Coachella controversies: A list of every scandalous incident that took place at Coachella through the years

Coachella controversies: A list of every scandalous incident that took place at Coachella through the years
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Coachella is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California and sees many celebrities and music lovers coming together to enjoy a week full of mind-blowing performance by some of the best musicians in the industry. The first time ever that the event was held dates back to 1999 and ever since then, the music festival has just gotten bigger and louder. 

This year, Coachella is being held from Friday (April 13) to Sunday (April 22). Throughout the years the music event has managed to surround itself with controversies and the celebrities happen to be at the receiving end of the backlash. Here's looking at some of them. 

#1 Louis Tomlinson calling out the lack of bands during Coachella lineup for 2018 

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As soon as the list for Coachella lineup was announced, Lewis happened to have noticed that there were few bands that had been listed for performance. Taking his frustration out on Twitter he wrote, “Where the f**k are all the bands !? It’s a festival !?” His fans were quick to point out that there were indeed many bands that were set to perform. Looks like the singer did not pay enough attention to the list of artists performing. 


#2 Justin Bieber getting kicked out 

Justin was kicked out  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

In 2015 Justin landed himself in trouble when he tried to enter an area that was at full capacity when Drake had been performing. He claimed that he had been invited by Drake but the security at that time did not listen to the singer and grabbed him and put him in a chokehold. At the same time, he also got into another fight when his pal, Kendall Jenner was not allowed to enter a party because she was underage. 



#3 Vanessa Hudgens being accused of doing coke 


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In 2011 Vanessa landed herself in trouble when people thought that she was doing coke during the festival. Pictures emerged which showed Vanessa putting her hand into a bag of something white and then putting it in her mouth. Naturally, everyone thought that she was doing drugs. However, she denied these accusations and said that she couldn't help but laugh at the accusations and that she was licking white chocolate.


#4 The Tupac hologram 


In 2012 during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the rappers brought Tupac's hologram as they performed "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted." People did not seem to understand the importance of having the hologram and questioned every bit of the performance. 


#5 Madonna kissing Drake 


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In a 2015 performance, Madonna made Drake sit on a chair after which the singer started to kiss him. Many people pointed out that Drake had been disgusted by the kiss, but he was quick to clear the air on Instagram as he wrote, "Don't misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel [100 emoji] about that forever. Thank you." 


#6 Stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Sarah Hyland called out for cultural appropriation 


In 2014, these celebrities were called out for cultural appropriation after they arrived at the event wearing bindis. Bindis are part of the Hindu culture and it was not taken well when these celebrities wore it as a fashion accessory. 


#7 Alessandra Ambrosio brought her daughter to Coachella 


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In 2014, Alessandra came under fire after she was photographed with her daughter in the event. People did not think it was appropriate for her daughter to be at an event which is known for having drugs and alcohol. "That's terrible, I would never let me CHILDREN go to a festival where it's gonna be surrounded by drugs and people on drugs, it'll just make them curious," one comment read on her Instagram. 


#8 Rihanna accused of doing coke


In 2015 it was speculated that Rihanna was seen doing coke in a vine video while she was out there partying at the music festival. However, the singer dismissed the speculation she responded with a now deleted comment which read, "N—a your lame ass got some f—g nerve!!! Any fool could see that's a joint that I'm basing with cigarette! Who snorts tobacco??!! FOH witcho 'never been to a rodeo so someone squeezing their nose means they're doing coke' lookin a--!!"


#9 Malia Obama believed to be smoking pot 

Malia Obama accused of having pot  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Malia was full on party mode at the music festival back in 2016. In a video released by Radar Online Malia was spotted allegedly smoking a rolled substance which seemed to like a joint. At the same time, she was seen going all out as she danced as the others performed at the festival. 



#10 Lindsay Lohan accused of relapsing

Lindsey accused of relapsing  (Photo by Reed Saxon - Pool/Getty Images)

In 2014 people thought that the actress had a relapse moment when she was out there partying at Coachella. However, she dismissed the rumors when she appeared on Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.  "I was partying in a dancing manner, which could look like anything to anyone, so I get it," she said at that time. 


#11 Gerard Butler hooking up in a port-a-potty

Gerard believed to have made out (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

In 2012, a source told Perez Hilton that they were seen "grinding like they were at a middle school dance." Hilton claimed the two were also spotted taking "some alone time" in a port-a-potty. The actor has not commented on the incident. 



#12 Kendall Jenner’s exposed nipple ring


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In 2016, Kendall rocked the Coachella weekend as she was spotted wearing a lacy bralette. Kylie Jenner took a picture of her sister but what caught the attention of many was her exposed and apparently pierced nipple. Kylie sure does know what a good picture would look like. 


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