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It might not be a poignant date for most, but for Tay­lor Swift it prob­a­bly is. It was the day be­fore her shock re­la­tion­ship with Tom Hid­dle­ston was re­vealed and prob­a­bly the last time she felt in con­trol of her own life. Be­cause in five short weeks, her en­tire world has been turned up­side down.

Her lat­est bat­tle? She’s been snubbed from the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, de­spite re­leas­ing three el­i­gi­ble videos this year. It’s quite the con­trast to last year’s VMAS pre-show, where Tay­lor pre­miered her Wildest Dreams video and had no less than 10 nom­i­na­tions, win­ning four awards. ‘Not get­ting a VMA nod has been another huge blow for Tay­lor,’ says our source. ‘She re­ally feels like the whole world is against her and her con­fi­dence is at an all-time low.’

There are now ru­mours that Kanye West is in­flu­enc­ing the sit­u­a­tion thanks to their on­go­ing feud over his song Fa­mous, plus there’s spec­u­la­tion Katy Perry will be the open­ing act at this year’s 25 Au­gust cer­e­mony, with a planned ‘re­venge song’ af­ter Tay­lor’s Bad Blood takeover in 2016. And, not sur­pris­ingly, Tay’s not tak­ing it well.

‘She’s numb and in to­tal shock,’ says a pal. ‘She can’t quite get her head around where this an­i­mos­ity to­wards her has come from. The thing with Kim and Kanye has en­raged her. She feels be­trayed, used and hu­mil­i­ated.’

Friends of the star say she was also stung by her ex Calvin Har­ris cosy­ing up to Kim Kar­dashian at Jen­nifer Lopez’s birth­day party in Las Vegas last week. The DJ also fol­lowed in Kim’s foot­steps by shar­ing a video of him­self mim­ing along to Fa­mous. But while ev­ery week seems to bring more drama, Kimye aren’t the main thing tear­ing Tay­lor apart – it’s the on­line back­lash, which is out of con­trol.

‘Tay­lor had no idea she was so de­spised,’ re­veals a friend. ‘It’s de­stroyed her. She might come across as sassy and cold, but she’s ac­tu­ally in­cred­i­bly in­se­cure. She’s not cop­ing at all with the hate be­ing flung in her di­rec­tion.’

It hasn’t helped that Tay­lor seems to have been work­ing with

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