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Here Are All Of The Celebs Taylor Swift Has Ever Feuded With

From 2008 to present.

1. 2008–2010: Taylor Swift vs Joe Jonas

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Back in 2008, Taylor Swift was a fresh-faced, curly-haired country singer who was taking the world by storm with her second album, Fearless. Joe Jonas (along with his brothers) was a fresh-faced, Disney-branded pop singer who was taking the world by storm with ~his~ band's second album, A Little Bit Longer. It was basically inevitable that they would date. And, lo and behold, they attended the MTV VMAs together on 7 September that year.

(FYI, the MTV VMAs are inexplicably a huge constant in the history of Taylor Swift's celebrity feuds.)

The relationship didn't last long – from about July to October 2008 – but anyone who was a fan of either party will remember the drama that came along with the breakup.

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On 11 November 2008, Taylor appeared on The Ellen Show to promote her new album. She also talked about the recent end of her relationship with Joe Jonas, saying, "When I find that person that is right for me, he'll be wonderful, and when I look at that person, I'm not even gonna be able to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18 ... I looked at the call log, it was 27 seconds. That's got to be a record."

She later referred to the same phone call during her Saturday Night Live monologue, which included the lyrics, "You might think I'd mention Joe, that guy who broke up with me on the phone / but I'm not gonna talk about him in my monologue / Hey Joe, I'm doing real well, tonight I'm hosting SNL."

Joe started to date actress Camilla Belle pretty soon after he broke up with Taylor, and then came an avalanche of songs released one after the other, all of which were very thinly veiled jabs at one another. This went on for another two years.

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In the same Ellen interview, Taylor revealed that one song on Fearless"Forever and Always" – was about Joe. Nine months later, the Jonas Brothers released their fourth album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, which included the song "Much Better". The first verse of that song contains the lyrics "Now I'm done with superstars / And all the tears on her guitar" (in reference to Taylor's single "Teardrops on my Guitar").

As if all of that wasn't complicated enough, along with the release of Taylor's third album, Speak Now, in October 2010 came "Better Than Revenge".

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The song's lyrics refer to an actress (read: Camilla Belle) stealing your man, and it contains the lyrics "come on, show me how much better you are" and "you might have him, but I always get the last word". And it appears that in this case she did, indeed, get the last word.

(FYI, Taylor has apologised repeatedly for the slut-shame-y tone of the song, which she wrote when she was 18.)

2. 2009–present: Taylor Swift vs Kanye West

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Remember when I said the VMAs were a huge constant in Taylor's feuds?

The 2009 VMAs are remembered for one thing and one thing only: When Taylor Swift took the stage to accept the Best Female Video award for "You Belong With Me", Kanye West stormed the stage, grabbing Taylor's microphone and announcing to the world that Beyoncé "had one of the best music videos of all time".

A year later, at the 2010 VMAs, Taylor gave a performance of "Innocent", a song from her album Speak Now that references the Kanye incident. The performance was introduced with a grainy black-and-white clip of Taylor accepting ~that~ award the previous year.

Cut to 2015, and Taylor was photographed hanging out with Kanye at the Grammys. She even presented him with the Vanguard Award at the 2015 VMAs, almost six years after the original drama. Everyone assumed the feud was over. That is, until "Famous".

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Kanye's song, released in February 2016, contains the lyrics, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous."

This sparked outrage amongst Taylor's friends and family, but Kanye defended himself on Twitter, writing that he "called Taylor and had an hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings". Taylor, however, had a different story. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Taylor's publicist said that she had warned Kanye against releasing the song:

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 bitch famous.”

Taylor then appeared to make reference to the drama a few days later at the Grammys, where she discussed the importance of taking credit for your own success during her acceptance speech for Album of the Year.


OK, so that's Taylor's feud with Kanye all explained.

LOL JK. There is so much more to this. But we'll get there later.

3. 2010–present: Taylor Swift vs Demi Lovato

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Back in the day, where there were Disney stars, there was drama.

It all begins much earlier, however: Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez had been BFFs since they starred together in Barney and Friends as kids. They grew up together, both had shows on the Disney Channel, and they starred together in the highly underrated DCOM movie Princess Protection Program. But it all started going downhill in early 2010, when Selena started hanging out with – you guessed it – Taylor Swift.

The crux of the feud occurred in January 2010, when this infamous video surfaced.

In the video – taken by a fan while Demi was in London – Demi is signing autographs when someone in the crowd says, "Demi, how's Selena?"

Her forever iconic response? "Ask Taylor!"

A few months later, it was reported that Demi was dating Taylor's ex, Joe Jonas, who, as we now know, Taylor was still engaged in a feud with.

Now, while Demi's friendship with Selena was dwindling, Selena was becoming a full-blown original member of The Taylor Swift Squad™.

Cut to 2016: Musician Kesha was embroiled in a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke, and celebs the world over were speaking out in support of her. One of those celebs was Demi Lovato, who, for some reason, appeared to call out Taylor Swift for not providing the same support.

