“So Disappointing”: Stars Who Had Terrible Encounters With Other Celebrities When They Met


Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams

In an interview with ESPN back in 2013, a then 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, a young but formidable talent, had some words for Serena Williams. After shocking everyone by beating the legend at the Australian Open that year, a few days after the loss, Williams posted on Twitter “I made you” to no one in particular. But Stephens said that message was for her, and she wasn’t happy about any of it.

She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia. And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.” [Her mother tries to interrupt.] “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that—no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?

The two haven’t been able to ease tensions and be friendly since. And while Stephens just calls Williams “a colleague” at this point, two years after all that drama, Williams said in 2015 that she would always root for her.

“I mean, I don’t know. I just feel like, you know, I’m, like I have always said from day one, I always root for her and (like to) see another African-American doing well,” she said. “I think she’s super cute, so I always root for her.”