Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun: Where Halsey, Justin Bieber and More Celebs Stand

Cara Delevingne, Brendon Urie and Martha Hunt have spoken out in support of the "ME!" singer

By Jess Cohen Jul 01, 2019 4:50 PMTags
Watch: Taylor Swift "Grossed Out" That Scooter Braun Will Now Own Her Music

Celebs are speaking out amid Taylor Swift's battle to obtain her album collection.

In case you missed it, the Grammy winner took to Tumblr on Sunday to react to the news that Scooter Braun (manager of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato) had made a deal to acquire Big Machine Records, the label under which Swift released her first six award-winning albums. In her heartfelt post, Swift said she felt "sad and grossed out" by the move.

"For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and 'earn' one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in," Swift explained. "I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums."

Taylor Swift "Grossed Out" That Scooter Braun Will Now Own Her Music

"Some fun facts about today's news: I learned about Scooter Braun's purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world," she continued. "All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I've received at his hands for years."

Swift went on to add, "Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott's hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make."

Since Swift's post went up, stars like Halsey, Cara Delevingne, Brendon Urie and Bieber have spoken out about the news. Let's take a look at the celeb reactions to T.Swift's message.

Jameela Jamil

"This is really scary," she tweeted. "If this can happen to one of the biggest artists of all time, I cannot imagine the situation for newbies."

Martha Hunt

"Corporate power should not have the right to control what @taylorswift13 can and can not do, and then have the audacity to deny their actions?!" she tweeted.

Camila Cabello

"As a fan of Taylor's music forever, I have some of the best memories of my life listening to her first albums. I remember listening to songs like 'Love Story' or 'You Belong With Me' or 'The Best Day' on the reputation tour and crying from how much those songs mean to be," she wrote in part of the post. "It feels heartbreaking and like the world is being robbed of something important and beautiful that she can't sing these songs, her life's work, with her fans."

Selena Gomez

The singer took to Instagram to defend Swift amid the "Blank Space" star's battle with Braun and Borchetta.

"My heart is so heavy right now. It makes me sick and extremely angry," part of the post read. "I don't mind if there may be a retaliation). This is my opinion. It's greed manipulation and power. There is no heart or thought of anyone else's. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was 14 years old in her bedroom."

Justin Bieber

After Taylor made a public plea for clients of Scooter to address the matter with him directly, the performer shared this cryptic message on Instagram: "I'm having a rough day, thought I'd share, remind you [you're] not alone. Keep pushing."

The "Baby" singer, who is represented by Braun, also took to Instagram to defend his longtime manager, back in June. He wrote in part, "Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven't crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn't fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and I love you."

In response to this post, Hailey Bieber commented, "gentleman."

Gigi Hadid

The supermodel and member of Swift's girl squad wrote on Twitter, "Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is. Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!"


"Not only are we looking at an awful business movie, (because one would be incentivized to allow Taylor to perform her songs seeing as it would direct to rediscovery of a catalog they currently profit off of) but this is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her heard. These people are protected because they inspire complicity with fear. Banking on the illusion that people will not stand up for her. That the world will say she is over reacting. You're barking up the wrong tree. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her the Artist of the Decade," the singer shared on Instagram. 

The "Without Me" singer also took to Twitter in June to defend Swift over her battle with Braun.

 "Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music," Halsey tweeted. "She catapulted her stadium into the Milky Way. And it turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite. It speaks volumes to how far we have to come in the music industry. The way writers are treated. How as an entertainer you are respected but as a writer you're walked all over. Even when you are both in one single body. I am standing with her."

Ruby Rose

"This is not ok..." Ruby shared on her story along with Taylor's post regarding news of her possibly stalled Netflix documentary and AMAs performance.

Rebecca Black

The "Friday" singer weighed in on Twitter, writing, "What a complete power pull... The way this industry is set up, there are times where we have to get legal permission to perform anything we share rights to. but denying access like this is solely to play with and diminish a person."

Todrick Hall

"This makes me soooo angry," Todrick posted to his Instagram story.

Camila Cabello

"I don't know a lot about what's going on," the "Señorita" singer tweeted alongside a broken heart emoji, "but I will say I really believe artists should own their own life's work."

Ed Sheeran

As fans on Instagram began questioning Sheeran's allegiance, one commenter stood up and told them to back off. "Just because he didn't post anything it doesn't me he is not supporting her," wrote one user. "Maybe he's talking with her right now, who knows. You aren't allowed to doubt their friendship just because he didn't say anything on social." Of course, this caught his attention. Replied the singer, "I have been speaking directly to her, like I always do."

Kelsea Ballerini

When asked by a fan on twitter what she thinks about the ongoing saga, the country superstar responded with support for Swift: "I've reached out to her and love her very much."

Brendon Urie

During his livestream on Monday, July 1, Swift's "ME!" duet partner put Braun on blast. "Scooter Braun s--t, like what a piece of s--t, right? You guys know about this dude?" Urie said. "It just like broke my heart, I read Taylor's statement and I was like, 'That sounds about right.' Toxic dudes doing toxic bulls--t in this toxic industry."

Iggy Azalea

"I think from what I can see; it's more about the fact they didn't even give her the opportunity to at least bid on her own masters; when she's made it known she wanted to purchase," Azalea tweeted in defense of Swift. "I can totally understand where she's coming from."

Todrick Hall

The singer, who is close pals with T.Swift, took to Twitter to clarify he's no longer represented by Braun. "For those asking, I left Scooter Braun a long time ago...I am saddened by this news, but not shocked," Todrick wrote. "He is an evil person who's only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego. I believe he is homophobic & I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan."

Cara Delevingne

After seeing the posts from the Biebers, actress and model Delevingne took to Instagram to defend Swift.

Commenting on the singer's post, Delevingne wrote, "Gentleman? @haileybieber @justinbieber you must be bored. I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions. As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened. I am not sure you actually understand what an apology is. This issue that @taylorswift is talking out is about far more than a picture and you know that. As you said, you haven't spoken to her in years which means you definitely don't understand the situation. I do. Take a step back and try to learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story."

Martha Hunt

The Victoria's Secret supermodel took to social media to defend her BFF, tweeting, "Taylor doesn't deserve for someone who has constantly BULLIED her to OWN THE RIGHTS to her blood, sweat, + tears. It's not the dark ages - artists shouldn't be held down, and I couldn't be prouder of my friend for standing up for what's right. End of story."

Yael Cohen Braun

Braun's wife, Yael Cohen Braun, took to Instagram to defend her husband, challenging Swift's claims about the deal. "And girl, who are you to talk about bullying?" Yael wrote in part. "The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers."

Kendall Jenner, Jenna Dewan and Sophia Bush are among the stars who have liked the Instagram post. Social media users also spotted Kacey Musgraves' like on Yael's post, but it appears the singer has since unliked the post.


"You're a good kind man @scooterbraun," the singer wrote on Twitter. "I hope this passes quickly. I love you keep going."

Demi Lovato

The "Skyscraper" singer, who recently signed with Braun, took to her Instagram Story to defend her manager. "I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He's a good man," Lovato wrote. "Personally, I'm grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop 'dragging' people or bullying them. There's enough hate in this world as it is."