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Scandal Exposed: A-List Celebs Who Aired Their Dirty Laundry In Public

Darren November 20, 2023

As fans, we often hold celebrities to higher standards than most people but it’s important to remember that they’re flawed humans too. Many of them date one another and break up. For many of them, it’s because they’re moving in different directions and can’t make time for each other. But some of these A-list celebs hate their exes and air their dirty laundry in public.

Everybody loves a juicy scandal so it’s very entertaining when this happens. Today we’ll look at some of the most dramatic examples from Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s break-up to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s trial. Check them out right here.


Russell Brand and Katy Perry

Nobody wants to be Brand’s ex now after the dark and disturbing allegations that emerged in 2023. However, Perry found herself in that situation. Brand texted her that he wanted a divorce in 2013 and that ended their relationship. But the pop star had found her former spouse unsettling for a while.

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She reportedly nicknamed him Rasputin after the notorious Russian monk (via News.au). Meanwhile, she aired their dirty laundry in a Vogue interview as she accused him of being controlling and emotionally abusive. Perry also said that she had some dark secrets for a ‘rainy day.’


Halsey and G Eazy

Closer singer Halsey dated G Eazy for about a year before they broke up in 2018. Later, it emerged that he cheated on her multiple times and emotionally traumatized her. The internet is a cruel place and many people mocked Halsey. But she responded emphatically by airing their dirty laundry (via Distractify).

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Halsey wrote: “I see y’all in the comments. And I know you think you’re funny. Cause you’re at home on your iPhone and I’m not a real human being to you. I hope to God you never have to experience an abusive relationship. And if you do, I hope the world is kinder to you than you are to me.”


Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas

Swift appears several times on this list because she’s had many high-profile relationships. She dated Joe Jonas in 2008 but the relationship quickly fell apart. However, Swift didn’t have many positive things to say about her ex. She infamously shredded him in a notorious interview (via Us Magazine).

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“When I find that person that is right for me, he’ll be wonderful,” Swift said. “And when I look at that person, I’m not even gonna be able to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18. I looked at the call log, it was 27 seconds. That’s got to be a record.”

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Nicki Minaj and Safaree

Nobody will ever accuse Minaj of being a shrinking violent. She proved this when she put him on full blast on a Twitter rant. Minaj tweeted: “Two years later this poor excuse of a man is suing me & claiming to have been physically & emotionally abused. Lol. He’s so miserable…This man can’t move on. It’s really sad. I have the emails to prove it.”


Minaj also said that Safaree wanted to diminish her happiness and that he had an ulterior motive. She believed that he was trying to create trouble for a reality TV program. The hip-hop icon said that it would be better if he made an effort to stay in their son’s life instead of suing her (via NME).

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Sam Smith and Jonathan Zeizel

Smith is one of the most polarizing singers out there today. The nonbinary star dated model Jonathan Zeizel before it came to an acrimonious end. However, it seems like Smith channeled this negative energy into something positive. The popstar aired their dirty laundry at the Grammys.


After winning Record of the Year, Smith gave an enlightening speech. “Just a quick one,” Smith said. “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.” Ouch (via The Herald).


Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

Rose has a history of dating rappers but it rarely ends well for her. Her relationship with Khalifa saw them have a son together. But she filed for a divorce after just a year and then things became very toxic. They played some of the drama in public and didn’t hold back.

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Khalifa once tweeted cryptically: “A woman who would do something to a kid to spite that kid’s father is a foul creature.” Everybody sat up and took notice after this because it was obvious who he was talking about. These days they don’t have a relationship beyond their son (via Essentially Sports).


Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Gomez and Bieber were one of the most popular teen couples ever. They had legions of devoted fans who ate up their every move. However, it’s important to remember that they were teenagers and went through growing pains. Their on-off relationship also saw them date other people.

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Meanwhile, they occasionally aired their dirty laundry on social media (via NY Daily News). Gomez once wrote on Instagram about Bieber: “Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love.”

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Lucy Hale and Chris Zykla

Maybe we’re exaggerating by including Zykla among these A-Listers. He had some decent roles in The Amazing Spiderman and The Leftovers. But he’s just another actor in the haystack that is Hollywood. Despite this, he had the cheek to air his dirty laundry in public.


