THEN AND NOW: Everyone who has ever feuded with Taylor Swift

  • Taylor Swift has been at the center of several public feuds over the years.

  • Some of her former enemies, like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, have since become her friends.

  • Others have gone on to tarnish their own reputation (see: Kanye West).

Taylor Swift spoke out against Scooter Braun when he acquired her masters in 2019.

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Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift have been publicly at odds for years.Terry Wyatt/Todd Williamson/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Scooter Braun, best known as a celebrity manager for stars like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, purchased Taylor Swift's former label, Big Machine Records, in 2019.

The reported $300 million sale included the legal rights to Swift's first six albums, from "Taylor Swift" to "Reputation."

In an open letter published on Tumblr, Swift said she was "sad and grossed out" by the news. She accused Braun of "incessant, manipulative bullying" and described the sale as her "worst case scenario."

She continued to speak out against Braun, describing his business tactics as "shameless greed" and criticizing his "toxic male privilege" during her acceptance speech for Billboard's woman of the decade award.

For his part, Braun has described their feud as "confusing" and said he attempted to reach out to Swift on multiple occasions.

Today, rumors are swirling that Braun is losing some of his biggest clients.

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Scooter Braun has not addressed the apparent exodus from SB Projects.Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

In 2020, Braun sold Swift's master recordings to a private-equity company called Shamrock Holdings.

In a statement shared online, Swift said that Braun wanted to "silence me forever" in exchange for the opportunity to "bid on my own work."

"My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they've never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off," she wrote.

Braun has since said that he "regrets" how he handled the acquisition.

"I learned an important lesson from that, that I can never make that assumption again," Braun told NPR in 2022. "I can't put myself in a place of, you know, arrogance to think that someone would just be willing to have a conversation and be excited to work with me. I don't know these people."

Later that year, Braun finalized his divorce from Yael Cohen, with whom he shares three children.

Most recently, reports have been swirling of a mass exodus from SB Projects, Braun's management company. Several of his A-list clients, including Bieber and Grande, are rumored to be looking for a way out of their contracts. Other stars like J Balvin and Demi Lovato have already left.

According to Variety, Braun is simply planning to take a step back from day-to-day management, in order to put more focus on his role as CEO of HYBE America — the South Korean entertainment group that reps BTS.

Braun sold Ithaca Holdings, the parent company for his management business, to HYBE America for $1.05 billion in 2021.

However, a source also told Variety that Braun is "imploding."

"It's a different world since the pandemic. You just can't be an asshole like that anymore," the source said.

The rift between Ye and Swift first began back in 2009 when he interrupted her at the 2009 VMAs.

Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift and speaks onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.
Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs.Getty/Kevin Mazur

Swift was only 19 when Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) stormed the stage, pulled a mic out of her hands, and said, "Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time."

She had just won best female video with "You Belong With Me," which beat out Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

A year later, Swift returned to the VMAs stage to debut "Innocent," a song she wrote to offer Ye forgiveness.

Years later, Swift and Ye appeared to resolve all of their differences. Swift even presented the rapper with the video vanguard award at the 2015 VMAs.

But things quickly turned sour in early 2016 when Ye dropped the song "Famous" from his album "The Life of Pablo." The infamous track featured the lines: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous."

A few days later, Swift indirectly responded at the Grammys when she accepted the award for album of the year, using her speech to call out "people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."

The feud only became more heated from there: Ye's then-wife Kim Kardashian got involved, Ye released a music video for "Famous" that featured a naked wax figure of Swift (which she described as "revenge porn"), and Ye performed the song in Swift's hometown of Nashville, where he egged on a crowd chanting, "Fuck Taylor Swift!"

Swift, steadfast in her assertion that she was never made aware of the line "I made that bitch famous," issued a response on Instagram before stepping back from the public eye.

She returned in August 2017 with her response: "Look What You Made Me Do." She debuted the music video for the song at — you guessed it — the VMAs.

Ye has since been condemned for problematic and antisemitic comments.

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Ye was a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Over the past few years, Ye has fallen from his pedestal as a beloved rapper.

He has been criticized for defending Bill Cosby during the actor's sexual assault trial, collaborating with Marilyn Manson after he was accused of sexual assault and rape, calling Black Lives Matter a "scam," claiming that slavery was "a choice," calling to abolish the 13th Amendment, teaming up with Donald Trump, publicly harassing his own ex-wife and her new boyfriend, going on antisemitic rants, and praising Adolf Hitler.

