Taylor Swift‘s been keeping a relatively low profile, as of late. Apart from the single for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the 50 Shades Darker soundtrack — a song which she recorded with her best friend’s bae, Zayn Malik — she’s practically been M.I.A. Considering the hit she took to her reputation after her phone call with Kanye West was leaked last year, it’s probably for the best.
But, then again, just ’cause she chooses to stay out of the spotlight doesn’t mean the media plans on shutting up about her anytime soon. That’s why, so often, you’ll see reporters ask her friends, exes and enemies about her. It’s entertaining for the public; not so much for the talent. To prove that, here are six celebrities who want you to stop talking to them about Taylor Swift:
Hiddleswift was a short-lived romance, kicking off in June 2016, only to end three months later, in September. Still, the 36-year-old star of The Avengers seems to be feeling the lasting effects of being one of the "Bad Blood" singer's former flames.
The UK-born actor, who's currently on the promo circuit for his new film, Kong: Skull Island, has been asked about his ex a couple times in recent weeks, and he appears to be sick of it.
"What should I regret, in your mind?" he replied to The Telegraph when asked if he regretted the publicity surrounding the relationship. "I would rather not talk about this if that's alright."
"I'm just thinking about this. Everyone is entitled to a private life," he explained. "I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment, and in my mind I don't conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate."
Jake's relationship with Tay was even shorter than Tom's, and began (and subsequently ended) years ago — all the way back in 2010! Yet that still doesn't keep the media from prodding the 36-year-old actor for information regarding his past love.
While promoting his new sci-fi flick, Life, Jake was quizzed about his old relaysh. "I think when you're in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinized, your friends are scrutinized, but..." he began in an interview with The Guardian before stopping himself and trailing off mid-answer.
Soon after, he was asked asked if he fired up some of the blonde crooner's songs on his Spotify playlist. Uncomfortable silence is what followed. They only moved on from the topic when Jake said, "I would love not to talk about my personal life" and he'd love to "talk about the movie" instead.
No one could ever forget the disastrous downfall of John & Taylor in 2010. Both fed into the gossip surrounding them by penning songs about the other — but that doesn't mean that they're willing to talk about each other outside the music.
In a 2015 interview with MSNBC, the now-39-year-old singer touched upon his 2013 tune, "Paper Doll," which was heavily rumored to be about T.Swift when it was released, and then noted that he only wanted to speak about Taylor as an artist, and not as an ex-girlfriend.
"The song never got listened to as a song," he said. "It became a news story because of the lyrics. I'm not in the business of telling people what the song's about. Now I can just go, 'Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift.' She's an artist. I'm an artist. Everybody stop, nobody's got cancer. We're rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let's just stop it. I'm a musician who's bigger than one song or one record."
It's not only Taylor Swift's past men who don't wish to speak of her — some of her best pals probably hope for the same thing. Supermodel Karlie Kloss even backed out of a speaking engagement reportedly because the network wouldn't agree to not speak about her bestie, Taylor (or Donald Trump).
Earlier this year, some said that KK backed out of an appearance on Seven's Sunrise show in Australia, on which she was supposed to promote Adidas and an Australian upmarket department store called David Jones. "Karlie's management called the show the night before she was due to appear demanding they promise not to ask about Taylor Swift," said one report. "When they said that they made no promises about where the conversation may naturally go, they were told that Karlie would not do the interview."
However, a rep for David Jones was quick to say that this pullback was from DJ and not Karlie herself. "David Jones is thrilled to work with Karlie Kloss," the statement began. "During the press arrangements for her visit, David Jones, not Karlie, asked that media focus the interviews on her career, her role in the David Jones campaign and visit to Australia. These types of interview parameters are usual practice for David Jones when working with talent, and Karlie has been extremely gracious, open and accommodating in all her interviews. We are looking forward to her appearance on the runway tonight." No word from Karlie's camp on the matter.
Kim may've been the one to spill the tea on Taylor's "Famous" phone call with Kim's husband, Kanye West, last summer... but she was over the whole conversation come September.
"Ugh, do we really have to talk about Taylor Swift?" she said during her fall 2016 interview with Billboard. "I'm so over it… If it were up to Kanye, it all would probably never have come out. He can handle it, he has no hard feelings. He doesn't even really care. I just wanted to protect my husband. I saw him getting a lot of s*it." That's why you always gotta have the receipts, people.
The 13-year-old winner of America's Got Talent totally stans Taylor... but she's so over being compared to the elder singer.
"I ain't tryin' to be Sia," Grace said in a 2016 Instagram video. "I ain't tryin' to be Melanie Martinez. I don't want to be Taylor Swift. I just want to be me, so please stop comparing."
For emphasis, she captioned the footage, "I just want to say something that's been bothering me for a while and it's that I just want to be grace! Not Taylor Swift or Melanie or anyone else that I'm compared to! I'm so grateful and take it as a HUGE compliment but I'm just trying to be me."