Why has Taylor Swift ‘gone dark’? Is she pissed about Adele or is it something else?


If you’ve been paying attention to Taylor Swift over the past few years, you might have noticed that something weird has been happening with her lately, specifically in the past month. She’s gone dark. She’s barely posted anything to social media, she avoided the American Music Awards, she’s barely been getting pap’d and her high-profile friend-collecting has seemingly stopped. What’s going on with her? She’s in the midst of the last leg of her world tour, and she’s currently camped out in New Zealand and Australia. But some people (me) think that Tay-Tay is a little bit upset that Adele has come back and smashed every musical record out there. Like, people are really, really happy to see Adele again. And the comparisons are drawn and Tay-Tay doesn’t like that. So here are some weird things happening with Taylor in the past week:

Taylor didn’t show up to the ARIAs. The ARIAs are an Aussie music awards show, and the Daily Mail claimed that she was scheduled to go last week, but canceled at the last minute. Allegedly, she was supposed to do a red-carpet interview with a famous Aussie blogger, but sources say Taylor “changed her mind at the last minute.”

Taylor shot a music video in New Zealand. And there’s a problem! Taylor filmed part of the music video on Bethells Beach near Auckland and the film crew brought too many vehicles to the beach. The beach has limits on how many vehicles can be used on the beach because the beach is home to endangered Dotterel nests. Taylor and her crew had permission to bring two vehicles on the beach, and they ended up bringing more than a dozen. Yikes.

Taylor’s birthday plans. Allegedly, Taylor will be spending a lot of money to fly out her squad and Calvin Harris for a huge birthday bash in Sydney. Her birthday is December 13. Will the squad come out for Tay-Tay?

After performing in Sydney last night, Taylor returned to New Zealand. The trip to Sydney is being described as a “whirlwind 48-hour trip” after which she went back to New Zealand for some reason. Maybe she still had work to do on that music video?

So, what’s going on with Swifty? Is she simply trying to ease herself away from the limelight? Is she genuinely pissed off about Adele’s success? Is Taylor expecting Calvin Harris to propose for her 26th birthday?


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  1. Bishg says:

    I also noticed that things seem to have cooled down between Karlie Kloss and her.
    Karlie made a video for her YouTube channel in which all people who are significant to her (friends/family) appeared to send love messages and such.
    Many celebrities were included (Doutzen, Lily Aldrige, Tori Garn etc..) but Taylor Swift was noticeably missing. It’s kind of weird if you think about it, they tried to shove their friendship made of unicorn and glitter down our throats for so long, they even had a whole issue of Vogue dedicated to them..

    • Kaiser says:

      That’s very interesting!

      • Nerdista says:

        I think I remember her saying she was going to take a break and cool it this year because she’s been so prominent lately. It’s a good idea I think!

    • Cynthia says:

      Yep. Taylor did some shady stuff like posting a picture of her, Calvin and Karlie in the kitchen for Karlie’s birthday. Some people thought it was lowkey shady and we all know that Taylor is passive-aggressive lol.

      • Bishg says:

        I went to look it up and couldn’t find it.. maybe she took it off her profile??

      • Yoohoo says:

        I don’t understand why that is shady or passive aggressive. I’m not being snarky, I really don’t get why posting a picture of the three of them is bad.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        @ yoohoo

        It’s not that posting pictures of two people who you like is a bad thing, it’s that the pic was of Calvin with Karlie in the background with her back facing the camera while she was cooking. It was a showing-off-my-boyfriend photo where her bff’s birthday was the excuse to post it, that’s why.

        bishg: Google Taylor Swift picture Karlie Kloss birthday 🙂

      • EEV says:

        Yoohoo, normally it wouldn’t seem shady, but the picture was totally weird as a birthday tribute to Karlie. She was in the background, not in focus – all the focus was on Calvin in the foreground, but the message was for Karlie – surely if Taylor and Karlie were such good buds, she’d have a better picture on hand. I’ll see if I can find it…

