Well, that settles that.
Taylor Swift's "realest interview ever" with GQ is certainly living up to its title, especially after Swift revealed that one of her most controversial tracks from 1989, "Bad Blood," wasn't what we were led to believe -- lest we forget that the singer's September 2014 Rolling Stone feature strongly indicated the track was a reference to Katy Perry. It was believed the two had feuded over stolen backup dancers, but now the truth is finally out.
And the truth will set you free, as they say.
"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,'" Swift narrates. "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. So you say, 'That was about losing a friend.' And that’s basically all you say."
In other words, the statement was merely a diversion. Smart call -- given that ex-boyfriends are the media's easiest target in the superstar's personal life. If there's one thing the international country and pop sensation has proven over the years, it's that she knows how to keep her reputation clean and get off scot-free when dealing with the media. That said, her predictions about how the public would handle the statement were on-point, per usual.
"I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person," she continued, "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 labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship."
Phew, now we can all sleep at night, too.
But realistically, it did appear there were fingers pointed. It was a rather detailed narration Swift gave regarding her uneasiness toward this "friend" mentioned in the Rolling Stone interview, so it wasn't for nothing that everybody began tracking down the mystery subject. Clearly there were strong feelings.
"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," she told Rolling Stone last year. "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?'... She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."
Tall tale or not, now that the dust has settled around the hit 1989 track, it's the perfect time to set the record straight and put the real bandaid over the bullet hole.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.