All the drama started when Zayn retweeted a meme showing quotes from both Taylor and Miley Cyrus regarding the music business and how artists should get paid. That caused a big fight between Swifties, Tay's boo Calvin Harris and Zayn.
Cal came to her rescue as soon as he caught wind of Zayn's post. They got into a huge Twitter battle and it got messy with him poking fun of his boyband status and Zayn teasing Calvin about his teeth. You can read more about their feud, here.
Taylor's boyfriend wasn't the only one to stick up for her after all that, either. Several of her music buddies chimed in, too. That lead her to defend herself in a way that only Taylor would. She favorited their tweets so she didn't have to speak out and argue with Zayn herself.
Some of the ones she favorited are:
And I honestly don't care what people say, or if they try to argue.. Unless you are an unsigned musician, you just don't understand. ❤️ 😥— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
It's not about money, it's about nurturing unsigned musician's passion for a career in this difficult industry.— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
15 year old me would have thanked Taylor Swift today for making a stand and speaking out for unsigned artists.— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
Or never had to fight for a chance in the industry and therefore don't understand.— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
Sure, artists who have 'made it' and are 'happy' may be fine with giving away music for free. But they either don't remember...— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
£40 at a show means you can afford to buy tickets to sell as a support slot show. It's trying to continue your passion as an unsigned artist— James McVey (@TheVampsJames) August 17, 2015
ALSO can I just say that @taylorswift13 is a brilliant woman who defended the 99% of us who make NO money from streaming— JAMIE COLLABRO (@JamieCollabro) August 17, 2015
Such a classy yet sassy way to tell Zayn to eff off. You go, Tay!
art has value and there is nothing wrong with expecting to receive a return when you put years of work into a record— Lauren Aquilina (@laurenaquilina) August 17, 2015