Once best friends, '80s idols Feldman and Haim tell PEOPLE about their now-bitter feud

By People Staff
Updated July 25, 2008 04:45 PM
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Former ’80s teen idols and onetime best friends, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim are now locked in a bitter six-month-old feud that has them refusing to speak or even stand together for a photo, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

Feldman, 37, has sworn to have no further contact with his former pal until Haim, 36, gets sober, telling PEOPLE, “As a friend and somebody that cares deeply about the guy, I’m not going to watch him destroy himself.”

Haim, who says he has been sober for the past 10 months – ever since he was shown as being under the influence on the A&E reality show The Two Coreys – tells PEOPLE he’s in no rush to make amends, and that he’s still dealing with the pain of having been sexually abused as a child – a trauma that both men admit they endured.

“[Feldman] said to me, ‘I’ll always have your back.’ But he knew there was a rape issue going on with me for about two years, and what did he do about it? Nothing,” says Haim.

Feldman says of Haim’s blame game: “I think that he needs to demonize somebody. As a 14-year-old, how could I be responsible for actions that happened between him and another person?”

For more on the Coreys’ nasty battle and troubled pasts – plus Feldman’s friendship with Michael Jackson – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday