Taylor Swift & Harry Styles were tense, ‘super-awkward’ at VMA after-party

After One Direction got booed when they won their VMA Award and after Taylor Swift really did NOT say “STFU” in their direction, a lot of people were waiting to see if there was going to be some kind of showdown between Taylor and Harry Styles. I thought it was lame that Taylor tried to make her VMA win into something slamming Harry Styles, considering most people don’t even believe that Harry is the guy in “I Knew You Were Trouble” and I thought it was lame that MTV decided to shot Harry at that exact moment. Still, there didn’t seem to be any dramatics at the actual VMAs. But at the after-party? Well, something went down:

You could’ve cut the tension with a knife. After Taylor Swift appeared to bad-mouth former love Harry Styles at the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn on Sunday — mouthing “shut the f— up” as the One Direction heartthrob was onstage — the exes came face-to-face at a private after party. In fact, the twosome even posed for a photo together, with party promoter DJ Spiky Phil and mutual pal Ed Sheeran between them. (The post-VMAs bash in question was held at the SoHo Grand Hotel Club Room in Manhattan.)

A source tells Us Weekly that the close encounter between Swift, 23, and Styles, 20, was “super awkward,” and that amiable singer Sheeran, 22, was something of a peacemaker. “Ed made sure to keep them separate,” the source continues. Another pal has said that the redheaded “Lego House” singer, close with both Swift and Styles, is often forced to play “Switzerland” when it comes to the pair, who split in January after a few months together.

During the VMAs show itself, Swift (ultra-glamorous in a sexy gown from Herve Leger by Max Azria and Prada heels) and Styles sat just rows apart, and did not make eye contact inside the auditorium. But Swift’s disses that night weren’t just aimed at Styles; accepting her Best Female Video trophy for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” quipping, “I also want to thank the person that inspired this song, and he knows exactly who he is!” Released in October 2012, the track is presumed by many to be about her late 2011 flame Jake Gyllenhaal.

Said Styles’ One Direction bandmate Liam Payne of the jibe: “I just thought it was a bit not needed. I mean, you just won an award, it’s like, concentrate on yourself!” Payne also agreed with a reporter’s assessment that Swift’s VMA tude was “lame.”

[From Us Weekly]

Taylor Swift has a history of acting like an a—hole to her ex-boyfriends, so this doesn’t surprise me. Remember when she cornered Jake Gyllenhaal at the Vanity Fair Oscar party? Remember how she came to the VF party specifically to create a scene with Jake? Taylor is That Girl. But here’s the thing – I don’t think Harry engaged with her at all. I think Harry is so over Swifty and her self-perpetuating drama that he doesn’t even feel bad or guilty or anything. He’s all “Swifty who?” Which probably makes her even crazier.

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  1. Lindy says:

    She should really knock this off. It makes her look shabby and small.

    A lot of people have bad feelings about past lovers but hey Taylor – get a voodoo doll and a diary. When you meet ex-lovers in public, just be cool, preoccupied, and terribly busy with something more fun.

  2. Sixer says:

    I only want to know why Ed Sheeran is going so low rent?

  3. LB says:

    I heard from someone who was at the awards that they greeted each other before the show with a hug. I think these two play the same game all celebs do to hype up their tension for the cameras because it makes a good story.

    • Kiddo says:

      I heard a gossip report like that too.

    • Carrie says:

      Yap. All fake. Designed to sell her albums and counter his gay rumors.

      Together they have massive clout, their managers could ban reaction shots of each other at award ceremonies easily. Very easily. Just by threatening to pull their talent from that particular show. Their managers have not set this embargo. Dead giveaway.

    • Carrie says:

      Yap. All fake. Designed to sell her albums and counter his gay rumors.

      Together they have massive clout, their managers could ban reaction shots of each other at award ceremonies easily. Very easily. Just by threatening to pull their talent from that particular show. Their managers have not set this embargo. Dead giveaway.

