After Taylor Swift Seemingly Dragged Her On Her New Album, Kim Kardashian Shared A Throwback Photo With Her Ex-BFF Karlie Kloss

“Not kim posting a pic with karlie today that was taken TWO YEARS ago??? i smell drama.”

By now, you might be aware that Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, features some apparent swipes at Kim Kardashian.

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Portrait of Kim Kardashian with a high updo hairstyle, wearing a halter top with a textured design

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Many fans believe that Taylor’s song “thanK you aIMee,” which is notably stylized so that the capital letters spell KIM, is in reference to Kim’s treatment of the singer amid the infamous 2016 “snake-gate” feud.

Closeup of Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian at an event

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To quickly recap: Taylor clashed with Kim and her then-husband, Kanye West, after the release of Ye’s controversial lyric in his song “Famous.” He rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous” — with Taylor’s team claiming that she did not approve the line before it dropped.

Kim publicly accused Taylor of lying before infamously releasing footage of a phone call between Taylor and Ye, which appeared to show the singer approving the lyric. Hours before dropping the video on Snapchat, Kim added fuel to the fire by tweeting: “Wait it’s legit National Snake Day?!?!? They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍.”

As a result, Taylor’s social media pages were flooded with snake emojis following the release of the phone call. Meanwhile, #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty trended on X (formerly known as Twitter), and as a result of the backlash, she virtually disappeared from the public eye for a year.

It wasn’t until 2020 that Taylor and Ye’s full phone call was shared online, and the world learned Taylor had never actually approved of the “that bitch” lyric.

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In the years since the feud erupted online, Taylor has publicly addressed the feud, calling Kim and Ye out for their “fully manufactured frame job.”

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And so, it didn’t come as a surprise when fans speculated that “thanK you aIMee” had taken aim at Kim. You can read a full breakdown of the lyrics here.

Screenshot of the "Thank You Aimee" lyrics

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Since “thanK you aIMee” was released, Kim has lost over 120,000 followers on Instagram, and her recent posts have been flooded with comments from Swifties.

Kim has not publicly addressed the apparent drama. However, fans are convinced that she subtly threw a little shade at the singer this week by posting a photo with Taylor’s ex-best friend Karlie Kloss.

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss sitting together, Taylor with a surprised look, Karlie smiling, both in evening attire

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For those who don’t know, Taylor and Karlie were super close for years, starting in 2014. However, toward the end of 2016, it seemed like the pair had fallen out. Years later, reports suggested that Karlie had shared private information about Taylor with Scooter Braun, who was her manager at the time — and Taylor eventually appeared to confirm this claim through pointed lyrics.

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With this in mind, several fans interpreted Kim’s decision to post a throwback selfie with Karlie this week as a shady jab at Taylor.

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The picture in question, which Kim shared on her Instagram story, features Karlie, Khloé Kardashian, W magazine editor-in-chief Sara Moonves, and fashion editor Derek Blasberg. It was originally posted by Karlie in December 2022.

Closeup of Karlie Kloss, Derek Blasberg, Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Sara Moonves

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Honoring Derek’s birthday this week, Kim shared a bunch of photos with him, one of which was the selfie featuring Karlie. And it didn’t take long for fans to start speculating that Kim had purposefully chosen a photo with Karlie to make a jab at Taylor.

Closeup of Kim Kardashian and Karlie Kloss

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“Kim Kardashian posting Karlie Kloss right now is truly fucking crazy oh my god,” one person tweeted. “Not kim posting a pic with karlie today that was taken TWO YEARS ago??? i smell drama,” said another.

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“I cant believe kim posted this i need to sit down with someone well versed in the taylor swift cinematic universe this has LAYERS,” someone else wrote.

Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift at an event

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Meanwhile, others defended Kim, suggesting that the move might’ve been totally innocent. “Its literally a birthday post for the guy in the middle! not everything is to spite taylor,” one tweet read.

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