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13 of the most epic sibling feuds and rivalries of all time

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Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, at The Teen Choice Awards in 2002.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • April 10 marks National Siblings Day, but not all celebrity siblings have always gotten along.

  • Some famous sibling rivalries ended up in court, while others resulted in physical fights.

  • Kim and Kourtney Kardashian famously got into an epic brawl on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

Melissa Stanger contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine didn't speak to each other for 40 years.

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Olivia de Havilland (left) and Joan Fontaine.AP Photo

From a young age, actresses and sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine competed for men, acting gigs, and even the attention of their mother (also an actress).

The sisters were even up for the same best actress Oscar in 1942 when Joan won out over Olivia (though Olivia eventually won her own Oscar). Afterwards, the latter reportedly refused to congratulate her sister on the award, leading to snub number one. The second big snub came in 1975 when Joan called out Olivia for supposedly failing to notify her sister of their mother's death, to which Olivia replied that Joan would've been too busy to attend the funeral anyway.

The star sisters gave each other the silent treatment for the next 40 or so years, until the time of Joan's death in December 2013.

Sister singers LaVerne, Patty, and Maxene Andrews had a decades-long feud.

LaVerne Andrews, Patty Andrews, and Maxine Andrews pose for a portrait circa 1944 in New York City, New York.
LaVerne Andrews, Patty Andrews, and Maxine Andrews in 1944.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Their careers were built on harmonizing together, but the Andrews Sisters weren't always as bright and cheery as their songs. Known for hits like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," the Andrews Sisters were one of the most successful female recording groups in pop history.

So it's strange — or maybe natural — that their success is clouded by a decades-long feud. Maxene once chalked their intense loathing for one another up to too many years of working too closely together ... though it may not have helped things that Patty joined another singing group in 1951 without telling her sisters.

But in spite of their sweet trio image, Patty believed that their diehard fans didn't care about the feud at all, telling the LA Times, "When I start singing the Andrews Sisters songs, they don't give a damn whether I talk to my sister or not."

All three Andrews Sisters have now passed away.

Britney Spears is embroiled in a public feud with her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.

Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears
Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears.Image Group LA/Getty Images

Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears have recently come to blows over social media after both the Grammy award winner and her younger sister have spoken about the singer's 13-year-long conservatorship, which was terminated last year.

Britney Spears has been critical of her family's role in the conservatorship, saying during her explosive June 2021 hearing that she wanted to take legal action against her family.

"I just want my life back. It's been 13 years, and it's enough. It's been a long time since I've owned my money," Spears said at the time. "I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them."

In a January interview with "Good Morning America," Jamie Lynn said, "I love my sister. I've only ever loved and supported her, and done what's right by her, and she knows that. So I don't know why we're in this position right now."

But in her memoir, "Things I Should Have Said," which was released in January, the actress writes about her childhood and altercations she had with the "Toxic" singer, including a time she said her sister locked them both in a room while Britney held a knife while saying she was "scared."

Britney denied the incident ever happened, taking to Twitter to say, "I've never been around you ever with a knife or would I ever even think to do such !!!"

According to Us Weekly, Britney's lawyer later said in a cease-and-desist letter to Jamie Lynn, "Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she."

"You recently reportedly stated that the book was 'not about her.' She takes you at your word and we, therefore, demand that you cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily during your promotional campaign," the letter continued. "If you fail to do so or defame her, Britney will be forced to consider and take all appropriate legal action."

Britney alleged in an Instagram post that her childhood was drastically different from her younger sister's and that Jamie Lynn wasn't there for her after her public breakup with Justin Timberlake, calling her a "selfish little brat."

"YOU shut me out when I needed you the most !!!! Writing in your book saying I wasn't like your mom anymore ... No, you hurt me," the singer wrote.

You can find a full timeline of their feud here.

Kelly Osbourne revealed in 2021 that she doesn't talk to her older sister, Aimee.

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Aimee Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne in 2003.Gregory Pace/FilmMagic/Getty Images

During an interview on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast in May 2021, Osbourne opened up about her relationship with her older sister, Aimee, revealing that they are no longer in communication.

"We don't talk," Kelly said, according to People. "We're just really different. She doesn't understand me and I don't understand her."

Unlike Kelly Osbourne and her other siblings, Aimee never appeared on the famous family's reality show "The Osbournes," saying that appearing on the show was something that "didn't really line up with what I saw my future as."

