"I wasn't an asshole, in my opinion, but I did use social media like it was a joke," the record producer explained.
In an interview with ES Magazine, the DJ admitted his long-running feud with Swift made him look like an "asshole."
"I'm a weird, humorous person, but my sense of humor wasn't taken well," Diplo said. "Then I thought, do I want to be known as the asshole?"
"I wasn't an asshole, in my opinion, but I did use social media like it was a joke," he continued. "Then it became very real. What's funny now is that I don't even know my Twitter login. Someone else just Twitters for me."
Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Pentz, sparked outrage among Swift's fans after he criticized her music in a 2017 Rolling Stone interview.
"Music is in the hands of the kids. Streaming is literally what kids want to listen to over and over again," the artist told the magazine, per Billboard. "They want to listen to 'Rockstar' and 'Bodak Yellow.' They don't want to listen to, like, 'Look What You Made Me Do.' That music doesn't relate to them at all. I don't think it ever did. They were only given that by radio and marketing budgets. I'm impressed with Post Malone. I can relate to him more than Taylor Swift."
Following the backlash he received over the comments, the record producer hit back at the Swifties and told them to "calm down" on Twitter.
Diplo isn't the only celebrity to have a public feud with Swift. The "Bad Blood" singer has had drama with everyone from Kanye West to Katy Perry. However, if you recall, Swift's most recent beef is with music manager Scooter Braun -- who the pop star accused of bullying her for years -- following his purchase of her music catalog.
When ES Magazine asked Diplo if he's relieved to not be "pop's panto villain" anymore, he nodded and replied, "Yeah."
Coincidentally, Diplo also spoke about working with Justin Bieber, someone who has taken Braun's side during his beef with Swift.
The 40-year-old DJ said when he collaborated with Bieber on the 2015 hit "Where Are Ü Now," people warned Diplo it could "end his career."
"At one point Justin was one of the most unpopular artists," Diplo said. "But we thought, the music's going to cut through all of this, if we make something crazy and loud. And that's what we did."
Diplo recalled taking Bieber to Vegas for the first time. "We played our song and he was like, 'Wow, I've never seen people my age enjoying themselves.' That's what it is with pop music: at some point you have to grow into your own demographic. A lot of artists don't make it.'"
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