        Edit: here it is: http://et.tv/1IgxkIM

      • Bishg says:

        Yep, y’all.
        That’s totally random. Taylor and Karlie share so many pictures together, many of those were probably shot by professional photographers, why did she have to pick a blurry, out of context one and make it all about her bf?
        If I have to toss out my own theory, Karlie has been trying to distance herself from Taylor more and more recently. And I can’t blame her. For all Taylor’s great speeches about friendship, supporting each other and girl-squadding, she never acknowledged K’s several successes (among which, being accepted at NYU, launching her own brand etc..). She only seems to notice when friends show up to her concerts/events/celebrations and not the other way around.

      • Yoohoo says:

        Thanks for the explanations! I had not seen that picture. It is an odd picture to post honoring the birthday girl since it’s clearly a picture of Calvin.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        I could definitely be wrong, but what I got out of it is that Karlie had a party and posted pics of her bff’s who were there. Taylor wasn’t invited and so in a passive agressive move, posted an old pic of Taylor’s party with Calvin and Hobbs, I mean, Karlie in it to say, “Hey, remember when I had a party and you were invited and you were there?” Like a “what gives” message. Just my take.

    • aligoat says:

      It seemed that the publicising of their friendship died down when the relationship rumours really ramped up online (woo, alliteration).

    • NZVisitor says:

      Karlie and Lorde have been hanging out quite a bit lately so she could we be pissy about that.

      She strikes me as the type who sees herself as the common denominator for friendships … i.e., they can all hang out together when with her, but they can’t go off and do things with each other without her.

      • Gandolf says:

        I know someone like that, the controller of all the friendships. It’s called triangulation. I think it’s narcissist personality disorder.

      • bionerd says:

        I actually know someone like this too and she has said she believes that if she doesn’t hang out with us a the “unifier”, that the 2 separate friend groups will end up excluding her. Because she fears we will actually like each other more and leave her out. Maybe that’s what actually happened with Tay, her controlling ways alienated her friends.

      • G says:

        I had a friend tell me once that a mutual friend of ours “Isn’t your friend she’s mine. Got that MINE!”

        LOL!! Cray cray!

    • Veronica says:

      Not that I don’t think Taylor’s capable of being narcissistic or opportunistic, but, like…they are both very successful women with internationally acclaimed careers. AND both of them are now in relationships. It’s entirely possible their friendship is cooling down not so much for other reasons but because of, y’know, life.

    • Christo says:

      Taylor is like a generic Hallmark card with well-intentioned, benign meaning, but ultimately no heft or substance of any consequence after the moment you read it. The lone human attribute is the hand-written signature, which signifies that an actual person had anything to do with the card. Taylor and her music are similarly well-intentioned pop musings that delight the moment they hit your ears, but leave you craving for more. And in comes Adele who can bring it in spades.

      • anon says:

        Adele is very white bread boring on the current album, and it sounds like her last album. People bought her album because they bought into the hype. I don’t see her winning a a Grammy for this one.

    • knower says:

      once that “concert kiss video” was everywhere Taylor dropped Karlie. Her image was more important to her. My guess is they were BFFs to the outside world and were being intimate behind closed doors. They lived together for a while. Once Taylor’s hetero image was threatened Karlie exited.

  2. Nancy says:

    Maybe she’s being taught the lessons of over exposure, that less is more. Just sit back and enjoy the silence of her hiatus from social media. It won’t last long.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      My first reaction was to give her props for realizing she’s overexposed and needs to step back. But why would she step back right when she’s going to release a new single and music video? Something doesn’t wash. I think, as Belle said below, that Taylor knows she can’t compete with Adele and doesn’t want to be the #2 story. Maybe she’ll back off a bit, let the shine wear off Adele’s new album, and then come with her new single and video.

