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."
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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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