Solange defended her sister Beyoncé’s honor in an elevator in 2014, and Jay-Z later defended Solange’s actions towards him.
Infamous elevator footage from a 2014 Met Gala afterparty spread by TMZ showed Solange physically attacking Jay-Z. In the video, while Solange punches and kicks, Beyonce watches calmly before eventually interjecting.
A source told People that at the Met Gala, Solange believed Jay-Z was flirting with fashion designer Rachel Roy. According to the source, Jay-Z said something inappropriate, which led Solange to lash out and defend her sister.
A week later, the three celebrities released a statement to the Associated Press, saying the in-laws both took responsibility. They added, “At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family.”
In Jay-Z’s 2017 song “Kill Jay-Z,” he rapped, “You egged Solange on / Knowin’ all along /All you had to say you was wrong / But you gotta do better, boy.”
He then defended Solange in a Rap Radar interview in August 2017. The rapper said, “I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period,” as per People. “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool.”
Gigi Hadid once threatened paparazzi who were taking photos of her sister Bella changing at a fashion show.
The Hadid sisters have always supported each other while working on fashion runways and campaigns together, as well as defending each other from the volatile industry.
When asked during a 2015 British Vogue interview what she would do if someone was mean to Bella, Gigi said, “It’s like the end of their life pretty much.”
Gigi even shared a story about what she said to photographers who were taking photos of Bella changing backstage at a Paris fashion show. She reenacted the scenario, saying, “I was like, ‘If you don’t put that camera away and stop shooting my sister, I’m gonna come over there, I’m gonna take that camera and throw it on the floor!'”
In 2018, Jake Paul tried to lessen the hate his brother Logan was receiving after he posted an insensitive YouTube video.
On December 31, 2017, YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video of him and his friends visiting Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, also known as the “Suicide Forest.” In it, Logan and his friends filmed themselves laughing about a man who hanged himself, whose body was visible in the video. The video gained over 6 million views before Paul took it down over complaints.
The next few weeks were a firestorm of condemnation. Logan apologized on Twitter and YouTube, but was still criticized by fans, fellow YouTubers, and celebrities. In addition to YouTube putting his new content on hold, the Japanese Suicide Prevention Group Ova slammed him for his harmful content, according to Billboard.
He soon announced he’d be taking a break from social media.
On January 22, 2018, Logan’s younger brother, Jake, took to YouTube to share his perspective. “I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake. And not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it,” he said. “I do know, though, that he did not mean to offend anyone.”
Jake also said he would support his brother and knew he would bounce back. “Brothers always, always have to have each other’s backs,” he declared.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were outraged at a publication who deemed Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ marriage “fraudulent” in 2018.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ relationship was at the center of media attention and even conspiracy theories when they announced their engagement in August 2018, seemingly because of their 10-year age gap and their relatively short public relationship.
The celebratory events leading up to their December 2018 wedding attracted more attention, because they were sponsored by big brands, leading some to believe it was all for financial gain.
After the multi-day Christian/Hindu wedding celebration, The Cut released a piece entitled, “Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Love for Real?” The writer called Priyanka a “global scam artist” and their relationship “fraudulent.”
The article was taken down the next day and the publication issued an apology. But before the piece was taken down, Nick’s brother Joe and his wife, Sophie Turner, called out The Cut by defending their in-laws.
Joe tweeted, “This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next.”
Turner also tweeted, “This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bullshit.”
Janet Jackson defended her brother Michael when allegations were made against him in the ’90s, and still stands by her words today.
Janet has publicly supported and defended her brother Michael, both before and after his death, despite the sexual assault allegations against him.
In the 2021 Lifetime documentary series “Janet Jackson,” the singer touched on the allegations against her brother.
In 1993, Michael was investigated for allegedly molesting four boys, as per the Los Angeles Times, after 13-year-old Jordan Chandler accused Jackson of sexually abusing him in a police interview. The singer settled the lawsuit, without any admission of guilt, and police didn’t press charges because there wasn’t enough evidence.
Janet said in her documentary that she knew her brother couldn’t have done it. “He just wanted it to go away, but that looks like you’re guilty,” she said of Michael’s decision to pay off the Chandlers, as per Insider.
The “Rhythm Nation” singer continued to support her brother by working with Michael on their 1995 hit “Scream.” “I think he needed the support that I was trying to give him with this song,” she said in the documentary. “I just knew I wanted to be there for him, to support him as much as I possibly could.”
Elizabeth Olsen clapped back at a photographer who dissed her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, in 2012.
Early in her acting career, Elizabeth was quick to defend her older twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
In a 2012 clip that resurfaced and went viral in 2022, the “WandaVision” actress is seen signing autographs in New York City. A photographer then asks, “How come you’re so much nicer than your sisters?”