    • Nicolette says:

      Wouldn’t it be great if the Kardashians learned a lesson or two about over exposure and went away for at least a while?

      • Christin says:

        Unfortunately, I don’t think they believe in that concept at all. If they step off the accelerator, I think they realize whatever momentum they have will stop.

      • Saphana says:

        its different for them. its not like they can take a break and people will be waiting for them for years. look at Adele, she has mad talent, she could take a ten year break and come back and could be as or even more succesful. the time the kardashians are gone for a couple of weeks they will never come back.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Stop teasing!

      • Josefina says:

        Not really. That didn’t work out well at all for Paris Hilton. Their whole “career” is to have their 15 minutes of fame renewed every 15 minutes.

    • Sabrine says:

      She said not that long ago that she thinks everyone is sick of her and she wanted to disappear for a while. So she’s probably taming it down by degrees and then we won’t hear much at all from her until in a year or so she’ll come out with a new album and people will go crazy. She’s seeing how incredibly well this has gone for Adele. We didn’t see Adele for three years and now people are going crazy over her and her music. Taylor Swift is seeing this and wants to do the same.

      • evie says:

        This is what I think, too. She had already said she thought she was going to need to pull back so, this isn’t a surprise to me.

      • Lizzie McGuire says:

        She did it when everyone was criticizing her about having too many bfs & now she’s doing it because she doesnt want to be overexposed. We’ll see her again when she promotes her new music video.

      • Priya says:

        She’s probably just tired. Adele has had nothing but lovely things to say about Swift. TS is never going to dislike anyone who is kind to her.

    • anon says:

      Taylor has always known about over exposure. That is why she always skipped a year before releasing another album. However, it is the media who kept her in the news for other things than her music. That is why she went silent mostly on her relationship with Calvin Harris. They are very much together, but they are not sharing it anymore with the media. Taylor manages to give small hints to her fans who know where to look that everything is fine with the two of them.

  3. Belle Epoch says:

    Maybe she knows she can’t possibly compete with Adele so she backed off the publicity blitz, instead of being the “….and in other news” segment. Only the #1 spot will do.

    • LadyMTL says:

      That’s what I was thinking…she knows no-one would really pay attention to her once Adele’s album came out so she decided to back away for a while. I’m sure she’ll come roaring back with tons of Christmas-y stuff, I doubt this is any kind of permanent sulk, lol.

    • anon says:

      That is not true at all. Adele has not changed from her last album and the minions out there, a lot of them old, bought into the Adele hype. Adele’s white mayo singing is eventually going bore everyone.

  4. aligoat says:

    I was expecting this to be about Taylor wearing a lot of all black outfits.

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    Swiftly leave the limelight- do pigs fly! She lives for the attention and praise so am going with the ‘she’s pissed at Adele’s v successful return’. No one is fawning of her anymore and that’s gotta hurt.

  6. Jem says:

    Eh. I think probably too much is being read into it. I’m sure Taylor is ambitious/ competitive but to imply she gets ‘angry’ at another woman’s success is silly…

    Not that it matters because I’m totally Team Adele anyway

  7. Lara says:

    Or Calvin Harris has been cheating on her with a friend of a friend of mine…

    • Allie says:

      It was a PR relationship anyway. Their lack of chemistry (and really with all of her “boyfriends” is suspicious. I believe she’s in the closet). She is totally pissed off right now that Adele has broken all her records. I’m only upset that Adele waited too long to be in this years grammy’s. I’d love to see Taylor lose all her awards.

    • mia girl says:

      Do tell…

    • Ellie says:

      Seriously? Do tell!

      I’ve noticed they haven’t been papped together but also that she tagged him in a photo credit to make it appear as if they are still together at least. But I’ve been wondering if their “relationship” crashing and burning is part of the reason why she hasn’t had 6 stories about her a day lately.

    • Falula says:

      More info! Stat!!

    • platospopcorn says:

      Deets, please!!!!!

