Kim Kardashian is not "fighting for followers" with Taylor Swift on Instagram, nor does the reality star's decision to post a bikini photo have anything to do with the singer. The two are simply being linked in a trivial way because of the controversy surrounding "Look What You Made Me Do."
As Gossip Cop has reported, HollywoodLife is exploiting Swift's new music and her apparent feud with Kardashian by running related stories ad nauseum. At last count on Wednesday, the webloid had published roughly 20 articles in about a week's time that all tied Kardashian to Swift's upcoming album and new single. Many of these pieces, however, are completely made up, such as one claiming Kardashian feels "bullied" by Swift, and some are just nonsensical clickbait.
This new post falls into that latter category. "Kim Kardashian Shares Throwback Bikini Pic After Taylor Swift Overtakes Her On IG — Fighting For Followers?" HollywoodLies is asking on Thursday. The site notes Kardashian shared a throwback photo on Instagram in which she flaunts her bikini body (see below), and asks, "Is Kim trying to sneakily get more Insta followers?" Swift, asserts the outlet, "recently passed" Kardashian "in Instagram followers, and we knew Kim wasn't going to sit back and let that happen!" The online publication then speculates, "So perhaps Kim posted a revealing bikini photo in order to gain more fans."
Two paragraphs later, however, HollywoodLies completely contradicts the premise of its story, contending, "At the end of the day, Kim probably has better things to focus on than Tay Tay winning the IG race." So, why then did the webloid suggest in the first place that beating Swift was Kardashian's motive for her post? It's simply because the site is desperate to capitalize on all things Swift and Kardashian right now, no matter how tangentially related. For example, other headlines in the last week include, "Kim Kardashian Kisses Kanye West While Cozying Up For Fight Night After Taylor Swift Drops Diss Track," and "Kim Kardashian Goes Braless At Lunch With Her Sisters As She Faces Taylor Swift Drama."
What does Kardashian kissing West as they watched the McGregor-Mayweather fight have to do with Swift? Nothing. What does Kardashian going braless at lunch with her sisters have to do with Swift? Nothing. What does Kardashian posting an old bikini photo on Instagram in the middle of a heat wave have to do with Swift? Also nothing. It is true that the two stars are currently closely ranked on Instgram with more than 102 million followers each, but Gossip Cop is assured that Kardashian is not "fighting" with Swift over the count, nor is she trying to out-do her with a bikini photo.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.