Taylor Swift canceled her Taymerica party because she’s working, ‘in focus mode’

Taylor Swift leaving her apartment in New York

I will always have a lot of hate-respect for Taylor Swift. As much as I want to believe that the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty is really happening, it never is. She’s never over. The Snake Emoji wins even when she’s taking a temporary L. This week gave me another reason to hate-respect her. Some would say that Taylor Swift canceling her annual Independence Day party was a sign of weakness, an acknowledgement of her own mistake last year by really overdoing the party and making #Taymerica into the discussion of the summer. But here’s the thing: she canceled the party and didn’t do a damn thing publicly, and it’s all anyone can talk about. Now people are obsessed with learning why she didn’t throw a party and why we’re not being inundated with carefully curated social media photos. Taylor Swift, master manipulator, just won again. Anyway, Entertainment Tonight had some barely new information on the lack of #Taymerica.

When it comes to Fourth of July parties, no one does it better than Taylor Swift! Over the past few years, the 27-year-old pop star has hosted epic Independence Day bashes at her Rhode Island mansion, inviting a slew of A-listers and making headlines with their enviable Instagram posts. But on Tuesday, Swift and her famous squad were nowhere to be seen at the multimillion-dollar beachfront home. Although an inflatable slide was set up on the property, the only people reportedly spending time at the estate this week were the singer’s parents, Scott and Andrea Swift.

So how exactly did Swift and her celeb pals celebrate? No official word on exactly where Swift was on Tuesday, but fans were hoping to catch a glimpse of her hanging out with her rumored new boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. The two have kept an extremely low profile since romance rumors began swirling in May, a drastic difference from her whirlwind romance with ex-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston. Who could forget last year’s party, in which the Thor star wore an “I Heart T.S.” T-shirt?

A source told ET on Wednesday that although they don’t know why Swift didn’t hold her annual bash, the blond beauty is “really focused on working on her new music” right now. The source also told ET the singer is “just in focus mode.”

“She’s spending time with her family … just doing her,” the source added. As for Swift’s relationship with Alwyn, the source believes the Reading, Pennsylvania, native is keeping their love on lockdown in hopes of avoiding the media attention she’s received with previous romances.

[From ET]

ET also notes that, obviously, the Swifty Squad was in the wind this Independence Day. Which I think is two-fold: the models (like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne) had to work during Paris Fashion Week, and they probably told Taylor that in advance. Then the lower-tier squad members were prepared to come to Rhode Island but Taylor probably canceled the party and told them not to come. As for Taylor being in “focus mode” – I’ll say. Girl is promoting her new album by NOT throwing a party and she’s still one of the most-discussed celebrities this week.

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27 Responses to “Taylor Swift canceled her Taymerica party because she’s working, ‘in focus mode’”

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  1. Pumpkin Pie says:

    If she writes an album about Drumpf I will buy like 10 copies.

    • hannah89 says:

      1) I LOVE THIS COMMENT & I agree.

      2) Just saw this blind. You think if she contracted him up, he’d have to participate in the party photo-op!


      “This no name foreign born actor refused to take part in a photo op so this A+ list singer skipped her own party.” (taylor/joe alywn)

      I just learned joe’s mom is a psychotherapist. a good one. she probably is JUST the person to see through taylor’s manipulative ways. she won’t be letting that happen to her son.

      I loooooove this.

      • Mandy says:

        No idea if the blind is true. I think she didn’t plan to throw a party in the first place, as most of her friends are busy. But it would be interesting that she couldn’t even force a z-list actor to do pr stunt lol. Isn’t that in his contract?

  2. Alleycat says:

    She’s being discussed because her team is putting tidbits out there. She’s always had a weird manipulation with the media. I wouldn’t say she’s over, but I don’t think the public cares about her as much. I’ll be curious as to how long she’ll continue her “privacy act”. A huge reason why 1989 did so well is because she was so out there with her fans.

  3. Clea says:

    I’ll give her one thing; I can’t imagine another celebrity for whom NOT having a party would be the source of so much gossip and speculation. She’s become overexposed to the max but apparently it still worked for her to some degree.

    • Jeesie says:

      Because she’s the only huge celebrity who makes her parties about marketing herself to the public as opposed to networking with her peers. Loads of massive celebs hold big star studded annual bashes, but they don’t splash the pictures all over Instagram or give the event a hashtag.

