Taylor Swift definitely isn't inviting Australian media to her birthday party this year — or to the end-of-tour vacation she's treating her band and crew to on Hamilton Island, a private island in the Whitsundays.
"Aussie press, I love your enthusiasm but my birthday isn't for 2 weeks and it'll be a quiet one this year. Let's take it down a notch:)," the singer said Wednesday on Instagram, giving the world a hint of what it's like to be totally chewed out by Taylor Swift. No bad blood, eh?
Well, maybe a little: "I was met at the airport yesterday by half a dozen security staff," broadcast journalist Michelle Tapper told News Corp Australia. "We were detained and they took all our bags and camera equipment."
The reporter, who was recently in Brussels covering the arrests related to terrorism in Paris, said she'd "never encountered anything like this before in 20 years of journalism, this is a pretty outrageous media ban."
Because breaking updates on a pop star's gang vacation are of vital national interest? Clearly, the terrorists have won. Anyway, Tapper was told that Hamilton Island's private-ownership status made her ouster legit. And the folks at the resort owned up to the booting.
"Hamilton Island can confirm that representatives of a number of media outlets were asked to return to the mainland after arriving at the Island yesterday. It is within the rights of Hamilton Island management to take this action, and the decision to request that media return was Hamilton Island's alone," a resort spokesperson said in statement to Fairfax Media. "In this case it was clear the intention of the media outlets concerned was solely to disturb the privacy of a number of Hamilton Island guests without their knowledge or consent."
For her part, Swift seemed to — we can't not say it — shake it off.
"So stoked to be able to take my band and crew on a vacation at the end of a long and wonderful tour," she said on Instagram. "For all their hard work this year, they really deserve it. Thank you to Hamilton Island for taking such great care of 125 of the people who work tirelessly to make sure the 1989 World Tour stage gets built, the lights are on, the costumes are made, the guitars are tuned, and the show goes on."
Swift & Co's island escape comes during a break between last Saturday's show in Sydney — 76,000 people were there — and this coming Saturday's Brisbane performance, the first of the final half-dozen "1989" dates. The tour, which launched May 5 in Tokyo, wraps Dec. 12 in Melbourne.
The next day, Swift turns 26.
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