There’s no feud here, people.
Over the past few months, rumours have been swirling that the once inseparable Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss are no longer friends.
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Things began after Karlie’s name failed to appear on the T shirt covered with the names of Taylor’s friends in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video, and the speculation has been raging ever since.
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However, over the weekend Karlie diffused rumours of a rift, confirming that she and Taylor are still friends and saying “people shouldn’t believe everything they read.”
Now that Karlie has spoken, I am here with all the receipts from the past few months to prove that Taylor 👏 Swift 👏 and 👏 Karlie 👏 Kloss’ 👏 friendship 👏 is 👏 fine.
First up, let’s deal with that damn T-shirt. We know that Taylor shot the “LWYMMD” video in May, meaning that the T-shirt would have been conceptualised before then. We also know from the work of Taylor Swift detectives that Karlie and Taylor both attended Gigi Hadid’s birthday party in April.
So in order for Karlie's name to have been omitted on purpose, the pair must have somehow had time in the space of a couple of weeks to have a monumental bust up so severe that Taylor decided to spontaneously incorporate it into her art. Given how much time and attention Taylor gives to every last part of her videos, this seems unlikely.
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Next, cast your mind back to August 2017. After Taylor wiped her social media profiles, she made a dramatic return to Instagram with this announcement.
And who liked it almost immediately?
In November, the 51st Country Music Awards took place. Unfortunately, since it was the same week as Reputation‘s release, Taylor couldn’t attend because she had a pretty important appearance on Saturday Night Live to prepare for.
However, who was in attendance? Only Miss Karlie Kloss herself.
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Not only did Karlie attend, but she was also selected to present Taylor with the most prestigious award of the night: Song of the Year.
Now, let’s be clear – the CMAs are very much Taylor’s stomping ground. Not only is she one of the most successful country artists in history, but over the years Taylor has been awarded 12 times at the CMAs. It goes without saying, then, that Taylor probably calls the shots when it comes to this event.
If she were in a deep and bitter feud with Karlie, it seems unlilely that Taylor would even want her former BFF there, let alone on stage presenting her with an award – especially since Karlie has little connection to the country music scene. And yet there she was, on stage reading out Taylor's name.
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What’s more, just look how damn happy Karlie was to announce that Taylor had won!
This to me looks like the face of a supportive BFF, not an enemy.
And as if to prove there were no hard feelings, she also tweeted this which is happy and lovely and positive.
OK, onto exhibit D. In late November, Karlie celebrated the birthday of her and Taylor’s mutual friend, Lily Alridge. Karlie chose to mark the occasion not with a photo of her and Lily, but one in which Taylor was also present.
Seeing as Lily and Karlie have known each other for eight years it seems likely that they'd have a bunch of photos together. So why choose this one? Probably because there was no feud.
Well, Karlie delivered. She posted this cute photo of the pair on Instagram and Twitter.
The choice of photo should have reasurred everyone that things were fine between Taylor and Karlie, because this was a never-seen-before BTS shot from their iconic 2015 Vogue cover.
The shoot was a recreation of the road trip the girls took in the early stages of their friendship.
In fact, the trip and the Vogue cover were such a big deal to Taylor that she even has the photos framed in her home.
And she also used another BTS photo from the shoot to wish Karlie a happy birthday in 2016.
Throwing it back to such an important time in their friendship was pretty sentimental move if you ask me.
Later in December Taylor was unveiled as one of the cover stars of Time’s “Person of the Year” issue, dedicated to the women who had spoken out against sexual harassment and assault.
Earlier in the year Taylor won a lawsuit against the man who sexually assaulted her in 2013.
And as she flew home for Christmas, Karlie shared a photo of her inflight reading material. No prizes for guessing what it was.
Yep. She posted this photo of herself reading the magazine to her Instagram stories.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – at this point things feels a bit one-sided on Karlie’s behalf. So it’s worth pointing out that since Taylor wiped clean her social media and and went all incognito for this album cycle, she hasn’t publicly interacted with any of her close friends and family.
She didn't publicly acknowledge the birthdays of Gigi Hadid, Lily Alridge, Cara Delevingne, Camila Cabello and her brother Austin. She also failed to publicly acknowledge Lorde's Grammy nomination, Ed Sheeran's engagement or her closest childhood friend's wedding. The fact that Taylor hasn't interacted with Karlie on social media isn't proof that they're not friends; she hasn't interacted with anyone.
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Which is why looking at the social media activity of Taylor and Karlie’s friends is very interesting.
Let me introduce you to Abigail, Taylor’s long-time best friend and confidante since high school.
They've been through many highs and lows together – Abigail supported Taylor when she was being bullied, Taylor wrote a song about Abigail's hearbreak and she was also maid of honour at Abigail's wedding last summer.
It’s safe to say that Abigail is the epitome of a loyal best friend, especially since Taylor became famous. So her Instagram likes are very interesting.
Because despite the “feud,” Abigail has continued to like a bunch of Karlie’s Instagram photos. In fact, here are just a few of the photos she’s “liked” throughout the months when Taylor and Karlie were said to be feuding.
Perhaps the most interesting like was on this photo of Karlie at the Country Music Awards – that important night which all but confirmed she and Taylor were fine.
Would Abigail really still be in touch with and/or liking Karlie's photos if she and Taylor had actually fallen out?
And if that’s not enough to convince you, let’s recall the fact that Taylor and Karlie have a history of describing one another as “sisters” or “family.”
Well, their families are really close too. So close, in fact, that even Karlie’s sisters are still publicly communicating with Taylor.
Karlie’s sister Kimby not only wished Taylor a happy birthday, but chose a photo featuring Karlie for the message.
And then on the eve of her 23rd birthday, Kimby shared this photo alongside a very ~familiar~ caption.
But perhaps most convincingly of all is the fact that while Swifties were spamming Karlie with the rat emoji after she was photographed with Katy Perry, a fan begged her to confirm that she and Taylor were OK.
And who should respond but Karlie’s ACTUAL DAD, confirming that Taylor and Karlie are still friends.
So now we know they’re fine, the countdown is on until we receive the next Kaylor candid. Please don’t make us wait too long, ladies.