Diplo: ‘Taylor Swift is very strategic with her friends and enemies’


God, the backstory on this meager gossip is so epic, but let’s go ahead and recap. Taylor Swift threw shade at a “Mean Girl” in her Rolling Stone interview last fall. The Mean Girl was soon revealed to be Katy Perry, and it seems that Swifty and Katy have been having Girl Dramz for some time now. During that time, Katy was dating Diplo (they’re not together anymore), a DJ and producer. Diplo entered into the Girl Dramz last November when he tweeted some major shade about Taylor and her flat booty. He “jokingly” tried to start a fundraising campaign to get Swifty a booty, because haha that’s so funny. Lorde defended her friend and tweeted something about Diplo’s small bathing suit area and Diplo got in a few shots about Lorde and then everything quieted down. Are we done with it? No. Diplo is included in GQ’s Legacy Project (that’s their fancy name for a Music Issue) and he ended up stirring the pot.

Diplo is known for being such a good DJ that EDM girls in bikinis can’t resist twerking while he spins records at his Mad Decent Block Parties. But what you can’t Google Image is the fact that when the pop world—from Beyoncé to Madonna—needs innovative new sounds, he’s the man they call. (Or simply knock off.) Their next chance: reportedly two new albums in 2015 under the Major Lazer handle.

“So many great albums came out that week, and all people talked about, on all the big press, was Me vs. Lorde, and Kim Kardashian’s butt. No one covered any music. And it’s funny, because me and Lorde, we’re actually friends.”

The music engineering master also revealed that Taylor Swift is very smart when it comes to her own social networking.

“Taylor Swift is very strategic with her friends and enemies. And I know lots of secrets,” Diplo – whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz – told the magazine. But like the excellent businessman that he is, Diplo, 36, kept that information classified.

“I can’t divulge, but I know a lot of stuff about her. And I’m scared. I’m scared for my life.”

[From The Daily Mail & GQ]

Hilariously, GQ had the Taylor Swift part on their site but took it down very quickly and replaced it with the Kardashian butt quote. Almost as if TAYLOR SWIFT CONTROLS THE WORLD with her strategic alliances and frenemies. But Billboard spoke to GQ and they say that they removed the quote because the full Diplo article provides more context. Suuuure.

Just my opinion – if you’re a 36 year old dude and you’ve carved out a nice, profitable niche for yourself in the industry, don’t spend your time talking trash about teenage girls like Lorde or powerful industry rulers like Swifty. It makes you look thirsty.



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  1. Loulou says:

    This guy is such a loser.

  2. lucy2 says:

    Dude, you are a GROWN MAN. Seriously, find something better to do with your time.

    • Erinn says:

      Ugh. He’s such a toolbag. Grown ass man with two kids, and he’s STILL ragging on Taylor. Even if someone doesn’t like Taylor, they should recognize how pathetic he is. He just wants to get a rise out of her, and so far, she’s ignored him.

      Maybe he should go worry about taking care of his kids – isn’t one of them quite new to the world? And worry less about other girls’ butts and friendships.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        I can’t stand Taylor Swift, but this guy is an idiot and I hate that he makes me take her side on something. Let it go dude! She hasn’t even acknowledged him and he’s still going on about her. I’m guessing because this is the only way he gets mentioned in mainstream media. Loser.

      • Liv says:

        Seriously, that happens to me all the time lately.. and I’m not even a fan!

  3. Frida_K says:

    Now I realize why I keep feeling like I recognize Diplo from somewhere. He looks like Derek Hough’s skeezy trailer trash cousin.

    Anyone else see this?

  4. paola says:

    These ‘celebrities’ are soooooo opinionated.
    Just keep it to yourself dude. Taylor Swift has an army of faithful and loyal fans. You won’t come out of it smelling nice and clean.
    Don’t these people think to the consequences of some of their statements?
    GROW UP!

  5. Kiddo says:

    The piece was removed by Taylor Swift because… STRATEGIES!

  6. hindulovegod says:

    Why is he obsessed with these young pop stars? It comes across as so creepy.

