Taylor Swift fans expressed their outrage over former Disney star Olivia Rodrigo’s latest songs.
Swift superfans, or “Swifties,” speculated that Rodrigo’s latest track from her new album, “Guts,” was about the pop star. Rodrigo’s lyrics to her single “The Grudge” seemed to reflect a bad relationship or friendship that she once admired.
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“I have nightmares every week about that Friday in May, a call from you and my whole world changed,” her lyrics go. “Ooh, your flowers full of vitriol, you built me up to watch me fall. You have everything and you still want more.”
Rumors began circulating that Rodrigo’s lyrics were directed at Swift as fans slammed the “Driver’s License” singer.
“[T]“He has so much grudge against Taylor I would stake my life on it,” one Swift fan wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Another angry fan wrote: “So let’s just ignore that the grudge is definitely about Taylor… I won’t be streaming Miss Olivia.”
“I’m not trying to turn women against each other, but MAYBE…and I’m just saying, MAYBE Olivia Rodrigo’s grudge is about Taylor Swift…” One tweet read.
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The rumored feud came after 20-year-old Rodrigo addressed fan speculation that her single “Vampire” was about 33-year-old Swift.
“I was very surprised when people thought that,” Rodrigo told the Guardian. “I never want to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve never done that in my career and probably won’t. I think it’s better not to pigeonhole a song as being about that one thing.”
Despite the rumored drama, the pop singers have shown support for each other in the past.
In 2021, Rodrigo shared an emotional post about being ranked alongside Swift on the iTunes charts when she became famous.
“[N]“Ext to Taylor on the US i tunes chart, I’m in a puddle of tears,” Rodrigo wrote on Instagram.
Expressing her feelings toward the “Déjà Vu” singer, Swift responded, “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud.”
Rodrigo’s latest album release comes as she prepares to return to the MTV VMAs stage as one of the star-studded stars.
The “Good 4 u” singer is up for six nominations this year, including the coveted “Video of the Year.”
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Swift leads the way with eight nominations and is aiming for a repeat of the Video of the Year title after breaking records in 2022 and becoming the only artist to win in the coveted category three times.
The “Bejeweled” singer is closely followed by other artists: SZA, Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, Sam Smith, BLACKPINK, Diddy and Shakira. Meanwhile, Shakira is this year’s recipient of the Video Vanguard Award.
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Other VMA artists set to take the stage include Demi Lovato, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Diddy (Global Icon Award winner), Fall Out Boy, Kelsea Ballerini and more.
Nicki Minaj will host the show and perform, while rapper Saweetie will host the VMAs pre-show.
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The coveted MTV VMAs awards show will air live on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.