Supportive friends. After Taylor Swift revealed that her former record label, Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, had been sold to Hollywood music executive Scooter Braun for more than $300 million — which also included Taylor’s entire music catalog — many pop stars stuck up for the blonde beauty.
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work,” the 29-year-old wrote in a statement on her Tumblr on Sunday, June 30. “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 “You Need to Calm Down” crooner continued her lengthy statement by explaining she learned that 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. Scooter, 38, manages singers like Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. However, some of them took Tay’s side.
— h (@halsey) June 30, 2019
“Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music,” Halsey posted on Twitter. “I believed if she did it (in a way that made my teeth ache like cold water, and my heart swell and my eyes leak), then I should too. Cause that’s how to make someone feel. To drag it from the pits of your heart. To offer it on a platter and say, ‘take some, but take kindly.’ She deserves to own the painstaking labor of the heart. She has surpassed all expectations of what any artist is even capable. She catapulted her stardom into the Milky Way, and it turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite. It speaks volumes how far we have to come in the music industry.”
Additionally, Todrick Hall also claimed he is #TeamTaylor. “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 [whose] only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego,” he wrote on Twitter. “I believe he is homophobic, and I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan.”
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
After the Biebs defended his manager, Cara Delevigne clapped back in the comments on his Instagram page. “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,” she said. “As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened. 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. 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 and learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story.”
Meanwhile, Demi — who recently signed with Scooter — defended him on her Instagram Stories. “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,” she wrote. “Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them. There’s enough hate in this world as it is. Y’all can come after me all you want, but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team. I value loyalty more than most people in this world, and if my name is gonna be brought into conversations, I’m gonna stand up for myself and the ones on my team.”
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