Taylor Swift fans were sent into a fresh frenzy on social media this week over her original best friend Karlie Kloss’ allegiance to Scooter Braun.
The model and Project Runway host, 26, has been managed by the entertainment executive since 2015 and he confirmed their bond is as close as ever with a telling Instagram post on Wednesday.
He shared Karlie’s ‘incredible’ new Vogue UK cover on his social media along with a gushing caption which read: ‘Could not be prouder to be on this journey with you. Your greatest beauty is your love for others and we love you. Congrats!’
Taylor’s very devoted fans were quick question Karlie’s loyalty to the singer and speculate about the status of their friendship.
The singer, 29, and model became fast friends in 2013 after meeting at a Victoria’s Secret show. They enjoyed Instagram-worthy holidays together, would hit up the gym and take in music concerts arm-in-arm. They were so close, in fact, that the model even had her very own room in the singer’s New York apartment.
So when Taylor received an outpouring of support from her celebrity friends amid her ugly battle with Scooter over her master records last month, the silence from Karlie was deafening.
Take a side! Karlie Kloss’ allegiance is being questioned after Scooter Braun – her manager and a longtime Taylor Swift antagonist – shared an Instagram praising the model on Wednesday
Scooter and Taylor’s feud came to a head in late June when the pop songstress lashed out at the agent/manager on Instagram, calling him out as a ‘bully’ and accusing him of ongoing harassment.
Afterwards stars like Halsey, Cara Delevingne, Iggy Azalea, Jack Antonoff, and Camila Cabello came to Taylor’s defense while Kloss stayed out of the fray.
So, some fans were quick to slam Karlie in the comments section of Scooter’s post.
‘Judas Kloss,’ one commenter wrote.
Many more came in with tags like ‘#WeLoveTaylor’,’#TayQueen,’ and other variations while others plugged Swift’s forthcoming album Lover.
No comment: The star has been conspicuously silent as her agent Braun and erstwhile bestie Swift duked it out in the media over a dispute about the rights to the musician’s songs. Above Karlie and Taylor are seen in 2014 together
Behind the scenes: Scooter – Karlie’s manager through his SB Projects group – sang his praises for the 6foot2 Chicagoan as he shared her latest Vogue UK cover. Above Karlie and Scooter (far right) are seen during a meeting for Karlie’s coding endeavor
Fans first suspected Taylor and Karlie’s friendship was on the rocks all the way back in 2017 when Kloss was spotted hanging out with Kendall Jenner – the little sister of longtime Swift antagonist Kim Kardashian.
Taylor went on to shock fans at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, when she debuted the music video for the track Look What You Made Me Do, in which she wears a tee shirt with the names of her BFFs. Fans didn’t overlook the fact Karlie’s name was missing from the list.
Continuing the trend, in 2018 Karlie was photographed with Katy Perry, who was another one of Taylor’s adversaries at the time.
Kloss finally broke her silence about the friendship rumors during a chat with the New York Times, telling the newspaper of record ‘Don’t believe everything you read,’ in response to a question about their relationship.
Squad: Fans first suspected Taylor and Karlie were on the rocks all the way back in 2017 when Kloss was spotted hanging out with Kendall Jenner
Though Karlie reassured people there was no strife, things continued to seem sour after Swift refrained from sending congratulations to Kloss following her engagement to Josh Kushner.
But despite the red flags, it appeared like the friends were back on in August of 2018 when they shared their first selfie in over a year-and-a-half.
‘Nashville was out of this world, I am SO proud of you,’ Kloss wrote in the caption of a photo from Taylor’s Nashville Reputation show.
But two months later, Karlie was wed to Josh, first in an intimate New York ceremony and later with a lavish Wyoming celebration, neither of which Swift attended.
And while Taylor was absent from the Kloss-Kushner union, Scooter Braun was very present for the Wyoming nuptials.
Reunited and it feels so good: Despite the red flags, it appeared like the friends were back on in August of 2018 when they shared their first selfie in over a year-and-a-half from backstage at Taylor’s Nashville Reputation concert
Off the guest list? Karlie was wed to Josh in an intimate New York ceremony in October 2018, which Swift did not attend
Taylor’s antipathy for Scooter recently came to a head after the agent extraordinaire snagged Swift’s former label Big Machines, leading the starlet to lash out at Braun for ‘bullying’ her.
And while many of Swift’s famous friends – like Halsey and Cara Delevingne – came to her defense, Karlie stayed silent.
Most recently Taylor’s stylist/friend Ashley Avignone fueled speculation of a break-up, by liking tweets from gossip blogger Perez Hilton which speculated about a falling out. The likes were unearthed by blog PopCrave.
In Perez’s tweets, he claimed that Kloss and Swift actually ended their friendship ‘because [Taylor] found out that Karlie was telling things about her and her carrer [sic] to Scooter Braun.’
Suspicious likes: Most recently Taylor’s stylist/friend Ashley Avignone fueled speculation of a break-up, by liking tweets from gossip blogger Perez Hilton which speculated about a falling out. The likes were unearthed by blog PopCrave
But a mere ‘like’ is far from an endorsement.
Though the rumor mill continues to churn, Karlie only had kind words for Taylor when asked about the pop star during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! in March of 2019.
‘Taylor is incredible, and I feel lucky to call her a friend,’ Kloss said, adding ‘She’s one of the hardest-working women and I loved her essay [in Elle about turning 30.]’
DailyMail.com has reached out to both Swift and Kloss’ reps for comment.
Taylor Swift’s statement about Scooter Braun
For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.
Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.
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) Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.
This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.
When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.
Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.
I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23.
Scooter Braun’s wife Yael Cohen Braun responds to Taylor Swift
I have never been one for a public airing of laundry, but when you attack my husband…here we go, Let’s start with @taylorswift, whoa. Then let’s get the facts straight. You were given the opportunity to own your masters, you passed. Interesting that the man you’re ‘grossed out’ by believed in you more than you believe in yourself.
Your dad is a shareholder and was notified, and [Big Machine Records CEO, Scott] Borchetta personally told you before this came out. So no, you didn’t find out with the world.
And girl, who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers. My husband is anything but a bully, he’s spent his life standing up for people and causes he believes in…
Beyond that, it’s easy to see that the point of putting this out was to get people to bully him. You are supposed to be a role model, but continue to model bullying.
He’s a manager, not God. He cannot control the action of other humans, even ones he manages. Don’t blame him because Kim caught you in a lie, it’s embarrassing I know – but adults own up to their mistakes. We learn and grow from them, we don’t divert blame and blur lines of reality to suit our needs.
What you haven’t seen is what happens behind closed doors, when he was supported and stood up for you. When he has challenged his clients to be kind or be quiet. When he has reached an olive branch out to you on numerous occasions.
Scott (Scooter) was so excited to work and build with you. How embarrassing this temper tantrum is because you didn’t get your own way,
He believes in and supports you, I sincerely hope you can learn to love and believe in yourself the way my husband does. Lastly, if you think he can control his clients, please control your fans. Leave our personal life and kids out of this. You don’t understand yet what lines that crosses, but one day you will. And I hope you have the dignity, class and kindness to leave your fans out of this and have an open discussion. Tumblr can’t fix this, a phone call can.