  4. Feebee says:

    He has to play “Switzerland”? Honestly, how hard it is for these two not to see each other? I’d like to think Taylor will grow up soon but she does seem the be That Girl so this stupid stuff could go on for years and years.

  5. emmie_a says:

    They were never a real couple — it was a fake relationship, made for the tabloids… Just like most of Taylor’s relationships. Why do people believe they were really dating?

  6. blue marie says:

    Taylor might have been tense but Harry seems over it.

  7. pam246 says:

    What I find annoying about Taylor is she claims to be all about girl power and anti-bullying yet constantly attacks others who she feels done her wrong. I wish she would grow up. Her attitude is eventually going to rub the fans the wrong way.

    • MeganDraper says:

      Her attitude already has. She’s so two-faced. She’s going to be the next Jennifer Anniston. Whiner, Whiner, Whiner about relationships. No man would put up with that.

    • JGL says:

      The only thing I can say about the whole thing is, “Taylor ‘If you knew he were trouble’, then you should have never gotten involved in the first place. Dissing an ex especially a celeb is amusing for perhaps half a dozen times but it’s starting to get really annoying. Maybe you should ask yourself ‘Maybe it’s me?'”

      • LadyJ says:

        Jennifer Lopez, Halle Barry and Jennifer Aniston all are in their 40’s and have never ask themselves ‘Maybe it’s me?’ So I have little to no hope Taylor.

      • Grim says:

        That’s the point of the song; that it’s her fault for going for a guy she knew was trouble. Lyrics:

        “And I realise the blame is on me
        ‘Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
        So shame on me now”

        Taylor has said she wrote I Knew You Were Trouble when she realised that she was complicit in her own heartbreak – that if she is constantly going for bad guys who obviously aren’t looking for commitment, then it’s her fault, too.

  8. Eleonor says:

    She is such an high school drama queen…

  9. Lulu86 says:

    this woman really needs to GROW UP she behaves like a spoilt brat. did you see her face when she supposedly said STFU pure hate.

  10. janie says:

    Taylor seems to have the mentality of someone in High School. It used to be funny how she wrote about her x-bf’s. She has a great life ahead of her.. grow up & move on.

  11. Anoneemouse says:

    She’s like another version of LeAnn Rimes in some ways…stalkerish, immature, needy. At least Swift has the excuse of being 21.

    • Cameron says:

      Taylor is a stalker? Yet a blogger revealed that Harry is the one Still following Taylor instagram when she unfollowed him months ago. He posted the above photo on his tweeter with the caption
      “yeah”. He talks about Taylor on social media. He was caught at the VMA’s Checking her out as she walked pass.
      What I found interesting is that media missed how Justin Timberlake dissed this boy band during the NSYNC performance. “let’s show these young boys how it’s done.”
      But I guess the Taylor/Harry thing makes a better story.


      • Elyse says:

        As an avid one direction fan (not sorry), I will say most of this false. He never talks about Taylor, ever, on twitter. And he did not post that photo, either. And I know what photo you’re talking about. He is not checking her out, he’s looking to his right. If he was looking at her, his head would be looking behind him.

        Contrary to Taylor and her fans beliefs, not everyone is chasing her. She’s the one who keeps bringing him up during public events (Grammys, VMA’s). Whether to get more publicity or because she still likes him, who knows.

      • cs says:

        Girl, you are delusional. He most certainly was looking at her Ass and posted that photo above. I sometimes read celebrities tweets and have read not so nice banter between him and band mates about Taylor.
        It was revealed that he was still following Taylor on Instagram and she unfollowed him after the break-up.

        I was hoping she really did say “Shut the F**k up”. I have new-found love for Taylor if she did. Weren’t they Booed at the VMA’s? You can’t bring that teenybopper BS to Brooklyn.
        But I do like media branding Selena/Taylor “a power couple” much better. I’m not gay, but I found that funny as Shite.

        Honestly, I believe Taylor/Harry are in this together and joke is on their fans.