      • Lara says:

        Met in Vegas and have become ‘friends’ and there may be a photo that has made the rounds between us. Basically I’ve seen more of Calvin Harris then I needed too.

      • COSquared says:

        *sips tea* I love first-hand accounts on blogs and forums.B-)

      • Crumpet says:

        That’s too bad. Cheaters suck.

      • Lizzie McGuire says:

        Oh la la! It always happens it Vegas like celebrities think that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. One of friends met Trey Songz there & we got all the pics thru Snapchat.

      • FLORC says:

        This is not shocking. Personally he does nothing for me. I still see his looks premakeover.

    • Saphana says:

      sounds credible.

    • Hannah says:

      I never believed their romance was totally genuine anyway, I think he’s just as thirsty for world domination as she is. He would totally date her just to be part of a power couple.

    • taray says:

      stop writing lies. I work for Hakaasan so I KNOW THAT CALVIN LEFT ALWAYS VEGAS WITH HIS SECURITY GUYS. Nobody has a chance to come near to him. Nice try bur is a lie

    • anon says:

      LMAO. Fantasies will get you nowhere in life.

  8. Liberty says:

    Hmm. My college freshie niece and her friends were talking about music this weekend and one, while cheering Adele and a few bands, said about TS, “She needs to go to the cabin redraft her whole plan. How long can you sing to twelve year olds and act fifteen, without it getting sad?” so perhaps…

    • COSquared says:

      And at some point those girls will grow up and become women. While her audience grows up she’ll still be teen angst-y middle-aged(in the future) lady. That’s why I’m not that bothered when former teen stars change up their sound and style. You have to grow up, at some point.

      • Aren says:

        Well, it has worked for Avril Lavigne, she’s in her 30’s now and doing the same ‘sk8ter boy’ thing.

      • Happy21 says:

        I don’t know. I’m in my late 30’s now and I ate up 1989 like candy. It was an awesome pop effort and I still listen to it on repeat every month or so for a week. I think she’s got it in the bag and she is doing what she’s doing and people are buying.

        I don’t think Taylor’s going ‘black’ is anything to do with Adele. Maybe, just maybe she has stepped back and let Adele have the limelight for awhile. If she is as genuine as she tries to be I could see her being happy for Adele. I could also see her listening to that album over and over again as an inspiration for her next album.

        I’m a Taylor fan but I know she is a mean girl and I know that her squad is a bunch of little snots but I also think that she calculates everything. I can’t see her stepping back in jealousy. If anything I’d expect her to be all “look at me”, ” LOOK AT ME” if she was really jealous of Adele’s success. Both Taylor and Adele are laughing all the way to the bank. It’s not like Taylor’s album was a flop!

  9. cleveland girl says:

    I think she is on Tour and working hard and concentrating on that! Why does every single thing have to involve DRAMA??

  10. lowercaselois says:

    Maybe, she went dark because she is tired and burnt out from a long tour. I doubt she even thinks about Adele, probably to busy.

    • Moffa says:

      You doubt she even thinks about Adele? How naive are you? Adele just broke almost every standing record in the industry. Every single musician is thinking about her right about now.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Methinks she’s avoiding overexposure after being in our faces 24/7 for the whole year. A good move from her PR.

  12. Luca76 says:

    Yeah I totally think the Adele phenom would piss her off for so many reasons. She’s so competitive with others but Adele has the one thing Swift can’t co-opt real, raw talent and personality.

    • Jane says:

      I totally agree. When Adele made the rounds on talk shows and SNL she seemed so funny and likeable. She was given such praise for her humor, talent and wit. I think Tay Tay cannot handle anyone getting praise. I distinctly recall her losing a Grammy for Album of the Year a year or ago and she looked so surprised and totally perplexed when Daft Punk’s album was called and not hers.

      Can you image what is going through her head right now with Adele shattering records?