      • Erinn says:

        I think that’s partially an age thing as well, though. I can’t imagine a big, A-List celeb who instagrams a TON. It seems to be the younger group of celebrities that use instagram and things like that the most – the same kind of demographic that uses it the most for non-famous folks.

    • Bachelorpod says:

      She makes a show of things and the the mob howls in protest. She goes into privacy mode and they’re squealing for crumbs. It’s why mobs are termed “fickle.”

  4. Jenb says:

    I absolutely love that gemstone choker she’s wearing in the last pic. The 90’s teen in me is still strong!

  5. daisie-b says:

    There are tweets saying she is on the 2018 schedule at a couple of stadiums.

  6. Lightpurple says:

    I brought this up yesterday. After several years of doing the same exact thing, she had to change things up to get maximum coverage. She got all the normal pre-4th coverage in gossip columns about her annual new boyfriend roll out and who will attend and the appearance of the slide, which got yawns from all but her most ardent supporters and now she is getting more coverage, even from outlets like the Boston Globe, for having no party. She continues this year’s theme of I AM SO VERY PRIVATE! LOOK AT ME BEING SO VERY PRIVATE!!

  7. MI6 says:

    Regina George got dissed. Her PR is working some serious overtime here.
    And I am enjoying this WAY more than I should.

    • cherrypie says:

      The height of her PR…from rolling out her so-called new boyfriend to detract from Katy Perry’s album coverage to leaking information to the press as to why there was no taymerica this year….building hype for her new album. Strange how we are not getting any more info about her new boyfriend ever since album promotion around katy perry and whats his name from one direction cooled down. Same schtick from darth becky, just a different swing on things.

  8. Nev says:


  9. Miles says:

    OR all her higher profile friends told her they were too busy to attend this year and thus her guest list would have included a bunch of D-list celebs with the most famous being the likes of Martha Hunt and Ruby Rose.

    So she decided to not hold her party this year. We all know if Karlie, Gigi, Cara D, Blake Lively etc weren’t busy doing their own thing, her behind would have threw the party. But alas they actually have lives that don’t revolve around Taylor so no Taymerica party this year. Sad!

  10. Karen says:

    She put up the inflatable slide, so she knew photographers would be waiting, and get no pics. She knew her PR plan was going to be “too busy working” … but then why bother paying a company to put the slide up? Other than to make sure everyone knew she was there but not partying.

  11. Cleo says:

    Wait, so an inflatable slide was set up, but it was only her, her parents, and maybe Joe? That slide must be so lonely and neglected, especially after getting so much attention last year.

  12. Me says:

    I just dont get it. How the eff can this wannabe fill stadiums? Is our society so dumb nowadays? I cringe whenever I see her.

    • jetlagged says:

      As someone who has never made it to the end of any of her songs, I concur. Although successful stadium shows for her audience demographic tend to be more about the spectacle and the shared experience, rather than vocal talent.

  13. lizzie says:

    can she focus on figuring out her hair? those curly bangs…smh

    • Fleur says:

      I want to know how someone with that much money has consistently horrible hair–and also why she’s so stubbornly attached to bangs. There’s nothing wrong with her forehead. it’s not too high, oddly shaped, etc, but she has this obsession with hiding it. with a heavy side part or fringe.

  14. Madly says:

    Huh? Her publicist has been active all week. You don’t get a lot of press by doing nothing. She built up interest and then did all kinds of spin. The story was pushed in major publications which shows her team had a hand in it. You are giving her way too much credit. When she really disappears no one talks about her.

    • Mandy says:

      yep no one really care and talk about celebrities unless they create buzz to stay relevant

  15. Erica_V says:

    As a Rhode Islander I’m sort of sad – even tho it’s already a touristy area, Westerly sees a big boom in business when Taylor is in town (I heard getting around last year was next to impossible). I wonder if any of the businesses banked on some extra tourists due to the party.

  16. LA Elle says:

    In my head, there was never going to be a party, but she set up that slide for the sole purpose of trolling everyone.

    I want this to be true if for no other reason than it truly is next level PR.

    • hannah89 says:


      this was ALWAYS the plan for her. its her vs the media, in her eyes. just like trump! lol oh gawd

  17. Mandy says:

    I’m wondering why her new boy toy signed up for this. She used him to clean up her image. He doesn’t seem to benefit from it. He still only has 5k followers on twitter. If they continue with the whole private thing, he’s not getting the publicity he wanted. Maybe he want a hit song? lol ok then