbing then posting some cryptic, salty Tweets. It's a Bella Thorne relationship, you know those have a short shelf life.
Dove Cameron on Ryan McCartan
Oh man, Dove was the Queen of Shade this year, but there's one particularly savage moment we still can't get over. After posting a particularly adorable pic of her and boyfriend Thomas Doherty on Instagram, a fan left a simple comment: "Ryan." An unprovoked, very out of nowhere reference to Dove's ex-fiancé Ryan McCartan. Dove could've left it right there, untouched. Instead she finished up by reply with "was terrible to me."
Though she's most certainly moved on, Dove definitely still had some bad blood with her ex. Was she like low-key roasting Ryan while live-tweeting the Liv & Maddie last episode? It's unclear. What is crystal clear is that things between these two are still really tense.
Cheryl on One Direction
Supportive or shady? Cheryl posted a screenshot of a headline announcing that boyfriend Liam Payne's new single was topping the US charts. "Having sold 5 million units to date worldwide, the track is now the biggest-selling solo single from a current member of One Direction," it read.
"Savage," Cheryl wrote underneath along with a hashtag reading, "Proud." We're sure that Cheryl's two-word take-down didn't completely have Directioners out for her blood, but you gotta be careful, girl.
Grace VanderWaal on Jacob Sartorius
Wow, well. All of this.
Basically Jacob posted a pic about how he was "working [his] butt off" all year and Grace decided to step in and define what "work" actually means in the comment section. You could probably argue that this is a flat-out takedown, but something about how it starts with "This is all out of respect" seems shady AF. Like, if you're gonna rip someone apart, commit to it. Like it feels so weirdly condescending that you might as well have started with, "Oh, sweetie."
Anyway, not disagreeing with at all Grace but overall this feels like a weird waste of effort on a YouTube star, like...nobody needs to save Jacob Sartorius' soul, you know? It is what it is, you do you, he'll do him.
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