When Kim Kardashian posted her Snapchat takedown of Taylor Swift last July, she officially landed herself on the singer's bad blood list. Because while Swift has made many friends during her years in the business—an entire squad who sings her praises, even!—she's also made more than a few enemies. Here, those 21 stars. Some are ex-lovers, some are ex-friends, some are straight haters, and a few of them she's pals with now. Whatever the relationship status, one thing's for sure: There's more than an album's worth of drama here for everyone.
FEMALE MUSIC ARTISTS
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1. Katy Perry
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Who Is This: Singer, former friend of Swift's
Date of Drama: 2012–present
What Happened: Swift and Perry used to be friends (Swift even tweeted about going to Perry's birthday party in 2009!) And while neither has explicitly said what exactly happened, both dated John Mayer in 2010 (Swift) and 2012 (Perry), which likely created some tension.
The big blowout came over tour dancers, though. Three of Swift's Red tour dancers left her tour early to perform on Perry's Prismatic world tour. In 2014, Swift explained to Rolling Stone why this killed their friendship. "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Swift said of the frenemy widely speculated to be Perry. "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?' [Then] she did something so horrible. 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 nonconfrontational—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."
The day after that profile came out, Perry tweeted this to confirm she was the one Swift was talking about:
It's been over two years. Since then:
• Swift releases "Bad Blood," a song pretty clearly about Perry.
• Swift throws Left Shark shade at Perry during one of her 1989 tour concerts. That move comes four days after Perry tweets this, during Swift's Nicki Minaj Twitter debacle (more on that later!)
• Perry releases a perfume named "Mad Love," likely a reference to the "Bad Blood" line, "You know it used to be mad love."
• In July 2016, Calvin Harris, Swift's ex, goes on a Twitter rant about how he does not want to be the next "Katy ETC" that Swift buries. Perry posts a gif and retweets her past shade in response:
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• In September 2016, Perry lays out all Swift needs to do to end their feud:
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• After Swift makes headlines for not speaking up during the 2016 presidential election, Perry appears to give her a nameless shoutout in an April 2017 interview. "I don't think you have to shout it [your political views] from the rooftops," she says. "But I think you have to stand for something, and if you're not standing for anything, you're really just serving yourself, period, end of story."
• In an Entertainment Weekly interview in May, Perry kind of shuts down the idea of a "Bad Blood" response song on her upcoming album:
Well that's not my question to answer—if it's ["Bad Blood"] about me. I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that's calling out any one person.
Then she expands on her answer with pointed words for someone:
One thing to note is: You can't mistake kindness for weakness and don't come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that's not to any one person and don't quote me that it is, because it's not. It's not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story. But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don't forget about that, okay, honey. [Laughs] We got to keep it real, honey. This record is not about anyone else! This record is about me being seen and heard so that I can see and hear everyone else! It's not even about me! It's about everything that I see out there that I digest. I think there's a healing in it for me and vulnerability. If people want to connect and be healed and feel vulnerable and feel empowered and strong, God bless and here it is.
She adds this tweet:
• Perry releases "Swish Swish" shortly after her EW interview—a song that truly ends up being that Swift song Perry didn't really deny in May. It is chock-full of Swift nods lyrically, but perhaps the most telling is her verses below that digs at Swift's damaged reputation after the Kimye Snapchat takedown in summer 2016:
Your game is tired
You should retire
You're 'bout cute as
An old coupon expired
And karma's not a liar
She keeps receipts
• A couple days after the release of "Swish Swish" in May 2017, Perry's carpool karaoke segment airs. There, she tells her side of the Swift feud story, admits Swift started it, and says again she's ready for it to be over. Honestly, it's really like she started it, and it's time for her to finish it," Perry starts. "I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me... I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble. It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me, and I'm like, 'Okay, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to deal with it? Karma!'"
"But what I want to say is that like, I'm ready for that BS to be done," Perry then added. "Now, there is the law of cause and effect. You do something, there's going to be a reaction, and trust me daddy, there's going to be a reaction. No, I mean, It's all about karma, right? I think personally that women together, not divided, and like, none of this petty bullshit, women together will heal the world."
