UPDATED 5:26 pm June 30: It’s the battle of the pop stars, as Justin Bieber took to Instagram to defend his Manager Scooter Braun against Taylor Swift, who put Braun on Tumblr blast when she found out he owns her music catalog before 2017. She claims that he bullied her. In her post, she included an Instagram post from Bieber that poked fun at her allegations.
Even though Bieber’s Instagram post apologizes for the aforementioned jab, he stands up for Braun. “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you!” he wrote. “As the years have passed, we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on Scooter isn’t fair.”
He goes on to say that he and Scooter love Taylor and that the only way they can resolve the conflict is through communication. “I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or any feelings that need to be addressed,” he continued. “Neither Scooter or I have anything negative to say about you, we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this, but when you try and deface someone I loves character that’s crossing a line.”
Read the full post below.
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Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..
PREVIOUS: Taylor Swift poured out her soul today, and it wasn’t in a song about an ex-boyfriend. Instead, she lamented on Tumblr that her pre-2017 music catalog is now controlled by a music manager she claimed has orchestrated bullying tactics against her.
Scooter Braun is the manager in question. His roster includes Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Kanye West, and this week he acquired Swift’s former record company, Big Machine Label Group, for a price reported to be in the $300 million range.
Swift was not pleased. She wrote on Tumblr that upon hearing of the deal, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
The issue with Braun arises with a Swift beef with Kim Kardashian, West’s wife. Swift initially denied that she had given permission to West to include a mention of her on his album. Kardashian then produced a phone record confirming their version of the story. Swift’s likeness was then inserted in Kanye West’s music video for Famous.
Swift claimed she was subsequently bullied online by Justin Bieber, West and Braun. She included a screencap in her Tumblr essay, drawing a red circle on Braun’s face. “This is Scooter Braun, bullying me on social media when I was at my lowest point. He’s about to own all the music I’ve ever made,” Swift said.
Swift said Scooter taking over her old music is her worst nightmare. She signed at age 15 with Big Machine Records and knew that when the previous owner sold the label, he’d be selling her legacy. But she never expected it to be sold to Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings LLC.
“This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term “loyalty” is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says “Music has value,” he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it,” she wrote.
Braun now controls the six albums Swift has released to date, and also has the music of Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum on the label.
In 2018 Swift signed with Republic Records, a label under the Universal Music Group.
“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future,’ Swift said. “And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”
Her next album, Lover, will be out on August 23.
The complete Swift post on Tumblr: