Did Beyonce have Taylor Swift ‘banned’ from tonight’s MTV VMAs?


Here are some photos of Taylor Swift on her way out of the gym in NYC on Friday. Those leggings are… odd? I’ve never seen leggings with sheer, panty-hose –like paneling. Then again, I don’t keep up with all of the cute gymwear available. Maybe Tay has a Fabletics subscription. I’m also wondering (once again) how women can exit the gym looking sort of pap stroll-ready. I know I look like the wrath of God when I leave the gym – I’m sweat-drenched, exhausted, red-faced and drained. How does Taylor look this cute after working out? Did she just do a few burpees and call it a day?

Meanwhile, as we heard late last week, Tay-Tay is not coming to the VMAs tonight. She wants you to believe that her absence was her choice, but I sort of believe that MTV sent a pretty clear signal that they didn’t want her this year when she didn’t get any VMA nominations (again, she claimed that was her choice too). I’ve been saying that the perfect revenge would be for Taylor to fly to Australia and do a pap stroll with Tom Hiddleston. I can’t find any evidence that she’s left New York, although a lot could change in the next 12-24 hours. I really find it hard to believe that Taylor would stay in New York and NOT go to the VMAs (they’re back in NYC this year).

What else? Media TakeOut claimed that Taylor’s absence from this year’s VMAs has very little to do with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, receipts or snake emojis. They claimed that Beyonce threw her weight around with MTV producers and had Taylor “banned.” Allegedly, Beyonce told MTV that she wouldn’t even perform if Taylor attended. Gossip Cop called bulls—t, and I think GC is right on this one. Beyonce and Jay-Z have historically been nice to Taylor. They’re not BFFs or anything, but Bey and Jay refuse to beef with Taylor like Kanye.


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  1. jeanpierre says:

    Haha the boobed snake WISHES Beyoncé cares.

  2. Birdix says:

    That doesn’t seem like Beyonce’s MO, And why would she care about TS being there?

    • lilacflowers says:

      She wouldn’t. She’s a professional and behaves in a professional manner when it comes to work events.

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t think Bey cares all that much about Kanye or Kim feeling awkward or whatever at the VMA’s. I call BS on this too.

    • Kitten says:

      She wouldn’t. Sounds like complete BS.

    • Samtha says:

      Exactly. It’s another silly story trying to pit people against each other.

    • Yeah the BS is strong with this story. Beyonce wouldn’t care.

    • teacakes says:

      Also, have people forgotten that it was Beyonce who CALLED TAYLOR BACK TO THE STAGE back in 2009 to let her finish her Kanye-interrupted speech?

    • We Are All Made Of Stars says:

      Isn’t ThirsTay on board with Tidal? I thought that was why they went to her last birthday party. I seriously doubt they were there for the poop head photo booth guy.

      • Kathi says:

        Taylor is of course NOT on Tidal, maybe you need to change your way of thinking of her. She’s probably just a nice person.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Bey would never lower herself to do something like that. She has no need for vindictiveness and petty bullshit moves like having someone banned. She’s busy having a brilliant career.

  3. lilacflowers says:

    Beyonce would not be so unprofessional.

  4. Louise177 says:

    Taylor has no nominations and no album to promote. I’m baffled why people are making a huge deal that she’s not attending.

    I doubt that Taylor works out. Maybe some stretching. At least now she’s better at faking it by wearing workout clothes. She used to wear redcarpet ready clothing with perfect hair and makeup.

    • Jane says:

      What gets me is she made $160 million + last year. She can’t afford a gym in each of her homes?

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Gyms have a nice social aspect to them, unless you are talking about one of those places that only provide a room filled with machines. They have trainers and services, provide fluffy towels. They frequently have juice bars and massage services. I just joined a gym sponsored at my job that even offers blow drying services, as well as an outdoor pool with fountains and under water Zumba. (I think my company wants us all to stop looking for other employment). It’s a freakin’ mini-Versailles, and would be a great setting for a post apocalyptic movie. I suspect this is what she actually likes. She has never struck me as a gym bunny.

      • Luca76 says:

        I’d guess it’s a specific trainer/class/equipment that she’s going for. A fair amount of celebrities go to these high end gyms for that reason. (If she’s actually working out)

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I would like to know why people think she should install her own gym equipment instead of going to a gym. Even if I had her money I wouldn’t do that– it would feel so weird, like bowling alone.

      • Samtha says:

        If you’re living in NYC, even in the kind of big apartment she’d live in, space is at a premium. It’s easier to just join a gym.

      • M.A.F. says:

        If that equipment breaks she would have to call someone to fix it. And she might not want a trainer in her house.

      • Bridget says:

        Because home gym equipment is famous for being used all the time.

      • These “gym pap strolls” are bs. Not quite the weapons-grade level of bs as her gym pap strolls from a few years ago in NYC, but still. She is carrying NOTHING, o bag, no water bottle…no HAIR ELASTIC. And look closely. She is in nearly FULL makeup. Either she took a moment to change into something not sweaty and did her makeup and hair, or I smell a rat. (a non-gym rat). She’s wearing LIPSTICK and FOUNDATION for Petes sake.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        But think of all the pap strolls she would miss if she worked out at home. Oops, I mean “worked out” — I doubt she breaks a sweat.

        Ever. Even in bed.

      • The DEEEH on Twitter says:

        You know the answer to that. If she can afford not one but TWO $40 million dollar private planes, yes, she can afford a gym in her houses.

        So let’s keep going… Why would she go to the gym daily, and “Suffer” pap shots?

        I’ll wait.

      • Katie says:

        However will she practice her paparazzi evading tactics if she tries to live her life in private?

    • popup says:

      Queen Bey doesn’t need to get anyone banned. Tay would be Bey’s hand maiden if she asked.

      Doubt Taylor wants to get dragged by more drama at the show so I fully support the notion that she opted out of this one. MTV, conversely, loves to instigate the drama.

      I don’t know if Taylor works out every time she’s papped to and from these gyms, but she obviously works out. She used to be a wet noodle but now she has clear definition in her arms, shoulders and legs. Also, she goes to Body by Simone which is the choice of supermodels. They usually come out of that gym looking flawless. Same thing with the other VS model fave, Ballet Beautiful. You can do that workout feeling like a broken human being yet not break a sweat at all. Strange torture.

      • Allie May says:

        MTV does love to instigate drama. They had no problem with Christina Aguilera attending the same night Eminem performed a song that contained vile lyrics about her. They didn’t pick favorites or an ethical stand then, unless you can name choosing ratings as a stand.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ” I fully support the notion that she opted out of this one. MTV, conversely, loves to instigate the drama”

        This exactly!

  5. greenmonster says:

    This is getting borderline ridiculous. I highly doubt Beyoncé cares at all. I don’t even believe MTV doesn’t want Swift to attend the VMAs. If she would be there people would tune in just to see her face when Kanye is on stage. This is not a HIgh School party where the least unpopular student of the moment isn’t invited. This is about ratings and with Kanye and Taylor in the same room it would be even more lucrative for MTV.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      spot on! and it’s not only Kayne and Taylor in the same room, but also Calvin Harris.
      I bet MTV would love to have all of them on stage!

  6. Lynnie says:

    Paneled leggings have become sort of a fashion craze. I’m not sure who started it (Victoria’s Secret maybe), but I see a lot of people wearing them mainly for fashion purposes. Some people work out in them too lol. They’re cute, but every time I see them I just think some business exec was like, ” Hey guys, what if we took leggings, cut the material we make them by 30%, AND charged the same price 😈”

    As for the original topic…I will never understand pap strolls that’s all I got. Also Beyoncé NEEDS to perform tonight I’m ready 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾🙌🏾

    • MiniMii says:

      I’ve been seeing the sheer panel leggings at my gym lately too. Some of them are cute, but they mostly just look like they have a very weird fit and that sheer panel bit looks like it would be HOT.

      I crack up at Tay-Tay’s “post-workout” pap stroll photos. Perfectly tousled hair, perfect no-makeup makeup (although I saw her the other day with perfect red lipstick on), no sports bra (despite her now rather ample chest), and not a drop of sweat to be seen. She’s either showering & putting on fresh makeup & clothes before leaving the gym, or she ain’t working out.

      I’m not a fan of Beyonce – especially after the lemonade thing which seemed far too scripted – but I doubt she’s insecure or unprofessional enough to ask anyone to be banned from the VMAs. Now Tay-Tay on the other hand ….

    • Marlene says:

      But is it sheer panelling, or just something brown and shiny? I can’t tell from these pics.

    • Val says:

      Lululemon! I have part-mesh legging from them from 2013! Then there was MICHI NY and many others that started doing it as well.
      They look gorg but are so impractical if you do anything on the floor you get mesh burns 🙁

  7. Susie says:

    I forgot, why do we call her “snake emoji?”

  8. QQ says:

    I wasn’t going to even watch but any possibility that Beysus told em to tell Long Back Becky to stay out fills me with such principles of Joy (and She is gonna Lemonade it Up!) AND Riri… i might JUST Have to tweet light and save mysef for tonight! I haven’t bothered livetweeting anything on MTV for years

    • ElleBee says:

      I need to find an occasion to call someone a “Long Back Becky” That is gold!!

      As for Beyonce, I try my best not to be a crazy stan but no one nowadays does award show performances like she does. She just makes the show worth watching. Not too often Bey and Rih perform at the same show. No faux surprise faces from Swift. I think I’ll watch this year

    • ElleBee says:

      @QQ I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve watched that gif. I’m either trying to figure out what sorcery she uses for that braid or I’m envying her butt cheeks. He braid has the spirits of 100 past divas living inside of it (don’t argue, I’m right).

      • QQ says:

        Oh Baby Im not arguing a Fact up in here! im also not gonna ask you cause i just went through all the Ponytail dancing (HARD DANCING may I Add) I Could find Online, Someone said the Ponytail is dancing harder than many pop music acts, That too is factual

  9. Felice. says:

    There’s rumors that Beyonce will sing a Prince tribute. I was hoping for a performance montage since he had so many iconic performances at the VMAs

  10. MI6 says:

    She’d have no one to sit with anyway.

  11. Bex says:

    Beyoncé doesn’t strike me as the type to be that unprofessional or petty. Why would she need to be? She’s Beyoncé.

  12. Eva says:

    My theory is these celebs work out, take a shower, do their hair and make up and put on a fresh set of workout clothes before leaving.

    I can’t be the only one who looks like a steamed lobster after a workout.

    • MI6 says:

      You’re not.
      I routinely scare people in the supermarket after I’ve left the gym 😝

    • Dara says:

      Hmm, somehow I doubt Taylor would lower herself to using a public shower, no matter how plush the gym was, especially since that would also involve removing articles of clothing while mere mortals (even if they are part of the 1%) milled about in close proximity. Or do her bodyguards clear the area so she can have privacy? The mind boggles at the logistics.

      p.s. I am also part of the steamed lobster brigade, and I don’t shower at the gym. I drag my damp, messy self back to my own place and hope I don’t encounter another living soul along the way.

  13. Harla Jodet says:

    Yes, exercise leggings with sheer panels are now a “thing” and no, noone but Taylor and the Victoria Secret models look like this after working out. My bet is that they have the apres-workout shower, hair and no-makeup makeup routine down pat, heck the gym probably has a beauty staff on standby just so these ladies can make the pap stroll looking like they’ve never sweated in their life.

  14. Luca76 says:

    I mean do people remember all the controversy MTV drummed up between Miley and Niki Minaj??? They live for that stuff of course they wanted TS and Kanye to feud as publicly as possible @ the VMAs. That’s there MO and I’m taken aback that’s not obvious to everyone.

  15. Betti says:

    Those type of gym leggings r big in London at the mo. I see them all the time on people and in store. However someone needs to have a talk about with her about her persistent camel toe issue. She almost like duchess Kate and her biscuit flashing obsession.

    • jeanpierre says:

      Now I don’t see any camel toe here.

      • Betti says:

        Look at some of the other pics it’s obvious. She could at least either wear underwear or different leggings for the daily pap strolls.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Maybe she has adopted TommyAnnE’s habit of going commando…..

    • PGrant's Girl says:

      Yeah, I saw more pics where she’s tugging down the tank top to cover the camel toe. IMO those are cute leggings but if the toe is that obvious/horrific, do your pap stroll in different leggings.

  16. Miss Jupitero says:

    Pfffft. Queen Bey is so above all this silliness. Why would she bother?

    Tay is not going because there is no reason for her to be there.

  17. lisa2 says:

    Another story of Woman vs. Woman.. why?

  18. Michelina says:

    Doubtful! I hate when the people who make up these stories find it necessary to pin women against each other. Why would Beyonce care at all about Taylor Swift being at the same location as her? Because they’re both extremely successful women with huge fanbases? It’s so ridiculous.

    I think it’s a lot more likely that Taylor isn’t showing up because she isn’t looking for the drama/confrontation that would surely be awaiting her since Kanye and Kim will be there. I also think Taylor and her team are smart enough to know that her overexposure since getting with Tom Hiddleston isn’t doing her any favors, so she’s keeping a lower profile.

    • Cricket says:

      +1 … and I think one of the main reasons Taylor has no interest in attending is not only the Kanye thing — his new art exhibit and also Calvin Harris is nominated for like 3 awards. There is no way in hell she or her people want to share space with him yet and you know the cameras would be looking for her reactions if he wins.

      • We Are All Made Of Stars says:

        +2. She knows she’s lost several rounds here so she’s sitting this one out. She’s one of those people who will literally not do anything if she can see that it won’t be a total win for her, her, and her.

      • ELH says:

        Any he wins she will get the award too as she wrote the lyric and tune and owns the rights for it. All he did was get it recorded.

  19. Nancy says:

    I call bs on this. I would imagine they would love to have another Kanye/Taylor moment considering the fact it’s still being talked about like headline news when it happened seven years ago. I may watch for Rihanna and Adele if I remember.

  20. QueenB says:

    Taylor is still way too big for anyone to “ban” her. of course she isnt needed at that night and someone who is would have more power for this particular event but come on no one could realistically do that to her.
    And why would Bey get involved anyway? as long as it isnt directed at her or her family she wont care.

  21. She’s more scared that MTV crowd will boo and mock her.

    Emmy’s and etc. are safe because she can put a stipulation out about no questions and smile and glide and smile and wide eyed shock!

    But MTV? Those kids don’t care if they get thrown out halfway through if they can have their moment, she knows it.

  22. Lyla says:

    Sheer panel leggings are quite the rage.

  23. Fiorella says:

    I don’t know why they wouldn’t want her there , Wouldn’t they want some kind of shot of her face when one of her so-called enemies Wins or loses

  24. arock says:

    maybe its her team trying to float a victim angle. id be surprised if bey even thinks about TS

  25. Amanda DG says:

    I doubt if Beyonce gives a flying fig about Taylor. Taylor isn’t going because she doesn’t want to “face the music”. It’s a smart move on her part really…people are sick of her. Make them want you to come back.

  26. Colette says:

    MTO has never posted an accurate exclusive story about Beyonce.

  27. Donna Martin says:

    I want to call BS on this story too but it could be true only bc Taylor’s presence will take attention away from Bey just saying

  28. me says:

    I call b.s. on that. I think Taylor probably didn’t want to go because of all the awkwardness it would bring. You know MTV is going to kiss Kanye and Kim’s ass. The whole front row is going to be the Kardashians and they will probably zoom in on Kim at least 20 times during the show (as per contract lol). I mean she has to show off that new body of hers that she worked so hard for *cough* *cough*.

  29. Marianne says:

    She wasn’t nominated and she doesn’t have any current singles to promote. Why would she be there? Why do media outlets keep trying to make this a story?

  30. Lama Bean says:

    Media Takeout is always super sketchy on facts. I generally don’t believe them unless there is a picture. This is nonsensical.

  31. Almondjoy says:

    Hmmmmm yeah yea I would have to agree that Bey doesn’t care about Taylor and wouldn’t get her banned. She’s always been nice to her from what I’ve seen.

    I see people with those leggings all the time, Kaiser! I bet now that you’re paying attention to them you’ll start seeing people everywhere wearing them lol.

  32. Kate says:

    I doubt Beyoncé cares enough about Taylor to bother having her banned.

  33. Craig says:

    The fashion blog GoFugYouself did a piece a while back called “Taylor Swift’s Year of Going to the Gym” and it hysterically captured how “perfect” and camera ready she looked coming and going every single time…..sometimes in evening wear and heels.

    It’s becoming a parody at this point.

  34. marley says:

    LOL cracks me up people think Gossip Cop is neutral……no, sweeties, no.

    This actually happened. It isn’t unprofessional. It’s just a power play – plain and simple.

  35. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Mesh details in leggings is not new and I see a lot of people on my Lululemon boards moan in annoyance when they see another pair with mesh details.

    I like mesh detailing but YMMV. My favorite ones are by Alo, style name “coastal legging”.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I think Taylor Swift not showing up at the VMA’s has more to do with Katy Perry being the opening act and Taylor not being sure of what Katy is planning on saying or what song she will open up with. I’m not sure if this is true, but according to some, Katy Perry has at least one song on her new album about Taylor.

  37. Twinkle says:

    Great boob job. Who’s her plastic surgeon?

  38. Bridget says:

    Those panel leggings are for women that want to wear pants but not overheat – the sheer paneling isn’t usually pantyhose. Plus there are only so many ways to make workout pants interesting.

  39. Kate says:

    It’s obviously not true, but Beyoncé couldnt do it anyway. It’s not like Taylor is some second tier pop star MTV wouldn’t care about not having there, she’s a huge artist who in most areas is significantly more successful than Beyoncé (much higher sales, more hit singles, even bigger tours etc.). This VMA’s might be about Beyonce, but at least a few in the future are going to be about Taylor. If they disinvited her she’d never show again, and that would be a problem for them.

  40. gremlin says:

    she looks like she gained weight

  41. missskitttin says:

    She really needs to start walking straight. Those shoulders look like early onset osteoporosis. Too young for that.

  42. popup says:

    Taylor Swift was at jury duty today, which is just hilarious.

  43. Mandy says:

    According to TMZ Taylor wasn’t there because she had jury duty.