Child Co-Stars Who Didn't Get Along in Real Life
It's no secret that many former child stars have gone on to live tumultuous lives, often learning hard lessons while under public scrutiny along the way. Many feuds and outbursts are quickly swept under the rug by producers and showrunners, but sometimes the tension is impossible to ignore, especially when those hard feelings last beyond the stars’ tenure on their shows.
Child actors employed by Nickelodeon, Disney and other companies have some of the largest fan bases in the world. They also have some of the longest-lasting feuds and drama sessions.
Drake Bell and Josh Peck
Drake Bell and Josh Peck spent the better parts of their young-adult years together on the Nickelodeon hit show Drake & Josh. Playing step-brothers that had radically opposing personalities, the two transformed from awkward caricatures into beloved characters. Their relationship outside of the show seemed to deepen as well.
Jamie Lynn Spears and Alexa Nikolas
Cliques can be devastating for socially unprepared children, especially pre-teens. When Alexa Nikolas was cast to play the best friend of Jamie Lynn Spears' character in Zoey 101, she earnestly and naively believed that the star might become her real-life friend and companion.
Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus had a publicly close relationship with co-star Emily Osment until around 2009. At that point, the two seemed to have tired of each others' company and began drifting apart. While this is a natural thing that happens to many adolescent friendships, being a teen celebrity with internet access changes things drastically.
Selena Gomez and the Sprouse Twins
There are quite a few heightened emotions associated with having your very first kiss onscreen. When that kiss happens to be with the twin brother of your crush, things get even more complicated. Selena Gomez's stunt on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody resulted in her first kiss when she ended up locking lips with Dylan Sprouse.
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell entertained an entire generation of children, and in the minds of millennials, they will always be best friends. However, things between the two soured when Kenan decided to focus on his solo career. Mitchell agreed to publicly comment on and confirm this in 2012, which broke the hearts of a million '90s babies.
Amanda Bynes and Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Iglesias might be a popular, reasonably affluent guy nowadays, but back in the 1990s, he was just one of many struggling child actors. While he did land a spot on All That, it didn't last very long. Iglesias blames this on Amanda Bynes and her wholly negative attitude toward him.
Raven Symone and the Cheetah Girls
What happens when you're the Yoko of your own band? Probably something similar to what happened to Raven Symone and the Cheetah Girls. The musical group was intended to represent long-lasting friendships and continued togetherness, but unfortunately, their star vocalist also happened to hog the spotlight.
Joe Jonas and the Michalka Sisters
Romantic relationships between young Disney and Nickelodeon stars are the stuff of celebrity-feud legends. Youthful romances hardly tend to last, and public break-ups often result in regrettable choices. Joe Jonas and AJ Michalka were both employed by Disney when they got together in 2007.
Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy
Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy were close at one time. But then Disney decided to start paying Grande much more than McCurdy. Also, their careers and their lives went in dramatically different directions when Grande began her music career. Like many of the co-stars on this list, the two drifted apart.
Zendaya and Bella Thorne
Shake It Up suffered from a few cast problems, but perhaps the most significant one in the first season was the tension between Bella Thorne and Zendaya. The producers of the show wanted their young cast to produce their best performances, and so they would often force the girls to compete against one another. Anyone can tell you that this is stressful.
Selena Gomez and Jake T. Austin
Wizards of Waverly Place vaulted Selena Gomez into the public eye and was the first major stepping stone toward her future solo success. But victories often incur losses, and in this case, Jake T. Austin felt like his career was sacrificed for Gomez's. Because she wanted to move on to bigger and better things, the show was canceled.
Rowan Blanchard and Uriah Shelton
Several generations of Boy Meets World fans lost their minds when a sequel was announced in 2012. But, unfortunately, the show wasn't able to capture the same spirit as the original and was canceled after only a few seasons. A feud between young co-stars may have fueled the quick dissolution of the show.
Katrina Johnson and Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes may have been loved by audiences for her unforgettable characters and hip fashion choices, but some of her co-stars resented her for her on-set behavior. Not only could she be extremely demanding of her co-stars, but she could also be quite the bully. Katrina Johnson, an All That co-star, revealed her memories of Bynes.
Alexa Nikolas and Victoria Justice
Unfortunately for Alexa Nikolas, Jamie Lynn Spears wasn't the only famous peer to betray her trust and bully her. She had managed to make friends and build trust with fellow co-star Victoria Justice and thought she might finally belong. But that changed when the two argued over — you guessed it — a boy.