• During the release of Witness in June, Perry livestreams her life for three days. She apologizes to Swift during them. "I am ready to let it go," she tells The Thrive Global Podcast. "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it's actually like, I think it's time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I'm saying?"
"I love her, and I want the best for her," Perry continues. "And I think she's a fantastic songwriter, and I think that if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, 'Yeah, well we can do this.' I don't know. Maybe I don't agree with everything she does and she doesn't agree with everything I do, but I just really, truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion." She also notably changes a lyric in "Swish Swish" during a live performance from "don't you come for me" to "God bless you on your journey, oh baby girl" that weekend. She maintains, during an interview with Natalie Morales, that "Swish Swish" isn't about anyone in particular. "I've had not just one person bully me or one person hold me down or met one troll," Perry says. "All I need to say to her is I love her, and god bless her on her journey. And that's it."
• The night Perry drops Witness, Swift puts her entire back catalogue on streaming sites at the exact same time. Perry is asked by Morales during her Witness livestream whether she thinks Swift tried to sabotage herrelease. "I don't know, I don't know," Perry says. "I can only do me."
• In August 2017, Perry is announced as host of the VMAs. She releases her "Swish Swish" music video—complete with wolf in sheep's clothing, Swift-esque imagery and some "Bad Blood" nods—a couple days before.
• Swift comes back and releases "Look What You Made Me Do" three days before the VMAs. The song has a couple of Perry digs, particularly with the Mean Girls references (off Perry's OG "Regina George in sheep's clothing" tweet; "I've got a list of names and yours is in red underlined") and use of Perry's "Swish Swish" buzz word "karma" and general invoking of impending revenge for all rivals: "The world goes on, another day, another drama, drama/But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma/And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure/Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours."
Perry is then to host the VMAs with this as one of the evening's centerpieces. Meanwhile, producers say no Swift performance or Perry-Swift duet is in the works.
Status: Not Friends; Drama Very Much Ongoing Though Perry Would Like It to End.
Songs That Came Out of It: Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and "Look What You Made Me Do", Katy Perry's "Swish Swish"
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2. Miley Cyrus
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Who Is This: Singer, actress, former Disney star who starred in the Hannah Montana movie. Swift sang a song on that soundtrack. Crazy throwback:
Date of Drama: August 2015
What Happened: Cyrus tells The New York Times she isn't interested in being in Swift's friend group of musicians, actresses, models, and entrepreneurs—while throwing some shade. "I'm not trying to be in the squad. None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I'm inspired by them."
Status: Not Really Friends; No Drama Right Now
Songs That Came Out of It: None
3. Nicki Minaj
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Who Is This: Singer, rapper, recipient of the very rare public Taylor Swift apology
Date of Drama: July 2015; resumed August 2017?
What Happened: Minaj is furious after being left out of the MTV Video Music Awards nominations for Video of the Year. She sends out a series of tweets about how hard it is for a non-white, non-pop artist to get that kind of recognition. Swift's "Bad Blood" is nominated, of course, so when Swift sees Minaj sarcastically tweet about how "if your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," she thinks Minaj is targeting her specifically. She jumps in, accusing Minaj of pitting women against women:
Minaj doesn't get why, because her tweets were about racism in the industry, not Swift:
Swift offers her unintentionally offensive consolation: "If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on." It's clear Swift does not understand the bigger issue at play—and that's all the internet talks about for a day.
Offline, Minaj and Swift talk on the phone and make amends. Swift tweets a rare apology.
Minaj accepts it. Then at the VMAs, Minaj brings Swift out during her performance. They sing Minaj's "The Night Is Still Young" and Swift's "Bad Blood." It is the ultimate peace show.
