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    Taylor Swift's VMA F-Bomb: Ed Sheeran Says It Was Meant for Selena Gomez

    Mystery solved—thanks to Ed Sheeran!

    Taylor Swift 's apparent F-bomb became one of the most talked about moments from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards last week, after the country crooner appeared to throw some serious shade at ex Harry Styles. But now, Sheeran is clearing up any lingering confusion and sticking up for his pal.

    At the awards, the 23-year-old songbird was sitting with BFF Selena Gomez while One Direction was onstage. The camera cut to Taylor, who seemed to be mouthing the words "Shut the f--k up," causing many to believe the subtle diss was meant for her former flame.

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    But during a recent meet and greet in Portland, Ore., Sheeran clarified that the F-bomb was directed towards Gomez, as Swift was responding to Selena predicting Miley Cyrus would win the award for Best Pop Video (the "Come and Get It" singer later took home the accolade).

    Sheeran also added that Swift was well aware her slipup was caught on camera and instantly knew the moment was bound to create some buzz (and an endless supply of GIFs).

    "She went over to me straight after and said, 'I think I messed up,'" the redheaded cutie clarified.

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    Despite the uncomfortable incident, Taylor and Harry managed to make nice at the VMA afterparty at the Soho Grand Hotel, where they even posed for a pic with a group of pals.

    But while Sheehan had no trouble dishing deets on the much buzzed-about moment, Gomez chose to remain mum when recently asked about the incident.

    "Why don't you ask Taylor?" the 21-year-old pop star told E! News when asked about the f-bomb. "I'm gonna stick up for my best friend. Don't try that with me."

    Looks like Swift has some solid friends in her court.

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