      • Elyse says:

        @Cs yes, I must be completely delusional because I don’t agree with you. What was I thinking.

        I just want to add that I laughed at “you can’t bring that teenybopper bs to Brooklyn.” What is Taylor and Selena then? Serious artists? Thank you for the laugh this morning!

      • Anna says:

        taylor never followed him on instragram or twitter

  12. ella says:

    My theory is that this was simply a PR set up but Taylor wanted it to be something more and Harry didn’t.

    Explains Taylor’s bitterness and Harry’s total lack of interest. Notice how he never seems to care about any of her shenanigans?

  13. pao la says:

    is it me or with those hairdo they look alike? female and male version of the same haircut. he looks quite feminine too in my opnion..they look like brother and sister

    • mayamae says:

      I don’t think they look alike, but I gotta say I do think she looks so much better with curly hair.

  14. LadyRay says:

    She is so fake, I can’t take it.

  15. Ponytail says:

    I’m so embarrassed to know this but doesn’t the writing and release of the song pre-date her relationship with Harry Styles ? I assumed it was about John Mayer because it’s about someone who she ‘knew was trouble’ and Mayer comes with a whole history of dating trouble.

    • Lexi says:

      They dated twice. The first time was in early 2012 and he hooked up with someone else before they got serious. She’s admitted that its about Harry. I’m embarrassed I know that too.

      • Ponytail says:

        So, I can either be embarrassed that I’m wrong, or relieved that I’m wrong ?! I’m 43, I’ll go for relieved that I DON’T have celebrity gossip blocking prime brain space 🙂

    • Little Darling says:


      I’ve always held so strong to the belief that this song is about John Mayer. The words fit to a T and honestly, Styles just doesn’t seem like trouble in that relationship.

      I’m still thinking it’s Mayer regardless of what she says. Haha.

      And seriously, why lie on the cold hard ground? Is the bed not good enough to cry on?

      • Lexi says:

        Definitely be relieved! Haha the reason why I can believe the song is about Harry is because they met when he was 17 and she was was in her 20’s. He was technically trouble. As much I dislike her, I can’t blame her for that. He’s delicious.

  16. Nicolette says:

    She comes across as desperate, needy and clingy. Can’t she be without a guy for a while? Maybe she should just enjoy life instead of seeming so desperate to have a relationship. When you stop looking is when one usually comes along.

    • Grim says:

      She’s been single since she split with Harry in January. That’s a lifetime in celebrity land. To be honest, even I would be feeling impatient after almost a year of no sex.

  17. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Does anyone else find this boy to be extremely charismatic and self aware, or is it just me? He is delightful in interviews, I saw one where they asked him about Miley cyrus’ vma performance and he said. “Oh I think she’s very shy, a bit timid, she needs to come out of her shell!” and he said it all with a straight face. Oh the sarcasm was glorious.

    • Tiffany says:

      The band made to cover of Glamour. I was not a fan, but after reading that article, they have gained one. It was not just Harry, all of them have those qualities you described.

    • MisJes says:

      I have never given much thought to One Direction, but I have to say I’m impressed with the non-nonchalant, easy-going manner in which Harry Styles has handled this Taylor Swift crap.

      He is pure class, never stooping to her level. It makes Taylor’s lack of the same so glaringly obvious. She’s pathetic.

  18. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Harry is delicious. I would not be surprised if at least one OD boy is gay (My money is on Louis), they are a boyband after all it’s practically a prerequisite!

    Taylor is getting to old for this high school behaviour – “He knows who is” – oh really Taylor, because all of your “He done me wrong” songs are lyrically pretty interchangeable, I really don’t know how any one ex of hers could know which song is which. Don’t get me wrong her music is catchy and I hate myself for bopping around to it but I don’t see how anyone could take it sincerely at this point. What ever would happen if she dumped a guy, would she write about that? I just find the “poor me” thing a bit tiresome at this stage.

