Pop star Taylor Swift has wiped her website and all her social media accounts of posts and photographs, leaving a ‘blank space’ and a host of questions for her millions of fans to ponder.
On Friday Swift, who has 85 million Twitter followers and 102 million on Instagram, deleted all of her Instagram photos, her posts on Tumblr, and removed her avatar from her Facebook page, where all postings prior to December 2015 were missing.
The Blank Space singer also deleted years of Twitter posts, and her official website currently fails to load anything else but a black screen.
The strange behaviour has sent her fans into a frenzy over whether the pop singer has been hacked, is preparing to launch a new album, or about to reinvent herself.
Swift’s most loyal devotees are tweeting #TS6IsComing, heralding a sixth album is imminent – noting three lead singles from the singer’s five albums were released in August.
“I’m scared to go to sleep thanks to Taylor Swift like what if she drops a new song,” tweeted an anxious fan called Anu using the handle @shadesoftaylor.
Ms Swift is arguably overdue to release a new album, with her last three albums released almost exactly two years apart.
Label Big Machine released Speak Now on October 25, 2010, followed by Red on October 22, 2012 and finally 1989 on October 27, 2014.
Taylor’s publicist did not return calls for comment, but the development follows a busy two weeks for Swift, who earlier this month ended a six month absence from the public spotlight to testify at a high-profile groping trial in Denver, Colorado.
Swift, 27, was on Monday awarded the symbolic $US1 in damages that she had sought after a federal jury in Denver found that a radio DJ had grabbed her bottom while posing for a photo with her in 2013.
Her unflinching testimony describing the incident was applauded by fans and women’s rights groups for highlighting the issue of sexual assault. Swift later made a donation to the sexual violence campaign and support group Joyful Heart Foundation.
This social media blackout is not the first time the Shake it Off singer has dropped out of public view. Earlier this year she took a time-out from the spotlight following a highly publicised relationship with British actor Tom Hiddleston.
In 2015, Swift told NME she was worried people might “need a break” from her and revealed her concerns she may never replicate or top the success of 1989.
“How could the next one [album] be as big?” she said. “Maybe the next album will be a bridge to somewhere else. Or maybe I’ll just go ahead and change everything.”
– with AAP