How Many of These Moments Were Actually Shade?
BRANDY'S ONSTAGE DISS
Brandy ended her Essence Festival performance of her 1998 hit "The Boy Is Mine" with a never-before-heard rendition. Changing the lyrics from "the boy is mine" to “the song is mine," fans gathered the switch-up was a dig at Monica, who originally collaborated with her on the track.
"The Boy Is Mine" was released as a joint single in 1998 and included on Brandy's second studio album Never Say Never. Just one month later, Monica also released the track as the lead single from her sophomore album titled The Boy Is Mine.
BLAKE SHELTON'S TELLING TWEET
After news broke Miranda Lambert had moved on after her split from Anderson East with singer Evan Felker, her ex-husband Shelton tweeted: "Been taking the high road for a long time.. I almost gave up. But I can finally see something on the horizon up there!! Wait!! Could it be?! Yep!! It's karma!!" The "I'll Name the Dogs" singer also retweeted a few fan responses to his tweet, including one who borrowed his girlfriend Gwen Stefani's album title This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Hmmm.
KARLIE KLOSS' INSTAGRAM CAPTION
The supermodel celebrated her LOVE Magazine advent calendar appearance by sharing the sexy video she shot for the brand. Some Taylor Swift fans were upset when Kloss captioned the post "swish swish," as they thought it was a reference to the Katy Perry song of the same title, which is widely believed to be a Swift diss track. While Kloss removed the phrase from her caption, it's unclear if there is actually any bad blood between the famous besties.
KIM CALLS KHLOÉ HER 'WORST DRESSED' SISTER
During an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden, Kim was asked to rank her family from most to least stylish during a round of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts."
"Kendall, Kris Jenner … Kylie, then Kourtney and then Khloé. She's going to kill me," Kim revealed. Still, she seemed confident about her first and last place choices so … sorry, Khloé.
PERRIE EDWARDS' ONSTAGE LOL
Little Mix's "Shout Out to My Ex" is rumored to be about Edwards' split from Zayn Malik, but in July 2016, more fuel was added to the fire when some fans thought that the singer changed a line in the song — "hope she ain't faking it like I did" — to be a dig at Malik's then-girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. Adding to the speculation was the fact that Edwards and bandmate Jade Thirlwall cracked up immediately afterward.
BIG SEAN'S KNOWING TWEET
After splitting in 2014, neither the rapper nor ex Naya Rivera kept quiet about the bad blood between them. When the Glee alum was arrested on domestic battery charges in November, Big Sean sent out a seemingly shady tweet about his ex-fiancée's misfortune: a video of a little girl emphatically saying, "I told y'all n——. I told y'all n——. Y'all thought I was playing, but I told y'all n——," leading many to believe that he was taking one more dig at the actress.
FIFTH HARMONY'S FALLEN BANDMATE
Before Fifth Harmony performed their song "Down" at the 2017 MTV VMAs, five people took the stage — but that number quickly turned to four when one was thrown off. Twitter took the move as a diss to former member Camila Cabello, who left the group in 2016 to pursue a solo career, but Ally Brooke later said that it was simply "a symbolic way of showing people that the four of us are Fifth Harmony."
JOHN MAYER'S DELETED TWEET
"Tuesday, December 13 may be the lamest day of the year, conceptually," the singer wrote in 2016, which many Taylor Swift fans took to be a dig at her — after all, Dec. 13 is her birthday. However, Mayer responded by writing on Twitter, "NOPE. No. Nuh-uh. People I am 39. I am deleting those tweets. Come right at me for doing so. Absolutely no shade." He also promptly deleted his response.
ANNE HATHAWAY'S KARDASHIAN COMPARISON
In May 2016, Hathaway posted a meme on Instagram featuring Helena Bonham Carter with the words "In a world of Kardashians Be a Helena Bonham Carter." After many people accused Hathaway of throwing shade at the KarJenner family, the Oscar winner deleted the picture and apologized in a new post for "unintentional shade thrown," adding, "it never occurred to me that I was pitting anyone against each other."