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Two years pass, and Minaj stokes speculation that her feud with Swift maybe reignites in August 2017. Swift releases "Look What You Made Me Do," which takes aim at Kanye West and Katy Perry particularly. Minaj, who is featured on Perry's maybe-Swift-diss track "Swish Swish" tweets the following at 12:13 a.m., not even an hour after Swift's song comes out (note the shady "13" timing there, as 13 is Swift's signature number). Fans immediately speculate it's Swift this is about:
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Status: Former Friends Turned Friendly Acquaintances; Drama May Be Beginning Again
Songs That Came Out of It: None specifically, unless you count that VMA performance.
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Who Is This: Singer, best friend of Katy Perry's
Date of Drama: September 2015
What Happened: No big fire, but RiRi made it clear she has no interest being in Swift's squad. "I don't think I would [appear]," she told NME magazine. "I just don't think that makes sense. I don't think our brands are the same; I don't think they match. I don't think our audiences are the same." She feels no ill will, though: "In my mind, [Swift]'s a role model, I'm completely not."
A little over six months later, Swift is recorded fangirling over Rihanna at Coachella.
RiRi's new single with Calvin Harris, "This Is What You Came For," is released days later...which, we find out weeks later, Swift actually wrote.
Status: Friendly; No Present-Day Drama
Songs That Came Out of It: Rihanna and Calvin Harris's "This Is What You Came For" (kind of)
5. Lady Gaga
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Who Is This: Singer
Date of Drama: Late 2013
What Happened: Gaga said she once thought Swift was full of shit...though that changed quickly. As she put it to Howard Stern in 2014:
What she doesn't know [is] I was at the  AMAs or something. Her and I were sitting next to each other and she goes, "Oh my God! I love ARTPOP. I love 'Applause,' and 'Applause is my favorite song.'" I was thinking, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. This chick is full of shit." But then my buddy called me, Brandon [Maxwell], who's my stylist, and she was doing a shoot and he was styling her… He goes, "Taylor Swift is in here blasting ARTPOP so loud, and she is dancing and she's posing."' I thought to myself, "I like this girl." You know why? Because she said the same thing to my face that she said behind my back. Yeah, I like her.
Gaga liked her so much that she responded to an I-may-die-single Swift's shoutout just days before Swift got together with Calvin Harris:
Swift would later claim that "magic spell" was what brought her and Harris together.
Status: Friendly; Drama Resolved
Songs That Came Out Of It: None; Swift got a boyfriend instead
6. Demi Lovato
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Who Is This: Singer, former Swift friend (they hung out at the 2014 VMAs), vocal Twitter activist. On-off best friend of Selena Gomez, Swift's bestie.
Date of Drama: February 2016
What Happened: The New York Supreme Court rules Kesha has to stay under contract with Dr. Luke, the producer she claims emotionally and sexually abused her. Many women in the music industry come out and say that's wrong. Lovato is one of them. Swift is not.
This bugs Lovato, who seemingly calls out "feminist" Swift for her silence.
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Swift makes a $250,000 donation to Kesha shortly after for legal costs. This does not impress Lovato, who tweets this response:
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She clarifies later, in now-deleted comments on Instagram, that she wasn't attacking Swift. "I didn't shade Taylor…I'm just tired of seeing women use 'women empowerment' and 'feminism' to further brands without being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations."
Lovato still isn't a fan of Swift. After Kim Kardashian's takedown of Swift, Lovato favorited a tweet in support of Kardashian, her way of subtly taking sides.
Status: Definitely Not Friends; No Drama Right Now but Could Happen Again
Songs That Came Out of It: None
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Who Is This: New Zealand teen singer whose album Pure Heroine catapulted her to worldwide fame
Date of Drama: October 2013
What Happened: Lorde calls out Swift for being so perfect, it's actually dangerous. "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls. 'I'm never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can't I be as pretty as Lorde?' That's fucking bullshit," she tells New Zealand's Metro magazine.
She clarifies the remarks on her Tumblr after they start to get global pickup:
i think i cocked that up a bit and what i said wasn't put in context also. what i meant was: there's a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and i wish my favorite stars didn't look perfect because i think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they'll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection. ts was the first person i thought of, which i regret. she happens to be good looking, but i think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way. taylor swift has a very unique vision, which i admire...i will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that ts is for hers. i admire her very much for this reason. basically, this is an apology for not thinking too hard before i speak. peace.