"It definitely worked great for the rest of my family, but for me, and who I am, I just knew it was never something that I would have been able to consider realistically," Aimee told New York's Q1043 radio program in August 2020.

Christopher Ciccone and Madonna stopped speaking before his memoir, "Life With My Sister Madonna," was released.

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Christopher Ciccone and Madonna.AP Photo; Getty Images

Madonna and her brother Christopher Ciccone worked pretty closely together as she launched her career — he's been her assistant, stylist, and artistic director at one time or another — but the two stopped speaking right before his 2008 memoir, "Life With My Sister Madonna," hit shelves.

The book details intimate information about Madonna's ex-husband, kids, and career, among other things that didn't sit too well with the "Material Girl."

Madonna and Christopher continued not speaking for another five or six years, but reportedly were "back to being brother and sister," Christopher told The Huffington Post in 2012.

However, in 2017, the feud was reignited after Christopher claimed Madonna had "blacklisted" him from Hollywood, calling her "horrific."

Christopher is one of seven of Madonna's siblings; according to The Guardian, there was tension between the pop star and her brother Anthony as well.

However, according to Radar, the feud is now over.

"We are at peace now and just spoke last week," Christopher told Radar in 2019. "I recently moved from Los Angeles back to Michigan where my father and family own a vineyard and winery ... She regularly speaks to our dad while some of our siblings work at the winery. We are all united."

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian had an infamous fight on their reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.David Livingston/Getty Images

"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is no stranger to drama, but things came to a head in season 18 when Kim Kardashian and her older sister Kourtney got into a physical fight while the cameras were rolling.

Kim Kardashian and sister Khloé Kardashian have been longtime critics of Kourtney's work ethic and "attitude," often criticizing her for being less available for filming and not prioritizing the show.

In the scene, which aired in March 2020, Kim praised how she and Khloé Kardashian "always show up" for work commitments, while Kourtney doesn't "care about stuff."

Kourtney responded, saying, "You act like I don't do s---. You have this narrative in your mind. No, no, no, I will literally f--- you up if you mention it again."

The fight then turned physical, with both sisters swinging at each other.

"I don't really ever resort to violence like that, but she scratched me so hard," Kim told Jimmy Fallon in March 2020. "You didn't really get to see that detail."

However, despite the dramatic moment, the sisters seem to be on good terms now as the family is preparing for the release of their new reality show, "The Kardashians," on Hulu.

Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers broke up to pursue their own careers before reuniting in 2019.

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Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas attended the 2020 Grammy Awards.Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Sibling trio Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas signed as The Jonas Brothers with Hollywood Records in 2007 and sold millions of records to adoring, mostly female, fans who were devastated to learn in October 2013 that the band had abruptly canceled their 19-city tour due to a "deep rift within the band."

The Jonas Brothers broke up shortly after to pursue their own careers, putting the future of their 10th album, "V," in jeopardy. It wasn't the first time the guys went separate ways; the band took a three-year hiatus but then got back together.

They released five songs from "V" as part of a live album before officially splitting. Joe Jonas went on to join the band DNCE, which received worldwide fame for their hit song "Cake By the Ocean."

In February 2019, the Jonas Brothers returned with their first single in six years, the catchy hit "Sucker," complete with a music video. The brothers have since released a new album and were planning a Las Vegas residency before the coronavirus pandemic suspended large in-person events.

Nick Jonas and wife Priyanka Chopra recently announced they had welcomed their first child through a surrogate, and both of his older brothers were quick to offer their support.

Former Oasis band members Liam and Noel Gallagher's rivalry ended the brothers up in court.

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Noel (left) and Liam Gallagher.Getty Images

When you're two brothers playing in a successful rock band, bickering comes with the territory, but for former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher, their bickering landed them in court.

In 2009, Noel accused Liam of pulling out of the band's headlining gig at the V Festival in England due to the fact that Liam was hungover — something Liam says is 100% untrue. Liam took his brother to high court in 2011, blaming him for Oasis' breakup. Liam maintained that the reason he dropped out of the gig was a case of laryngitis and wanted to set the record straight for Oasis fans.

Liam later served as the frontman for post-Oasis band Beady Eye until the band's dissolution, and then became a solo artist. Noel is currently also flying solo. When asked in 2014 about the possibility of an Oasis reunion, Noel told The Guardian that it's never going to happen. "Unless they're doing it without me," he said, "But without me, it would be rubbish."

The two brothers are apparently still feuding. In September 2019, Liam Gallagher called out Noel for "slagging off" young fans wanting an Oasis reunion, calling him "ungrateful."

