Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, took to Instagram late Sunday to show support for her daughter’s longtime friend, Taylor Swift.
“I wish I could give you a big hug right now,” Teefey wrote. “Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artist about protecting themselves. I don’t understand the pleasure of power plays to simply hurt people! To deny you the option to own your blood, sweat and tears, especially as a young women who shared growing up in front of the world, is heartbreaking!”
As The Inquisitr reported, Swift penned a letter to fans on her Tumblr page Sunday, writing she was “grossed out” about the sale of her former record company Big Machine Records to music manager Scooter Braun. The sale of Big Machine Records includes the original copies of all of Swift’s six released albums.
Teefey continued on with her post, and called out Scooter’s wife, Yael Cohen Braun, suggesting the two could meet to discuss the situation after Cohen Braun responded to Swift’s letter in her own lengthy Instagram post defending her husband.
“He’s a manager, not God. He cannot control the actions of other humans, even ones he manages. Don’t blame him because Kim caught you in a lie, it’s embarrassing, I know—but adults own up to their mistakes.”
Swift has found similar support from other artists in the music industry, including Halsey who tweeted support for the “Shake It Off” singer. Longtime collaborator and friend Todrick Hall, who served as co-executive producer for Swift’s latest music video for her song “You Need To Calm Down,” tweeted that he supported Swift and called Braun homophobic. Cara Delevingne, Iggy Azalea, Brendon Urie and Jack Antonoff are just some of Taylor’s pals who expressed support for the singer on social media.
But not everyone in the entertainment industry took Swift’s side. Fellow pop singer Demi Lovato also took to her Instagram story to support Braun.
“I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He’s a good man. Personally, I’m grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them. There’s enough hate in this world as it is.”
Sia shared her support for Braun in a tweet on Monday.
The situation might hit close to home for Swift’s squad member, as she called out Gomez’s ex, Justin Bieber, for bullying her in 2016 during her infamous public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. While Gomez has not chimed in, Bieber responded Sunday to Swift’s allegations he bullied her, saying he was sorry for making an Instagram post about the feud at the time but said he thought Swift’s letter went too far.
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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..
Gomez and Bieber have had an on-again/off-again relationship since they first announced being an item in February 2011. Although they were seen together in 2018, the couple allegedly decided to “take a breather” on their longtime romance in March, according to People. Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin in September of 2018, according to The Inquisitr.
In June, Gomez deleted the last remaining photo of the “I Don’t Care” singer from her Instagram feed. A previous report from The Inquisitr noted that it was a photo celebrating Bieber’s March birthday, prior to the couple’s most recent breakup.
According to previous reports, Gomez and Teefey have at times had a strained relationship – especially when it comes to the former’s romance with Bieber. TMZ reported Teefey was checked into a hospital in 2017 after having a conversation about Gomez’s relationship with Bieber.
The drama comes at a time where Swift is just under two months away from releasing her seventh studio album, Lover, on August 23. This album will be released under her new label, Republic Records. Swift told fans on Tumblr that the new album would be a “healthier option.”