Taylor Swift’s emotional feud with Scooter Braun – after the talent manager and music executive purchased the rights to her music back catalogue – is dividing Hollywood.
Cara Delevingne is among the celebrities to weigh-in on the drama, with the model and long-time Swift friend calling out Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin on Instagram.
Delevingne was hitting back at the couple after they had defended Braun, Justin’s manager, after Taylor said in a statement that Braun purchasing her back catalogue was her “worst nightmare” because of the “incessant, manipulative bullying [she] received at his hands for years.”
After Hailey wrote on her husband’s post about the feud that he was a “gentleman,” Delevingne commented:
“Gentleman? @haileybieber @justinbieber you must be bored.
“I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions. As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened,” she said.
“I am not sure you actually understand what an apology is.
“This issue that @taylorswift is talking out is about far more than a picture and you know that,” Delevingne continued.
“As you said, you haven’t spoken to her in years which means you definitely don’t understand the situation. I do.
“Take a step back and try to learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story.”
Confused? The Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun feud, briefly explained:
Taylor on Sunday posted a statement to her Tumblr, in which she revealed her devastation at the news Scooter Braun, the manager of stars including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Kanye West, had purchased Big Machine Label Group, the record company that owns Taylor’s music from 2006 – 2017 (she then moved to Universal).
In the post, Taylor referenced the ways Braun has bullied her, including when he and Justin Bieber took Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s side in her feud with the couple.
Bieber hit back at Swift in defence of Braun, calling her criticism of him “unfair”.
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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..
As of Tuesday morning AEST, Braun was yet to respond to Swift’s claims, but his wife Yael Cohen shared a scathing post about Taylor on Instagram, which included the line “the world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers”.
(Coincidentally, Cohen attended Karlie Kloss’ wedding to Joshua Kushner last month, and shared a photo of them together. It’s understood Swift was not at the wedding of Kloss, once her best friend, who it would appear she is no longer especially close with.)
As well as Delevingne, other stars to weigh in include Demi Lovato – in defence of Braun – and Halsey and singer/actor/dancer Todrick Hall, who spoke out in support of Swift.
Lovato, in her Instagram, stories, said: “I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He’s a good man. Personally, I’m grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them. There’s enough hate in this world as it is.”
Meanwhile Halsey and Hall showed their support for Swift on Twitter.
— h (@halsey) June 30, 2019
For those asking, I left Scooter Braun a long time ago…I am saddened by this news, but not shocked. He is an evil person who’s only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego. I believe he is homophobic & I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan.
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) June 30, 2019
So, who else needs a nap now?