5 Rumors & Fan Theories About Why Taylor Swift Deleted Everything From Her Social Media Accounts (And What That Weird Snake Video Means)

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I've done my best to ignore signs that the world might be ending with this upcoming total eclipse, but this latest sign is just too hard to ignore. 

On Friday, Taylor Swift wiped all her social media accounts clean. No squad pics, no bios, no avatar photos, no nothing. 

You could say she's left us with a "blank space."

But seriously, the country-turned-pop-star started her deleting spree around 11:30 a.m., Aug. 18 and removed all content from her Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and website. Her Facebook was cleared of all posts after later 2015.  

The only page she left untouched was her YouTube account, which has all her music videos. 

Obviously, everyone flipped because this is an insane move to pull in 2017. All her record-breaking content is gone and most likely gone forever. Other than her groping trial, Taylor has been silent for most of this year, prompting her fans to flip with her decision to go off the grid. 

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On Monday, Taylor dropped another bomb when she tweeted out a really creepy 10-second video of a snake, which seems like a nod to the nickname her enemies and frenemies have publicly disposed upon her since 2016. 

But she hasn't yet commented on what this means for her and for her fans. So far this is all we have to go on: 

Fans of Taylor, who is arguably one of the most cryptic celebrities out there, have come up with some insane theories as to why she's removed virtually herself from the public eye. 

Here are our favorites: 

1. She's releasing a new album called "Eclipse."

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Everyone's first instinct is that she's dropping #TS6. The timing of her black-out is interesting to fans because of the total eclipse. On Reddit, one user pointed out just why they believe her album will be called "Eclipse."

  • She blacked out her social media accounts and website — a.k.a. what happens during an eclipse. 
  • An eclipse symbolizes new beginnings and "cleanses." 
  • They're also extremely emotional and moving events (think, her groping trial).

Fans also claim that the 404 error page on Taylor's official website is actually Morse code that translates into the word "wait."

Another fan went into Taylor's Tumblr page code and found words like "Moon Dust,"  "Earthy," and "Neptune." They're arguing that this could be a track listing.

Got goosebumps yet?

The final piece of the new album puzzle was posted by another Reddit user who said that in the javascript code of Taylor's website, the phrase "uibut xibu uifz epou tff" is found. 

If you subtract one from each of the letters, you get the message "that's what they don't see," which sounds like it could be a Taylor Swift banger, even though it's a lyric from her song "Shake It Off." And apparently, since the discovery, it's been removed. 

2. She might be collaborating with Kesha. 

In connection with the last theory that Taylor is about the drop a new album, people also believe that her new music will be connected to Kesha in some way. 

Last year, Kesha instagrammed the above photo with a caption saying she was making music with a "casual Grammy award winning secret person." The 13 emojis — which were all space-related by the way — that followed led people to believe that person was Taylor. 

For those of you who aren't Swift superfans, 13 has been Taylor's number for pretty much ever. 

3. She was hacked. 

The much less exciting theory is that no new music is coming and all of Taylor's accounts were hacked. 

People who believe this logical theory point to the fact that all of the accounts she followed were also deleted, which is uncommon for some of the other purges artists do before releasing new music. 

Two hours after the blackout, a man posted on Instagram that he'd hacked her account. No one has been able to verify this and the post has since been removed. 

4. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have reconciled and are performing together at the Video Music Awards. 

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Could the longtime feud between Taylor and KP finally be ending? Pop Crave tweeted (and then deleted) a screenshot that showed Taylor's Twitter account following Katy's, which sparked the fan theory that they would perform together and publicly reconcile at this year's VMAs. 

Fans of this theory point to how Swift did something similar with Nicki Minaj two years ago, and the fact that KP is hosting the event this year. 

5. She's leaving the spotlight. 

Another Reddit user pointed out that fans shouldn't be so quick to expect new music. With all the drama that's followed Taylor's life the past few years, maybe the singer is just ready for a break. 

After the end of her 1989 world tour, Taylor reported that she was taking some time off for herself — and her fans. She said she couldn't expect her next album to be as big as 1989.

"How could the next one be as big?" she said. "Maybe the next album will be a bridge to somewhere else. Or maybe I'll just go ahead and change everything."

"I think I should take some time off," she said. "I think people might need a break from me. I'm going to… I don't know. Hang out with my friends. Write new music. Maybe not write new music. I don’t know."


Emily Blackwood is an Editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, dating, relationships and everything in between. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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