Scooter Braun admits regret over bitter Taylor Swift feud but claims she REFUSED to ever speak to him about it and denies being a ‘bully’
- Taylor Swift launched a blistering attack on music manager Scooter Braun in 2019 when he bought the rights to her back catalogue for $300 million
- She accused him of ‘stripping me of my life’s work’ and labelled him an ‘incessant, manipulative bully’ in a shocking Tumblr post
- In a new interview with Variety on Wednesday, Scooter says he has ‘regrets’ about how the business deal went down
- Justin Bieber’s manager later sold back Taylor’s music to an investment fund in November last year
Scooter Braun has admitted ‘regret’ over his bitter feud with Taylor Swift, after he bought and later sold her back catalogue for a reported $300 million.
Taylor, 31, launched a blistering attack on Scooter, 40, via a Tumblr post in 2019, accusing him of ‘stripping’ her of her ‘life’s work’ by buying out her masters, and described him as an ‘incessant, manipulative bully.’
But now, Justin Bieber‘s manager has spoken in detail about his reaction to how the big money deal went down to Variety, saying: ‘I regret and it makes me sad that Taylor had that reaction to the deal.’
Last November, 17 months after being vilified by Taylor and her fans, Scooter sold the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums to an investment fund. Taylor has since begun to re-record her album herself to retaliate.
Speaking out: Scooter Braun admits regret over bitter Taylor Swift feud but claims she REFUSED to ever speak to him and denies being a ‘bully’
‘All of what happened has been very confusing and not based on anything factual,’ Scooter explains in the interview. ‘I don’t know what story she was told. I asked for her to sit down with me several times, but she refused.’
Scooter goes on: ‘I offered to sell her the catalog back and went under NDA, but her team refused. It all seems very unfortunate. Open communication is important and can lead to understanding.’
‘She and I only met briefly three or four times in the past, and all our interactions were really friendly and kind. I find her to be an incredibly talented artist and wish her nothing but the best,’ he concluded.
Attack: Taylor Swift accused Scooter of ‘stripping me of my life’s work’ and labelled him an ‘incessant, manipulative bully’ after he bought the rights to her first six albums
However, his comments and recollection of what happened appear to be different from Taylor, who claimed at the time that she only found out Scooter had bought her work on the same day as everyone else.
‘All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,’ she wrote in her Tumblr piece.
Taylor also said in November last year that Scooter ‘would never even quote my team a price’ for her masters, and that he asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would ‘silence [her] forever.’
She originally called Scooter acquiring her past work as her ‘worst case scenario.’
Taylor accused Scooter and her former Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta of allegedly trying to block her from performing her old hits at the 2019 American Music Awards, when she was honored as Artist of the Decade.
The singer also claimed that the pair ‘declined the use of my older music or performance footage’ for a Netflix documentary that she was working on.