While we've established that Taylor Swift will not be coming for any of her exes on her 1989 album, the "22" star did admit to a lyrical lashing that has left us basically incapable of concentrating on anything else.
In a revealing new interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor tells the writer that a song titled "Bad Blood" -- the "angriest" on 1989, the mag contends -- is a collection of all of the shelved mental burns she thought of but never managed to lob at a certain female musician-turned-frenemy.
"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?' " Swift recalled. Then last year, "She did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.'
What's more, Swift recounted that the beef wasn't even about a boy -- just business. And it was one feud she just couldn't shake off. Taylor said the woman, whom she declined to identify, "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational-- you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it."
Have you already started running through your mental list of pop and country stars? Yeah? Me too. And Taylor suspected we would do that, adding, "I know people are going to obsess over who it's about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out."
But Taylor doesn't want you to lose sleep over this gossipy guessing game. She wrote this song so we could learn from her experience! "My intent was not to create some gossip-fest. I wanted people to apply it to a situation where they felt betrayed in their own lives." Because, of course, why would we expect her to be anything less than inspiring?