Taylor Swift’s 10 Biggest Feuds and Fights

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It’s crazy to think this popstar hasn’t been feud-free since 2008. The drama-coated celeb may have made millions of dollars since her rise to fame but she’s also made a staggering number of enemies, too.

Controversy has followed Taylor Swift for years now, and a lot of it has to do with her ongoing feuds. Outside her “Squad” of famous females are a handful of celebrities that dislike Taylor, each one having feuded with her in the past.

From Joe Jonas to Kim Kardashian, we present to you a list of stars who have had Bad Blood with Taylor Swift…

Joe Jonas – Bad Blood Since 2008

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What Happened?

Taylor’s long line of feuds began in 2008 when the first of her famous boyfriends, Joe Jonas dumped her over a 27-second telephone call. Although the two only dated for 3 months, Taylor being petty, unnecessarily held a grudge for two years! From talking about the break-up in interviews to writing a bunch of songs about him, Taylor and Joe’s brutal breakup went highly public. Joe took a swipe back at Tay by singing the lyrics “Now I’m done with superstars/And all the tears on her guitar” in one of his songs.

Two years down the line and Taylor still had a bone to pick. She slut-shamed Joe’s girlfriend, Camilla Belle in her song Better Than Revenge and blamed her for “stealing her man”. Wasn’t it time she moved on?

Kanye West – Bad Blood Since 2009

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What Happened?

If there’s one known fact about Taylor Swift, it’s her ongoing fight with Kanye West. Kanye stormed the MTV VMA stage during Taylor’s acceptance speech in 2009 and she’s been playing the victim ever since. Their feud has been on and off since the rapper stole Taylor’s microphone and claimed that Beyonce “had one of the best music videos of all time”. Taylor never let it drop and sang about the incident in her track, Innocent.

Although the two kissed and made up in 2015, a year later, Kanye dropped his song, Famous which contained a few lyrics that Taylor supposedly didn’t approve of. Kanye insisted she’d given the go ahead but Taylor denied this and even dragged the rapper during her acceptance speech at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Let’s just say Taylor’s fun at playing damsel in distress didn’t last long (we’ll get to that later)…

John Mayer – Bad Blood Since 2010

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What Happened?

It’s as though Taylor has built her career on slandering her exes. John Mayer gave Taylor more material to write about when he broke up with her in February 2010. Retaliating to her song Dear John (which was based on him), the Folklore singer told Rolling Stone, “It made me feel terrible, because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”

Demi Lovato – Bad Blood Since 2010

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What Happened?

Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift have had an ongoing war since the Shake It Off singer stole Demi’s best friend. Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were Disney BFFs ever since one can remember, until Regina George Taylor came along. Taylor abducted Selena and persuaded her to join the Plastics her Squad and Demi has been maddened ever since. When asked how Selena was in 2010, Demi replied with the iconic, sarcastic response, “Ask Taylor”. OUCH!

It doesn’t end there. Demi called Taylor out earlier this year when popstar, Ke$ha was going through a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke. Demi indirectly threw shots at Taylor (who claims to be a feminist) on Twitter:

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Taylor then revealed that she had in fact donated $250,000 to Ke$ha in support of her legal fees.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – Bad Blood Since 2013

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What Happened?

Taylor once again held a silly grudge against Tina Fey and Amy Poehler after they made a joke about her love life at the Golden Globe Awards 2013. Tina cracked that Swift should “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son” and use “some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.”  The light-hearted joke wasn’t taken too lightly by Taylor. Her response? “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ CATTY!

Katy Perry – Bad Blood Since 2014

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What Happened?

Is Taylor’s musical catalog based on her fights? You bet it is! Other than Kanye West, Taylor’s next worst enemy is Katy Perry – the popstar who actually inspired Bad Blood! In an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor accused Katy for apparently stealing her dancers and “sabotaging” her tour. It was later revealed that the dancers made their OWN decision to quit Taylor’s tour for Katy’s. The Roar singer played no part in “ruining” Taylor’s tour.

After slandering Katy in the interview and writing an entire song about her, Katy had one thing to say about Taylor on Twitter.

The feud continues

Nicki Minaj – Bad Blood In 2015

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What Happened?

Once again, Taylor claimed she was wronged by yet another celebrity, this time – Nicki Minaj, a fellow controversial celeb in pop culture. Nicki was furious at the MTV VMAs after discovering her Anaconda music video hadn’t been nominated (Bad Blood had) in one of the categories. Taylor assumed Nicki was making a direct jab at her:

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Nicki corrected Taylor and replied: “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this.” The public feud was soon laid to rest when Taylor brought out Nicki to perform with her at the MTV VMAs that year.

Avril Lavigne – Bad Blood In 2015

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What Happened?

Avril had a few words to say about Taylor Swift on Twitter when the Style singer liked a Tumblr post that suggested she’s nicer to her fans at meet and greets than other singers, including Avril. Taking offence by this, Avril tweeted:

Taylor acknowledged that it was a bitchy move and so made it up to Avril by inviting her onstage during her San Diego concert to perform Complicated! 

Calvin Harris – Bad Blood Since 2016

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What Happened?

When Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris split up, the popstar began dating actor, Tom Hiddleston a few weeks later, causing Calvin to unfollow Taylor on Twitter. The beef with her ex-boyfriend intensified when Taylor’s rep claimed she had written Calvin’s hit, This is What You Came For. Calvin confirmed this news on Twitter but he then began firing shots at her and even involved Katy Perry:

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Glad that yet another star had seen Taylor’s true colors, Katy simply tweeted this GIF as if to say “told ya so”…

Kim Kardashian – Bad Blood Since 2016

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What Happened?

Kim Kardashian gave Taylor a taste of her own medicine when she exposed her as a liar. Five months after Taylor denied approving Kanye’s Famous lyrics, Kim took to Snapchat to publish a recording of the telephone call between Kanye and Taylor which heard her fully approving the lyrics in question. Kim even posted a shady tweet directed to Taylor in celebration of International Snake Day:

Taylor shouldn’t have built a defense in this feud with “he never asked permission”, when she has dragged public figures in her music MANY times, presumably without their permission, too!

Damn, why you gotta be so mean, Tay Tay? She just can’t get along, can she? With so many enemies under her belt, we’re starting to think Katy was right – Taylor might indeed be a Regina George in sheep’s clothing!

Believe it or not, she’s not the only star to get caught up in drama. Check out a list of famous celebrity fights that have also stolen the headlines…



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Angela Stephanou

Angela Stephanou

Owner and chief editor of Tell Tales. Angela has a BA in Communications and oversees the content and strategy across Tell Tales, building an audience of pop culture junkies like herself. Her social media follows have more celebrities than real-life friends, music runs through her veins and she’d much rather be glued to her TV screen, piled under an array of snacks than go out on a Friday night. Angela’s guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but she’s also a sucker for all things Marvel and DC - two entirely different worlds, we know.

2 Responses

    1. WOW lady. Obviously not a Swiftie, taking the enemy’s sides. Damn.

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