Swift, it appears, didn't see the comments or didn't mind, because she sent Lorde roses after her song "Royals" became #1 on the charts. They met shortly afterward at Shake Shack and became friends. When Lorde told her about the comments, Swift didn't care. "She was like, 'It's fine. If all you've done is call someone perfect, it's not that bad,'" Lorde told Rolling Stone.
Status: Close Friends; Drama Resolved
Songs That Came Out of It: None
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8. Kim Kardashian
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Who Is This: Reality TV star, Kanye West's wife, former Swift friend (they first hung out at the EMAs in 2012), a woman whose narrative Swift would very much like to be excluded from.
Date of Drama: February 2016–present
What Happened: After the dust settles on the initial drama over Kanye's "Famous" lyrics, Kim calls out Taylor for lying in her July GQ cover story. "She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved..." she says. Then the kicker: they recorded that phone call where Swift gave her blessing. Swift's team "sent an attorney's letter like, 'Don't you dare do anything with that footage,' and asking us to destroy it."
After a year, Swift releases a song about Kimye and what they made her become. She leads up to the release by wiping her social media accounts clean and then posting, over three days, a video of a snake (a nod to the snake emojis that spammed her account in the immediate aftermath of the Snapchats). She announces her next album will be called Reputation with a cover full of Kimye nods:
The lyrics to her first single "Look What You Made Me Do", released in August 2017, promise that "Maybe I got mine/but you'll all get yours" and says of Kardashian and West particularly "I don't like your perfect crime" of releasing the Snapchats of a call Swift probably didn't know was recorded.
Kardashian does not respond to or acknowledge the single on the day it comes out. She instead just tweets a photo of her son:
Status: Not Friends; Drama Ongoing
Songs That Came Out of It: Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do"
9. Kanye West
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Who Is This: Rapper, Kim Kardashian's husband, the man whose narrative Swift would very much like to be excluded from.
Date of Drama: 2009-2015; February 2016–present
What Happened: This is a showdown in four parts.
Part 1: September 13, 2009: A starstruck country singer—Swift—takes the VMA stage to claim her award for Best Music Video for "You Belong With Me." West interupts to say: "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best music videos of all time, one of the best music videos of all time."
The entire world sympathizes with Swift; West is even called a talented "jackass" by President Obama. West apologies on The Tonight Show. He wants to say sorry to Swift in person. "I'm just ashamed my hurt caused someone else's hurt. I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. I need to, after this, just take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life. How I'm going to improve...."
A year later, at the 2010 VMAs, she sings "Innocent," a song about West, to much fanfare. (Lyrics include the slightly kind, slightly patronizing, "It's okay, life is a tough crowd/32, and still growin' up now/Who you are is not what you did/You're still an innocent.")
West withdraws his apology that November in a Minnesota KDWB radio interview, saying what he did at the VMAs was selfless, and Swift just used the incident to "have 100 magazine covers and sell a million [of] first week." From there, the ice kind of thaws (there's a 2011 "down-low" high-five between the two at the Met Gala that The New Yorker documents; Swift wears West-designed clothes in a Harper's Bazaar Australia editorial shoot in 2012). Still, West maintains to The New York Times he doesn't regret the VMA incident in 2013.
Part 2: West and Swift become friends at the 2015 Grammys in front of the entire world. "[We] both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I've accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid's doing," Swift told Vanity Fair that August.
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This lasts for a year. West talks about collaborating with Swift! Swift parodies his "Imma let you finish" speech when presenting The Vanguard Award to him at the—you guessed it—2015 MTV VMAs, alongside Kim Kardashian. Swift even receives some of Kanye's signature rose cubes.
Part 3: February 2016:"Famous" comes out with its Swift lyric. Swift's brother throws his Yeezys out. Swift makes her Grammys speech. West, during a club appearance at the end of February, says he and Swift aren't on good terms. "She said, 'Ooh, Kanye, I like that line,'" cameras catch him saying. "Then she won her award and said something completely different. She ain't cool no more. She had two seconds to be cool and she fucked it up."
