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Taylor Swift – 14 Scandals & Controversies


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When Taylor Swift first broke out into the music scene, she was a sweet teen with big dreams. But as she rose to stardom, so did the controversies surrounding her. 

Who can forget the Kanye West VMA drama that lingered for longer than it should have? Remember her famous feud with Katy Perry where both singers tried sabotaging each other?

Besides Taylor’s feuds with other celebs, she has also encountered numerous music rights battles, too – leaving “bad blood” between her and other key music industry players. 

To find out what other shocking situations the star has found herself in, here’s a list of Taylor Swift’s controversies and scandals.

1. Kanye West Interrupts Taylor’s VMA Speech 

This scandalous moment will forever live in our heads rent-free. There was no wrongdoing on Taylor’s part here, but this unforgettable moment certainly set a series of unfortunate events in motion – Taylor and Kanye became the biggest enemies in showbiz, and other celebs saw it as an opportunity to feud with Tay, as well. 

Kanye West has done some shocking things, but this was outrageous. In 2009, the rapper stormed the VMA stage while Taylor was giving her acceptance speech for ‘Best Female Video’. Shockingly, he snatched the mic out of her hand and claimed that Beyoncé should have won the award, instead. 

Naturally, Taylor was left dumbfounded, as Kanye sabotaged her glory and took away the joy of winning such a prestigious award. The Life of Pablo rapper did admit during an interview the following day that his actions were wrong, but the damage had already been done…

2. Taylor Feuds with Katy Perry

For a good five years (2008-2013), Taylor Swift and Katy Perry had a close relationship, having risen to fame at the same time. But in 2013, fans noticed that they were no longer pals. 

Their long-lasting feud began when Taylor’s backup dancer jumped ship and went to perform for Katy Perry on tour, instead of her own. Taylor was also dating Katy’s ex, John Mayor, at the time, giving fans all the more reason to suspect a possible feud. 

The two best-selling females were clearly at war after throwing shade at each other and bad-mouthing one another in public. Taylor called Katy her “straight-up enemy” in a Rolling Stone interview; Katy gave us the iconic “Regina George in sheep’s clothing” tweet; and Taylor released Bad Blood, which fans believed to be about Katy (more on that later). 

That said, after years of cryptic messages and lyrics, the ladies have patched things up when Taylor asked Katy to appear in her You Need To Calm Down music video.

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3. Kanye Releases ‘Famous’, Kim Kardashian Strikes

The saga with Kanye West continued when he released his track Famous in 2016. The controversial song featured the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that b**ch famous.”

Following the release of the song, Taylor’s rep released a statement which read, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that bi**h famous.’”

Ye’s wife at the time, Kim Kardashian then got involved by insisting in an interview that Taylor did hear the lyrics over the phone and approved them. 

Taylor’s team then released a second statement reinforcing that she did not hear the part where Kanye called her a “b**ch”. Kim later released a short clip from the alleged phone call, which, as Taylor insisted, still didn’t reference the words “I made that b**ch famous”. 

The hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty started trending, and it was a full on war between the two. It all came to an end, though, when the full phone call leaked online, proving that Taylor was right all along. Kim put an end to the feud by tweeting: