what happened to taylor swift in 2016

From “1989” to “Snakegate”: What Happened to Taylor Swift in 2016?

Born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue her music career.

She swiftly rose to fame with her self-titled debut album in 2006, which made her the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.

Over the years, Swift’s influence has extended far beyond the music industry.

She’s known for her narrative songwriting that often centers around her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage.

From her philanthropic efforts to her outspoken stance on various social issues, Swift uses her platform to make a difference.

2016 was a particularly eventful year for Swift, filled with highs and lows, both professionally and personally.

The Quiet Start of 2016

As the new year dawned, Taylor Swift was coming off the high of her wildly successful “1989 World Tour,” which concluded in December 2015.

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The tour was in support of her fifth studio album, “1989,” which marked a departure from her country roots and a full embrace of pop music.

The album was a commercial success, topping charts worldwide and spawning multiple hit singles.

The start of 2016 saw Swift taking a well-deserved break from her hectic touring schedule.

She was in a relationship with Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, and the two seemed to be going strong.

They were often spotted together, and their relationship was frequently featured in the tabloids.

It appeared to be a calm period in Swift’s life, a stark contrast to the whirlwind of events that would unfold later in the year.

The Grammy Awards and Kanye West

In 2016, the Grammy Awards became a significant event in the ongoing saga between Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

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Swift was accepting the award for Album of the Year for her album “1989” when she appeared to fire back at West’s recent claim in his song “Famous” that he “made [her] famous”.

In the song “Famous,” West raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have s*x / Why? I made that b**** famous.”

This lyric sparked a lot of controversy, as West seemed to suggest that he was responsible for Swift’s success.

The lyric was seen as disrespectful and misogynistic by many, including Swift herself.

Public Reaction and Swift’s Response

The public reaction to West’s song was mixed. Some fans and critics saw the song as a cheap shot at Swift and were quick to condemn West for his lyrics.

However, others, including some celebrities, found humor in the situation.

Swift, on the other hand, was not amused.

She responded during her Grammy acceptance speech, saying, “I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said.

“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you … you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world”.

Swift’s response was seen as a direct rebuttal to West’s claim in his song.

She later stated that she was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that b**** famous,” and criticized the song for its “strong misogynistic message”.

This controversy marked another chapter in the ongoing feud between Swift and West, further fueling the public’s interest in their relationship.

The Breakup with Calvin Harris

In June 2016, after 15 months of dating, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris (real name Adam Wiles) decided to part ways.

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The breakup was confirmed by multiple sources and was described as amicable.

A source close to the couple stated that “there was no drama” surrounding the breakup and “things just don’t work out sometimes. No one cheated”.

However, the calm didn’t last long.

The breakup took a messy turn when it was revealed in the media that Swift had ghost-written Harris’ hit single, “This Is What You Came For,” under the pseudonym Nils Solberg.

Harris felt that Swift and her team were trying to undermine him, which led him to express his feelings in a Twitter rant.

Social Media Fallout

Harris’s tweets about the breakup and Swift’s involvement in his song created a social media storm.

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He tweeted, “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do”.

He also added, “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it”.

Swift remained relatively silent on social media regarding the breakup. However, the fallout didn’t end there.

The drama continued when other celebrities, known for feuding with Swift, got involved in the fallout between Swift and Harris.

In retrospect, Harris admitted in a September 2016 GQ interview that his Twitter rant was “completely the wrong instinct” and explained that he felt his talent was being belittled.

Despite the public feud, Harris stated that he still admires Swift and what she has been able to do with her career.

The Hiddleswift Saga

Just a few weeks after her split with Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift was spotted with British actor Tom Hiddleston.

The pair, affectionately dubbed “Hiddleswift” by the media, had a whirlwind romance that lasted for three months during the summer of 2016.

Their relationship began with a dance-off at the Met Gala in May 2016. By June, they were photographed getting cozy near Swift’s Rhode Island home.

Their high-profile romance included trips to Swift’s homes in Rhode Island and Nashville and Hiddleston’s native England.

Public Reaction

The public’s reaction to Swift’s new relationship was mixed. Some fans were supportive, while others were stunned.

The sudden emergence of their relationship led to rumors that it was a publicity stunt.

However, Hiddleston refuted these rumors, stating in an interview, “Of course it was real. Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time”.

Despite the public scrutiny, the couple seemed to enjoy their time together.

They were often seen dancing at concerts and spending time with friends.

However, by September 2016, the couple had called it quits. A source revealed that Swift was the one to end the relationship as Hiddleston wanted it to be more public than she was comfortable with.

The Songwriter Controversy

In July 2016, a new controversy emerged involving Taylor Swift and her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris.

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The issue centered around Harris’s hit single “This Is What You Came For,” which featured Rihanna.

It was revealed that Swift had written the song under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.

Swift’s representative confirmed that she had written the song and recorded a full demo.

The decision to use a pseudonym was made to prevent their relationship from overshadowing the song.

However, Swift was reportedly hurt after Harris stated in an interview that he couldn’t foresee working with his then-girlfriend in the future.

Harris acknowledged Swift’s contribution to the song on Twitter, praising her as an “amazing lyric writer” who “smashed it as usual”.

However, he also criticized Swift and her team for the way the announcement was made, accusing them of trying to make him look bad.

He posted this on twitter, “Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though”.


The year 2016 was a rollercoaster ride for Taylor Swift, filled with personal and professional highs and lows.

The events of that year had a significant impact on Swift’s public image and career.

Swift’s feud with Kanye West and the controversy surrounding her songwriting for Calvin Harris’s track “This Is What You Came For” put her in the media spotlight.

These events sparked public debate and drew attention to the challenges faced by women in the music industry.

Her relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, and the subsequent breakups, were highly publicized and scrutinized.

Despite the public scrutiny, Swift handled the situations with grace and dignity, further solidifying her status as a role model for young women.

Professionally, despite the controversies, Swift’s music continued to top the charts, and she remained one of the most influential figures in the music industry.

Her ability to write deeply personal and relatable songs resonated with her fans and kept her relevant in the ever-changing music landscape.

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