In case you were on a social media hiatus yesterday, here’s the chaotic music news that you missed:  Taylor Swift released a scathing Tumblr blog post where she reveals her long-time manager Scott Borchetta sold her entire back catalogue to a man she describes as a “bully”Scooter Braun.

After Swift’s post when viral, every musician, producer, actor etc and their dog spoke out online in some way to make it clear as to which side they’re on in the newest but most catastrophic feud in music.

It’s hard to keep up with who’s who and what’s what so we’ve pulled together a little explainer to help you out (big shoutout to the legends at Pop Crave for their social media summaries on the drama).

Have at it:


Justin Bieber: The Biebs was the very first celeb to publicly side with his manager, Braun, principally because he was called out in Swift’s post.

Taylor recounted a time when Braun allegedly instructed Justin and Kanye West to “bully” her.

“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. (See photo),” she writes.

Below is the photo Swift added to the post which is an Instagram pic uploaded around the same time that Kim and Kanye launched their Taylor Swift take-down campaign.

In the pic, Bieber can be seen FaceTiming Braun and Kanye.

“This is Scooter Braun, bullying me on social media when I was at my lowest point,” she wrote on the post. “He’s about to own all the music I’ve ever made.”

Justin had previously captioned the image “Taylor Swift, what up” to make it clear that the four men were mocking her, but following Swift’s blog post, he has edited out the caption.

He later posted a vintage photo with Swift and wrote a lengthy caption where he started by apologising to Swift, then ended up siding with Braun and accused her of writing the post to gain “sympathy” and to direct her fans to “bully” Scooter.

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Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..

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Hailey Bieber: Justin’s wife, Hailey commented “gentleman” on Bieber’s post. Sure, hon.

Diplo, Demi Lovato and Mod Sun liked the post, confirming their support for Braun / Bieber.

Demi Lovato: The singer took to her Instagram Story to defend Braun, calling him a “good man”.

After Swift fans berated Lovato on social media for siding with Braun, she followed it up with a subsequent post.

“Y’all can come after me all you want but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team,” she wrote.

 Yael Cohen Braun: Braun’s wife also defended him and slammed Taylor Swift in a lengthy Instagram rant.

“Girl, who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers,” she writes.

After copping flak from Taylor stans over the post, she was forced to disable comments.

Kendall Jenner, Demi Lovato, Jenna Dewan, Tori Kelly and Olivia Munn liked Yael’s post.

Scott Borchetta: The man at the centre of all this, Taylor’s former manager who sold her tunes to Scooter, backed his decision and claimed that Taylor had prior knowledge of the deal.

“Taylor had every chance in the world to own not just her master recordings, but every video, photograph, everything associated to her career.”

Ty Dolla Sign: The rapper shared a photo of Scooter to show his support and wrote, “Congratulations to my brada @scooterbraun they hate to see it bro! Keep putting up these W’s!”

Demi Lovato liked his post ‘coz the girl is either really obsessed with the tea or really hates Taylor and wants to make her feelings known.


Halsey: The first celebrity to side with Swift following the shock announcement.

Halsey posted a lengthy statement on Twitter in support of Tay.

Cara Delevingne: Longtime squad member of Swift’s almighty girl gang, Delevingne made her support for her friend abundantly clear by berating both Mr and Mrs Bieber.

After Hailey commented “gentleman” on Justin’s take-down post, Cara hit back with the following comment:

“Gentleman? @haileybieber @justinbieber you must be bored,” she wrote.

“I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions.”

She then addressed Justin, writing: “As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened. I am not sure you actually understand what an apology is.” LOUDER. FOR. THE. PEOPLE. IN. THE. BACK.

“The issue that @taylorswift is talking about is far more than a picture and you know that. As you said, you haven’t spoken to her in years which means you definitely don’t understand the situation. I do.”

She concludes, “Take a step back and try and learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story.”

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Iggy Azalea: The Australian singer tweeted, “Telling someone about a deal days before it’s public means the deal was already done and she never had the opportunity to even make a bid to own her own work.”

Adding, “These deals take months to negotiate in long form.”

Miley Cyrus: Cyrus and Swift have been mates since the days of Hannah Montana so unsurprisingly, Cyrus is backing her pal.

The ‘Mother’s Daughter’ singer reportedly unfollowed Braun following Swift’s post and Taylor liked a comment about Miley’s show of support.

Todrick Hall: Swift’s new friend Todrick Hall who appears in her ‘You Need To Calm Down’ music video spoke out against Braun on Twitter.

He also slammed the Brauns and the Biebers for their attack on Swift.

After Lovato hit back at Hall on Instagram, disagreeing with his notion that Braun is homophobic, he fired off the following response:

Danielle Haim: One of the three Haim sisters shared Swift’s blog post on her Insta and wrote:

“Sometimes I’m reminded how fucked up and slimy this business is. This is one of those times. LET TAYLOR SWIFT BUY BACK HER MUSIC YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES”.

Mandy Teefey: Selena Gomez’s mother hit back at Scooter Braun’s missus and sided with Tay.

“@Taylorswift I wish I could give you a big hug right now!” She began.

“Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artist about protecting themselves. I don’t understand the pleasure of power plays to simply hurt people! To deny you the option to own your blood, sweat and tears, especially as a young women who shared growing up in front of the world, is heartbreaking!!”

She passively aggressively concludes, “@yael I would love to have a mom to mom meeting in private, drink some tea and have some real talk!! XO”

Emma Portner: Ellen Page’s dancer wife slammed Justin Bieber on Instagram for “degrading women”.

She recounts touring with the singer and being paid so much less than minimum wage” that she “couldn’t afford to eat” while on the road with him.

“I couldn’t afford to eat. I was sweeping studio floors to be able to practice my craft.”

Brendon Urie: Swift’s collaborator Brendon Urie slammed the “toxic dudes doing toxic bullshit in this toxic industry” in a scathing video.

By the time this article is published, I’m certain more stars will have spoken out because, quite frankly, this is no ordinary celebrity feud.

This is an absolute legal shit storm and everyone’s pissed.

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