Any person who's ever been wronged or hurt by an ex has been temped to call them out and vent on social media. But as anyone who's actually done it knows, drama is pretty much guaranteed, with all your friends texting you for an explanation and all your ex's friends weighing in with their opinions. All of a sudden, a personal dig that seemed so trivial turns into a huge deal.
For celebs, that situation is magnified by millions of followers and fans. One little tweet shading an ex can go instantly viral—as they did for these famous exes on Twitter and Instagram.
1. Dove Cameron
Seemingly out of nowhere, Dove and fellow Disney Channel star Ryan McCartan ended their engagement in 2016 after four years of dating. To say that fans were disappointed is a major understatement. Confused shippers were desperate for answers as to why their faves had split, especially since Ryan was still gushing about how much he loved Dove in interviews.
Well, fans hit peak confusion when Dove began sharing selfies on Instagram with her new boo, Descendents 2 costar Thomas Doherty. One fan commented on the picture simply to say, "Ryan," prompting Dove to respond with a call to quit moaning about her breakup. She also shared a revelation about why she and Ryan weren't together anymore: She wasn't happy.
For the record, she's happier than ever now.
2. Selena Gomez
Selena has called out her ex, Justin Bieber, on more than one occasion, so let's go in order.
The first time came in 2013 when the on-and-off again couple were off. On November 26, Justin dropped a teaser for his "All That Matters" video, in which he makes out with a model who's not Selena. Three days later, Selena posted this gorgeous no-makeup selfie to Instagram with the caption, "I thought he only liked the Latina category. Smh...#nomakeup #hatewhengirlssaythat 😂."
Some fans thought Sel's caption was directed at Justin, and the model from the vid, Cailin Russo, agreed. "It was clearly directed at him with me in the video, but.. I was just doing my job," Russo told Cosmopolitan.com about the whole controversy.
The second time Sel called out the Biebs was after he blasted fans for hating on his new bae, Sofia Richie, and threatened to quit the site. Selena scolded in the comments for not appreciating his fans.
3. Justin Bieber
Justin wasn't down with Selena cosigning Beliebers' belief that he didn't care about them in his Insta comments and responded by accusing her of using him for attention.
Although it's doubtful Selena was trying to use him for attention (she gets plenty on her own, thanks), Selena ended up apologizing, admitting what she posted was "selfish and pointless."
4. Calvin Harris
After Taylor Swift's team confirmed rumors that she wrote Calvin's hit "This is What You Came For", Calvin blasted the move on Twitter, explaining that Team Swift didn't give the whole story and was just trying to make him look bad.
Then things got personal: Calvin accused Taylor of trying to "bury" him like she did Katy Perry and told her to focus on her new relationship with Tom Hiddleston if she was happy (complinsult of the year).
5. Jai Brooks
Ariana Grande was in a long-term relationship with the Aussie YouTube star until they broke up in late 2013 amid rumors that Ariana was cheating on him with her "Almost is Never Enough" collaborator Nathan Sykes. Jai didn't hold his tongue post-breakup and slammed Ariana in an EPIC Twitlonger confirming the rumors that Ari cheated—well, at least Jai believed she did.
6. Ariana Grande
You didn't think Ariana Grand —the flawless, powerful, feminist icon she is—would let Jai lay into her like that, did you?
The pop star fired back in her own Twitter rant, saying Jai was just desperate for her to take him back and accusing him of threatening to embarrass her in the press if she didn't.
7. Iggy Azalea
Despite leaked video footage of Nick Young appearing to admit he cheated on her, Iggy stayed with her former fiancé. But three months later, the couple called off their engagement. Iggy put Nick's cheating ways on blast soon after, explaining on Twitter that she caught him cheating on her in their home.
8. James McVey
The Vamps guitarist James McVey had the unpleasant experience of being reminded that his former girlfriend Kirstie Brittain (maybe?) cheated on him when fans began tagging him in a picture that appeared to show her kissing another guy.
James asked fans to please stop tagging him in the pic (because who wants to see their ex kissing another person?) and vented on Twitter about how there was no trust or loyalty in his former relationship.
9. Chris Zylka
The Amazing Spider-Man actor dated Lucy Hale for a year back in 2012. They seemed totally in love, but things didn't work out, and when they split, he didn't have very nice things to say about the Pretty Little Liars star.
When a fan asked him about Lucy on Twitter, Chris dissed the actress majorly, saying she dumped him because she thought she was too good for him. He took a dig at her talent too, writing, "There's a difference between celebrities and movie stars. Celebrities fade away, while movie stars stick around forever," according to E! News.
Chris later apologized for blasting his ex in such a derogatory way, insisting she is an amazing person and that he'd always love and support her.
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