Things die down until West releases the "Famous" music video, featuring a naked wax Swift right next to a naked wax him in bed.
Then his wife takes the wheel, and releases a couple of Snapchats that out Swift as a liar. He hasn't said much since the release. He hasn't needed to.
Part 4: August 2017: Swift spends most of 2017 out of the spotlight but makes a comeback by wiping her social media accounts clean, then posting over three days a video of a snake in an effort to reclaim the emoji Kardashian helped her become synonymous with. Swift releases Reputation album art full of Kimye, but particularly West's The Life of Pablo, nods.
She releases her first single "Look What You Made Me Do," where she really comes after West. The most savage lines include: "I don't like your little games/Don't like your tilted stage (after Yeezy's tilted stage on tour)/Of the fool, no, I don't like you/I don't like your perfect crime (of Kimye's Snapchat takedown of her)", "Maybe I got mine/but you'll all get yours," and "I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me/I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams" (a shoutout to West's "I'll See You in My Nightmares" and the fact their happily-ever-after friendship has soured.)
Speculation goes around on the internet that Swift deliberately chose November 10, the 10th anniversary of the death of West's mother, to release her album. Her label immediately clears that up and clarifies that there is "no correlation" with the dates or truth to that.
Status: Not Friends; Drama Ongoing. Though these two could make up, some conspiracy theorists believe this is all planned to get them both publicity.
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "Innocent" and "Look What You Made Me Do," West's "Famous"
10 & 11. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
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Who Are They: Comedians, friends, and multi-time Golden Globes hosts
Date of Drama: January 2013–January 2014
What Happened: During the Golden Globes, hosts Fey and Poehler make a joke about Swift's constant dating (she had just split from Harry Styles at the time.) "You know what, Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox's son," Fey tells the crowd.
Amy Poehler responds that maybe Swift should "go for it." Fey objects, "No, she needs some me time to learn about herself."
In Swift's April 2013 Vanity Fair profile, she discusses how she felt about that joke. "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'"
Fey and Poehler are asked about this reaction. They both don't get why she didn't shake it off:
• Fey to Entertainment Tonighton March 5: "I did not see that one coming. It was a joke, and it was a lighthearted joke. And it's a shame that she didn't take it in the crazy-aunt spirit in which it was intended."
• And Poehler toThe Hollywood Reporter on March 5: "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff. "
At the 2014 Golden Globes, Fey turns the whole thing into a joke again: "I just want to say congratulations again to my friend, Amy Poehler! I love you, and there's a special place in hell for you."
Status: Neutral; No Present-Day Drama
Songs That Came Out of It: No songs, just more Golden Globes jokes
12. Kendall Jenner
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Who Is This: Model, Kim Kardashian's half-sister, ex-squad member, best friend of Taylor's friends Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne, Harry Styles' other ex-girlfriend
Date of Drama: 2016
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But Jenner gets back together with Styles, Swift's ex who a lot of 1989 is about, at the end of 2015 and spends New Year's with him. It doesn't last, but she hasn't really been seen with Swift since. When her sis Kim Kardashian posts the Taylor takedown Snapchats, Jenner confirms she's no Swiftie by RTing Kardashian's "look at my Snapchat" tweet, and then deleting it. She "likes" (then removes) some pro-Kim tweets. She posts this somewhat shady Instagram to further state she's team Kim.
Status: Likely Not Friends; Probable Ongoing Drama
Songs That Came Out of It: None`
13. Zayn Malik
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Who Is This: Singer, ex–One Directioner, current boyfriend of Gigi Hadid
Date of Drama: August 2015
What Happened: Swift writes a open letter to Apple Music, arguing artists should be paid royalties during its trial period in June. Apple bows down to her and proves what a force in the music industry she is. Malik, for no obvious reason, retweets a meme comparing Cyrus and Swift—making it clear who he prefers.
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Calvin Harris, Swift's boyfriend at the time, tries to defend Swift.
