Taylor Swift, known for her upbeat pop songs and breakup ballads, has always been a standard setter and record breaker throughout her career.
She has the most awarded country album of all time (“Fearless”) and she sold over a million copies of her last three albums in a mere week, right before being the first woman to win of Album of the Year at the Grammys twice.
Now, Swift has other records to her name: first woman to have a YouTube video to reach over 2 billion views. This is a feat that she reached not once, but twice, with her hit singles “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space” reaching the milestone within the last week.
Since both videos have surpassed 2 billion views, she is the first artist, male or female, to have two videos hit that historic high.
Both videos were released in the second half of 2014, “Shake it Off” in August and “Blank Space” in November, in conjunction with her most recent album “1989.”
If these records were broken during her peak, there’s no doubt she would have posted some sort of appreciatory Instagram post or tweet thanking her fans.
However, Swift hasn’t been in the public eye for quite a long time and her posts on social media have been sparse.
The last time she was seen in public was February and the last time she posted on any form of social media was in early March. This isn’t normal for Swift, who used to be the most followed person on Instagram who interacted with fans on social media more than the average artist.
Fans speculate Swift is missing or has been in hiding recently for a myriad of reasons.
Many think Swift has too much exposure in the press recently, especially bad press. After being called out by Kim Kardashian last year, Swift has also had backlash for not supporting a political candidate and abstaining from marching in the Women’s March. Many feel that, since Taylor Swift is a devout self-proclaimed feminist, she should have vocally supported Clinton for president and actively marched on Washington in January instead of just tweeting about it.
With all this backlash, it could be reasonable that Swift is waiting for things to settle before returning to the public eye with her “goody-two-shoes” persona.
Others think she is preparing her next album — working in recording studios and taking enough time to get it exactly how she wants it. Her long hours of writing, recording and collaborating could be another aspect to Swift’s mysterious disappearance.
For whatever reason, Swift is keeping to herself these days and probably celebrating her YouTube records by sipping coffee in her mansion while snuggled up with her cats.