Now that Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are officially friends again, the “Bad Blood” has shifted to someone else.
The people in question? Big Machine Label founder/CEO Scott Borchetta, talent manager Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber. Since this drama has taken a life of its own, many pop stars have taken sides.
It all started when Tay Tay took to her social media to share a lengthy Tumblr post in which she was “sadden” and “grossed out” that will soon own her music catalogue (her first 6 albums), now that Braun has reportedly bought Big Machine Records from Borchetta for US$300 million.
The 30-year-old pop star also accused Braun, 38, of using Bieber and on-and-off client Kanye West to bully her. “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,” Swift wrote. “Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it.”
Swift also posted a screenshot from Bieber’s Instagram account, that dated back to August 2016. In the post, the “Sorry” singer shared a Facetime call between himself and Braun — who can be seen with West. He address the songstress in the caption by saying, “Taylor swift what up”.
Bieber has since apologised for his past actions and maintains Braun’s innocence. His wife Hailey Baldwin commented on his post, writing, “gentleman.” Not everyone took kindly to that, especially model Cara Delevingne, who blasted Baldwin.
Here are the famous A-list stars who have come to Swift’s defence:
1. Cara Delevingne
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3. Iggy Azalea
4. Todrick Hall
5. Camila Cabello
6. Ed Sheeran
On the other hand, here are those who are defending Braun:
1. Demi Lovato
2. Justin Bieber
3. Yael, Braun’s wife
4. Charlie Puth
As for Borchetta (pictured above, left), he released a statement titled “So, It’s Time for Some Truth” on Big Machine Label Group’s website. He claimed that he texted Swift personally “so she could hear it directly from me”.
He also stated that 2 reps from Swift’s team were present on the 25th June call informing shareholders of the sale. “I guess it might somehow be possible that her dad Scott, 13 Management lawyer Jay Schaudies (who represented Scott Swift on the shareholder calls) or 13 Management executive and Big Machine LLC shareholder Frank Bell (who was on the shareholder calls) didn’t say anything to Taylor over the prior 5 days. I guess it’s possible that she might not have seen my text. But, I truly doubt that she ‘woke up to the news when everyone else did.’”
You can find out more about Borchetta’s statement here.