    • cs says:

      She made the same speech when she won award for “Mean” and that was about critics.. Please, these 1Directioner fans are so dramatic.
      Bottom line , Boy bands have a 5 year expiration date.. NSYNC (it was because of Justin),Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, New Kids on the Block.. Taylor’s been around for 8 years and still selling multi platinum cd’s.
      Let’s hope we are still talking about Harry in two years (he’s no Justin Timberlake or Michael Jackson). Based on the Boo’s the band received at the VMA’s, I would say in the US they may have just another year of Popularity.
      I never heard of him until he started dating Taylor Swift. So, dating her was a plus for him.

    • Grim says:

      She has dumped a guy and written about it. It’s called Back to December and it’s about Taylor Lautner.


      “So this is me swallowing my pride
      Standing in front of you saying I’m sorry for that night
      And I go back to December all the time
      It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you
      Wishing I’d realised what I had when you were mine
      I’d go back to December, turn around and change my own mind”

  19. Claudia says:

    She epitomizes Fatal Attraction, minus the homicidal part. Moving on is good for you! You look even more pathetic if your exes have moved up and on, complete with new relationships, but you’ve remained stagnant.

  20. stevie says:

    I wonder if she ever thinks to herself “hey, maybe I should be cool, dignified and grown up?” and then decides not to, or if it just never occurs to her.

  21. Holden says:

    She never went through high school so she’s living it on the big stage. Taylor doesn’t have friends on the same level to let her know she’s acting like an idiot and it’s not a good look.

  22. Dorothy says:

    Actually she was quite polite and sweet in spite of her tell all lyrics until Gwyneth went after her to try desperately to get in with Taylor to capture the younger (ie more gullible and swayed by celebs so huge market demographically) for GOOP twit and her brand. Since then, Taylor is acting like she is a princess too, just like Paltrow. Hope she catches on soon that little Miss Gwynnie is sweet as pie at first then she stabs you in the back or people catch on to her and dump her so NOT the “butt of a 22 year old stripper”! Only ones that don’t loathe Gwyneth right now (including her family who does!) are her old pals of famous family brats too. So Taylor please find yourself a better role model than Paltry Paltrow! And stick with Selena, she seems to have sense and style and be a true friend especially for someone so young.

    • Claire says:

      Do you also post as Diana?? I am so intrigued by your posts – its like you have inside information on Gywneth, like you have been personally burned by her. Anyway I enjoy reading them!

      • Dorothy says:

        Hey Claire, in answer to your question – no and no. But I do sadly know a lot of people that have been seriously seriously burned by her. Take care, and for what it’s worth I am really really nice I swear but I don’t like unkind people and Gwyneth is unkind. The people she has hurt and still does deserve better, so her shoving herself out there of late, I recently decided after 30 years of knowing her to speak up. But think done for now, just being there for my friends and hoping the best for her family.

  23. Deedee says:

    She looks gorgeous and he was checking her a$$ out at the VMAs.

  24. Hannah says:

    I don’t believe it was a real relationship. I think they are playing people and it was set up by their managers. She has made a career out of dating well known men and writing songs about them and he is managed by Simon Crowell and they probably used this “affair” to introduce him and the band to a wider us market.

  25. trudy221 says:

    Can someone explain to me why ANY man would date Taylor Swift at this point? The woman is only in her mid 20s and very successful so if you did date her and it didn’t work out, you’d be in for:

    1. Possibly YEARS of running into her at various parties, events etc. . .

    2. A song about you. . . a really nasty song about you. . . .

    3. At least 1-2 slams about you at various awards shows when she wins the award for the song about you referenced in point #2.

    4. Super uncomfortable encounters with her. . . . everywhere.

    I think Michael J. Fox was spot on. . . run gentlemen . . . RUN!

    • Grim says:

      How are 1 and 4 any different from dating somebody you work with, go to school with, or live in the same building with? And I don’t think these men mind being written about as much as people think. Are her songs really that nasty? They are usually about how much she was into the guy but he broke her heart. How many guys actually mind having a heartbreaker rep?