It’s not exactly surprising news, unfortunately, when two female pop stars are publicly pitted against each other. That’s pretty much a tale as old as time—and recently, both Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato have been on the receiving end of all sorts of speculation about their working relationships with other women in their field, including each other.
While rumors of a full-on feud might have been overblown, it’s been fairly clear that the two have not necessarily been buddy-buddy in recent years. Back in 2016, Lovato appeared to throw some shade at Swift in an interview with Glamour: “Don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work,” she said at the time.
“To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body,” she continued. “It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.”
Then there was the Scooter Braun drama, where he purchased the masters to Swift’s earlier recordings. Swift was furious, but Lovato (a Braun client) defended him. More recently, fans thought Lovato was referencing Swift as the “reason” she didn’t attend the 2019 VMAs, which Swift opened. But the singer quickly shut that down on Twitter: “Btw.. I didn’t ‘shade’ anyone last night. My REASON for not going is because I’m literally living my dream being on Will & Grace rn so stop reaching thaaaaannnnkkssss.” (Lovato will appear in the final season of the NBC show’s reboot.)
But now, the two superstars are showing each other some genuine support with a couple Instagram shout-outs—and we’re here for it.
Lovato took to her Instagram Stories to praise the song “Cruel Summer” from Swift’s latest album, Lover. “Life’s too short for women not to support other women…especially when women release great music,” she continued. “Great job @taylorswift.”