Elizabeth quickly shut down the backhanded compliment saying, “You guys have been bothering them their whole lives,” as per Today.
Her clap-back regarding her sisters’ treatment in the spotlight was praised by fans.
Demi Lovato stood up for their younger sister, Madison De La Garza, when online bullies attacked her back in 2014.
Lovato is a fierce defender of their younger half-sister De La Garza. In 2014, when De La Garza was just 12 years old, she posted an innocent Vine video to Twitter of her cooking. But online bullies made fun of her appearance, calling her “hunchback.”
De La Garza, who suffers from scoliosis — a curvature of the spine — was immediately defended by Lovato. Some Twitter users screenshotted DMs Lovato allegedly sent them. The singer then tweeted, “I can handle the bulls—. But do NOT f— with my baby sister. I’m all for peace and spreading love UNTIL you go after a 12 YEAR OLD who did NOTHING to you,” as per Seventeen.
They also assured their sister that they love her and will always protect her. After, Lovato tweeted out #MADISONISBEAUTIFUL and #FeelBetterMaddie, along with “I love you guys.. You have the power to cheer her up.. we love you.”
Almost a year later, in 2015, De La Garza spoke to Cosmopolitan, recalling the incident. “Sometimes I wish [Lovato] wouldn’t give people attention — I’ve learned not to — but when people hate on me, [they] can’t really hold back. [They’re] strong and [they’re] a free spirit, and that’s what I love about [them],” she said.
Demi Lovato’s older sister, Dallas, called out body-shamers after the singer posted a selfie during their 2018 comeback.
In their second Instagram post after completing rehab post-overdose in 2018, Demi posted a makeup-free selfie in a jiu jitsu uniform. They captioned the since-deleted post, “Sweaty, messy jiu jitsu hair,” as per People.
Despite sharing their proud comeback with fans, Demi was met with unkind words from body-shamers.
Demi’s older sister Dallas filmed an Instagram Live video in December 2018 in which she furiously brought up the bullying. “To all the f—ing tabloids out there right now calling my sister fat, go f— yourself because [they’re] the most beautiful, strong, amazing person that I’ve ever met in my entire life,” Dallas said.
She continued to defend Demi saying, “I’m sorry, but [Demi] is beautiful, [they’re] alive, [they’re] conquering a lot of really hard shit.”
Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, publicly supported his brother Liam after his split from Miley Cyrus in 2019.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split up for good in August 2019, and officially ended their 10–year on-again-off-again relationship in January 2020 when their divorce was finalized.
With rumors about Miley cheating and Liam being an alcoholic — which Cyrus seemingly referenced in her breakup song “Slide Away” — each celebrity’s fans blamed the other partner for the split.
In November 2019, Chris’ wife, Elsa Pataky, told Hola Magazine, “My brother-in-law, well … After a relationship that you’ve dedicated 10 years to, he’s a little bit down, but he’s coping well. He’s a strong boy, and he deserves the best. I think he deserves much more.”
Pataky added, “He’s joined at the hip with his brother, who has been there to give all the strength he needed.”
Then, in April 2020, Chris indirectly commented on the separation. Speaking to News.com.au about Liam’s Men’s Health cover, Chris said, “It’s Australian living, I guess. We got him out of Malibu,” seemingly a sly reference to where the couple lived and Cyrus’ 2017 song “Malibu,” which was about her relationship.
Khloé Kardashian defended her sister Kim’s choices for a risqué 2014 magazine photoshoot.
In a November 2014 profile in Paper Magazine, Kim posed mostly naked, apart from a trash bag garment covering her legs, in what has now become one of the most iconic covers of all time.
The feature went viral. While Paper was applauded by fans, Kim herself received an overwhelming amount of hate for the digital cover, with some people telling the mogul to cover up or accusing her of cultural appropriation.
Days later, Kim’s sister Khloé was asked about it in an interview with E! News. “You know what? If you’ve got it, flaunt it. I think Kim has an amazing body, she looks incredible. To each their own,” she said.
“People just, I think, went so hard on her during her pregnancy that I think it’s almost that she feels so liberated to show everyone, like, ‘Look how bomb I look.'” she said.
Kim Kardashian said her sister Kendall Jenner had good intentions in her controversial 2017 Pepsi commercial.
In April 2017, Pepsi aired an infamous commercial of an unspecific, cheerful protest that model Jenner was empowered to join. In the ad, Jenner grabs a Pepsi and walks to the front of the standoff against police and hands one the can. After he gladly takes and drinks it, the crowd erupts in cheers, celebrating the victory.
The ad immediately received hate because it recreated imagery from Black Lives Matter protests — specifically when Ieshia Evans stood defiant against police in a July protest. Many were upset that a white woman solved the problem and claimed it diminished the experiences and police brutality Black people and genuine protesters face, according to the New York Times.