  7. scout says:

    Who in the right mind dates this guy? In the first photo, he looks like he just came out of the woods after secretly making Moonshine all night like that show on TV! He cleaned up well in the second photo though.Haha..

  8. Allie says:

    He was a jerk off for what he said about Taylor before but he didn’t say anything rude right now. It’s true, her friends are probably strategically picked, she loves a good showmance. He was probably asked about the fued between them and i think he answered as well as he could. I think it’s true how much Taylor controls (or has friends in high places) with the press. Articles get taken down all the time written about her. Curious, very curious.

    • Shambles says:

      Your excellent use of the word “curious” has me craving a Harry Potter movie. And yes, the Taylor Swift Machine is indeed a frightening entity.

      • Erinn says:

        I’m having post-potter depression. I need these new movies. I finally got my husband to watch all of them with me, so I ended up reliving all of the emotions all over again haha. I have to start re-reading the books, I think.

      • Shambles says:

        @Erinn, I read the books like once a year, no shame. Long live Potter and Weasleby!

      • Allie says:

        I will always try to throw out a hp quote if I can. Always.

        Sorry. Haha

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Not rude maybe but definitely ridiculous. He’s not making Swifty look bad, he’s making himself look pathetic and updateable.

      I don’t find it that curious to be honest, isn’t it a give that celebrities control much of the conversation about them? At least the a-listers?

    • Cici says:

      Yep. Like those articles about Swift having a meltdown over Gyllenhaal at Globes after party that ‘mysteriously’ were taken down or changed to be flattering to her.

    • Veruca Salt says:

      I agree with you Allie. ThirsTAY’s team is scarier than the Beygency.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Well, he is not wrong. I still don’t know why Swifty is perceived as this delicate flower that can do no wrong and everyone who says otherwise is thirsty.

    • JLo says:

      Yes! And Swifty is a grown woman, even if she acts like a twee tweener. Why shouldn’t he talk about her?

    • lisa2 says:

      I think she is very strategic with her friendships too. I think she picks people that are in the IT celebrity wise. It helps her grow her fanbase. If she is friends with them then their fans will support her projects.

      I guess I’m really not a Swift fan. So I maybe biased on this matter.

    • tru says:

      I agree. It’s interesting that Swift is allowed to call out people in interviews and songs, but whenever anyone critiques her they are immediately shot down (and in the case of Diplo’s original kickstarter tweet, rightly so). She is a twenty-five year old woman worth 200 million dollars, not a helpless teenager. I personally find her insincere, sly, and with not a lot of depth. But I can see this perception is not shared by a lot of people. I think Katy and Taylor are probably both mean girls, but one of them is far more meticulous in their manipulations. And whilst Diplo is absolutely ridiculous for his “kickstarter” comments, I also think there’s probably a lot of dirt on Taylor that gets hidden.

      • Shambles says:

        Guys don’t you KNOW? If you pick on special snowflake Princess Taylor, you are a SEXIST BULLY WHO HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR NOT SUPPORTING ALL WOMEN AND SHE WEARS SHORT SKIRTS AND I WEAR T SHIRTS.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        PREACH. And your opinions are shared by a lot of people, but just like a good politician, she has a powerful machine backing her that exists to make people feel like they are in the minority for having grownup opinions. My sympathy for someone who only exists because she has thrown practically every famous person in Hollywood under the bus is nill. Ye reap what ye sow, and don’t tell me it’s feminism and girltalk when you do it but horrible and blatantly unacceptable sexual harassment and misogyny when other people do the same back.

    • ell says:

      much of the criticism directed at her IS sexist. the negative comments about her dating life or how she writes songs taking inspiration from her relationships, ARE misogynist in nature. all artists do that, but men are never called out on it.

      as for diplo’s comments, maybe he has a point idk. Taylor is obviously business savvy and I’m not going to pretend there isn’t a degree of strategy in some of her celebrity friendships, but from this to say she controls the press and what’s written about her is quite a leap. Much more powerful people in the showbiz can’t control the press and she can? Ok. sorry, but it just sounds like some conspiracy theory.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        No, it’s not sexist to call bullsh&% on somebody whose entire career and popularity is built upon generating tabloid level buzz about their two-week showmances and cliquefriending of the latest star of the tween/teen demographic. If her superlative voice and writing skills can stand on their own merits, why doesn’t she just make an album that leaves all the hinting and namedropping and bashing out of it entirely? Please see every article ever written on John Mayer on this site for examples of men being called out for invasive and creepy songwriting.