      • Yeah you. says:

        Her album was Red. The announcer prolonged the r sound in his announcement, and it was mistakenly thought they said Red by her entourage. Daft Punk’s album winning? I laughed and that and the stupid robots/

    • Christin says:

      I didn’t plan to buy Adele’s new record until I heard a couple of songs and enjoyed some of her lighthearted PR, such as the impersonators’ bit.

      My song purchases are 99 percent from last decades, because so little current music interests me.

  13. Armenthrowup says:

    She’s doing the passive-aggressive thing by staying quiet so that people will ask why she’s staying quiet. Ugh, tell the truth here. Adele is a self-made towering talent who can sing and write – TayTay’s a spoilt little rich girl whose daddy bought her a career and isn’t anywhere in the same league. Yes, she’s pissed but she should get a grip and stop pretending she’s a genuine musician. Ugh ugh ugh.

  14. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I thought her mother was sick, (cancer if I remember correctly) and maybe everything just got to be too much and she needed to scale back for a few days.

    • Nashville girl says:

      I thought the same thing. It’s possible she has some family stuff going on and just needs a break.

    • Dsouza says:

      That’s what I thought too. Hope things are fine.

    • NZVisitor says:

      Her mother is here with her – seems fine.

    • Louise177 says:

      What does Taylor’s mother have to do with anything? She’s been sick, don’t know if in remission, for months. Taylor didn’t stop promoting or posting since the album came out. If something serious was happening she would have cancelled her tour. Most likely she just didn’t want to be overshadowed by Adele.

  15. NZVisitor says:

    Well, as of tonight she’s still here in Queenstown (New Zealand) … she flew back in after her Sydney concert … probably hiding out at one of the luxury lodges, but the official line is that she’s ‘shooting her video’.

    • antipodean says:

      Give my regards to Queenstown, a most beautiful place. I have friends who have an apartment on the Lakefront, and I have spent some wonderful times there, I miss it terribly. Lucky Swifty to be able to film there. My nephew is actually part of her filming crew, he has made videos with Lorde as well.

    • perplexed says:

      I read that she met with a fan who was losing her hearing.

  16. grabbyhands says:

    Well, she knows she isn’t going to get the level of attention and adoration that she is used to while the Adele-mageddon is going on, so she is suffering in silence and will probably release some humble brag comment later about how she wanted to let Adele have her moment of attention and not distract anyone.

    I’m sure it is a bitter pill to swallow.

  17. Lucy2 says:

    It’s probably a combo of Adele getting all the attention, and Taylor winding down a long and probably exhausting tour.

  18. Marie says:

    She’s very shady and calculated and I honestly can’t stand her lol but people forget her mom is going through cancer and it must be awful. Maybe it has to do with that and she doesn’t feel like showing up at events and stuff….

  19. K says:

    She is probably working, I’m sure every musician is annoyed by Adele. I mean they probably can’t figure out how someone who is literally just raw talent and a voice can dominate the masses when they all do this crazy thirsty stuff for attention. Let’s be real it has to hurt them all male and female. I’m sure it inspires the hell out of them too.

    However, like others have said Taylor has been on a long tour, is way over exposed and her mom is apparently sick (just read that here terrible) she probably just dealing with other stuff.

    I think Tay Tay can be incredibly immature but sorry I’m not willing to continue this sexist crap of women artist always hating or being jealous or each other. It’s gross.

    • Veronica says:

      The thing is, I don’t mind if Taylor is jealous of Adele. We all have points where we envy other people’s success. It’s reductive to say women aren’t capable of those emotions. What’s sexist about it is singling and degrading women for those feelings when men are just as capable as being petty as we are. I mean, do we really think Justin Bieber is happy to watch Taylor Swift and Adele dominate the charts two years in a row with sales that completely outdid his? If we got on Taylor’s case for not congratulating Adele breaking records, why not the same for Bieber or Drake or One Direction’s members?

