As the awards show took place on Monday — and Swift was one of the night’s biggest winners — Lovato took to Instagram to say she was skipping the show because she was working on something that is awesome and makes her “so happy.”
Lovato hopped back on Instagram after that to add that she skipped the show for “a reason,” then added that the reason is that, “I just hate award[s] shows.”
While we now know the project was related to a three-episode arc on Will & Grace (!), Swift fans interpreted it as some sort of a Swift dis — because Lovato is team Scooter Braun amid his spat with Swift. Lovato was called “petty.”
Why do Demi Lovato stans cry about Taylor being petty when Demi's ALWAYS publicly doing sh*t like this? pic.twitter.com/yPPeQAbzxe— Red (@kunai_red) August 27, 2019
It’s honestly inspiring watching Demi’s dedication to talking about Taylor and trying to make herself relevant https://t.co/jo1BGBZwb8— tayter smith (@youremylovver) August 27, 2019
Some of Lovato’s fans pointed out how ridiculous it is that anything Lovato does is now interpreted as a Swift slam.
demi: *says she’s working on something and that’s why she’s not attending the vmas*— morgane♡hanbin (@seokjinsdemi) August 27, 2019
swifties: OMG SHE’S SHADING TAYLOR
no hate to taylor but like just stop making everything demi says/does about taylor— jojo (@minhosmoon) August 27, 2019
As a swiftie and a lovatic ...— aaliyah (@aaliyahjxde) August 27, 2019
Y’all need to chill, not everything is about Taylor and not everything is about Demi
I actually cant believe demi interacting with fans has turned into her being called hateful and bitter . She was telling us about the exciting news and youve made this into something about taylor when its not. Please dont ruin her interacting with us. pic.twitter.com/AT12nks1AL— MOLLIE (@Lovaticearper) August 27, 2019
To the Taylor Swift fans who clearly don’t understand anything: this has nothing to do with Taylor. Demi couldn’t attend the VMA’s because she was working on something, you could find out yourself if you actually checked her stories before this one 🤡— Demi Lovato News (@itsJCMD) August 27, 2019
Though Swifties held strong.
actually Demi is always shading Taylor for no reason https://t.co/xJtvZUSPQq— LOVER (@marvelwiccan) August 27, 2019
Lovato has been recording her first album since her overdose — and the first project since she signed to Braun’s management company. She also joined the cast of Will Ferrell's upcoming comedy Eurovision. But it’s now known that the project she was hinting about in her IG stories — that she revealed on Tuesday — was shooting Will & Grace. According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer-actress will be in three episodes during the show’s final season. Her role is a mystery, but she’ll be playing a character named Jenny and working opposite Eric McCormack. It will air in 2020 when the NBC show returns.
Swift had a huge night at the VMAs. She won Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down.” Her performance of “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover” had her fans freaking out. Though there was also an embarrassing moment — when John Travolta confused a drag queen for Swift. (Embarrassing for Travolta though really.)
In July, Swift lashed out at Braun after he purchased her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, including her song catalog. She accused him of being a bully during her career and saw the sale as an act of personal revenge. Lovato, who had recently become one of Braun’s clients (along with a high-profile list of talent including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber), publicly defended the music manager in the feud, leading to this drama between Swifties and Lovatics.
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