Taylor Swift’s squad has grown immensely since the debut of her “Bad Blood” video and her popular 1989 World Tour. It seems like anyone who is anyone wants to be a part of Taylor’s group of friends. But both Rihanna and Wax Idols’ singer Hether Fortune have no interest in joining the singer’s star-studded group of friends. Find out their reasons for not wanting to join Taylor’s squad below.
In an exclusive interview with NME magazine (via Entertainment Tonight), Rihanna said that she has no interest in being friends with Taylor Swift or even joining her on stage at one of her concerts. RiRi thinks that she and Tay Tay would have nothing in common. According to her, they don’t even share the same fan base.
“I don’t think I would. I just don’t think it makes sense. I don’t think our brands are the same: I don’t think they match, I don’t think our audiences are the same. In my mind she’s a role model, I’m not.”
It’s clear that Rihanna enjoys being the “Bad Gal” of the pop industry. She likes to date the bad boys and smoke marijuana. Rihanna’s also not afraid to walk around half-naked and to push the envelope when it comes to her music and videos. Rihanna has also said that, as she works on her highly anticipated R8 album, she wants to make music that feels more authentic to her. Unlike Swift, she wants to stay away from a chain of releasing pop hits or breakup songs.
“I can’t make a song for a particular person or demographic. If I love it, I’m gonna do it. You can’t stand behind something you don’t believe in.”
Rihanna also. unlike Taylor, doesn’t want to worry about her image. She would rather have a care-free attitude as Taylor continues to worry about protecting her pristine image, day in and day out.
“You can pretend for a little while, but there’s always going to be resentment. I can be who I am and sleep at night, knowing there’s no pressure to be anything else.”
Wax Idols front woman Hether Fortune has always been outspoken when it comes to her political beliefs and her music. So, it came as no surprise to her fans when she said that she has no interest in joining Taylor Swift’s squad. Fortune gave Paper magazine a very strong opinion on Swift’s group of female friends, which she finds fake.
“I think it’s totally phony. I don’t buy it. It’s all for show. I think she’s a super talented artist and songwriter, obviously. She’s self-made in a lot of ways and she’s in control of her own career, so I respect those things about her.”
Hether gave a reason as to why she doesn’t like Taylor’s female-charged group and views on feminism. She finds both very Taylor-centric and self-serving.
“She’s on Planet Taylor where everything revolves around her. Suddenly now she’s like, ‘Oh, feminism is cool! This is my girl squad!’ Which is, for the most part, supermodels and really beautiful, thin, women who make her look like she’s cool.”
The indie singer also gave her input on Taylor Swift’s Twitter beef with Nicki Minaj. She believes that the “Wildest Dreams” singer shouldn’t have gotten involved in the first place. Hether believes that Minaj “totally had a point. And then Taylor just came in on her white horse, like her literal white horse, and completely dominated the discussion Nicki was trying to have about a real issue she deals with as a black woman in the industry.”
This isn’t the first time that celebrities have spoken out against Taylor Swift’s squad. Sir Ian McKellen was invited to one of Swift’s 1989 concerts. The Lord of the Rings star told The Sun that he had other plans that night.
“Though she did ask me to appear with her and Patrick Stewart in a show in LA but I had something else to do that night.”
What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift’s squad? Do you also agree that her group is too squeaky-clean and fake like Rihanna and Hether Fortune has said? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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