Demi Lovato is being accused of throwing some shade at Taylor Swift as the latter attended the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26. Demi came under some serious fire on social media as the music award show aired live across the U.S. from New Jersey’s Prudential Center after Taylor’s fans accused her of putting the “Lover” singer on blast via social media.
As reported by Cosmopolitan, Demi had Swifties all riled up after she posted a cryptic message to Instagram Stories where she made it very clear that she would not be attending or tuning in to the VMAs that night.
The upload featured white text on a black background with the words, “I skipped the VMA’s for a reason.”
She then followed up the initial post by adding, “Well that and I just hate award shows,” with a crying laughing emoji.
Notably, Taylor took home the most prestigious award of Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down” as well as gongs for Video for Good for the same song and Best Visual Effects for her duet with Brandon Urie, “ME!” The singer also performed “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover” during the ceremony.
Though Demi did not mention Taylor by name in her upload, many fans of the star were quick to accuse her of calling out her fellow pop star. Twitter was flooded with messages from Taylor’s fans accusing Demi of subtly throwing shade in her direction as the VMAs aired.
— ????????????????, ???????????????????????? (@OutofPalmTrees) August 27, 2019
It took 13 seconds for Demi Lovato to get mad cause Taylor Swift is breathing. Are we surprised?
— Nils Sjöberg (fan acc.) (@icantunseeit) August 27, 2019
— Luz ???? (@swiftLFC13) August 27, 2019
— ????????????????, Cale ???? / #1 Blank Space Stan (@calesreputation) August 27, 2019
Demi Lovato: I skipped the VMA's for a reason…
Taylor Swift: pic.twitter.com/Doj9t4h6Qg
— Deustoxic (@Deustoxic) August 27, 2019
there’s nothing cute about demi throwing shade at taylor when taylor is celebrating her success.
— ????????????????????. 95 (@thescavalry) August 27, 2019
However, others were quick to defend Demi on the social media site amid the allegations.
Many pointed out that she did not mention Taylor by name in her uploads and the reason she decided not to attend the award show is likely because she was working on another big project, not because of the singer.
honestly how can people turn demi's harmless stories where she was just making sure to her fans that the reason why she skipped the vmas today was because she was working on something and is going to announce it very soon into shade, it makes NO sense
— ً (@soIoIovato) 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
demi only teased her fans, taylor was outta here performing and winning award but yet swifties think demi shaded taylor EVEN with proofs she did not. your mad, your pressed, your delusional, your obsessed and it shows pic.twitter.com/dkQ1tAEGQQ
— ???????????????????????????? (@cxncentratedemi) August 27, 2019
No shade because Taylor swift is great but I’m sure she’s not on Demi’s mind 24/7, not everything Demi says is gonna be about her, please just drop it cause it’s such a waste of energy
— Ashleigh (@5harmendemi) August 27, 2019
Though Taylor and Demi have so far stayed quiet amid the latest round of shade allegations, the two stars haven’t exactly always seen eye to eye in the past.
Most recently, Demi defended her manager Scooter Braun after Taylor very publicly called him out for purchasing her entire music catalog from her former record label, Big Machine.
As reported by People, Taylor accused Scooter of “bullying” and made it very clear that she was not happy he’s now in charge of all of her old music.
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GUYS!!!!!!! Dreams came true today for me. I officially have a NEW MANAGER!!! And not just any new manager but the one and only @scooterbraun!!!! Couldn’t be happier, inspired and excited to begin this next chapter with you Scooter!!! Thank you for believing in me and for being apart of this new journey. Let’s DO THIS!!!!!! ????????????
After seeing the post, Demi took to social media to defend the music manager – who also oversees the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
“I have dealt with bad people in the 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,” Demi wrote on Instagram Stories.
She added, “Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them. There’s enough hate in this world as it is.”
The twosome previously clashed back in 2016 when Demi called out Taylor after she donated $250,000 to Kesha in order to help her pay the legal fees associated with her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.
Seemingly referring to the six-figure donation, the “Skyscraper” singer tweeted, “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.”