Is ‘Bad Blood’ About Katy Perry? Taylor Swift Answers, Sort Of
Dancing: aspiration of the rhythmically gifted and exceedingly flexible, preferred method of evasion around a dicey topic for Taylor Swift.
In GQ's November cover story, which was posted to the magazine's site today (October 15), Swift considers the year-long rumors that her song "Bad Blood" addresses a fallout with former pal Katy Perry. The idea was first posed last September amid the release of Swift's 1989, but now, months and months later, the singer's shifting the story.
"You’re in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about?'" she considers. "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," she continues. "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."
It could be a convincing argument, but in that August 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Swift seemed to speak very passionately to the contrary—that "Bad Blood" was, indeed about a fellow female artist—without much prodding.
"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 said. “She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy!"
It wasn't even about a guy. Hmm...
What do you make of T. Swift's latest "Bad Blood" analysis? Read the full interview (it's great, for the record), tell us if you believe what she says, or if you're still sold on the fact that the song's definitely about Katy.
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