Kim Kardashian stood behind her then-husband during his feud with Swift.

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Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian looked friendly at the 2015 VMAs.Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/Getty Images

Back in 2016, Swift's fans were furious when Ye name-dropped the pop star on his song "Famous."

Ye claimed that he had an "hour long convo" with Swift about her mention in the song, writing on Twitter, "She thought it was funny and gave her blessings."

However, Swift continued to insist that Ye never played her the line, "I made that bitch famous." In a statement, her publicist criticized the song's "strong misogynistic message."

Kardashian, who was married to Ye at the time, decided to take matters into her own hands. She took to Snapchat to release clips of Ye's phone conversation with Swift, in which Swift can be heard approving the line, "I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex" — if somewhat reluctantly.

Shortly after, the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty began trending on Twitter. Kardashian also encouraged fans to compare Swift to a snake.

Again, Swift released a statement that specifically condemned West's use of the phrase "that bitch."

"You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that bitch' in front of the entire world," Swift wrote in a now-deleted post. "Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song."

Kardashian has since divorced from Ye.

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Kim Kardashian cofounded Skims in 2019.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Skims

In 2020, years after the infamous phone call took place, Ye's full conversation with Swift mysteriously leaked online.

The 25-minute video seems to confirm that Ye never made Swift aware of the line, "I made that bitch famous." In fact, at one point during the call, Swift told West that she would feel uncomfortable if he called her a "bitch" in the song.

Kardashian maintained her then-husband's innocence in a series of tweets, but many of Swift's fans felt vindicated by the leak.

It's unclear if Kardashian and Swift have directly communicated since then, but their feud has lain dormant — especially after Kardashian filed for divorce in 2021. She became legally single in 2022 amid their messy divorce proceedings and has alluded to difficulties with Ye on episodes of Hulu's "The Kardashians."

As a single woman, Kardashian is largely focused on running her popular shapewear line and being a mom to her four children.

In 2015, Swift and Nicki Minaj had an argument on Twitter over a VMA nomination, but the feud ended quickly.

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Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj performed together at the 2015 VMAs.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In July 2015, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter (now known as X) to express frustration over being snubbed at the MTV Video Music Awards. Despite being one of the most-talked-about videos that year, "Anaconda" was nowhere among the nominees — which included Swift's star-studded music video for "Bad Blood."

"If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," Minaj tweeted at the time. Swift took the comment to heart, thinking it was directed at her.

"I've done nothing but love & support you," she tweeted at her. "It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot."

The debate evolved into a larger conversation about racism in the music industry, and Swift soon apologized for misunderstanding where Minaj was coming from.

"I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki," Swift wrote. To which Minaj responded, "I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on."

Then at the awards show, Minaj brought Swift out during her opening number, and the pair performed the rapper's song, "The Night Is Still Young" before breaking into "Bad Blood" together.

Minaj's fifth studio album, "Pink Friday 2," is expected to be released in November.

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Nicki Minaj was honored with the video vanguard award at the 2022 VMAs.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global

Minaj and Swift reunited at the 2022 VMAs, seven years after putting their Twitter feud to rest at the same awards show.

In a video shared to Minaj's Instagram, the rapper posed with Swift and said, "The big winner of the night is the beautiful Taylor Swift. Barbz, I know you love her. We all love her."

In June, Minaj announced on Instagram that her new album, "Pink Friday 2," would be delayed from October 20 to November 17.

"Due to some really exciting news that I'll share with you guys @ a later time, I've shifted the album date just a tad bit. Trust me, it'll be WELL WORTH THE WAIT," she wrote.

While it's still unclear why Minaj pushed back the release date, it could have been a courtesy to Swift, who later revealed that "1989 (Taylor's Version)" will be released on October 27.

Katy Perry and Swift have each dropped diss tracks apparently aimed at each other.

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Taylor Swift has blamed her feud with Katy Perry on the media.Larry Busacca/Getty Images

In 2014, Swift released her first pure-pop album, "1989." The eighth track, "Bad Blood," is about falling out with a former friend.

Swift confirmed to Rolling Stone that she wrote "Bad Blood" about another female artist, though she declined to name which one.

"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Swift explained. "She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'"

"She did something so horrible," Swift continued. "I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' And it wasn't even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."

