Taylor Swift is problematic. Taylor Swift is a victim. Taylor Swift is a snake. She’s everywhere — whichever “narrative” you choose to subscribe to, there’s a piece of media tailored just for you.
With the upcoming release of Reputation, eager fans and critics alike are taking a look back on how her most recent album earned such a name.
1. ‘I’mma let you finish’ … or not
Kanye West (L) jumps onstage after Taylor Swift (C) won the “Best Female Video” award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s win during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards | Christopher Polk/Getty Images
The Kanye West-Swift feud is probably the most notable in Swift’s repertoire. It all started with that infamous stage breach by Kanye to tell Swift — and everyone tuning in to the VMAs — that she did not deserve the award for Best Female Video, but Beyoncé did.
So began an eight-year saga. Sometimes they were friendly, sometimes they took shots at each other via their songs, and sometimes they secretly recorded their private phone conversations. Speaking of which..
2. Seven years later
On July 17, 2016, Kim Kardashian revealed a recording of a phone conversation that West and Swift had detailing the use of Swift’s name in his song, “Famous.” Why? After the single’s release, Swift made it clear to the public she felt surprised and appalled to be included in the song in such a manner.
To add to the shade, Kardashian later not-so-subtly referenced Swift by tweeting about National Snake Day.
3. Her feud with Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift posing and smiling together.
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were once friendly, but now … not so much. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images
Next to her bad blood with West, her ongoing tiff with Katy Perry is next on the list of Swift’s biggest feuds. It all started about five years ago. First, Perry dated Swift’s ex-boyfriend, John Mayer, and though that didn’t initially cause any backlash from Swift, some speculated it added to their building tension.
Then, in 2013, Perry offered a few of Swift’s tour dancers a slot on her own tour. That’s when everything blew up. From there, the two exchanged nasty comments via social media and interviews and negatively featured each other in their songs.
4. Perry’s ready to move on … but Swift’s not
Taylor Swift dressed to resemble Katy Perry in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video | Big Machine Records
In June 2017, Perry gave a tearful plea to Swift during a live-stream video to promote her upcoming album. She forgave Swift and said sorry herself, just wanting the whole thing to be over.
But Swift made it clear in her newly released “Look What You Made Me Do” video that she wasn’t ready just yet to forgive and forget.
5. The ultimate girl squad
Taylor Swift’s presides over her squad in the “Look What You Made Me Do video”
One thing Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” video touches on is the media’s portrayal of her carefully cultivated, perhaps contrived girl squad. In the video, her “squad” appears as an army of scantily dressed mannequins with the words “Squad U” flashing on a screen above them.
It’s something she’s been criticized for over and over again — creating an army of beautiful women to validate and support her. The Daily Beast recently pointed out that Swift’s group of friends has been relatively MIA since the release of LWYMMD, though.
6. She’s got a long list of ex-lovers
Taylor Swift hugs Calvin Harris
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
Adding to Swift’s “reputation” is her very public list of ex-boyfriends. Though her dating history started before him, her relationships started getting extra press-worthy when she started dating Harry Styles. Their relationship bore the inspiration for 1989, after all.
After Styles, Swift dated Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, both of whom experienced their own Swift drama firsthand post-breakup.
7. The groping trial
A sign outside the Swift and Mueller trial
A message supporting Taylor Swift seen across the street from her trial | Theo Stroomer/Getty Images
Swift took a former Colorado radio DJ to trial in 2017 over charges that he groped her at a 2013 meet-and-greet. Sexual assault trials have a terrible tendency to tarnish the best of reputations with little to no regard for the victims.
While Swift may have earned some of her negative reputation, getting groped at meet-and-greets definitely shouldn’t be a part of the deal — and the impressive way the singer stood up for herself during her trial silenced even her biggest critics. She won the case and vowed to help sexual assault victims who don’t have the privilege of having such a loud voice.
In the LWYMMD video, Swift also seems to give a little nod to her victory by featuring a single dollar in her bathtub of jewels (she was awarded $1 in the case).
Royal Family LIVE: Horror as Meghan Markle ‘actively targeted’ by millions in £2.8m attack
MEGHAN MARKLE has been “actively targeted” by a £2.8million “hate-for-profit enterprise” viewed by millions online, according to new data.
Research compiled by data analytics service Bot Sentinel found the Duchess was a victim of three anti-Meghan YouTube channels. The report found together the channels had accumulated a total of 497 million views and an estimated £2.8million in revenue.
Bot Sentinel said: “It’s our opinion that several of the most well-known and active hate accounts were actively targeting journalists and royal commentators to boost their visibility and amplify their hate campaign; in some cases, they were successful.” In 2019 Meghan claimed she learned she had been one of the “most trolled people” in the world.
Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open
Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.
But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.
An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.
The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.
Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.
While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.
Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.
And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.
The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.
“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.
“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.
Jennifer Lopez Went Topless as she Rocks Full Matrix In a Leather Bra and Matching Jacket
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Jennifer Lopez is always imparting valuable fashion wisdom. This time, the multi-hyphenate is giving us a lesson in making the Matrix trend accessible and applicable in everyday life.
On Tuesday, the actress and singer posted a gallery of selfies to Instagram, showing off her leather-accented outfit. In the first image, J.Lo dons a black AMI Paris leather bra with a matching jacket on top, which she pairs with white paper-bag pants, also Ami Paris.
In the second image, she wears the same undergarment and drawstring trousers, sans the cropped coat, giving us a glimpse at her toned abs.
In both photos, Lopez wears her hair in a slicked-back pony while accessorizing with gold hoop earrings and Bulgari layered necklaces, stacked bracelets, and rings.
And believe it or not, J.Lo is looking for our fashion advice on this outfit. “Jacket or no jacket!? ⬇️ ,” she captioned the carousel, asking fans and friends to weigh in with their opinion.
To answer your question, Jennifer, we say both. Take the leather blazer for daytime use and easily transition to evening by removing it.
Clearly feeling fashionable, Lopez also channeled her iconic, plunging Versace 2000 Grammys gown with an inspired, jungle-print silk robe that she captured on her Instagram Story.
In the video, Lopez showed off her stunning glam and necklace collection set to the TELYkast remix of her song “On My Way” from her upcoming film Marry Me.