On Aug. 26, 2013, during interviews at the New York City premiere of the 3-D documentary “One Direction: This Is Us,” Harry Styles and his band mates in One Direction publicly spoke out about Taylor Swift’s apparent cursing at and disrespecting Styles during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). In an interview with “Extra,” Styles commented: “It’s all right. She likes a joke. I like a joke as much as the next guy, so it’s all good.”
As previously reported, the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony was held on Aug. 25 at Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” won the prize for Best Song of the Summer. Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” won for Best Female Video. Swift pretty much admitted in a 2013 interview with the London Times that she wrote the song about Styles, who is one of her ex-boyfriends.
In Swift’s acceptance speech for the MTV VMAs, she made an obvious dig at Styles when she said, “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song who knows exactly who he is because now I got one of these!”
The camera cut to One Direction sitting in the audience after Swift made that remark. Styles was seen clapping and looking up at the video screen, while his band mates Niall Horan and Tomlinson looked at each other knowingly.
Styles and Swift dated for only a few months. Their breakup in January 2013 was reportedly not amicable. Neither Styles nor Swift has publicly talked about why they split. “I Knew You Were Trouble” was reportedly written after Swift and Swift secretly dated for a few weeks in the spring of 2012, but she allegedly broke things off with him because he didn’t want to be monogamous. They rekindled their relationship around November 2012 but broke up again in January 2013.
Swift is famous for writing bitter breakup songs about her ex-boyfriends. When One Direction was on stage earlier that night to present the Best Pop Video award, the camera caught her mouthing the words, “Shut the f*ck up” while Styles was speaking. Several media outlets, including the Daily Mirror, posted the footage. (Gomez, who won the award, is a close friend of Swift’s and was sitting next to her at the 2013 MTV VMA show.)
One Direction’s Liam Payne wasn’t so diplomatic as Styles about Swift’s taunting of Styles during her MTV VMA acceptance speech: “I just thought it was a bit not needed. I mean, you just won an award. It’s like, ‘Concentrate on yourself!'”
One Direction’s Tomlinson and Horan joked to several reporters that Swift was talking about Horan during her acceptance speech.
After the MTV VMA show, Styles and Swift ended up at the same party at the SoHo Grand Hotel Club Room in New York City. DJ Spiky Phil posted on Instagram a group photo (pictured with this article) of himself at the party with Swift, Styles and Styles’ close friend Ed Sheeran, who was the opening act on Swift’s 2013 North American tour.
Styles said of the party: “Yeah, I went for a drink with Ed and some friends. It was good.”
Although Styles and Swift reportedly had a bitter breakup, at least they can be civil enough to pose for a group photo with a mutual friend. Sheeran has said in interviews that since he is a friend to Styles and Swift, he tries to avoid taking sides by not discussing their failed romance with either of them.
One Direction (the biggest-selling act to emerge from “The X Factor”) and Swift were also at the 2013 Brit Awards in London and the 2013 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France. By all accounts, One Direction and Swift avoided each other at those awards shows, which took place shortly after Styles and Swift broke up.
DJ Spiky Phil’s photo is the first known picture of Styles and Swift posing together in the same photo since the former couple’s split.