Sunday 15 September 2019

Taylor Swift reveals mystery pop enemy 'tried to sabotage an entire arena tour'

Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor Swift has opened up about her feud with another pop star.

The 24-year-old singer is gearing up to release her latest album, 1989, next month.

One of the tracks, Bad Blood, chronicles the tension between herself and another female artist. And although she refuses to acknowledge exactly who her rival is, the Rolling Stone cover girl insists she’s deserving.

"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," she told the magazine.

"She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'"

According to Taylor, something shady unfolded last year that made it clear where the pair stood.

"She did something so horrible," Taylor said. "I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' And it wasn't even about a guy! 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. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it."

Taylor is known for dealing with problems in her personal relationships by writing about them.

But she insists this album is a departure from her former boy-crazy music.

She just hopes the press doesn’t turn her new tunes into a “gossip-fest”.

"Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text-message somebody in real life," she explained. "I would just be constantly writing all these zingers – like, 'Burn. That would really get her.' And I know people are going to obsess over who it's about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out.

"But there's a reason there are not any overt call-outs in that song. My intent was not to create some gossip-fest. I wanted people to apply it to a situation where they felt betrayed in their own lives,” she said.

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