Twitter: @ddlovato

FYI, the day after Demi sent her tweet, it was revealed that Taylor had given $250,000 to Kesha to help with her legal fees. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And that is the end of Lovato vs Swift. For now.

4. 2014–present: Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry

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Anyone who has a remote interest in celebrity culture knows that Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have been engaged in an ongoing feud for what feels like ever.

It all began around 2014, when Taylor gave an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the release of her record-breaking album 1989. During the interview, Taylor discussed a track on the upcoming album that would eventually be released as a single, "Bad Blood". She revealed that the song was inspired by a fellow female artist who she didn't name:

She did something so horrible ... 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.

Of course, Swifties the world over put on their detective hats, and discovered an interview with an ex-dancer of Taylor's who – along with two other dancers – had quit Taylor's Red Tour in favour of Katy's Prismatic Tour.

The feud was pretty much confirmed when Katy tweeted this the day after Taylor's Rolling Stone interview was released:

Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...


Taylor's 1989 was released a few weeks later, and quickly became the biggest-selling album of the year. The feud with Katy seemed to die down. That is, until the release of the "Bad Blood" music video.

5. 2015: Taylor Swift vs Nicki Minaj

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Taylor's drama with Nicki was short-lived but no less important. It all started when "Bad Blood" – the video we were literally just discussing that seemed to cause way more trouble than it was worth – was nominated for a VMA (lol, those again).

Nicki's video for her song "Anaconda" wasn't nominated, and she tweeted her disappointment, saying that she would have been nominated had she been "a different 'kind' of artist". She also called out videos that were nominated that celebrate "women with very slim bodies", which people assumed was a direct jab at "Bad Blood".

Taylor appeared to take Nicki's tweet personally, because she took it upon herself to respond, accusing Nicki of "pit[ting] women against each other".

@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..

Nicki immediately responded to Taylor, saying, "I love you just as much. But you should speak on this."

She then continued to favourite and retweet her fans who stuck up for Nicki and suggested that Taylor should – to put it simply – stay in her lane.

Like I said, though: This particular feud didn't last long. In fact, it would be tough to define it as a feud at all. Taylor apologised to Nicki, and Nicki accepted. Nicki even brought Taylor onstage during her VMAs performance. All was well.

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A happy ending for Taylor at last, right? WRONG.

6. 2016: Taylor Swift vs Calvin Harris

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Taylor Swift's relationship with Calvin Harris was one for the ages. She hadn't dated for almost two years before meeting him, and when she did, we all thought it was true love. He even bought her a DAMN OLIVE TREE.

That is, until the unthinkable happened, and they broke up.

The shit hit the proverbial fan, however, when it emerged that Taylor had begun dating actor Tom Hiddleston just a few weeks after her relationship with Calvin had ended.

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The breakup that had originally seemed amicable turned nasty. Both parties deleted any trace of the other from their social media accounts, and it was suddenly rumoured that Taylor had actually had a major hand in writing Calvin's hit song "This Is What You Came For".

After this news emerged, Calvin posted a stream of tweets confirming that yes, Taylor had written the song, and her vocals are even sampled in the final cut. He said that they had originally planned to keep Taylor's involvement a secret, so she used a pseudonym. And then HE. WENT. IN.

I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do

Alongside a tweet accusing Taylor and her team of trying to make him look bad, Calvin referenced Taylor's new relationship with Tom Hiddleston.

And then he went in for the kill with this:

I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it

Remember the Taylor Swift/Katy Perry feud we were JUST talking about? Yeah, Calvin brought that up. Salt in the wound, Calvin.

And if you're wondering, of course Katy (allegedly) responded. With a GIF.

7. 2016: Taylor Swift vs Kim Kardashian-West

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Remember when I said there was more to Taylor vs Kanye? Yeah, let's get into that.

We all remember that Taylor denied any knowledge of the lyrics of Kanye's "Famous" before it was released. Well, in marches Kanye's wife, kickass businesswoman Kim Kardashian-West, to claim in an interview with GQ that everything Taylor said was bullshit.

Kim went on record saying that Kanye had proof of the phone call in which Taylor had approved the lyrics she had subsequently labelled as "misogynistic".


Kim also discussed the whole situation in the most recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which aired on International Snake Day (yes, this is real thing). Kim then posted an incredibly shady tweet in celebration of Snake Day.

Then, when everyone was poised and ready to receive it, Kim published video evidence of said phone call on her Snapchat story for the whole world to see. Here is part of that conversation:

Taylor Swift: Yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice!

Kanye West: Yeah. I just felt I had a responsibility to you as a friend. I mean, thanks for being so cool about it.

Taylor then released a statement on her Instagram account saying that she didn't know that she was being recorded and that her main issue is with the fact that she never knew Kanye would refer to her as "that bitch".

And there you have it. You're all caught up on the long-living drama of Taylor Alison Swift.


But who even cares about drama when you have The Squad™? 💖💖💖

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