Malik responds Harris doesn't get what he meant by it.
They resolve their beef.
In June this year, Malik talks about Swift—his now-girlfriend Gigi Hadid's friend—again...in a much more flattering way. "I don't get much feedback from my peers [on my music]," he tells Dazed magazine. "I spoke a bit to Taylor. At Gigi's house, we briefly spoke, and she told me she really enjoyed the album. It was nice to get some feedback. She said she thought I was cool, and I kind of blushed a bit and didn't know how to take it." Aww!
The two go on to release a song together for Fifty Shades Darker in February 2017—a sign they've fully transitioned to friends and collaborators:
Status: Friendly; No Drama
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift and Malik's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
14. Camilla Belle
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Who Is This: Actress, the girl who would become Joe Jonas's next girlfriend after he and Taylor Swift broke up.
Date of Drama: Fall 2008–present
What Happened: Shortly after Jonas's 27-second phone call where he ended things with Swift, Jonas starts dating Belle. Belle, to Swift, is the reason Jonas ended things with her—something she makes clear in her song "Better Than Revenge" (2010). Lyrics include "She's not a saint and she's not what you think/She's an actress, whoa/She's better known for the things that she does/On the mattress, whoa/Soon she's gonna find stealing other people's toys/On the playground won't make you many friends/She should keep in mind, she should keep in mind/There is nothing I do better than revenge, HA!"
Belle and Jonas break up in July 2009, but Belle is still bitter about the song that comes out a year later. When Katy Perry jumps in Nicki Minaj and Swift's feud, Belle responded to Perry's tweet with a snarky "Couldn't have said it better…"
And because it's still not over, Belle tweeted this Swift shade about Kim Kardashian's takedown of her:
Status: Straight-Up Enemies; Drama Ongoing (at least for Belle)
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "Better Than Revenge"
15. Chloë Grace Moretz
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Who Is This: Actress
Date of Drama: March 2016–present
What Happened: In her Complex cover story, Moretz reveals Swift asked her to join the squad. Moretz clearly didn't. "She's a very talented person," she tells the reporter. "You can talk to me about these things, you know," he replies. "You know I can't!" she laughs. Outlets widely interpret that as shade to Swift.
Moretz clarifies later she is not anti-Swift, just anti-squad. She explains why, alongside her friend Meghan Trainor: "[Trainor] and I, when we were growing up, we both dealt with being left out of a lot of situations and not being invited into people's friend groups. We just think that squad-specific exclusivity doesn't go along with what we believe in."
In July 2016, after Kim Kardashian posted those Snapchats, she criticizes the reality star on Twitter:
Khloé Kardashian attacks Moretz with a particularly low blow, which results in a not-so-friendly back and forth.
Status: Neutral; No Swift-Related Drama, Just Kardashian
Songs That Came Out of It: None
16. Ed Droste
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Who Is This: Frontman of the indie band Grizzly Bear
Date of Drama: July 2015
What Happened: Droste tweets a screenshot of a tabloid calling out Swift for being a mean girl:
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Squad members Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt come after him:
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Status: Not Friends; Drama Probably Ongoing
Songs That Came Out of It: None So Far
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17. Calvin Harris
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Who Is This: World-famous DJ and underwear model, Taylor Swift's most recent ex-boyfriend
Date of Drama: June 2016–September 2016
What Happened: Harris and Swift date for a blissful 15 months, starting March 2015. They officially split June 2, 2016. One week later, Swift is photographed making out with Tom Hiddleston in Rhode Island. Hiddleswift begins.
He erases his Twitter breakup statement that Swift retweeted, saying a "huge amount of love and respect" remain for one another. He unfollows her and gets rid of every Instagram they take together. (Swift does the same on her accounts.)
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Days later, he goes on Instagram and answers fan questions about their breakup (he deletes the posts later). Swift controlled the media narrative, he says. He's not jealous of Hiddleston, he feels free, etc. He doesn't hate Swift.