      • K says:

        No I’m fine with admitting people feel like this, and that it’s possible that Taylor does with Adele, the issue is why aren’t we hearing this about Justin timberlake who hasn’t said a word lately and who just had Adele crushed his record? Not a word about him and it’s always the same story that it is just annoying and so sexist.

      • Katydid04 says:

        I thought there was article last week here (or maybe elsewhere?) about how everyone but JT had posted something about Adele breaking NSYNC’s record? And how JT looked bad for not commenting on it?

    • lucy2 says:

      If i were a musician, I’d be far more annoyed by the Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swifts of the industry, who have fame and success very disproportionate to their actual talents. Adele’s success is so deserved, I’d hope most musicians are happy to see someone truly talented doing so well.

      • K says:

        They should be and yes Adele does deserve her success more then anyone out today. She is pure talent, but the vast majority of musicians aren’t and so to see this big of a reaction to talent over glitz and thirsty shows has to upset them because it is what they have vs Adele that can do it with her voice. I doubt most are happy.

      • Jib says:

        Me, too!! I make jewelry, and I get annoyed at all these new jewelry makers whose jewelry is crap, horribly made, messy, sloppy, but they show cute pics of themselves on Instagram with their boobs hanging out and they sell the crap out of their crap. I am never jealous or annoyed at the people who are successful because they are excellent craftsmen/women with a vision. I say, “Bravo!” to them. I aspire to be like that!

      • Lensblury says:

        @lucy2 thanks for pointing that out. That’s what many of my colleagues have been saying, and I agree with them. Usually it’s hard to understand what actually makes shallow / crap music successful, and difficult to accept that that’s the way things work. While it’s fun to play around a bit and emulate certain aspects that are actually good (or mock the ones that are so annoying that you just need to get rid of them somehow), it can be downright depressing to hear the stuff that makes its way into the charts when you know how much more – harmonies, structure, changes, LYRICS, story, etc – there is to music. Yet we’re here, doing our things and agreeing on good music whenever we hear it, regardless of the artist. Now I’m only speaking for my own group of colleagues, but – Adele none of us mind. We’re actually happy for her. We can agree on her focus, voice, presence, and – well, this does play a part in rooting for her – a pretty cool personality (or so it seems). Also: she’s also leaves room to breathe for others, which is healthy for other artists. Somehow it just works out for her without her being present 24/7, which makes some of us believe in appreciation of talent again.

        ETA: and yay, Jib! Love the attitude! ITA 🙂

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  21. Veronica says:

    It’s amazing to me how much media culture likes to manufacture female drama. She’s probably gone low-key for the same reason everybody else in music has – the Adeleocalypse is in full swing. Do you see Drake or Bieber (both of whom released albums recently) taking up headlines or out and about recently? And those two probably have a lot more reason to resent her, since Taylor’s album is well past the peak of its selling point, so I’m not sure why she’s the one singled out. I’m fine with female competition – it sparks ambition! – but not when it’s done underhandedly like this. Tay-tay playing it quiet when she has nothing to sell and another artist is topping the charts isn’t shady, it’s COMMON SENSE. You don’t crash somebody’s party and make it all about you – even if you want to – because that’s terrible publicity.

    And if what I just read about her mother is true, well…then it’s just kind of sh*tty on our part for making it petty when it could be serious.

    • LB says:

      Drake’s been hyping Adele like everyone else so he’s not acting resentful at all. Bieber I can see being upset but he’s had his own pissing match against One Direction before their release. I think he’s content because his singles are doing fairly well in the face of Adele’s dominance.

      I think why people are singling out Taylor is because while other artists are commending Adele (I know Katy and a few others did), Taylor is egregiously missing. I would have figured that since her message all year has been camaraderie and women building other women up, instead of tearing them down, she’d have said something. A word of congratulations or something. Her silence is notable when she hasn’t been silent most of the year.

