Kim Kardashian shade and a Joe Alwyn serenade: 5 buzziest moments from Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' tour

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Taylor Swift might have buried the hatchet with Katy Perry, but Kim Kardashian is still persona non grata.

The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer kicked off her “Reputation” world tour on Wednesday night after a very under-the-radar two years, and a few things were clear. She still brings it onstage … and she brings the drama.

Here are five of the buzziest moments from Swift’s tour kickoff.

She called out Kim Kardashian for bullying her

After the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star put Swift on blast over supposedly approving that lyric in Kanye West’s song “Famous,” the snake emoji was used to drag Swift online.

It’s a symbol Swift has embraced while promoting her album Reputation, and the singer explained onstage why she has been using the imagery.

“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on,” she told the sold-out crowd. “And then a lot of people called me a lot of names on social media. And I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was going to get to do this anymore. And I guess the snakes — I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media and even if a lot of people jump onboard with it, that doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead.”

Some of Swift’s snake imagery on tour. (Photo: Getty Images)

Swift continued, “And I think something that came out of it that was good was that I learned a really important lesson that I’ve been telling you from the stage for 10 years but I haven’t been able to learn myself, which has to do with how much you value your reputation. And I think the lesson is that you shouldn’t care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don’t know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you, the people who show up for you, and the people who see you as a human being. So thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to get to know me, for sticking up for me, for seeing me as human being.”

She serenaded boyfriend Joe Alwyn

One of those people who shows up for Swift is her British beau. Joe Alwyn was in the audience as his superstar girlfriend performed a few tracks from Reputation about the actor, like “Gorgeous.” Fans lost it when they caught a glimpse of Swift serenading her man, even pointing at him at the end of that song.

The media is still in Swift’s burn book

After Snapchatgate, the “…Ready for It?” singer believed that the media quickly turned on her, trying to tarnish her reputation. She made that point again with a montage of press clips bashing her at the intro of her tour.

She explained why she stepped back from the spotlight

According to tweets, Swift talked to the crowd about her decision to pull back, explaining it as something she had to do. (But she still missed her fans!)

A few of Swift’s tour looks. (Photo: Getty Images)

She had 8 costume changes — and nailed it

Alwyn wasn’t the only “Gorgeous” thing at the show. Swift has been teasing her tour costumes on Instagram and it was well worth the wait. The singer had eight glittery outfit changes and fans loved ’em.

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