He releases the song "Ole" with John Newman, which seems to be from Tom Hiddleston's perspective. The Harris-written lyrics suggest Swift cheated on him. A sampling: "I see online that you began to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend. Being attentive, continue to pretend..." and "You've hidden my name in your phone so you can call me to tell me you've been going through hell. Left him alone and you booked in a hotel."
Then, TMZ reports that Swift wrote Harris' song "This Is What You Came For" and used a pseudonym on the credit. Harris confirms this is true—and doesn't stop there. He goes on a Twitter rant where he appeals to Swift directly. It's all very messy.
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In September, after her breakup with Hiddleston, Swift attends Gigi Hadid's Tommy Hilfiger fashion week show. She posts a video with "This Is What You Came For" playing. Harris likes the Instagram:
Harris also releases "My Way" in September. The lyrics (and music video) seem to evoke Swift with lines including "But in my heart I understand/I made my move and it was all about you/Now I feel so far removed," and "You were the one thing in my way."
TMZ reports that same month that the two are just friends now and started texting in September. It's unclear whether they've actually seen each other since.
In November, Little Big Town reveals Swift wrote their song "Better Man". The lyrics suggest it could be partly inspired by Harris with lines like "But I just miss you, and I just wish you were a better man" and the biting "We might still be in love, if you were a better man/Better man." Swift has yet to release a sixth album, but it's likely her time with Harris will inspire some of it.
In August 2017, Swift releases the first single to her sixth album, "Look What You Made Me Do". There's nothing directly about Harris—just a general warning that "Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours." But Harris Snapchats this photo of him sipping "blood" in the studio right before it drops—a suggestion that if she comes for him, he'll come for her, too.
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Status: Amicable, Drama Resolved For Now
Songs That Came Out of This: "This Is What You Came For" (sort of), Harris's "Ole", Harris's "My Way," Swift's "Better Man" (performed by Little Big Town), "Look What You Made Me Do" (kind of)
18. Joe Jonas
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Who Is This: Singer, Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend, Demi Lovato's ex-boyfriend, Gigi Hadid's ex-boyfriend
Date of Drama: Fall 2008
What Happened: Jonas and Swift start dating in the summer of 2008. Then, in October, Jonas breaks up with Swift during a 27-second phone call Swift talks very widely about: "I looked at the call log—it was like 27 seconds. That's got to be a record."
Jonas starts dating actress Camilla Belle shortly after the breakup. He posts a letter on his website in November 2008 explaining his side of it, including that quickie call: "For those who have expressed concern over the '27-second' phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk."
Swift and Jonas don't do much together until 2015, when he starts dating Swift's friend Gigi Hadid. Swift goes to his surprise birthday party. She, Jonas, Hadid, and Swift's then-boyfriend Calvin Harris go on a double date in London.
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He and Hadid break up at the end of the summer. Jonas says he wrote a song that will "piss someone off"—in this case, Hadid. The student has become the master.
Status: Friendly (at least publicly)
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "Forever and Always" and "Better Than Revenge"; The Jonas Brothers' "Much Better"
19. John Mayer
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Who Is This: Singer, Swift's ex-boyfriend, Katy Perry's ex-boyfriend
Date of Drama: 2010–present
What Happened: Swift and Mayer reportedly date from December 2009 to February 2010 (she is 19 at the time; he is 32). No one really knows this until Swift releases the song "Dear John." A sample of its lyrics: "Dear John, I see it all now it was wrong/Don't you think nineteen's too young?/To be played by your dark, twisted games/When I loved you so, I should've known..."
The song humiliates Mayer, he tells Rolling Stone in June 2012, because that's where he learned how Swift felt. "I never got an email. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I'd already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you've ever been, someone kicked you even lower?"
"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."
