While Taylor Swift may brag about her supermodel squad, which includes A-list members Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss. But did the singer ditch her less popular best friend on the road to fame?
According to early interviews captured in new fan book Taylor Swift: This Is Our Story, the 26-year-old superstar couldn't stop gushing about American Idol finalist and country crooner Kellie Pickler.
"She's like a sister," Swift told The Reading Eagle in 2008. "People say we're such opposites, but that's what makes us such good friends. She's incredibly blunt. I love that about her."
In 2007, when she was just 17, Swift said she learned to dance from Pickler, and even wrote songs for her while they toured together.
"It was so cool jumping into someone else's feelings for a minute and writing from their perspective," she said to CMT.com. "It was like I was writing my very first song. Exhilarating."
Pickler was equally complimentary, calling her "closest friend" Swift "smarter than a lot of 40-year-olds" and "competitive."
Perhaps the competition led to the decline of their friendship.
Years later, Pickler, 30, seemed to recoil when asked about Swift in an April 2016 interview with Fox News.
"I'm not a party of any squad, per se," she said.
The former besties haven't been spotted together since April 2009.
"I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that's not women's empowerment," Lovato slammed last month.
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