      • Maria says:

        how is it sexist? how many men are out there who date in the closet famous lesbians and then write songs about them and get away with it? if many men would do that and it would only be called out when a woman does than its sexist.
        we only see it with Swifty though because also no other female artist does this.
        she is completly unique in that way. using sexism as a way to shut down valid critizicism seems to be en vogue.

        John Mayer talked about ex girlfriends in an interview and he got a lot of flack for it, though most of it was burried because people were angrier at his racism.

  10. LAK says:

    He’s 36 and participating in this high school drama??!!!

  11. stellar says:

    It’s not like he’s lying. I don’t see anything wrong with what he said and celebs are open season for women AND men…so only female bloggers and commenters can shade the hell out of her and talk about how contrived she is? She is not a baby, she is a grown woman, so miss me with the b.s. if it looks a certain way thats just you projecting bc we all talk and im not here for arbitrary rules based on gender and age.

  12. Catk says:

    I’m this guy’s age. I can’t imagine publicly engaging in these sort of slap fights. What a douche.

  13. perplexed says:

    I thought he was a few years older for some reason, like around M.I.A’s age (39?).

    The booty thing is stupid and I have no idea why he was participating in that given his age and gender (was it all staged? because of his success, i thought the booty thing was bizarre), but the stuff he said in the article struck me as more of a matter-of-fact commentary (I think he’s commented on other music stars before, so I don’t think it’s something he just did for Swift and Lorde).

  14. Mzizkrizten says:

    I’m sure Swift IS strategic about her friends, you’d be an idiot not to be, considering that industry. She’s no idiot, she’s clearly proven that. She’s got staying power and that threatens the peons.

  15. Talie says:

    Nothing he’s saying is groundbreaking. What I find concerning is that Taylor’s people lean on publications to delete any negative stories about her. It was US Weekly a couple weeks ago with her freakout and now GQ. Not good. This girl has thin skin.

    • Crumpet says:

      And a team of high powered scary lawyers, no doubt.

    • ell says:

      and why can’t it be that the story was deleted because it was made up/rubbish? it did sound way too detailed and made up. like I wrote some comments above, I have a hard time believing TS controls the press, and much more powerful people don’t get to do that… how come?

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Because publications that are (at least theoretically) above the tabloids depend on the celebritys’ good graces to get lucrative photos and interviews. They’ll bend over backwards to please the celebs who move copy. I mean, it isn’t People saying that Travolta likes a nice manly massage or that so-and-so enjoys a nice hamster every now and again. Just look at their fawning coverage of Clooney et. al.

  16. leigh says:

    He’s not wrong. Seriously. Can’t hate her for her game though.

  17. Maria says:

    i find it way more worriying that Taylors and her team seem to be able to stop sites from publishing something about her if she doesnt like it. people are so focused on gender, but how would you guys react if you heard about a powerful man shutting down articles about him? that happens but i dont see any outrage here when a powerful female does it. it still seems to be somehow celebrated when women do such things.

    his age is also not of the matter, would you like to be told to not engage in topics because you are too young?

    • Dan says:

      Gossip is all a game of perceptions and Taylor is winning. Who cares how she is doing it – other stars are jealous they arent as good at it.

  18. Kaley says:

    Like he’s lying? She is the most calculated person in Hollywood. She can’t rely on talent obviously, so to be fair her PR game is on point.

    • EC says:

      Exactly. DUH she is strategic, we didn’t need Diplo to tell us that.

    • MrsB says:

      He might not be wrong, but WHY does he care so much? Does it really affect his life significantly?

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s what I don’t get. Why is he paying attention to her at all?

      • perplexed says:

        I think he was dating Katy Perry, who is now in a feud with Taylor Swift (a really boring feud). Maybe that’s why he was asked about her and he offered his opinion.