He suggested that his ex, Hale, used him to climb the social ranks. Zykla said: “There’s a difference between celebrities and movie stars. Celebrities fade away, while movie stars stick around forever.” Hale is a seven-time Teen Choice award winner and is more famous (via Narcity).


Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Khloe Kardashian reportedly said that she gave Kim and Humphries’ relationship six months. In the end, she filed for divorce after 72 days. Many haters said that it was a media stunt and the pair never cared about each other. But Humphries denied this and said he endured severe emotional damage.


He told the Player’s Tribune: “Look, I should have known what I was getting into. I was definitely naive about how much my life was going to change. But the one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake.” Humphries suggested Kardashian knew what she was doing.


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Kardashian filed for divorce in 2021 after her husband became increasingly erratic. She moved on with her life and began dating former Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson. West didn’t take kindly to the mother of his children being with another man. He made an animated music video where he appeared to decapitate Davidson’s doppelganger.


In the song Eazy, he rapped: “God saved me from that crash, just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**.” Many people criticized West for his antics as he aired his dirty laundry in public. Meanwhile, Davidson and Kardashian increased their security because they didn’t know what West was capable of (via Salon).

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Selena Gomez and Zedd

Zedd didn’t speak too badly about Gomez but he revealed how their relationship took a toll on his mental health. Gomez is a true A-Lister with hundreds of millions of fans. They obsess over everything she does and scrutinize her boyfriends. Zedd said that this was a nightmarish experience.


“Reporters were calling my parents,” he told Billboard. “People were hacking my friends’ phones. I was p****d even though I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. She is one of the most talked-about people in the world, but I had no idea how much that would change my life.”

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Pitt infamously ditched Aniston for Angelina Jolie. But before this, they were the movie world’s hottest couple. Unfortunately, things didn’t end well for them but many fans still dream that they’ll get back together. However, we wouldn’t bet on it because Aniston is open about their dirty laundry.

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She once told Vanity Fair: “I have to think there’s some reason I have called this into my life. I have to believe that—otherwise, it’s just cruel.” It’s difficult to read this because it shows that she was going through a very tough time. Hopefully, she’s in a better place today.

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Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid

Karma struck Jonas in 2016 after Hadid broke up with him and moved on two weeks later. She began dating former One Direction star Zayn Malik. This rattled Jonas and there were questions over whether he thought she cheated on him. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s fans have no love for Jonas and thought it was hilarious.

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Jonas told the Metro: “I think it’s interesting that she moved on so quickly, I mean it was definitely quick. It’s comical that I’m compared to him. That dude and I have been compared for years, I think it’s just funny.” This didn’t stop him from deleting a picture of him with Malik (via The Metro).

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Kat Von D and Jesse James

James is featured a couple of times on this list for being an emotionally abusive partner. First, he ditched Sandra Bullock for Von D and claimed he was happy to be with someone who understood him. But this didn’t stop him from cheating on her with an alleged 19 women (via Us Magazine).

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Von D said: “I dated someone who cheated on me intensely. I don’t even know how it’s physically possible to f*** so many people.” This is almost beyond parody because it’s so over-the-top. Von D is a polarizing figure but nobody can blame her for airing their dirty laundry in public.

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Taylor Swift and John Mayer

Mayer was one of Swift’s first celebrity boyfriends but their relationship didn’t end well. In 2023, Swift even asked her fans to stop cyberbullying him. However, she wrote about him in multiple songs over the years including Dear John. He responded angrily and she called him ‘presumptuous’ to assume they were about him.

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“It made me feel terrible because I didn’t deserve it,” Mayer told Rolling Stone. “I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do. I never got an email, I never got a phone call…I was really caught off guard.”


Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher is a problematic person because he seduced an underage Mila Kunis and defended a convicted rapist. But before that, he married Moore and had a six-year marriage. After they finally divorced, Moore spilled the beans in her memoir. She aired their dirty laundry in public as she showed his reportedly abusive antics.

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Moore said that he coerced her into threesomes against her will. She acquiesced because she wanted to please him but felt shame. Meanwhile, he also allegedly used these experiences to justify cheating on her. It made their relationship very toxic and uncomfortable for her (via The Mercury News).


Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

We’re being a little harsh by including this one because Kidman reluctantly talks about her marriage to Cruise. She was 22 when they married in the 1990s. Kidman said: “I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me ― it was protection (via Hello!).”


