Taylor Swift Seemingly Sings About Being Vindicated In Her Scooter Braun Feud On “The Tortured Poets Department”

“I was onto something / They all said nothing,” Taylor sings. “I regret to say, do you believe me now?”

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You don’t need to be a seasoned Swiftie to know that Scooter Braun is one of Taylor Swift’s biggest enemies, with the star always being open about her feelings toward him.

Taylor Swift with sparkling jewelry, dramatic eye makeup, and red lipstick

In a lengthy Tumblr post published soon after the news was made public, Taylor explained that she knew Scott was planning on selling Big Machine, which is why she didn’t sign a new contract with them.

Scott Borchetta and Taylor Swift at an event, Swift in a sequined dress, both smiling

Meanwhile, Scooter first shot to prominence when he discovered Justin via a YouTube video in 2007, when Justin was just 13 years old. After that, he quickly became an industry juggernaut and built a huge roster of celebrity clients for himself, including Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.

Scooter Braun in a grey blazer over a black shirt posing at an event

And fans think that Taylor has reflected on Scooter’s tumultuous summer in the song "Cassandra" on her new album, The Tortured Poets Department.

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And Taylor alludes to this in her song, where she repeats in the chorus: “They killed Cassandra first because she feared the worst and tried to tell the town / So they filled my cell with snakes, I regret to say, do you believe me now?”

Lyrics from Cassandra

“They knew, they knew, they knew the whole time that I was onto something,” Taylor later adds, which could be about all of the high-profile artists signed to Scooter who didn’t back Taylor at the time. “The family, the pure greed, the Christian chorus line / They all said nothing.”

Justin Bieber in a white hoodie seated next to Scooter Braun in a black leather jacket

Others admitted that they had originally interpreted the song to be about Kanye and his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, amid Kanye’s very public downfall in 2022, but they agreed that Scooter made more sense as the muse.

Taylor Swift in a teal dress speaks to Kanye West, wearing a black jacket, and Kim Kardashian in a gold sequined dress

This is far from the first time that Taylor’s music has been interpreted as being about Scooter. The star is also theorized to have sung about the industry pro in her 2020 songs “My Tears Ricochet” and “Mad Woman.”

Taylor Swift performing on stage in a sparkling bodysuit with red designs

As for Scooter’s side of the story; he previously admitted that he wished he’d approached things differently when he acquired the rights to Taylor’s music, but he said that he was "under a very strict NDA" with Scott that prevented him from speaking to any of Big Machine's artists before the deal had gone through.

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