Taylor Swift is known for having one of the biggest, most star-studded squads in the industry. But like most people in the public eye, she’s not immune from having a few foes as well. Swift has even slyly embraced these rivalries in her music, most notably in 2014’s “Bad Blood” and with this year’s revenge-themed “Look What You Made Me Do” video.
From frenemies to former flames, a clash with Swift is a reliable way to make headlines and maybe even inspire a hit song. Here’s a rundown of the associations over the years.
Taylor Swift vs. Joe Jonas, est. 2008
How it started: Swift and Joe dated for about four months in 2008 before the pop star told Ellen DeGeneres that he ended their relationship in a 27-second phone call. There was so much scrutiny that he released a statement on the Jonas Brothers’ site that addressed the breakup. “Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed. I am truly saddened that anything would potentially cause you to think less of me. 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,” he wrote.
Peak beef moment: In on the joke, Swift pans her phone call breakup during her Saturday Night Live monologue in 2009.
Resolved? Apparently. In 2015, Jonas and his then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid, a prominent member of the “squad,” joined Swift and her then-boyfriend Calvin Harris on a cute double date boat ride.
Taylor Swift vs. Camilla Belle, est. 2008
How it started: Soon after posting his November letter about parting ways with Swift, Jonas started dating actor Camilla Belle. Fans speculated that Swifts’s subsequent song “Better than Revenge” — a track about another woman stealing someone’s boyfriend — was about her. (One buzzy line went “She’s not a saint/And she’s not what you think/She’s an actress/She’s better known/For the things that she does/On the mattress.”)
Peak beef moment: When Katy Perry seemingly threw shade via tweet at Swift when the 1989 star went head-to-head with Nicki Minaj in 2015, Belle co-signed Perry’s tweet. The next year, when Kimye shared that widely reported conversation with Swift via Snapchat, Belle posted a cryptic quote on her social media…