  19. wolfpup says:

    Any man who trash talks a woman needs to be put out with the trash – simple – don’t date him because he will disappoint you with those types of attitudes. Honestly, we cannot get men to stop this; unless all of us get together to stamp it out. Woman are the largest consumer of media – and he needs to get out, because he is dangerous to women, and when he has such offensive comments, he is also talking about us! (include grandma’s, mothers and their daughters and their friends). Or the little girl down the street, who does not understand the kick-back in her own life, concerning these types of comments. Women need fortification from this kind of discrimination.

    Glad to see that Swifty has the power to help us here. We need to be on our own side.

    • stellar says:

      Is this satire? Because…

      No, he is not talking about me. He is talking about Taylor Swift. Because 1. I dont need a booty and 2. Taylor swift is just fine and had no problem building her career off of exposing intimate private relationships with people who didnt necessarily sign up for all that. She knew what she was doing when she made her beef with KP public. She will do things like that again, trust. She knows what shes doing and she is not a victim. I am a Taylor Swift fan for sure, but I separate the unbearable nature of who she actually is from the catchy hooks on the radio.

    • Maria says:


      its a demonstration of male power structures.

  20. JosieJ says:

    It makes him (an almost forty year old man) look pathetic and sad every time he makes these comments. It isn’t hurting Taylor or Lorde, it actually makes them look better.

    He looks like and sounds like a douchebag loser!

  21. Nk868 says:

    As soon as he claimed to be friends with lorde, 1- a teenager 2- someone he had a public beef with but is the hot new “it” artist, I give him side eye.

    And duh Taylor is calculating she’s been a celebrity since she was a teenager she has to choose her friends, enemies, employees, public image wisely and it’s working for her to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars and counting…

  22. Mark says:

    So he can’t bad mouth her but everyone on this site can? Every here has got to be this guys age or older even. ‘So if he is ‘thirsty’ what does that make you you writing the site? Whack or Thirsty or some other word the kids are using?

    But this is a gossip blog and it is full of hypocrites…..

    • Dan says:

      Speak for yourself – I am Taylor’s age!
      No one on this site is famous nor do their comments get broadcast worldwide. He is a middle aged buffoon continually making creepy comments about a pop stars body and fame because the pop star he is banging bears a grudge. It is the definition of pathetic.

    • Chem says:


    • Lin says:

      How are we hypocrites? We’re not famous, we’ve got nothing to gain when we badmouth someone on this site. That diplo guy though has something to gain. Publicity. Especially when talking about someone as famous as swift is now.
      If anyhing if she really did have anything to do with the removal of that comment, I’d say it’s cause she doesn’t want this guy to use her name all the time to stay relevant.

  23. Alyce says:

    I’m a huge fan and I agree that she’s strategic. She’s an excellent business woman! Sam Smith was definitely a strategic friend grab. That doesn’t mean her friendships aren’t real. I’ve made friends with people because I work with them and it’s easier for everyone if we’re all friendly. Doesn’t everyone do this?

    As for Diplo, he needs to get off of Taylor’s junk. He just looks pathetic.

  24. Susan says:

    The picture of Taylor with her arm over Lorde is weird. It looks like she’s clasping Lorde’s breast. Like she is “claiming” Lorde as hers. I think Swifty is way more than just strategic about friendships…….

  25. Chris says:

    Duh! He is so jealous.what he said maybe true but I have to admire Taylor. She is a good business woman, collecting influential friends is not new strategy. It’s call smart. Besides I doubt she makes all the decisions by herself, the people who work for her needs to keep her popular too for the sake of their own livelihood. I read somewhere she was friends with Ed Sheeran and rave about him before he become popular.she’s got good taste.

  26. Adrien says:

    Well, duh! Everyone knows that. Iinm, I think there’s even a Jezebel thinkpiece about it. Why do you think her lady friends have nothing in common, say, Lorde and Gracie Gold?

  27. leigh says:

    I find these comments about him being pathetic for commenting on her, strange. They are in the same industry and there is only a 10 age difference. You can have friends that are different ages. They all have a common interest in music.

