Just like for the rest of us, life can be stressful for musicians and sometimes it all just gets a bit much. All that touring, constantly being in the limelight, getting chased by photographers and hounded by fans … it’s not easy you know. Which is why every now and again, they can’t help but let off steam on Twitter. Because we all lose our rag from time to time, here’s a look back at some of the most wildest social media flip-outs by rock stars, pop stars and the like….
When Azealia Banks, the prowling nuclear submarine of Twitter, dissed Lily Allen’s husband Sam Cooper as “ugly” and looking “like a thumb” in 2013, she understandably felt the back of Allen’s hand. “Not even gonna @ her,” she spat back, “but if she wants to talk about weak, I'm sure her record sales to date should suffice." Zing.
Rather than save it for the dinner table on Christmas Day, Liam let loose at Noel in May seemingly over the choice of woodwind on Noel’s new album. “Just coz you have a SAXAPHONE on your new record and you think your all Pink Floyd,” he wrote, “Everybody knows your just another PRICK in the wall”. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a Pink Floyd joke.
Kanye’s most famous Twitter blow-up was aimed at comedian Jimmy Kimmel in 2013, after Kimmel recreated Yeezy’s interview with Zane Lowe using small children. “SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU FUCKING BEN AFFLECK…#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!” Kanye wrote during an hour-long onslaught of caps-locked cyber-rage.
When ex-One Direction-er Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris got their wires crossed over Malik reposting a tweet about Spotify from Harris’ girlfriend Taylor Swift, the misunderstanding escalated into a heated row that had Malik telling Harris to “calm your knickers before them dentures fall out”.
When he wasn’t biting back at Malik or aiming Twitter spats at Katy Perry, Rita Ora and, um, the entire BPI, Harris was going apeshit over poor reviews of his album ‘Ready For The Weekend’. “RICH PEOPLE’S KIDS GETTING GOOD REVIEWS BECAUSE MUMMY F**KED A JOURNO IN THE EIGHTIES,” he tweeted.
Iggy’s most recent Twitter rampage was – quite rightly – at pizza company Papa John’s after a delivery driver gave her phone number out. She’d previously ‘quit’ the site in an epic tirade describing social media as “too negative and draining” and the internet as “the ugliest reflection of man kind there is”.
Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea had it out in a long-running feud that included Banks calling Azalea “Itchy Areola” and fuming “that wannabe black girl shit makes me wanna throw a glass of piss at her”. Banks has also aimed her Twitter sights at Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Diplo, Angel Haze, T.I., A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga, her own management and, oh yes, NME.
When pictures of his wife Coco canoodling with another man emerged online, Ice-T took to Twitter to express his feelings. "Most of them disrespectful and in bad taste,” he said of the photos. “She's made me look... And feel like shit." Poor dude.
In 2012, Fiddy worried fans by claiming on Twitter that “I don’t think I’m gonna live much longer.” While he quelled fears of a freak-out by continuing “to be conscious that life is short is not suicidal”, he did then go off on a lengthy one, tweeting “I’d like to be a bird so I could fly and shit on the world.” Poetic.
Minaj had a mini-feud with Taylor Swift this year when she spoke out on Twitter against videos celebrating “women with very slim bodies” and Swift took her jibe personally. But her real beef was with ex Safaree Samuels, who made a diss track about her, prompting an emotional revenge retort. “Enough with the pity party, just live your life,” she snapped on Twitter.
Over 44 tweets last February, gun-loving Republican rocker Ted Nugent reacted to criticism of an earlier tweet in which he’d called Obama a “subhuman mongrel”. The upshot of all of them was that he considered Obama’s presidency far more offensive than anything he could say about him. Mind you, he also attacked the “biased lying media” so don’t take our word for it.
Twitter might as well be called Dirtylaundryairing.com as far as Courtney’s concerned. She used it to accuse Dave Grohl of making advances on daughter Frances Bean, commenting in a wild rant that “dave tried to fuck me a lot and I always thought he had that romney rape thing about him he fucked all my pals”. The pair have since made up.
Brown’s reputation for not exactly being the best in the treating-women-well department wasn’t helped when, in 2012, he responded to a female comedian calling him “a worthless piece of shit” with such droll repartee as “take them teeth out when u sucking my dick HOE” and “I should fart while ur giving me top”. Why, Mr D’Arcy…
Tipped over the edge by tabloid lies, in 2013 Bieber launched Twittergeddon. “rumors rumors and more rumors,” he wrote in a 13-tweet splurge. “im just gonna be positive. cant bring me down… im focused on the good things in life. im blessed and not forgetting it. im giving back every day for it. cant phase me”. Good for him, huh?
Fuck with MIA’s musical vision and you can expect a response. “I've been told I can't put out a video because it's shot in Africa,” she raged in May, following a 2013 incident where she threatened to leak her own ‘Matangi’ album if Interscope wouldn’t put it out. Then there was the time in 2010 when she posted a critical journalist’s mobile number. Don't mess with Maya, basically.
Professor Green: Prof Green once defended his then-fiancée Millie Mackintosh against Spencer Matthews’ comments that she was merely a “show pony”. “Not into some silly pompous jumped up cunt yapping off at the mouth for some fucking exposure,” Green fought back.
She’s Camden’s Queen Of Hearts now, of course, but in 2010 Amy was an online Rottweiler taking on Mark Ronson after they fell out over Amy’s drug use. “Ronson you’re dead to me,” she blasted, “one album I write an’ you take half the credit – make a career out of it? Don’t think so BRUV.”
The ill-fated collaboration between Mani, Peter Hook and The Smiths’ Andy Rourke crashed and burned when Mani set about Hooky on Twitter in 2010 like Mary Berry on a rock hard flapjack. "3 things visible from space,” he wrote, “great wall of china, peter hooks wallet stuffed with ian Curtis blood money, man citys empty trophy cabinet..."
When his old protégé Skrillex called him an asshole in an interview, Deadmau5 didn’t take it well. Cue online self-awareness session. “thanks for that pocket full of certified psychoanalysis,” he replied, “at the end of the fucking day, if im "miserable / moody / negative" then thats just me dealing with or not dealing internal shit."
Heroic troll-buster Tom Clarke of The Enemy had quite enough hobbit jibes last year, and laid into the sneery press on Twitter. “If I had a pound for everytime a journalist called me a hobbit I could buy enough bullets to round them up and disfigure the lot of them,” he snarked. “Morons. Jealous, juvenile, inept, generically conformist morons. With your little pens.”
More career suicide – Twittercide? – from Dizzee Rascal in 2013, when he took umbrage at Radio One’s playlist policy online. "Who ever does Radio 1 playlist suck my dick! I'm tired of you Cocksuckers you better stop playing me. Make up your fucking minds!!!" Which is a bit like taking a dump on your boss’s desk, mid-annual review.
Ever-placid Guns N' Roses man Axl tweeted his disgust at Copenhagen Zoo's killing of Marius the giraffe last year. “The Danes killed a 2yr old baby giraffe, chopped it up n' fed him to the lions (allegedly in front of kids) to avoid inbreeding,” he mused. “I'm not getting how this deters siblings n' various other assorted Danish family members from fuckin' each other?! J/k :)"