Not much has gone down between them since. Mayer attended Gigi Hadid's 21st birthday party this April, where Swift was too. On Watch What Happens Live this June, Mayer gets very uncomfortable when asked about his former girlfriend:
Status: Not Friends; No Drama, But It Will Probably Always Be Weird
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "Dear John"
20. Jake Gyllenhaal
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Who Is This: Actor, Swift's ex-boyfriend/probable first big heartbreak, handsome guy who chats up girls who eat alone
Date of Drama: 2010–2011 (2015 resurfacing)
What Happened: Swift meets Gyllenhaal in October 2010, at Saturday Night Live with Emma Stone. Swift and Gyllenhaal start dating in 2010. There are ice cream trips in Big Sur! He flies her out to London on a private jet for his movie premiere!
They break up in January 2011 because Gyllenhaal "wasn't really feeling it anymore." Swift was crazy about him and hints later, in her song "The Moment I Knew," just how heartbroken she was. It's a messy breakup, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"—allegedly about Gyllenhaal—makes clear.
In March 2017, Gyllenhaal is asked about Swift by the Guardian—and makes it clear he doesn't really want to talk about it. "I think when you're in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinized, your friends are scrutinized, but..." Gyllenhaal trails off, then shrugs. When pressed again, he says, "I would love to not talk about my personal life."
Status: Civil; No Ongoing Drama But Maybe a Tad Awkward
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "All Too Well," "The Moment I Knew"
21. Harry Styles
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Who Is This: Singer, Swift's ex-boyfriend, Kendall Jenner's and Cara Delevingne's rumored ex-boyfriend
Date of Drama: Fall 2012–2016
What Happened: Swift and Styles meet backstage at the Kids' Choice Awards in March 2012. Styles hints they're dating to Cosmopolitan UK in November: "There's someone I like...but this girl...isn't my 'type.'" Swift and Styles go on that very photographed walk in Central Park in December. They ring in New Year's together in New York City and then go on vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Days later, it ends. Swift is photographed alone, on a boat. Sad.
On January 10, she tweets "back in the studio. Uh oh..." Which leads to 1989, which is basically all about Styles.
At the 2013 VMAs, Swift gives
Harry someone a shoutout when she wins Best Female Video for "I Knew You Were Trouble," saying, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song because he knows exactly who he is, because now I've got one of these." Later, the camera pans over to Swift when Styles' band One Direction presents at the show. Many believe she says, "Shut the f*ck up" to seat mate Selena Gomez when Styles steps on stage.
In January 2015, the two bump into each other in L.A. TMZ posts the video of Swift not even acknowledging or saying a word to him. Awk:
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Styles, like Gyllenhaal before him, pretends Swift hasn't written songs about him when Ellen DeGeneres asks last fall. But he releases his own in October—"Perfect"—which is part flattering, part shade, with its line, "If you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about/Baby, I'm perfect." His smirk confirms it's definitely about Swift when Corden asks:
Swift seems to have found closure in that relationship. "The number one feeling I felt...was anxiety. Because it felt very fragile, it felt very tentative," she says in a video released that October. "[But] it doesn't mean that it's not special and extraordinary just to have a relationship that's fragile and somehow meaningful in that fragility." The music video for "Out of the Woods"—a song definitely about Styles and released on New Year's Eve—shows the end of that relationship.
In April 2017, Styles opens up to Rolling Stone about dating Swift. He has nothing but nice things to say:
On the relationship itself: "I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier. I mean, you're a little bit awkward to begin with. You're on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it–I just wanted it to be a normal date."
On the songs inspired by him: "I mean, I don't know if they're about me or not, but the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere. I write from my experiences; everyone does that. I'm lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That's what hits your heart.
On whether he told Swift he liked the songs: "Yes and no. She doesn't need me to tell her they're great. They're great songs...It's the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever."
And what he'd tell her today: "Certain things don't work out. There's a lot of things that can be right, and it's still wrong. In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You're celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad.' And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk...but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best shit ever. So thank you."
Status: Likely Civil, Drama Probably Resolved
Songs That Came Out of It: Swift's "Out of the Woods," "Style," and many more on 1989's tracklist; One Direction's "Perfect," most obviously, though "Olivia," "End of the Day," and "Wolves" are also strong contenders
Bonus: This wonderful "Style"-"Perfect" mashup, where the songs match up a little too perfectly to be a coincidence.