      • Veronica says:

        But neither has Justin Timberlake, and it was HIS band’s record she broke. We haven’t seem articles calling him out on it. I don’t mind her being accused of jealousy. What I mind is the implicit sexism in failing to police men for the same emotions we do on women.

      • LB says:

        I’ve seen articles calling JT out. I’m pretty sure Lainey had one last week and I saw it in one or two other places too.

      • perplexed says:

        He was with N’Sync when that record was made. He wasn’t Justin Timberlake solo. So I don’t get why he’d be expected to comment either. I mean, sure, it’s a nice gesture to extend a congratulations, but because he didn’t set that record by himself I don’t see why he’d be expected to make the gesture as an individual the way N’Sync as a whole did on their Twitter account.

  22. perplexed says:

    I don’t think she’s jealous of Adele, but I do think Taylor Swift is smart in an intuitive business kind of way. Why try in vain to draw comparisons between yourself and someone who can actually sing? Man, I’d go dark too, because that’s just common sense…

    I thought Taylor didn’t realize she couldn’t sing, but if she’s laying low to avoid comparisons, I think that suggests that she has some self-awareness I wouldn’t have thought she had.

  23. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    26?! I think of her as 20, max.
    She seems so immature now that I know that.

  24. Hannah says:

    Even Adeles girl squad is better than Taylor’s. Jlaw and Emma stone.😂

    • Holmes says:

      That’s nothing to brag bout. I would’ve hoped Adele would have better taste in friends than that.

      • Chloe says:

        Well.. at least Adele doesn’t hang out with Selena Gomez, Gigi hadid and cara delevigne.

      • Jib says:

        I think Emma Stone is cool, but J law??? There is no way that Adele sought her out. What would they talk about ? Peeing in sinks and not washing your hands. Adele may not have grown up rich, but she has more class in her pinky finger than JLaw has in her entire body.

        That was a total PR move and I didn’t believe it one bit.

    • Wilma says:

      I think Emma Stone is actually one of TS’s besties.

      • teacakes says:

        yes, but she’s never been photographed with the Squad, not even once. She doesn’t need to hang around B-lister models and nobodies or rely on Swifty fame to get ahead.

  25. Cindy says:

    I find Taylor Swift endlessly fascinating, maybe because beneath all her success she seems a little bit crazy. She can reign it in for the most part, but it leaks out every once in awhile.

    As far as going dark, it could just be a strategic move to keep people from tiring of her, OR, it could be relationship angst with Calvin. That guy seems so douchey/slimy/underhanded to me…and Taylor is so out of his league, I don’t get it.

    • perplexed says:

      To be ambitious to the point where have to be number one in all aspects of your career (especially in a career like entertainment where your skill set might not match your ambition), I think you kind of have to be a little crazy. Not mentally ill crazy, but competitive crazy — you have to be the type of personality desirous of exceeding limits, and if you wind up successful you seem savvy (i.e Steve Jobs). However, if you fail, I think you can appear crazy (which I think Steve Jobs also kind of was in terms of how badly he treated some people, but since he died successful we only remember that he was savvy). That’s the kind of crazy I think Taylor Swift might have — I mean, she’s not that good at singing (or even writing lyrics, in my opinion) but she has this belief in herself that she can be number one in music, and since she’s not that talented, I think that’s where the crazy kind of comes from.

  26. Fluff says:

    Doesn’t seen weird to me, she’s probably ill, exhausted from touring, or taking a break to try to avoid overexposure.

    As for the bird thing it’s disgusting and awful but the chance Taylor had any knowledge or personal involvement in hiring trucks is basically nil. Her management or whomever should be the ones getting called out, not “Taylor tramples endangered birds nests” headlines.

  27. perplexed says:

    Are artists nowadays expected to congratulate each other, or is that more of a Twitter thing? I don’t remember artists back in the day doing much congratulating.

  28. word says:

    I don’t think this has anything to do with Adele. This has more to do with Taylor knowing she’s too overexposed. Taylor is a smart girl, she knows what she’s doing.

