Perez Hilton is no stranger to controversy, and it looks like the celebrity gossip columnist has raised eyebrows again after getting into an online feud with rapper K Michelle.
This time the 36-year-old personality has lashed out at the American rapper in defence of Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea and her different accents.
The Twitter outrage was sparked by Michelle, 30, when she took to her Twitter account on Tuesday, confused with Azalea’s original Australian accent during spoken dialogue compared to her hard core American rap style in her music.
It’s on: Gossip columnist Perez Hilton and rapper K Michelle have gone head-to-head on Twitter arguing about Iggy Azalea’s accent
Versatile talent: Australian born Iggy Azalea uses her native accent when she speaks but adopts a Southern accent when she raps
‘How can you be from another country and rap like you’re from Memphis TN? But u don’t hear me though #offended,’ Michelle tweeted.
Hilton then wrote back: ‘@kmichelle I think you chose the wrong hashtag and meant to say #jealous instead! x,’ to which Michelle replied, ‘stay in ur place Cinderella!!!!’
Of course, the drama from then on only escalated, with Hilton comparing Azalea’s chart topping success with Michelle’s current lack thereof.
Azalea, who didn’t participate in the online banter, is currently at the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with her smash hit Fancy.
Hitting back: When K Michelle criticised Iggy Azalea’s accent, Perez Hilton was quick to defend
How do you compare? The gossip columnist was also quick to point out Iggy’s chart-topping success as her hit Fancy is number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts
The 23-year-old, who originally hails from the Australian country town of Mullumbimby, defended her choice to adopt an American accent for her rapping during an interview with Complex magazine, last year.
When asked if she had ever rapped in her original Australian accent, she replied: ‘Never. It feels weird to me.’
‘The breath patterns aren’t the same as when I’m talking, so it’s easier to change into whatever I want. I couldn’t talk in an American accent—I could, but it would sound very fake—but I can rap in one with no problem.’
She also responded to people who question her authenticity as a rapper.
It’s personal! K Michelle’s snarky comments took another turn as she started targeting Perez himself
She has enemies: Perez reminded K Michelle of her big enemy in popular Lady Gaga
He’s got her back: Perez has been a friend of Iggy for quite a while, with the pair sharing a laugh on stage during the columnist’s One Night In LA event back in September 2012
‘Of course I’ve asked myself, “Does that make me fake?” I don’t think the voice makes me fake; it makes me an artist,’ she said.
Appearing on the Chelsea Handler show last week, the Australian rap artist admitted that she dropped out of school at the age of just 16 and her first job after doing so was far from glamorous.
‘My mom stayed at home, [it was] just me. I got my GED though,’ she told the talk show’s host Chelsea Handler in reference to the General Educational Development certificate she received.
‘I had already been dropped out [of school] for about a year and I was working cleaning houses full-time,’ she revealed, adding that it wasn’t the most pleasant experience when she found feces on a client’s door step.
That’s how she rolls: Iggy revealed in an interview with Complex magazine last year that it just made sense to switch between the accents when talking and rapping
Moving to Miami shortly after leaving education was her ultimate plan in the hope of forging a bright career.
‘I felt like Florida was for me. I had heard about the craziness and I felt like that was the state I should go to. I felt like Florida was it,” she said.
And nonetheless, almost seven years later the fast-talking rap sensation has made it big, with international fame and a chart-topping album.
International star: The Australian singer moved to Miami at the age of 16 and the international move has proved to have paid off as she is now a chart-topping success.