There's no denying that Taylor Swift is in hiding. America's most talked about pop star has noticeably fallen off the grid and has left everyone wondering, "What gives?" The "Blank Space" singer went from a world tour that read more like a who's who of Hollywood to not even posting a single selfie on Instagram.
Sources say that she is taking time out of the spotlight to prepare for a new album. "Taylor's been quietly recording new music for a couple months," an insider revealed. "She's aiming to release an album this fall."
But, that still leaves fans wondering why she needed to take a break from the spotlight in the first place. So, the only logical thing to do is reflect on the events that may have caused T-Swift to breakup with the public for awhile. Scroll down for more details!
Kimye vs. Taylor Drama
There's no way to tell this story without mentioning the infamous Kanye West (we wish there was) because no matter which way you look at it, he's had a major influence on the public's perception of Taylor. The "Famous" lyrics that could be heard 'round the world kicked off a whole new level of feuding between the singers. He sang, “For all my Southside n—as that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that b–ch famous / Goddamn / I made that b–ch famous." Kanye said he called Taylor to get "approval" before releasing the song, but Taylor's camp vehemently denied that claim.
"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account," her rep explained. "She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.'”
After months of back and forth between the singers (and their fanbases), Kim Kardashian finally had enough and took to Snapchat to release the "receipts" she had on the singer. Apparently, Kanye recorded a call where he seems to have gotten approval to release the song. Taylor is heard saying, "It’s like a compliment,” after listening to some of the lyrics from the song. She then later posted to Instagram sharing her side of the story.
Of course, Taylor came out looking like a liar and a fake, although both stories could be true. Kanye might have called to get approval about the song, but Taylor — at least according to the footage — never knew Kanye would take credit for her fame, which seemed to (understandably) bother her the most.
Calvin Harris Breakup
Sigh. We're not completely over the way this relationship ended, tbh. So just bear with us as we reopen old wounds. Taylor and Calvin seemed to have the perfect romance. We mean, one hot DJ + one successful pop star = true love, right? Wrong. The 15-month long relationship wasn't just Taylor's lengthiest public relationship to date, it was also her most under-the-radar one as well.
The couple called it quits in June 2016 and a source close to the couple told People magazine that "there was no drama" surrounding the breakup and that “things just don’t work out sometimes. No one cheated.” That's all fine and dandy, but it didn't last long.
Taylor was soon photographed cozying up to Tom Hiddleston. In fact, there were few places the new couple wasn't photographed together. We guess Taylor decided to get over her breakup in a very public way. It wasn't until Taylor's rep confirmed she had actually written Calvin's hit "This Is What You Came For" under a pseudonym that he decided to take public shots at his ex in a series of now deleted tweets.
Turns out, Taylor did write the song and even added some vocals to the track. But according to Calvin, she didn't want any of the accolades… until they broke up, of course.
Now, it seems that Taylor has put all of that controversy behind her. She's dating British actor Joe Alwyn and is taking extraordinary measures to keep her new relationship out of the press. She's taken a break from releasing music — much to her fans' dismay — and is avoiding the paparazzi. After taking some big hits in the media and having millions of people call her a "snake" on Twitter, it's understandable why the "Bad Blood" singer would need a break.
But, we know she won't be gone for long…