Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff: Looking back at iconic feud that got Hollywood, Barbie and Paris Hilton involved
If you're one of those that say drama isn't for them, then you're definitely the first one to grab a front-row seat with popcorn and a large coke in each hand to enjoy a drama show. Yeah, it works like that. Because everyone loves drama — a little bit of shade spiced with name-calling and a side of accusations (either true or unfounded, it doesn't matter), makes for a great source of entertainment as long as you're not directly involved, of course.
But no one puts on a show of drama, better than feuding celebrities. Who wouldn't love to know the saucy details of celebrities' personal lives that suddenly materialize and become the topic of every conversation? So, while dinner conversations have been turning blander by the day with the words 'coronavirus' or 'quarantine' headlining them for the most part, this Twitter user, Archie Lewallen, rehashed an iconic, and long-been forgotten celebrity feud from the golden years, the 2000s.
MEA WorldWide reached out to the owner of this entertaining Twitter thread on how he went about gathering and disseminating his information, to which Archie replied "Most of it was from memory. Some things the celebrity said in interviews. It just depends on which to tweet. The main thing I fact-checked was the timeline. Since it’s all celebrity gossip it’s essentially all alleged."
Titled, 'Current stan culture would have never survived the It Girl War of the early 2000s. A thread,' he shot off the thread with a well-known yet barely remembered feud and even included all the 'casualties' that were involved: The infamous Lindsay Lohan vs Hilary Duff feud or '2/3’s of Disney’s original Holy Trinity.' The two were at the peak of their careers, enjoying their well-earned success. Duff starred in Disney's 'Lizzie McGuire', while Lohan's role as Cady Heron in the cult classic 'Mean Girls' made her an overnight sensation.
Casualty 1: Aaron Carter's career
It all started with a love triangle between Duff, Lohan and Aaron Carter. Duff dated Carter for about two years after meeting on the set of Lizzie McGuire in 2001. Carter appeared on the Christmas episode of the show, and thereafter became Duff's off-screen boyfriend on the day he turned 13. However, a few months before the two broke up, he began seeing Lohan. "I was dating [Hilary] for like a year and a half, and then I just got a little bored so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay," Carter said to CNBC in an interview in 2005.
Carter dated Lohan for a few months, before breaking it off with her to get back with Duff. The two dated again for several months before officially calling it quits because Carter cheated on Duff again, with someone else. This, however, was only the spark to the fire, i.e. the Lohan-Duff feud.
That was essentially the end of Aaron Carter's career. 'At least he still has his OnlyFans,' Lewallen added.
Casualty 2: Chad Michael Murray
Lohan, however, may have just had steam coming out of her ears. The two engaged in a silent red carpet battle, by showing up at each other's movie premieres to try and outshine the other. Duff made an appearance at Lohan's premiere for 'Freaky Friday', and Lohan returned the favor by attending Duff's 'Cheaper by the Dozen' premiere in 2003.
Then Chad Michael Murray, who was Lohan's co-star in 'Freaky Friday', was cast to play Duff's love interest in 'A Cinderella Story'. So, while they were filming for the movie, Lohan reportedly called Murray to trash talk Duff. Duff went on to release a soundtrack featuring her sister Haylie, titled 'Our Lips Are Sealed', which was a dig a Lohan. Lohan was apparently also banned from attending the premiere for the film.
In 2004, Lohan hosted Saturday Night Live and poked fun at Duff in her opening monologue with Rachel Dratch dressed up as an exaggerated version of the 'What Dreams Are Made Of' singer. Duff was not at all impressed by Lohan's move and told Access Online "I’m not here to talk bad about her like she talks bad about me all the time."
The 'The Parent Trap' star even tried to get famed comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aboard her feud but in vain. "There was one day where she tried to explain to Amy and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it. But we were pretending we could follow it," Fey recalled from her time with Lohan during the filming for 'Mean Girls'. Duff released another song about Lohan, titled 'Haters'.
Barbie unveiled a new Bratz knock-off line featuring Lohan as a Barbie doll, and she also went on to star in the movie based on the line. About a year later, Duff and her sister signed a deal with Mattel dolls to have their dolls made, and also designed outfits for Barbie. Lohan's doll was basically forgotten while Duff designed an entire line.
Casualty 3: Haylie Duff's music career
In the meantime, Lohan got into the 'It Girl' party scene. 'Back in the day this was one of the main ways to get photographed by paparazzi and remain relevant,' Lewallen added. Lohan's friend group at the time comprised Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Ashlee Simpson, and Britney Spears.
According to Lewallen, starting from here, s**t hit the fan. Duff dated Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte for about four years, and the time he refused to sign an autograph for Lohan's 8-year-old brother Cody until she publically apologized to his girlfriend. Madden and Duff broke up, and he began dating Richie.
Duff then released her album 'Dignity', in which she included 'Gypsy Woman', about Richie and 'Play with Fire' about Madden. Practically half of the album tracklist comprised of songs about Hilton, Lohan, and Richie. At the same time, Hilton and Duff's sister, Haylie, both recorded the song 'Screwed', for their respective albums. While the song was supposed to be Haylie Duff's debut single, Hilton's version was 'mysteriously' leaked and eventually, the heiress ended up releasing her album.
Duff's album never made it public.
Casualty 4: The editors and camera crew of 'Simple Life'
Hilton and Richie starred in their own show called 'The Simple Life', and the Duff sisters infamously parodied it as 'Material Girls'. Then came Hilton and Richie's feud that the public never got to know the basis for. Richie allegedly played Hilton's sex tape at a club, which is unconfirmed, but the two ended up going their separate ways on 'The Simple Life 4'.
Subsequently, the two went on to drop two diss tracks about each other. Hilton's 'Jealousy' was aimed at Richie, and the latter recorded a cover of LFO's 'Dandelion' about Hilton and uploaded it to her MySpace.
Casualty 5 and 6: Kimberly Stewart and the cast of Seasons 1 and 2 of “My New BFF”
Hilton even attempted to replace Richie on the show with Kimberly Stewart but failed miserably.
Instead, she went on to create a new show 'My New BFF'.
Casualty 7: Jessica Simpson (since no one was really directly coming for her)
Lohan started dating 'That 70s Show' star, Wilmer Valderrama. When they broke up, rumors circled around suggesting that Valderrama was seeing Ashlee Simpson. Lohan's anger possibly got the best of her and she released the single 'First', dissing Valderrama and Simpson.
Three months later, Simpson dropped her single 'Boyfriend' as a dig at Lohan and entirely recreated Lohan's music video for the visuals accompanying the songs. Lohan apparently had banned Simpson and her sister Jessica entry into her MTV Movie Awards after-party. The enranged Simpson then attended Jimmy Fallon's party, where Lohan showed up later on. When Simpson spotted Lohan at the party, she allegedly lunged for her and security had to be called in to break up the catfight.
"Our Pop It Girls from the early 2000s were willing to throw hands, use men as pawns, and take their feuds to music, television shows, the Barbie aisle, music videos, and entire movies. And we stanned EVERY SINGLE MINUTE," Lewallen added, concluding his long, yet rather entertaining thread detailing a feud that made the headlines, once upon a time, but has since dissipated.
Fast forward to years later, Duff and Lohan eventually got over their differences and ended their feud, saying it was the mature thing to do. They even hung out with each other occasionally.
To top it all off, Lewallen even compiled a playlist to go with the 2000s feud on Apple Music. You can listen to it here.