Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are feuding. Over the weekend, it was announced that Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group through his company Ithaca Holdings. That meant that all of Taylor Swift’s old music now belonged to Braun. That led Swift to saying it was the “worst case scenario” for her career while also levying allegations against Braun.
Swift said, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at [Braun’s] hands for years.”
She added: “As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammy’s twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who are going to try and undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.
“If you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
The comments caught Bieber’s attention, so he snapped back with a social media post of his own.
“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,” he wrote.
“I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain 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 that’s crossing a line.”
The good news for Taylor is that any future recordings — including her most recent singles — will not belong to Scooter Braun. Whether she and Bieber can bury the hatchet remains to be seen.