You know how Taylor Swift said "Bad Blood" was about another female pop star with whom she was "straight-up enemies" and everyone figured out pretty quickly that she was talking about Katy Perry? Well, don't listen to her — at least according to … Taylor Swift. The singer is now backtracking, insisting to GQ that the track is actually about an ex-boyfriend with whom she'd been trying to stay on good terms. Of course, sure, why would we ever doubt you?
"You’re in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, 'Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life.' And you sit there, and you know you're on good terms with your ex-boyfriend, and you don't want him — or his family to think you’re firing shots at him," Swift explains. "So you say, 'That was about losing a friend.' And that's basically all you say. But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant. I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn't want to be labled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship."
Got that, everyone? So she was totally misdirecting us with the Katy Perry stuff. Joke's on us. Oh well. Oh, and real subtle with the word choice there, Ms. Swift. I almost missed the one specific direction you want our imaginations to go in. That's some impressive Styles.
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