Taylor Swift brought out Ice Spice at her Eras Tour concert in New Jersey as a surprise.
The pair recently joined forces on a new version of Swift's song "Karma," released on Friday.
Fans have questioned Swift's motives on the back of Matty Healy's comments about Ice Spice.
Swift, 33, and Ice Spice, 23, joined forces to perform a new version of "Karma," featuring the rapper. The song was released on Friday as part of the "Fearless" singer's Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition) album. Other newly released tracks on the album include a version of "Snow On The Beach" with more Lana Del Rey vocals.
Photographs from the concert show Swift and Ice Spice singing with each other and embracing as rainbow-color confetti fell.
According to Swift's representatives, the singer told the audience she'd been contacted by Ice Spice about potentially collaborating together while training for her Eras tour.
"She sent a note: 'If you'd ever like to do a collab, I'd love to.' What she didn't know at the time is that when I was streaming for the tour, I was listening to pretty much exclusively just her music," Swift said. "When we went in the studio, I not only fell in love with her but decided she is the entire future…"
However, the motivation behind the pair's united front has been called into question, after a series of negative comments made by Matty Healy, whom Swift is rumored to be dating, about the rapper resurfaced.
Neither Swift nor Healy, who fronts man The 1975, have publicly confirmed reports they are dating. The pair have been spotted several times together over the past month, including holding hands at a members-only venue in New York City earlier in May, according to People Magazine.
Their rumored romance kicked off shortly before comments Healy made during an appearance on "The Adam Friedland Show" in February began recirculating on social media in early May.
As Insider previously reported, Healy and the hosts of the podcast made fun of Ice Spice and tried to guess her ethnicity.
Some fans are questioning if Swift's Ice Spice collab is a PR move
In April, Healy offered an apology to Ice Spice while seemingly on stage, according to a fan video posted to Twitter.
After Swift tweeted about her new collaboration with Ice Spice on Wednesday, some fans were left questioning the timing of the announcement — and whether it came down to a PR move by Swift.
"I love taylor swift as much as the next swiftie but this is such an interesting PR move," one fan tweeted after the announcement. "Firstly, having ice spice on Karma is crazy when matty healy has literally made derogatory comments about her body and mocked chinese & hawaiian accents while discussing her ethnicity."
—Shawn Ellwood (@shawnathon54) May 24, 2023
Another tweeted, accompanied by a light-hearted video: "Taylor Swift trying to distract from the Matty Healy rumors by collabing with Ice Spice."
However, others did share their excitement about Ice Spice and Swift's collaboration. "Nah this is wild because when I first heard ice spice I said she had superstar quality but we'd have to see how'd she develop as an artist. She's undeniable rn. Killing the game," TikToker and influencer Bobby Foster tweeted.
Fan account Viviana added: "TAYSPICE COMING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD."
Representatives for Ice Spice and Healy did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider, made outside normal working hours.
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