Pepsi issued an apology, to the public and to Jenner, and took down the ad the next day, as per Time.
Kardashian was asked about the situation on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” saying she knew her sister had good intentions:”Kendall is so sensitive, she would never mean for anyone to perceive anything in a negative way.”
“She totally understood at the end of the day and she felt really awful for it, and she just wants to move on from it,” Kardashian said.
Kim Kardashian also defended Kylie Jenner’s status as the youngest person on Forbes’ “America’s Richest Self-Made Women” list in 2018.
When Jenner was included in Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s richest self-made women and appeared on the cover, people online got heated over this, claiming she wasn’t “self-made” because she grew up under the Kardashian Dynasty, as per Refinery29.
In an interview with Refinery29, Kardashian — who was also included in Forbes’ list that year — fiercely defended her sister’s status. “She is ‘self-made’ – we are all ‘self-made,'” she said.
“What, because we came from a family that has had success?” she asked. “I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the complete opposite.”
The “Kylie Cosmetics” mogul was later deemed the world’s youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes in 2020, but then stripped of the title in 2021 when the publication claimed Jenner and her team inflated her business numbers.
Alison Brie praised her brother-in-law James Franco’s resilience after women accused him of sexual misconduct in 2018.
Five of Franco’s former female acting students came to the Los Angeles Times in January 2018, accusing the actor of “inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior” at Playhouse West and his own film school, Studio 4.
The next day on the SAG Awards red carpet, Franco’s sister-in-law, Brie, was asked about the claims. Brie told Giuliana Rancic, “It remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.”
She added, “I obviously support my family. Not everything that has been reported is fully accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all the information.”
Brie also told “Entertainment Tonight’s” Cameron Mathison, “I really admire how he’s handling everything, listening and being open to change. I think we all need to support men being open to change if we want to see major change in this industry.”
In October 2019, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against the actor, and in February 2021, Franco agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle it.
Ashlee Simpson defended her sister Jessica’s appearance after body-shamers humiliated her figure in 2009.
Under the spotlight for most of her life, Jessica’s appearance has been both praised and criticized depending on her fluctuating weight. In January 2009, when performing at the Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s annual Chili Cookoff, pictures were snapped of Simpson.
They then went viral, with many harshly discussing the singer’s weight gain.
Jessica’s sister, Ashlee, defended her in a 2009 interview with Women’s Health Magazine. “It’s disgusting that people would say those things,” Ashlee said. “My sister has an incredible body. I feel sorry for anyone who would judge her, because she’s one sexy lady.”
Ariana Grande stood up for her brother Frankie in 2014 after an online troll called him a homophobic slur.
The “Dangerous Woman” singer is very close with her brother, Frankie, and is just as big a supporter of him as he is of her. This was put to the test when she posted a photo of the pair on Instagram in 2014, someone commented and called her brother “that homo.”
Grande responded, using the slur in quotes and defending her brother, calling him the “fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet!” as per E! News.
Frankie was competing on “Big Brother” at the time, so his sister also praised his gameplay. “He is incredible and I am SO proud!!!!” she added.
Alec Baldwin’s brother Daniel has said his brother is in no way responsible for the 2021 death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
On October 21, 2021, Alec fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun mistakenly containing live rounds on the “Rust” movie set in New Mexico, though it’s unclear how legally culpable Alec is. Several lawsuits were filed against Alec, including from Hutchins’ husband, Matt Hutchins, and “Rust” script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, but they are still playing out.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Alec claimed that he was told the prop was “cold,” or empty, so he was shocked when a bullet released.
One of Baldwin’s younger brothers, Daniel, came to Alec’s defense on the Domenick Nati Show in November 2021. “Alec has no blame in this at all. The armorer is responsible for the weapons. The actor is an idiot. The protocol exonerates Alec of any responsibility at all,” he said, as per CNN.
Patrick Schwarzenegger defended his brother-in-law Chris Pratt after he was deemed the “worst Hollywood Chris” on Twitter in 2020.
On October 17, 2020, screenwriter Amy Berg tweeted photos of the four famous Chris’ – Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, and Chris Evans – with the phrase, “One has to go.” The tweet went viral, with most responses naming Pratt and declaring him the “worst Hollywood Chris.”
While fans understood the competition to be a joke, some Avengers actors and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” director, James Gunn, took it seriously and tweeted out love and support for Pratt.
Pratt’s brother-in-law, Schwarzenegger, was asked about Pratt’s popularity by Variety a week later. “It’s crazy. Twitter is a junkyard, right?” Schwarzenegger said.
“People are so focused on putting other people down to make themselves feel better. It’s sad, honestly,” he said. “Chris is pretty strong-boned. I don’t think anything really hits him deep down. I messaged him, and just mostly was like, ‘I hope you’re not taking this seriously.'”