After Taylor Swift vowed in US publication Lucky that we were never, ever, EVER going to see belly button it definitely came as a bit of a surprise when the 25-year-old songstress too her Instagram account to share a pic of her casually hanging out with the Haim girls in a pretty bikini with her navel exposed for the entirety of her 22.5 million-strong following to see. 

Had she cracked? Was it finally time to unleash her perfectly toned abs on the world? Apparently not.


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It seems like Taylor was backed into the decision while she was privately holidaying in Hawaii with her girls because a pesky paparazzi photographer simply got too close for comfort.

Talking to Radio 1, Taylor revealed: 'My security gets out the binoculars and sees that they [the photographers] have a huge, long lens camera. At which point, we go back to the beach and realise, 'OK, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis.' I don't want them to make, like, $100,000 for a bikini shot.'

Fair point. So what did she do about it? Punch the camera out of the photog's hand? While that would be brilliant she ended up doing something even better...


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'And so we're like, 'Get up on the bow of the boat: We're taking better bikini shots so that they don't make as much money on theirs'.'

Ahh, it all makes sense now! What a clever cookie she is. 

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There's definitely a lesson or two to be learnt here. Firstly, Taylor Swift does have a belly button and secondly, don't even think about double-crossing her... Noted.