Last night, Kim Kardashian offered one hell of a grand finale to what many were already describing as the worst week of Taylor Swift’s career.
Taylor’s hell week began with the bizarre revelation that the singer may have broken up with Calvin Harris over a song.
Specifically, insiders say she was pissed because Harris failed to give her her due for co-writing his hit "This Is What You Came For" (even though the couple agreed in advance that putting Swift’s name on the song would overshadow its musical merits).
Harris confirmed the rumor in a scathing Twitter rant about Swift and her calculated attempts to "bury" rival artists, such as himself and longtime rival Katy Perry.
That resulted in the "Taylor Swift is Over Party," during which diehard members of Team Harris and Team Perry flocked to Twitter to express their joy over what they perceived to be the singer’s downfall:
Now, bizarrely, Taylor is wrapped up in another controversy over what she did or didn’t know about a hit single prior to its recording.
This time, the accusations come from Kim Kardashian, who says that despite Swift’s claims to the contrary, the singer knew all about Kanye West’s "Famous" (and its derogatory lyrics) long before the song was even recorded.
Obviously, Taylor is no stranger to feuds and mini-scandals but can her career and her reputation recover from back-to-back-to-back bludgeonings like this?
The answer: Yes, but it won’t be easy, and it may be a long time before we see the "carefree media darling #SquadGoals" Taylor that we’ve become accustomed to in the 21 months since she made the transition from crossover upstart to full-blown pop culture sensation with the release of 1989.
In the past, Taylor has thrived on turmoil in her personal life, but she seems to have put an effort to leave that image behind her with her seemingly stable (albeit oddly fast-moving) relationship with Tom Hiddleston.
But just because she’d hung up her guns, that doesn’t mean Swift can’t dust off the burn book full of Carly Simon-esque, roman a clef story-songs one last time to fire some thinly veiled shots at her new crop of rivals.
Taylor clarified her position on Kim’s bombshell on Instagram today, and you can expect that to be her last word on the matter for the time being.
(She’s already sicced her lawyers on Kanye, so she may not even be allowed to discuss things further.)
In fact, the 26-year-old may stay off social media for a while until the dust settles.
But you can be sure that sometime in the next few months, Taylor will drop a diss track that’ll make Bad Blood like Kumbaya.