It's not the reason you think it is
When Taylor Swift failed to show up to the VMAs on Sunday, rumours starting flying that the singer was avoiding a run in not only with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, but also with Kim and Kanye West after their recent feud.
But it turns out that he absence was down to a very different reason – Taylor was in court.
The singer had been called for jury service in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday morning. Taylor showed up to serve on a rape and kidnap case but was later dismissed on account of potential bias after
revealing that she is already involved in a sexual harassment case after
being groped by a DJ in 2013.
Despite her absence, Taylor was still on everyone’s minds at the VMAs. Her name was noticeably absent from Calvin Harris’s acceptance speech when he won a VMA for best male video, despite the pair having dated for 15 months before separating.
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Meanwhile Kanye West wasn’t so subtle. Referencing the 2009 VMAs when he stormed the stage to interrupt Taylor’s acceptance speech, he said: ‘’Now later tonight [my video] Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win.’
Just another one of Kanye’s memorable VMA moments then…
He then went on later to explicitly talk about their ongoing feud after his wife, Kim Kardashian outed Taylor for lying about her consent to name-check her in his song ‘Famous’.
‘People come up to me like, “Man, that’s right, take Taylor down” – bro, I love all of y’all,”’ he said. ‘That’s why I called her.’