The winding road that is the Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun/Scott Borchetta drama took an interesting twist, as Scooter engaged in a Twitter DM conversation with a local Taylor fan and 107.5 the River listener.
In case you've been under a rock for the last few days...here's what you've missed.
Scooter Braun's company Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group from Scott Borchetta for a price tag of $300 Million.
Big Machine is, of course, Taylor's old record label. She left after the reputation album and signed a deal with UMG Recordings for future works, starting with the Lover album due out August 23.
Immediately after the sale was announced, Taylor took to Tumblr to express her displeasure over all of her old work now being owned by Braun, a man she considers a longtime enemy.
Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.
Said Taylor in that post. She also claimed that she had no prior knowledge of the pending sale of BMLG to Scooter's company.
In a series of responses later that night, Scott Borchetta not only refuted Taylor's claims that she didn't have the opportunity to buy back her masters from Big Machine, but that her team was indeed notified of the buyer prior to the sale of the company.
Anyway, that's not why we're here.
The person that's been eerily quiet through this whole thing has been the new owner of Big Machine, Scooter Braun.
That is until today, when he engaged in a Twitter conversation with a Nashville local who happens to be a big Taylor Swift fan and listener of 107.5 the River. The Twitter user, who is asking to remain anonymous, started the conversation seeking answers from Scooter about his feelings on the controversy. Surprisingly, he responded.
The original posts have since been deleted, but we have the screenshots, and we've also confirmed that Scooter DOES follow this user, so we have no reason to believe that this entire conversation isn't legit.
And I'm not what she or others think. I believe in her and that is why I made a huge bet. This whole thing is shocking and out of nowhere. I'm my own person. I'm not kanye. I'm not justin. I have never bulled her. I have tried to reach her now and she wont respond. I never bid on the company until she willingly walked away. In 10 months negotiating she never once came back. This sucks. But I won't slander her. I won't say the things about her she said abaout me. And maybe one day she won't listen to others and she will talk to me and see I actually have huge respect and admiration for her. Until then I will take the abuse of so many that don't know me nor care to look at my past that shows I care about others.
Our listener responds:
Listen, I'm giving you your chance to speak your side professionally. i've always supported taylor, and i always will. i just want to know that YOUR intentions are good and you're not doing this out of spite.
To which Scooter replies:
I would never do anything in spite nor have I ever. Plus no one makes a bet this big out of spite.
The next part of the convo refers directly to Taylor's masters.
When asked if he would let Taylor have her masters back, Scooter responds:
Yes of course. But not like this. She has to not bully people. This is not ok. But in a mature conversation of course
So, now that we've heard Scooter's side, do you believe him?
I have a feeling that this saga will continue on for days, weeks, or even months, and we may never have the whole story. But the last few days has certainly been an eye-opening peek behind the music industry curtain.