    • Alana says:

      Exactly. She had been saying that she needs to take time off bc she is always on news and it starting to backfire

  29. lower-case deb says:

    no Taylor! come back!
    coz i can’t love youuu in the daaa~~rk
    it feels like we’re [literally] oceans apa-haa-rtt

  30. tacos and tv says:

    Let’s not question it… Let’s just go with it. This is a beautiful holiday treat, Taylor Swift Bangs is bouncing out. You know something… I have been waking up with a smile on my face, the sun shines brighter, the air is fresher, and it seems like food tastes better, now I know why! My life isn’t being haunted by Taylor Swift’s Butterscotch girl squad friend collecting basic music lame boyfriend having antics giving me cavities 🙂 “oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, oh what a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way!!”

    • Christin says:

      But can she make it through the upcoming holidays without posting photos of baking cookies or needlepointing gifts?

  31. JenniferJustice says:

    She can avoid playing second fiddle to Adele without disliking Adele. I can see Tay Tay backing off until she can come out swinging again and get #1 status and all the attention, but I do not think she dislikes Adele. It’s all business.

  32. Holmes says:

    Does she actually fathom herself as a peer of Adele, who is probably the most talented vocalist to appear in the last 20 years? Taylor writes songs about boys, acts like a teenager and wears bad clothes. There is no comparison. I wish she and Adam Wiles would both disappear for a good, long while.

    • Wilma says:

      Please be kidding about the ‘most talented vocalist to appear in the last 20 years’ part. I really, really like Adele (the Adele we get to see in the media), she seems a nice and fun person and I appreciate her voice in certain songs, but the most talented vocalist of the last 20 years she is not. I don’t know any Taylor Swift songs, I only know her from this site and I’m pretty sure I would not like her songs, but this extreme hyping of Adele and comparing all other female artists to her is getting on my last nerve.

      • perplexed says:

        I think Adele could be considered the most talented vocalist to appear in the last 20 years in terms of the type of pop songs she sings. Everyone kept touting Ariana Grande as being the next Mariah Carey and I didn’t understand that comparison at all.

        Back in the early ’90s you had Mariah, Whitney, and Celine in the top tier. But even on the “lower” tier you had people like Toni Braxton and those ladies from En Vogue and a whole bunch of other people (i.e Jody Watley, the ladies from TLC). They could all sing. Now what do we have? (Katy Perry? Taylor Swift?) OMG, so many of them are terrible today. I feel bad for Milli Vanilli that everyone ripped on them for being lip-syncher considering what kind of limited vocal talent Taylor Swift has. Would she have a career without today’s technology helping her out?

    • Jib says:

      I have to chime in also. Adele has a very pleasant voice, lovely tone, and she sings torch songs which touch our emotions. I think she is decently talented, but her yelling in her songs not only gets on my nerves on this album, but she is going to ruin her voice again.

      And she isn’t even in the same league as Amy Winehouse was. Without even considering all of the Broadway and opera singers who sing for year after year, night after night, and don’t lose their voices because of terrible technique.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        “And she isn’t even in the same league as Amy Winehouse was.” ..hmm..very debatable opinion there.

  33. iheartgossip says:

    She should ‘go dark’. With Missy E & Adele bringing on REAL music, Tay-Tay knows to stay away-way

  34. SydneySnider says:

    UPDATE: It’s just gone 8:30am, Sydney time (Tuesday), and I’m watching vision of a private plane at Brisbane airport. They’re saying Ms Swift is on that plane, and on her way to Hamilton Island. A bit if rest and recreation does us all good…

  35. HoustonGrl says:

    It be a couple of things: PR reaction to over-exposure; recovering from an eating disorder; or plastic surgery.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    I would say this is Taylor knowing when to stay out of the way of Adele, the music industry’s Moby Dick. Smart move on her part; she will definitely be back….