Update: A representative for Ariana Grande tells Refinery29 that the singer's alleged deleted Instastory is fake.
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Ariana Grande has waded into the murky waters of the Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun drama. On Sunday, Swift posted a Tumblr response to the news that Braun had acquired her former record label, Big Machine, for $300 million USD. The purchase gives Braun ownership of Swift's entire catalog up until November 2018 (when she switched to Republic Records which, coincidentally, Grande is also signed to).
The situation is difficult for Swift because she claims the manager bullied her back during the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West drama. It's a lot to take in, and apparently Grande felt the same, expressing her complicated sentiments in an Instagram Story that she almost immediately deleted.
On Sunday, Grande posted a celebration of Braun's acquisition of Big Machine that she took down following Swift's post. Now, she's giving a bit more clarity of where she stands on the situation — for those fast enough to catch it.
“I would never support someone with the intentions of hurting another person…." she wrote according to screenshots of the Story on Twitter. "I spoke to him myself as soon as I heard.. I don’t mean to make this public or get involved but I’ve noticed mixed opinions where people used my name… please spread love. I’m so so sorry Tay. Ily. Stay strong"
Refinery29 has reached out to Grande for comment, but she has previously made her support for Braun well known. Most recently, she posted a heartfelt Instagram on his birthday.
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happy birthday to my manager who’s also family @scooterbraun. 🖤 i’m so grateful to work with you because you are truly the best but most importantly i’m grateful because u are a true, dear friend. we been thru some shit huh.... thank you for helping me push thru during incredibly trying times and for being a phenomenal human being. love and appreciate you way more than an instagram post can express but u already know. happy birthday, my g.
"i’m so grateful to work with you because you are truly the best but most importantly i’m grateful because u are a true, dear friend," she wrote.
She also had him on stage during a performance of "God Is A Woman" on her Sweetener tour.
Grande has also spoken up in support of Justin Bieber in recent months, defending him from accusations of lip-syncing at Coachella. Bieber was another target of Swift's in her Tumblr post, having previously taunted Swift on Instagram. He responded with an apology and continued to stoke the fire.
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Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. 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. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..
Of course, Grande does not have to answer for Braun's actions and is not responsible for any of his alleged behaviour towards Swift. However, in the spirit of Swift's "You Need To Calm Down" music video, Grande is making sure they all wear crowns.