But she also delivered one of the biggest putdowns ever when David Letterman asked her about the divorce. “Well I can wear heels now,” she said cuttingly as she mocked her former spouse’s height. Cruise is very sensitive about his short stature and she knew it.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Pitt and Jolie were one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples but things ended badly. It seems that Pitt isn’t an easy man to live with as they had several high-profile spats. Paparazzi snapped them arguing publically at Legoland in Great Britain. Finally, they had a messy, complicated divorce.


Later Jolie told Harper’s Bazaar: “My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years, and I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it. The invisible ones are harder to wrestle with. Life takes many turns. Sometimes you get hurt, you see those you love in pain, and you can’t be as free and open as your spirit desires.”

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Shia LaBeouf and FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs and LaBeouf dated for a year before she finally escaped his alleged abusive clutches. She accused him of gaslighting her as well as emotional and physical abuse. Furthermore, she went as far as saying that it’s a miracle that she escaped alive in a horrifying interview with Elle.


The British star aired their dirty laundry and instantly won sympathy. She said: “If you put a frog in a boiling pot of water, that frog is going to jump out straight away. Whereas if you put a frog in cool water and heat it up slowly, that frog is going to boil to death. That was my experience being with LaBeouf.”


Jesse James and Sandra Bullock

James has a history of being one of the most repulsive A-listers on the planet. He openly admits that he has cheated dozens of times on his partners. Meanwhile, he speaks horribly about them too. He went on Howard Stern’s radio show and denigrated Bullock with some scathing comments.

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First, he compared her sexual performance to Kat Von D’s. Then he aired their dirty laundry. He said: “I’ve met someone that makes me happy. An amazing woman who is willing to accept me for my faults and not try to change me and loves me like crazy and has my back (via Best Life Online).”

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Zayn Malk and Perrie Edwards

Edwards and Malik emerged from two of the UK’s biggest pop groups of the century. It seemed that they were a match made in heaven but in the end, things fell apart. Malik was scathing about Edwards’ intellect. Meanwhile, she sneered at his sexual performance in her song lyrics.


Malik told Billboard: “I need a challenge. Also, I like girls who are a bit chunky in certain areas. The nice areas; I like a fuller woman. I enjoy an intellectual conversation as well, where someone can construct a sentence beyond what hair and makeup they’re wearing, and talk about something political or about the world.”

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Shakira and Gerard Pique

This couple rocked the world in 2022 when they split up after years of marriage. A scandal erupted when the news broke that Pique cheated on his popstar wife with Clara Chia Marti. Shakira swept their daughters away to Miami and left him in Barcelona with his new partner (via People).


Meanwhile, Shakira continuously destroyed him with her song lyrics. She made it clear that she was carrying a grudge and couldn’t believe he dumped her for a young woman who achieved nothing. Most people agreed that Pique was the wrong person in this situation but he didn’t care.


Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner

First, let’s caveat this by saying that Lautner and Swift are good friends now. They broke up because they were in different places in their lives and couldn’t sustain a relationship. However, one aspect of their break-up infuriated the former Twilight star as he told Lea Michele.

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Michele mentioned in an interview that Swift wrote a song about him. ‘That’s what she does,” Lautner replied cuttingly as he showed his displeasure. It’s not the most dramatic exchange on this list but it’s interesting. Even the most amicable break-ups have dirty laundry (via Time).


Sophie Turner and Nick Jonas

This was one of the biggest celebrity breakups of 2023. Jonas filed for divorce as he cited irreconcilable differences from his wife of four years. He alleged that she liked to party more than he did and their lifestyles were too separate. Then he brought their children back to the U.S. against Turner’s will.


Turner sued her husband and accused him of kidnapping their children as they aired their dirty laundry. The Game of Thrones actress even began hanging out with Taylor Swift during the scandal. It was catnip for gossip columns because the couple played everything out in public (via Page Six).


Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

When we think of celebrities who aired their dirty laundry in public, this is probably the most dramatic example by a wide margin. It involved a horrific situation where Heard accused Depp of violently abusing her throughout their marriage. The culmination was a dramatic public trial that saw them reveal the worst aspects of their relationship.

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Depp accused Heard of defecating on their bed before she went to Coachella. Meanwhile, Heard alleged that Depp penetrated her with a bottle and committed other heinous actions. Ultimately, a jury awarded Depp $10 million in damages and two million dollars to Heard (via Entertainment Weekly).