Prince William and Prince Harry have always been known for their friendly competition, but when Harry decided to leave royal life behind, it reportedly led to an actual feud.

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Prince William and Prince Harry arrive for the wedding of Pippa Middleton.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty Images

Competition between older and younger siblings is inherent in nature — the older is almost always first to do everything, and for British royals Prince William and Prince Harry, that also includes becoming king.

A 2014 biography of Prince Harry by royal correspondent Marcia Moody revealed a different side of the relationship. Some younger siblings would envy older ones for getting more attention, privileges, or power, but not Prince Harry, because he realized that he had more freedom than his brother, the future king.

At 6 years old, Prince Harry told his brother, "You'll be King, I won't; so I can do what I want!" according to Moody. But the two grew up side-by-side yet rather independently, and their rivalry never really amounted to more than friendly competition between brothers.

The media then turned its attention towards a supposed rivalry between the brothers' wives, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would be "stepping back" from their roles as senior royals and would become "financially independent."

The pair later moved to California. In a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on March 7, 2021, they detailed the strain the split has put on Prince Harry's relationship with his brother.

On March 11, William told the press he hadn't spoken to Harry since the interview and, in light of Harry and Markle's claims, he said that the royal family is "very much not a racist family." Though the brothers reunited during Prince Philip's funeral, their relationship still appears to be strained ahead of the upcoming release of Prince Harry's memoir.

Jim and John Harbaugh, now head coaches of the Michigan Wolverines and Baltimore Ravens respectively, once went head-to-head in the Super Bowl.

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John (left) and Jim Harbaugh.Getty Images

The rivalry between John and Jim Harbaugh has always been a relatively friendly one — the brothers genuinely show mutual respect for one another and older brother John has even called Jim "the best coach in football right now."

And then, for the first time, the Harbaughs went head-to-head when their teams — then the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers — each made it to the 2013 Super Bowl. The Ravens defeated the 49ers 34 to 31, and while Jim congratulated John on his victory, John reportedly said that the situation was very awkward after the game.

Both brothers were intensely competitive but were soon back on perfectly good terms, and Jim said in 2013 that their relationship is stronger than ever.

Venus and Serena Williams have a friendly sibling rivalry on the court.

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Venus (left) and Serena Williams.Getty Images

These two top tennis-playing sisters have played each other (professionally) two dozen times now, and every match is a tense one — not just for the crowds watching, but for the Williams sisters themselves.

Both are incredibly competitive and both have multiple accolades in their sport, but their friendly sibling rivalry has never turned ugly. In fact, both maintain that they have a huge amount of respect and admiration for the other.

Serena has said that she doesn't enjoy matches against her sister, telling Sports Illustrated in 2013, "If I win I'm not super excited, and if I lose I'm really not excited."

Venus agreed, saying in the interview, "I think we just both want to win ... I think we just both have so much respect for each other's game that makes it probably a little tougher because you know you're not going to get an easy win."

The sisters' rise to tennis stardom was recently shown in the 2021 film "King Richard," starring Will Smith as their father.

Phil and Steve Mahre competed against each other in the Olympics.

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Phil Mahre (11) stands with his brother Steve (3) and Didier Bouvet (16) of France in 1984.AP Photo/Jack Smith

Phil and Steve Mahre, fraternal twins who were born four minutes apart, were considered to be two of the greatest ski racers of all time. The pair ended their ski careers in 1984 following the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where Phil took gold and Steve took silver in slalom.

Phil Mahre went down in history as a more celebrated athlete than his brother, finishing in the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, and winning the title in three.

Julia Roberts and her brother, Eric, were estranged from each other for almost 10 years.

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Julia and Eric Roberts.Getty Images Entertainment

Though the celebrity siblings are on good terms now, a heated custody battle involving Eric Roberts' daughter, actress Emma Roberts, threatened his relationship with his sister.

Eric Roberts had previously dealt with issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse, and Julia took the side of his ex-wife, Kelly Cunningham, in the custody dispute, even going so far as helping to pay her legal fees, E! News reported.

However, after Julia Roberts gave birth to twin daughters in 2004, the siblings reconciled.

"I wouldn't characterize it as a falling-out. I was crazy about my sisters. Loved them, adored them. They were precious to me, and we had times of great closeness. We all felt very protective of each other, but the hardest person to protect yourself from is yourself," Eric Roberts told Vanity Fair in 2018.

"I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey, unable to enjoy enjoyment," the actor said of his addiction problem. "Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia."

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