As you may have heard, Demi Lovato announced she'll be "stepping away" from music and "the spotlight" earlier this week after receiving some harsh criticism for comments she made about Taylor Swift in a recent interview with Cosmo.
Even those who are no great fans of Taylor's believed that Demi went too far when she slammed Swift's friends for being too thin, declaring that no one in the singer's famous squad has "a normal body."
Perhaps even more controversially, Demi doubled down on her previous claims that Swift is a fake feminist, who doesn't walk the walk when it comes to putting her beliefs into practice.
First, Demi played the old "starving kids in Africa" card by wondering why people care about what public figures have to say when they're ... addressing the public:
"I don't understand why people care so much about what I say in interviews? Do y'all watch the news? Don't y'all got sh-t to worry about?" Demi tweeted.
It seems Lovato herself didn't even buy that argument, as moments later she casually declared that she'll be taking the entirety of 2017 off, as though the decision had nothing to do with the roasting she'd been taking on social media all day:
"So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media."
Based on her deep concern for what she sees on the evening news, we assume Demi will be spending that year running aide missions to Aleppo.
Anyway, clearly the bad blood between Demi and Taylor runs deep.
There's no doubt that these two are no fans of one another (Demi basically never passes up an opportunity to publicly bash Taylor.), the only question remaining is: why?
This isn't a Taylor v. Katy Perry where the ladies have given a reason for their beef (a dispute over backup dancers) and the public has its own theories (a dispute over John Mayer's dong).
Taylor and Demi have never given a reason why they don't like each other.
In fact, Taylor refuses to speak publicly about Demi at all.
But that hasn't stopped social media stans and the tabloid press from coming up with their own theories.
At the moment, the most widely-circulated explanation has to do with Selena Gomez.
Those who claim to be in the know say that Demi and Selena were close friends back when Lovato was struggling with various addiction issues.
Selena attempted to convince Demi to seek help and sober up, but Demi was having none of it.
Gomez reportedly wished her the best but parted ways with Lovato for the sake of her own mental health.
Selena is tight with Taylor these days, and Demi is reportedly pissed that she wasn't able to salvage their friendship after she got clean.
There's also a hypothesis that Demi is more than a little jealous of Taylor's career, which would make a lot of sense.
Lovato is only two years younger than Swift, and they both got their starts around the same time, yet Taylor is one of the most celebrated entertainers on the planet, while Demi remains best known for her troubled personal life.
We may never know for sure what set these two against each other, but...
Oh, who are we kidding?
Taylor will slam Demi on her next album, and Demi is probably giving an in-depth interview about her hatred of Taylor at this very moment.
Both of them claim to hate drama out of one side of their mouth, while courting it with the other.