Taylor Swift Shaded Kimye Divorce On "Midnights" Album, Fans Speculate

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Recording Artists Taylor Swift, Jay Z and Kanye West and tv personality Kim Kardashian attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
"Vigilante Shit" from the 32-year-old's latest release has been raising some eyebrows online.

Even outside of the hip-hop world it was a big weekend for new music, with one of the most talked-about arrivals coming from multi-genre singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who delivered Midnights on Friday (October 21), complete with a single feature from Lana Del Rey.

As fans quickly began to stream the 13-track record, several titles have emerged as fan favourites, including "Anti-Hero," "Maroon," and "Vigilante Shit," which some have speculated could be about Kim Kardashian's tumultuous separation from her husband, Kanye West.

Of course, the Yeezus rapper and Swift famously feuded several times over the years, from the time he interrupted her speech during an award show to his line on "Famous" suggesting that he believed he still had a chance to sleep with the 32-year-old.

On her new song, the Speak Now hitmaker sings, "Now she gets the house, gets the kids, gets the pride / Picture me, thick as thieves with your ex-wife / And she looks so pretty / Driving in your Benz."

There are several theories leading to the speculation that Swift took some inspiration from Kimye's split – namely the fact that the SKIMS founder does, in fact, drive a Benz.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

"If this isn't about Taylor Swift being friends with Kim Kardashian post Kanye divorce," one user theorized, along with dozens of others.

While it's entirely possible the former couple could have motivated the country-turned-pop star to pen a song about them, others have suggested that she could be shading another person who she had very public beef with – Scooter Braun.

"Someone told his white collar crimes to the FBI," Swift sings elsewhere on "Vigilante Shit," seemingly referring to the $200M lawsuit the music manager was hit with last summer over a failed private equity fund.

Check out more Twitter reactions to the song below, and tap back in with HNHH later for more pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.