Demi Lovato's playlist snub shows Taylor Swift feud involving Selena Gomez is still going strong
Lovato's Spotify playlist excludes Swift and we are reminded of the feud that ran pretty long
While Demi Lovato's comeback was long-awaited, no one expected that the singer and actress would get back into acting and release some new bops so soon. She had kept a low profile after her 2018 overdose, which she has referred to as a personal eye-opener for months following a recovery. However, in 2019, she was back in the studio while also reacquainting herself with the thespian in her.
2020 has definitely started off well for Lovato, and she has been feeding her fans quite well with new music. But what has also generated a lot of buzz is her new public playlist on Spotify, titled 'I Love Me'. The playlist was made in honor of Women's History Month in March and includes tunes by some fierce women in the music industry, but there's one little fact that's raising several eyebrows.
As fans streamed Lovato's 'I Love Me' Spotify playlist that comprises hits by iconic singers like Beyonce, Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and more, they have noted that Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift didn't make the list. The playlist conveniently excludes the two singers who released some personal and self-empowering music this past year and that may be because the two have a history with the 'Cool for the Summer' singer.
The important thing to note here is that Swift actually caused the rift between Gomez and Lovato. Those of us that grew up watching tween Disney in the 2000s, know what's up. But for those that don't, we've got you covered.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato
Gomez and Lovato's friendship goes way back, and we mean the 1990s back. The two starred in the children's show 'Barney & Friends' together and then joined Disney Channel around the same time. The two went on to headline their own shows and even worked together on some occasions.
Over the years, the two drifted apart and have publicly acknowledged it as well. Most assume that the reason for them not being as close anymore is Gomez's friendship with Taylor Swift. While they were last seen interacting in 2017, it's only been radio silence since.
Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato
Swift and Lovato have been reportedly beefing for quite a while and it is all because of a guy — Joe Jonas. The 'Love Story' singer dated Jonas in 2008, and he later dated Lovato in 2010, when the two starred together in Disney's 'Camp Rock'. The basis for this rumor is that Lovato was interested in Jonas long before they even dated.
If that wasn't enough, Swift formally invited Selena Gomez, Lovato's BFF at the time, into her girl squad. Lovato hadn't received the same invitation, and apparently felt excluded. There's also videographic evidence to go with it. Soon after the news spread about Swift and Gomez's closeness, a fan-recorded encounter with Lovato see's her responding to a question about Gomez. A fan asked her "How's Selena?", and the singer replied, "Ask Taylor!" Yikes.
Shortly after, she started dating Jonas, and many believe Swift pulled Gomez away from Lovato to get back at her and Jonas. However, Swift and Jonas have since made up and were even seen on a double date when the former was dating Calvin Harris, and the latter was dating Swift's friend Gigi Hadid.
In 2013, it seemed Gomez, Swift, and Lovato was back on good terms. Gomez had posted a screenshot on her Instagram that showed her at Swift's residence, face timing with Lovato. It wasn't exactly surprising to most people since they'd also been spotted shopping, some months earlier. In 2014, things took a different turn when it seemed that Swift and Gomez's friendship was in fact growing stronger and Lovato ended up following Gomez on Twitter.
Later that year, the 'Confident' singer was spotted getting close with Swift at the VMAs. “She’s one person that I feel like, one of the few people I’ve maintained a friendship within this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it’s hard because you have incredible friendships and people change," she said in an interview with ET Canada.
Swift's song 'Bad Blood' released in 2014, and was believed to be a snub at Katy Perry as the two were feuding at the time. Lovato was entitled to her own opinion about it, and expressed that she didn't agree with Taylor's move. "I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that's not women's empowerment," Lovato said. "We all do things that aren't, but I have to ask myself, 'Am I content with calling myself a feminist?' Yes, because I speak out."
Then in 2016, when Kesha sued her producer, Dr Luke, Lovato seemed to have addressed tweet to Swift, calling her out on not publicly supporting her. The next day, Swift's $250,000 donation towards helping with Kesha's legal costs was made known and Lovato tweeted, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed."
In an interview with Refinery29 in 2016, Lovato seemed to have confirmed that she and Swift were no longer friends. "Listen, there's nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other," she began. "There are women that I don't get along with, and that's fine." Most say she was referring to Swift.
In May 2019, Lovato got a rise out of stan Twitter when she posted a picture of her signing with Scooter Braun only days after news broke out that he and Swift were feuding over the rights to her recordings. Lovato stood in support of Braun at the time, but also praised Swift's new album 'Lover' when it released.
Are they still feuding?
There isn't any solid existing proof that the two pop stars are still feuding, but the shade-showdown in the past couple years prompts at the two not being all buddy-buddy with each other anymore. The 'You Need to Calm Down' singer hasn't uttered a word about her feelings towards Lovato over the years, but we can be sure that there will definitely not be a Swift-Lovato collab, anytime soon.
Lovato has made quite the musical comeback this year and so has Gomez. The 'Wizards of Waverly Place' star released two songs this past week 'Boyfriend' and 'Souvenir', and both have been widely received by ardent Selenators who were hoping that the singer would jump back from her long break amid her health issues.
Swift, on the other hand, has been preaching about safety during the coronavirus lockdown, urging her followers to remain cautious about their health. Her studio album 'Lover' which was released in 2019 was a smashing hit, and Swift sold out multiple arena tours, this past year.
Swift and Gomez remain close friends and the latter is a part of the iconic Swift Squad.