Ross Lynch and Laura Marano
Austin & Ally fans shipped the two leads with the passion and devotion that only true Disney fans understand. So they were a little disappointed to find out that Ross Lynch and Laura Marano weren't making out between takes. They were bickering with each other, though.
Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel
Sometimes actors can try their best to hide their personal feelings toward their co-stars and, despite their best efforts, fail miserably. This seems to be the case for Ashely Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel, two young actors who starred in High School Musical. It may have taken 10 years for the pair to admit it, but they hated each other's guts.
Lindsay Lohan and America Ferrera
When Lindsay Lohan guest-starred in Ugly Betty, a few crucial things happened. The first thing that happened was Lohan herself. Absorbed in a constant cloud of her entourage and cigarette smoke, she seemed to destroy everything she touched. That's not good business. The second thing that happened was that Ferrera pantsed Lohan.
Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas
When young love falls apart, it can lead to some pretty horrific online feuds and verbal smackdowns. The awkward situation between Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez is ultimately Nick Jonas' fault. Had he not been dating Cyrus and flirting with Gomez at the same time, the two girls may have been able to remain friends.
Debby Ryan and Skai Jackson
Debby Ryan's babysitter character in Jessie goes through quite a few stages of growth during the show's run. Some of her scenes with tiny Skai Jackson involve her trying to grab the girl or punish her for her small misdeeds. In real life, Jackson claims that Ryan bullied her constantly and made her life onset extremely unpleasant.
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have a storied history together as Disney co-stars. As they've grown and changed, so has their relationship — sometimes not in the most positive of ways. When Gomez started spending more time with fellow pop star Taylor Swift, Lovato took it personally.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
Great romantic acting becomes more apparent when you find out that the two leads hated each other’s guts. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, the Romeo and Juliet-esque couple from Disney's High School Musical, couldn't stand each other in real life. As soon as the camera panned away, so did their cheery dispositions.
Dylan Sprouse and Joe Jonas
While this feud is more of a shade-throwing match than a full-on battle, it still caught the attention of Disney fans and drew a line in the sand between the Zack & Cody and Jonas Brothers fanbases. In 2013, Joe Jonas released an essay condemning various Disney practices. In particular, he criticized the company for restricting creative freedoms.
Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Many Home Improvement viewers naturally assume that Tim Allen had a decent relationship with his fellow cast members. And for the most part, they'd be right. But while the relationship between Tim Taylor and middle-child Randy Taylor wasn't purely for the camera, things between Allen and young co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas quickly dissolved when Thomas quit the show.
Amanda Bynes and Miley Cyrus
Ah, social media. It has allowed us to connect and share in ways that were unthinkable just a few decades ago. It's also permitted celebrities to start massive fights with each other from a safe distance. In 2013, Amanda Bynes made the strange decision to bully various celebrities, including Miley Cyrus.
Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez became household names in 2007 when they acted and performed together on Hannah Montana. However, like similar feuds between young female co-stars, the end of their friendship began when they both met and became enamored with Nick Jonas.
Jo Marie Payton and Jaleel White
Anyone who survived the 1980s is likely to remember the unsettling disappearance of Jo Marie Payton from the ninth season of Family Matters. This was a decision that Payton made herself, and if she could have left the show sooner, she would have. Many have speculated about the reasons why she was so determined to leave the successful sitcom.
Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan
Though Aaron Carter has battled drug addiction and bankruptcy within the last decade, he was something of a hot commodity in the early 2000s. So much so, that he caused one of the most public and longest-lasting feuds between two young American sweethearts, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.
Lea Michele and Naya Rivera
The cast of Glee was riddled with as much in-house drama as a real-life glee club. When Lea Michele started gaining a massive fanbase, other characters started receiving fewer lines and less-important storylines. This, at least in part, helped to break apart the friendship between Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Naya Rivera.
Zendaya and Lindsay Lohan
It can be easy to start a fight with Lindsay Lohan, especially when you make your opinions on the red-headed actress known. And Zendaya has never been afraid to speak out in defense of herself. Lohan made the first volley when she attacked Zendaya's fashion sense in 2019.
Zendaya and Demi Lovato
Zendaya may want to open a butcher shop, because she has quite a lot of beef with other celebs. Still, this one feels a little undeserved — or at least misplaced. While Zendaya was still working on Shake It Up, one of the characters made an offensive and inappropriate joke about anorexia. Demi Lovato noticed.