Taylor Swift’s team is reportedly upset following the publication of an opinion piece by the New York Times earlier this week, speculating about the Grammy winner’s sexuality.
A source shared with CNN Business on Saturday, “There seems to be no boundary some journalists won’t cross when writing about Taylor, regardless of how invasive, untrue, and inappropriate it is – all under the protective veil of an ‘opinion piece.’ Because of her massive success, in this moment there is a Taylor-shaped hole in people’s ethics.”
The insider emphasized that the Times op-ed, suggesting Swift has dropped hints about being queer throughout her career, would not have been allowed to be written about a male artist like Shawn Mendes, whose sexuality has been questioned by fans.
The op-ed, published on Thursday, compiles various elements that the writer suggests as “evidence” proving Swift’s LGBTQIA+ identity. Swift’s team has not responded to media requests for comment, and there has been no immediate response from the New York Times.
Swift, who has identified herself as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, recently addressed speculation about her sexuality in the October 2023 re-release of her “1989” album. In the prologue for “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” she explained her decision to focus on her music, growth, and female friendships, and she slammed speculation about her dating life.
Despite Swift’s explicit statements about her relationships, the recent op-ed has ignited controversy. Swift’s team, known for defending her against rumors, has not only addressed speculation about her sexuality but also refuted rumors about her secret marriage to Joe Alwyn. Publicist Tree Paine dismissed such rumors and urged accountability for spreading false information.
Dating rumors between the “Shake It Off” singer and Kansas City Chiefs football player first emerged in September, with Swift attending several of Kelce’s games.
Kelce, during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show podcast, disclosed that he had invited Swift to one of his games, suggesting he had “thrown the ball in her court” after witnessing her performance at Arrowhead Stadium during her Eras Tour in July.
The couple officially confirmed their romance in October, making a public appearance while holding hands at a Saturday Night Live afterparty.