Did Karlie Kloss Accidentally Shade Kim Kardashian While Defending BFF Taylor Swift?

It's up for interpretation.

Karlie Kloss was caught in the Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West crossfire yesterday. The 24-year-old model and Swift Squad member gave an interview to The Sunday Times, in which she was asked to weigh in on the drama that went down between her bestie and Kim Kardashian. (You can read all about that here.) The question apparently took Kloss by surprise and she fumbled for the right words, eventually drawing out the Twitter trolls from hiding.

“Ha… you know… I honestly… I… I… I think she’s been a lovely person to me in the past,” Kloss said of Kardashian. “Look, I really don’t know her that well. My closest friends, really, are my sisters and my mum.” Some took Kloss’ statement as shade meant for Swift, as Kloss seemingly forgot to mention Swift while naming her closest friends. Kloss responded to this backlash via Twitter yesterday.

But Kloss’ loss for words when it came to Kardashian are also up for interpretation. Here are some possible explanations:

(1) It was Kloss’ way of subtly shading Kardashian.
(2) Kloss really doesn’t know Kardashian—kind of like how Mariah Carey still doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez.
(2) Kloss was at a loss because she didn’t want to deviate from her Swift Squad contract.

It seems as though Kloss would very much like to exclude herself from the Taylor Swift-Kanye West-Kim Kardashian narrative. I think it’s time we excuse her from it. Don’t you?

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