Why Taylor Swift And Justin Bieber Can't Stand Each Other

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber's friendship has had many ups and downs over the years. They've gone from being best buds to public enemies in a span of a decade, so if you're trying to figure out why the two can't stand each other, you're not alone. 

At one point, the singers genuinely shared an amazing bond with each other, which all started when Swift asked Bieber to join her on tour at the start of his music career, according to Elite Daily. Their relationship grew stronger when Bieber started dating Swift's BFF Selena Gomez. However, after the couple broke up (multiple times), Bieber and Swift's friendship also began to fall apart.

Then came the controversy between Swift and Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, which forced him to pick a side and ultimately put an end to the pair's friendship — possibly for good this time. So what really happened between Swift and Bieber? Keep scrolling to find out all the details.

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber started off as good friends

In the early 2010s, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber were actually good pals. In fact, the Lover hitmaker invited Bieber to join her on her Fearless World Tour in November 2009, according to Elite Daily. At the time, Bieber was just beginning his rise to fame, so the tour was a huge opportunity for him. The young pop star even famously broke his foot while performing "One Time" at Wembley Stadium in London, but kept right on singing.

Two years later, the singers had more than just music in common after Bieber started dating Swift's best friend, Selena Gomez. Not only were Bieber and Swift spotted dancing to Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song" at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, but Swift also third-wheeled with the couple at the 2011 American Music Awards. Later that year, Swift also invited Bieber to sing "Baby" on her Speak Now Tour stop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

However, after Bieber's split from Gomez, things between him and Swift took a turn for the worse. Jelena eventually got back together, but in 2013, during the Billboard Music Awards, Swift was caught sticking out her tongue in disgust after Gomez kissed Bieber backstage (per the Los Angeles Times). Unfortunately, at the time, no one knew this was the beginning of the end of Swift and Bieber's friendship.

Justin Bieber threw Taylor Swift some serious shade

On May 23, 2016, Justin Bieber seemingly cleared up any suspicion that there was bad blood between him and Swift after he shared a video of himself lip-syncing her mega hit "Teardrops on My Guitar," from her 2006 self-titled debut album. It was a sweet shoutout that caught the singer's attention (Us Weekly reported she liked the post). 

However, the love fest was short-lived. Just a few months later, Bieber did something that irreparably damaged his friendship with Swift. With just four simple words, Bieber inserted himself into Swift's feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West by shading the heck out of the singer on Instagram on August 2, 2016. He posted a photo of himself talking to Kanye West and manager Scooter Braun over FaceTime, alongside the caption: "Taylor swift what up." (At the time, this was equivalent to the 2016 version of Nicki Minaj's infamous line, "Miley, what's good?" from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.)

Everything changed after the Scooter Braun fiasco

Justin Bieber's shady Instagram came back to haunt him three years later. After his manager Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Records and become the new owner of Taylor Swift's first six albums (via Variety), Swift addressed the acquisition in an open letter published on Tumblr on June 30, 2019. In it, she accused Braun of "incessant, manipulative bullying" over the years and called Bieber out for teaming up with Braun and Kanye West to taunt her in that 2016 Instagram post.

In response, Bieber publicly took his manager's side. However, he did apologize to Swift for that "hurtful" Instagram post, and he deleted the post's original caption. "Hey Taylor," he wrote in a new post. "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."

The pop star also invited Swift to meet up to "resolve any conflict, pain or any feelings that need to be addressed." It's unclear if that ever happened, but it doesn't seem like Bieber and Swift are on the best of terms these days. In October 2019, Bieber claimed that he and Swift were "homies" — but shortly after, Swift allegedly kicked Bieber out of a Los Angeles gym. Some friendships were just never meant to be.