Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift publicly feuded back in 2016, and Swifties are convinced the bad feelings remain still on Lovato's side. Lovato posted several Instagram Stories yesterday, including one where she wrote that she skipped the VMAs "for a reason." That reason, Taylor Swift fans assumed, was Swift being there, winning three awards, and performing at the show.
(Lovato, for reference, defended her manager Scooter Braun after Swift wrote an open letter calling him out for his "incessant, manipulative bullying" of her earlier this summer. "Please stop 'dragging' people or bullying them," Lovato wrote in her public response. "There’s enough hate in this world as it is. Y’all can come after me all you want but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team." )
Lovato didn't namedrop Swift on Instagram though. This is what she wrote:
"Okay I can’t tell you guys what I’m doing today (you’ll find out super soon tho) but it’s making me SO HAPPY, I’m having SO MUCH FUN and I can’t stop laughing. Now go come up with your crazy ass theories as to what it might be!!" she wrote in her first story. (Lovato was likely referring to her role on Will and Grace's final season. Lovato confirmed the news on Instagram this morning, sharing a shot of her on set and captioning it "Will & Grace & Demi ??♀️? @nbcwillandgrace #WillandGrace.")
Hours later, she debunked some of her fans' wilder theories: "Y'all…none of my news has to do with dogs, pickles OR MUGS…COME ONNNNNN."
Then she wrote the trigger to Swift fans: "I skipped the VMA's for a REASON. Well that and I just hate award shows," she added in a second Instagram Story. Taken together, it just seems like Lovato is talking about her new project keeping her from going to the show.
But the VMAs' Instagram Story timing seemed a little too coincidental to Swift fans, who went off on Twitter about it.
Lovato fans defended her, explaining that not everything is about Taylor Swift.
Lovato hasn't said anything more on the matter.
Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).