(New York) A text speculating on Taylor Swift’s sexual orientation has sparked a stir on social networks, with many Internet users calling for its removal.

The column in question, running around 5,000 words and published Sunday in the “opinions” pages of the New York Times, advances the hypothesis that the American pop superstar identifies in a veiled way as a member of the LGBTQ community, while publicly affirming to be heterosexual.

When contacted by AFP, neither the New York daily nor the agents of the 34-year-old artist, Time’s 2023 personality of the year, responded.

The controversial article is “intrusive, inaccurate and inappropriate”, however, commented anonymously a person from Taylor Swift’s entourage, quoted by the CNN channel.

Many readers also reacted by criticizing the New York Times, rejecting the idea that the American youth idol could be a lesbian who had not yet come out.

The author of the text, Anna Marks, lists a long list of acts performed by Taylor Swift supposedly suggesting that she is “queer.”

The addition of all these facts “suggests to queer people that she is one of them,” says the journalist.

Anna Marks cites the example of Chely Wright, an American country music singer, who confided that she had to wait years before “coming out of the closet”, for personal reasons directly linked to her career.

Taylor Swift, adored by legions of fans – the “Swifties” – openly advocates for LGBTQ rights, without ever having identified herself as “queer”.

On the contrary, over the years, we have had romantic relationships with various male celebrities, who have been the delights of the celebrity pages of magazines.

The singer of Shake It Off, Anti-Hero and You Need To Calm Down, whose career began in Nashville, the cradle of country music, has been appearing for several months with the American football player of the Kansas City Chiefs, Travis Kelce .

She, who is now seen as a feminist icon, has also shaken the music industry with a phenomenally successful tour.