    • Maria says:

      and its not like Taylor doesnt comment on famous men. she makes her money with it.

    • Allie says:

      Right? Taylor is friends with MANY teenagers and she’s a grown woman. Same with Jaime King. I don’t get why he can’t comment on stars like Taylor but she can slyly dig at whoever she pleases without being called pathetic. When did this “you can’t negatively comment on Taylor Swift without being called jealous or a hater” start? Just because she’s super successful doesn’t mean I have to praise her.

    • Dree says:

      Because it was a misogynistic comment thats why. He can comment on her but joking about her lack of a butt thats misogynistic bullying and he is old enough to know better.
      I am sure his ex M.I.A is rolling her eyes at his Katy Perry dating- teenage twitter fighting ways these days. He used to be a cool guy.

      • ell says:

        and body shaming, too. everytime a man wants to put a woman down he would comment on her appearance, which is indeed misogynist.

  28. Caroline says:

    Do you love Queen Bey? Because “Run the World” is his Major Lazer song, Pon de Floor. That she paid him a ton of dough to use.

    Honestly, he gives absolutely zero F’s what any of the over-30 ladies think of him on gossip sites. His beats are sick — and he makes tens of millions of dollars a year. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

    • Dree says:

      I am 22 and i actually love some of his work, particularly some of the old Major Lazer stuff.
      But lets be real he is such immature guy on social networks. He acts like how you’d expect a teenage boy to be acting with posting his dick and lame stuff like that.
      By the way kinda funny that you should shade commentators on this site for being over 30 when Diplo himself is pushing 40. I mean he is not exactly a spring chicken himself.

      • Caroline says:

        I’m shading myself bc I am well over 40! But just because I know and like his stuff doesn’t mean I’m his target demo. He’s immature for sure, I don’t follow him on any social media so I honestly DGAF. I just think it’s hilarious that people get their knickers in a twist about this. Taylor Swift can take care of herself 😉

      • Dree says:

        Its the body shaming people dislike. I don’t really understand why you have problem that or why you would find it hilarious that some might have problem with it. I don’t even like Taylor Swift, i much rather listen to diplo than her. That however doesnt distract from the fact that i think he acted like a misogynistic douchebag. I am able to separate his musical talent from his personal behaviour.

  29. Cali says:

    He’s just hoping she writes a song about him.

    He needs to go take care of his kids and stop commenting about TS’s rear end. It makes perfect sense why he and Katy Perry dated.

  30. nickel says:

    you really should’ve included more of the article! if you go over to gq and read it, he’s actually not being a dick like it makes him seem in this excerpt. the interviewer brought up Taylor and he just talked about it for a bit.

  31. Veronica says:

    Of course she’s strategic with her networking – she’s TAYLOR SWIFT. Her brand revolves around her image. Anybody over the age of sixteen has probably figured that out, so I don’t know what kind of truth bombs he thinks he’s dropping. The fact that he’s even dragging the issue out makes him look ridiculous (especially because she’s been wise enough not to engage), and Katy Perry isn’t looking too hot for having associated herself with that doucheness in the first place.

  32. Queenbee says:

    Perhaps he should glance in the mirror before he goes out. Between the pinned pupils and nose issue in the first pic and the thirsty name dropping……

    • brianna says:

      Good call on the pinned pupils thing. I wonder exactly how many of these DJ’s have addiction issues…

  33. Vampi says:

    He lost ANY cred he had with me when he started a fund for her booty. Her body is fine. ALL of our bodies are fine. That was a low blow, and childish too. He’s slime for that. Why aren’t more people focusing on that? Is the Swift hate THAT strong? Wow….. Sad.

  34. Josefa says:

    “if you’re a 36 year old dude and you’ve carved out a nice, profitable niche for yourself in the industry, don’t spend your time talking trash about teenage girls like Lorde or powerful industry rulers like Swifty. It makes you look thirsty.”

    Couldn’t have put it better. I’m 24 and I try to avoid this girly dumb dramas as much as I can. I’d figure out a man close to his 40’s would share this sentiment.

  35. Kat says:

    Someone get this guy a Big Gulp…he’s thirsty as hell.