Some of the 29-year-old’s friends have publicly supported her after she revealed her music had been sold to Scooter, but the “Perfect” crooner, 28, stayed mum about the situation. “Why don’t you leave him in peace with that Taylor thing?” one fan commented, defending the Grammy winner’s actions. “Just because he didn’t post anything, it doesn’t mean he is not supporting her, maybe he’s talking with her right now, who knows. You aren’t allowed to doubt their friendship just because he didn’t say anything on the social, cause they’re not real life.”
The fan continued to explain that no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. “Maybe he’s the one who has supported her the most because they’re best friends, and he didn’t waste time writing on Instagram what he could have said directly to her.”
Ed replied, writing, “I have been speaking directly to her, like I always do.” The U.K. native opened for Taylor during her 2013 tour, and from then on, they became besties. The duo have even collaborated on multiple hit songs together. “We’ve gotten matching Scottish folds, made each other arts and crafts Christmas presents, vacationed with our families and had each other’s backs,” Taylor told Rolling Stone in 2017. “He is the James Taylor to my Carole King, and I can’t imagine a time when he wouldn’t be.”
On Sunday, June 30, the “Delicate” songstress explained that her former record label, Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, had been sold to Scooter for more than $300 million — which also included Taylor’s entire music catalog.
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work,” the blonde beauty wrote in a statement on her Tumblr. “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 the 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.”
The Pennsylvania native continued her lengthy statement by explaining that she learned Scooter purchased her masters with the rest of the world. “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,” she added. Naturally, several musical artists took her side including Halsey, Todrick Hall and Cara Delevigne.
Well, now we know that Ed is most definitely #TeamTaylor for life.