Scooter Braun Says Those Attacking Him Over Taylor Swift Drama ‘Don’t Have All the Information’
Ever since Taylor Swift published an open letter called Scooter Braun a "bully" after he purchased her former record label, Big Machine, the music businessman has tried to keep things as positive as possible, going so far as to congratulate her on her "Brilliant" album Lover upon its release.
The talent manager has addressed the label acquisition and made general comments about the resulting feud, but during a recent interview with the Wide Open podcast, Braun spoke more freely about the situation and resulting backlash than ever before.
"I went through some drama recently," he said without ever naming Swift. "And then put my phone down, looked at my friends and my family… and I was like, 'I'm good…I'm happy.' And people question your integrity. They talk s--t."
When asked about the online attacks he received from those on Swift's side, the 38-year-old advised "you got to know your truth."
"It's hard when you get attacked and it's not based on any truth, but for that other person it may be based on truth but they don't have all the information," he explained. "That's why I am always open to communication and having a conversation with someone and saying, 'Maybe this was a misunderstanding and I am happy to have a conversation with you.' But not everybody is willing to do that and you can't go through life thinking you're going to be friends and everyone is going to like you."
"I don't do anything with malicious intent. I try to do things above board. I try to do the right thing," he continued. "Not everyone’s gonna be happy with everything that you do. And I think in the long-term, I’ve learned this over time, the truth always comes out, and I’m confident in that."
But the man who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato is content because of who he has in his corner. "As long as the people that I love and respect are my compass, that's the direction I am gonna go," he said.
Big Machine owns the masters to Swift's first six albums, and the singer plans to re-record all of them to retain ownership of her music.