Inside Taylor Swift's feud with Charli XCX from song dig to ex-boyfriend connection – The Mirror

Speculation is rife of an ongoing feud between Charli XCX and her former tour buddy Taylor Swift following some scathing lyrics that feature on her new album BRAT
Charli XCX has found herself being praised to new levels after the release of her new album BRAT.
However, while critics love the release, it has reignited her apparent feud with former gal pal Taylor Swift. Despite previously serving as an opening act for the global superstar on her Reputation tour it seems there is no love lost for Charli when it comes to Taylor.
Now fans believe some cutting lyrics on one track on Charli's sixth studio album are aimed at Taylor as rumours of a feud between the pair roll on. In fact the dig is pretty vicious when it comes to throwing shade lyrically and is just the latest incident that makes it seem things are pretty frosty between the two performers.
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Of all the tracks on Charli's album, one in particular has set tongues wagging as it appears to be a takedown of Taylor. The song in question is titled Sympathy Is A Knife and on it Charli sings: “Don’t wanna see her backstage at my boyfriend’s show, Fingers crossed behind my back, I hope they break up quick.”
Just to clarify the reason why everybody thinks the song is about Taylor is that Charli's fiancé George Daniel is a member of The1975. The very same band that Taylor's ex Matty Healy – who is referred to on her latest album The Tortured Poets Department – is the lead singer of.
George co-wrote a few tracks on Charli's album so the fuel for the fire is well and truly there, especially if they felt like sticking up for Matty over his brief fling with Taylor creating such a fuss. However, Charli has made a video where she claims BRAT has just one proper diss track on it – Von Dutch.
Charli's fans recently branded Taylor a "greedy capitalist" following the success of her album TTPD. Their anger was prompted when Charli's album debuted at number two in the charts, thanks to Taylor releasing a 'new' version of her album earlier this week.
Taking to X, formerly Twitter, fans criticised Taylor for being "obsessed with money/chart positions", accusing the singer of strategically releasing "mass versions" of her album which was originally released in April. One said: "Charli deserved the Number 1 spot. Brat is universally acclaimed. Charli is at the peak of her creativity & finally getting the flowers she’s long overdue. Taylor’s obsession with money/chart positions & her pattern of undercutting other women in the industry is embarrassing."
Another vented: "Taylor swift is greedy and the farthest thing from a feminist, at least Charli has talent." A third mused: "There is of course an irony that an album full of meditations on the push-pull relationship of the artist and their art to success was beaten to the #1 spot by an artist peddling the 304th edition of their album for another week atop the charts with no self-awareness."
Meanwhile, a fourth social media user seemed quite upset with the Americana star as they said: "This is the second time that woman tried to block other female artists in a month… it was fine if it's organic, but, no, she was purposely mass-releasing different versions to do it just nasty."
Back in 2019 after supporting Taylor on tour Charli took to social media to provide some clarification after an interesting comment she made angered Taylor's loyal followers. During an interview with Pitchfork Charli said that she was “grateful” for the experience of opening for Taylor at her live shows – but then made a seemingly snarky extra comment.
She quipped: “As an artist, it kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to five-year-olds.” Charli then added that the whole experience had made her decide she wouldn't be opening for anyone again. Ouch.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the comments led to some angry Swifties questioning why Charli felt the need to complain about a once in a lifetime opportunity. One said: “Imagine having the honour of opening for Taylor Swift during a stadium tour and then complaining about her fans – do better.”
However other Taylor fans did point out that maybe she was right. One posted: “Could she have worded that better? Probably. Are people who love Taylor Swift music really her target audience? Probably not. She’s got her own sound & fans. Go kill it where you feel comfortable wishing you the best!”
Following the backlash over her comments Charli posted a note on Instagram where she stressed she had meant “no shade” and explained the remarks further. She shared: “Leading up to that tour I’d been playing a tonne of 18+ club shows and so to be on stage in front of all ages was new to me and made me approach my performance with a whole new kind of energy.”
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