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Taylor Swift Speaks to Speculation That 'Bad Blood' Is About Katy Perry

Taylor Swift Speaks to Speculation That 'Bad Blood' Is About Katy Perry

Taylor Swift gives a hint at her amazing bikini body in this brand new photo from her GQ November 2015 cover feature.

Here’s what the 25-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On the public’s assumption that ‘Bad Blood’ is about Katy Perry: “You’re in a[n] 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. 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 labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship.”

On media speculation about all of her songs: “I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.”

On if she ever feels lonely: “I’m around people so much. Massive amounts of people… So then when I go home and turn on the TV, and I’ve got Monica and Chandler and Ross and Rachel and Phoebe and Joey on a Friends marathon, I don’t feel lonely. You know, during the first few years of your career, the only thing anyone says to you is ‘Enjoy this. Just enjoy this.’ That’s all they ever tell you. And I finally know how to do that.”

On if she’s worried her lyrics will be perceived differently than intended: “No. Some of the things I write about on a song like ‘Blank Space’ are satire. You take your creative license and create things that are larger than life. You can write things like I get drunk on jealousy but you’ll come back each time you leave, ’cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream. That is not my approach to relationships. But is it cool to write the narrative of a girl who’s crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative? That was the character I felt the media had written for me, and for a long time I felt hurt by it. I took it personally. But as time went by, I realized it was kind of hilarious.”

For more from Taylor, visit GQ.com.

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  • guest

    she’s a passive aggressive nightmare.

  • saad rock

    she’s obsessed

  • Kat Love

    I know. She’s totally lying right now.

  • saad rock

    she is Clearly saying this after the Bad Blood era is over

  • kellyf

    I’ve never seen anyone more obsessed with how they’re perceived and their public image than her. It is literally all she thinks or talks about.

  • kellyf

    I’ve never seen anyone more obsessed with how they’re perceived and their public image than her. It is literally all she thinks or talks about.

  • kellyf

    I’ve never seen anyone more obsessed with how they’re perceived and their public image than her. It is literally all she thinks or talks about.

  • Narissa

    What a fake. She’ll do anything to try and keep the illusion she’s this innocent, delicate flower. She said in an interview that the song “bad blood” was about a friend she had issues with and made a point of saying that they were not fighting over a guy (you know, so no one will think she’s petty for picking a fight over that loser John Mayer). The fact that she stressed they’re not fighting over a guy was not necessary if she wanted to cover up that the song was about an ex.

    I hear so many of the brainwashed idiots in her “squad” say she’s all about women sticking together and empowering each other but she’s the first to knock any woman down if they say or do anything she perceives as against her.

  • forrest gump

    just think of it what you like most…………….

  • Lolzzzz

    Please…go…away…

  • Lolzzzz

    Please…go…away…

  • Kat Love

    Exactly. You know what’s also funny is that she herself knows she’s overexposed but I still have a feeling she won’t be off social media after her tour ends!Ugh

  • Kat Love

    That’s her downfall and her overexposure.

  • Kat Love

    She said after her tour ends she will take a long break but I have a feeling we will still be seeing Taylor a lot.

  • Kat Love

    She said after her tour ends she will take a long break but I have a feeling we will still be seeing Taylor a lot.

  • Kat Love

    Her image is already cracking

  • piste_five

    she looks like a boy.. no not a man. a little 12 year old boy. how cringe worthy

  • Cari harris

    I think she’s a talented young lady who doesnt have to tell.

  • Naynay

    bitch always tries to play like she’s the nicest but honey you said it was about another female artist / who you were friend with / who tried to sabotage your show so you gave it away, and stop with that fake B.S mother theresa just acklowledge it was about Katy and apologize or don’t we don’t care but stop pretending that is sooooooo boring

  • WhatCanyaDo

    She’s almost half annoying as the Gerald Butler whack jobs that frequent this site.

  • Naynay

    she already is booked for next years met gala co chair ! what a nightmare !!

  • Jenny from the flop

    You took the word out of my mouth! Passive aggressive is definition of Taylor swift! It’s funny how she makes all this mean songs and music videos about other celebrities and then trying to cover it up and talk around it.

  • MollyBD

    I don’t get why people dislike Taylor. She comes across as articulate and intelligent in her interviews. And the few things I’ve read that she’s written (I’m not talking about music lyrics), she certainly knows grammar. Is it her success that people resent?

  • Kat Love

    Yep she ain’t going anywhere. Overexposed!

  • Piotr Wszeborowski

    And the funniest thing is that her song “Mean” is actually about her.

  • Wendy

    #teamkatyperry

  • girl93

    specially when most of her friends are celebrities so yeah, I think we’ll see more about her.

  • girl93

    Me too

  • Canon Lyn

    I’m glad she doesn’t tell who her songs are about. Songwriters take poetic license with their music so to name who inspired it would imply every word of it was true and what she felt but that’s not always the case. Writing can lead you to a different story. Say your boyfriend got jealous for no reason and yelled at you and you broke up with him and you are mad and feel disrespected and your mind goes into a story and out comes a song like Kerosene by Miranda Lambert. If she said “Tim” inspired the song people would think Tim tried to kill her! That would be untrue and unfair. This is how songwriting works! So IF it were even true that Katy inspired the song it would NOT mean the words of the song accurately identify either what happened between them OR even how Taylor felt about that event. It could have been a simple silly thing and the song that came out had a different story. So, be careful judging her. A song is an expression of an emotion, not always a truth. So, even if you DID know who inspired it, the song would not necessarily tell you any facts about what occurred.

  • Kat Love

    So overexposed.

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  • Ditzzzy

    she’s a real pr machine

  • Wheel_House

    I really dislike how in her interviews she brings up all the stuff she’s done. ‘I get to do this, I get to do that….’ She’s constantly patting herself on the back and bringing down any other artist or person who stands in her way. Everything is an ego trip for her. It’s…. nauseating. A truly down to earth, HUMBLE artist would not talk about themselves the way she talks about herself.

  • meagan

    lmao did this lowlife white bitch basically admitted she just used Katy for publicity, which in turn resulted in Katy being publicly humiliated (“she stole my dancer and tried to sabotage my tour!”). Taylor is such a c**t.

  • Sprite

    Not exactly a antagonizing pacifist nightmare then.

  • Fred1259

    nashville whore is trying to backtrack her comments and she is so fake.

  • Fred1259

    Taylor is so arrogant.

  • Fred1259

    Taylor is so arrogant.

  • k.

    But didn’t she say the song was about someone who tried to sabotage her tour?

  • k.

    But didn’t she say the song was about someone who tried to sabotage her tour?

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