Taylor Swift
The singer's outraged fans jumped to her defence and launched a petition on Change.org, insisting the shirt's message was inappropriate.

Abercrombie & Fitch have pulled a controversial line of t-shirts poking fun at Taylor Swift after facing a backlash from the pop star's fans.

The 23-year-old Love Story hitmaker has been the subject of cruel jibes in recent months following a string of failed romances with the likes of John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas and Harry Styles.

She has also received a lot a bad press for using her breakups as inspiration and writing music about her exes.

The tongue-in-cheek t-shirt created by designers at the chain made reference to her busy - yet hitherto unsuccessful - dating life.

Swift has not commented on the Abercombie & Fitch t-shirt line. However a group of her followers, known as 'Swifties', launched a petition on Change.org insisting the message was cruel and inappropriate.

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The shirt in question read “#more boyfriends than t.s.,”

Emma Worley, the fan who launched the petition which amassed 86 signatures, branded the t-shirts hurtful.

"Because it's hurtful to Taylor Swift and Swifties everywhere!" read a description on the petition.

In response, bosses at the American retailer halted production of the tops, which were emblazoned with the message 'More boyfriends than T.S', and issued a public apology.

"Hey swifties, we no longer sell the tshirt. We... (love) Taylor's music and think she's awesome!" Abercrombie & Fitch said in its statement.