Rumors immediately began swirling that Katy Perry was the culprit. One of the dancers from Swift's Red Tour confirmed that Perry recruited him (as well as two others) for her own Prismatic World Tour, which overlapped with Swift's pre-planned dates. The trio left to join Perry because they had worked with her in the past.

After the Rolling Stone interview was published, Perry tweeted, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..."

The "Bad Blood" video seemed to confirm suspicions of their feud, with Selena Gomez cast in the role as Swift's rival.

After a long series of barbs and snide comments, all presumably about Swift, Perry went on to release her own diss track in 2017, "Swish Swish," which criticizes a woman for being "calculated" and "as cute as an old coupon expired."

Perry and Swift put a public end to their feud in Swift's 2019 music video for "You Need to Calm Down."

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Katy Perry and Taylor Swift reconciled in the "You Need to Calm Down" music video.Taylor Swift/YouTube

In 2017, Perry declared she wanted to make peace with Swift, telling Arianna Huffington during a livestream, "I forgive her, and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her, and I think it's actually... I think it's time."

Swift didn't publicly respond until a year later, when Perry sent her a literal olive branch in May 2018. Swift thanked Perry on her Instagram story.

Then, in 2019, Swift invited Perry to join her in the music video for "You Need to Calm Down," a song that partially takes aim at people who spend their time "on the internet, comparing all the girls who are killing it."

Swift has since blamed "the media" for their rivalry.

"We decided the metaphor for what happens in the media is they pick two people and it's like they're pouring gasoline all over the floor," Swift said. "All that needs to happen is one false move, one false word, one misunderstanding, and a match is lit and dropped. That's what happened with us."

Earlier this month, Perry wrapped up the ninth leg of her Las Vegas residency, Play. The final leg will begin in October and conclude on November 4.

She also recently revealed she's been working on new music while juggling her responsibilities as a mom to Daisy Dove, her daughter with fiancé Orlando Bloom.

"I'm always writing, I have been, but I think what's really important to me is to be celebrating the world that I've got to build with all of these wonderful songs and to be responsible for a life for a 3-year-old," she told "Good Morning America." "I will be back, but let me get this right."

Demi Lovato has made a few snide comments about Swift over the years.

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Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift posed together at the premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie."Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Long before Selena Gomez met Swift, she became friends with Lovato on the set of "Barney & Friends." The pair were inseparable as they ascended to fame simultaneously on the Disney Channel in the mid-2000s.

Gomez began dating Nick Jonas in 2008, whose brother Joe Jonas was seeing Swift at the time. Through their boyfriends, Gomez and Swift started hanging out and soon became close.

In 2010, a fan asked Lovato, "How's Selena?" to which the "Sonny With a Chance" star responded, "Ask Taylor!"

Six years later, Lovato appeared to call out Swift on Twitter for not publicly supporting Kesha, who was fighting a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke.

"I'm also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women's rights," Lovato tweeted.

Later that same day, a representative for Swift revealed the singer had donated $250,000 to Kesha "to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time."

Shortly after Billboard reported the news, Lovato tweeted, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed."

In June 2019, Swift learned Lovato's manager Braun had acquired her former label, Big Machine, and her music catalog along with it. At the time, she took to Tumblr to express her frustration over Braun buying her masters, saying, "All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I've received at his hands for years."

Lovato, who signed with Braun in May of that year, came to his defense with a post on her Instagram story.

"I have dealt with bad people in the industry and Scooter is not one of them. He's a good man. Personally, I'm grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop 'dragging' people or bullying them. There's enough hate in this world as it is," she wrote.

Lovato has parted ways with Braun and has been rerecording rock versions of past hits for her upcoming album, "Revamped."

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Demi Lovato will release an album of rerecorded songs this year.Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Almost two months after defending Braun, Lovato showed support for Swift by sharing a screenshot of her listening to Swift's song "Cruel Summer" on Instagram.

She captioned the image, "A jam," along with the praising-hands emoji.

Lovato followed that with another message: "Life's too short for women to not support other women.. especially when women release great music. Great job @taylorswift."

Swift thanked Lovato on her own Instagram story, writing, "This is so awesome & put the biggest smile on my face."

This year, Lovato went through their own catalog to rerecord past hits as rock anthems — a move that Vulture jokingly attributed to Swift's impact. The album of rerecorded songs, called "Revamped," is expected to be released on September 18.

On Tuesday, Billboard broke the news that Lovato split from Braun after four years of working together. A source close to Lovato confirmed the news to Insider.

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