Taylor Swift and Harry Styles seemed like pop’s perfect couple. Taylor was starting to cross into the pop world with her experimental RED album as Harry rose to fame thanks to his successful boy band One Direction.
Taylor Swift, 25, and Harry Styles, 21, were the golden couple. They were both into music, and they both had a dedicated fanbase. Swift and Styles had a very brief winter romance, as described by Bustle. They reportedly started dating in the fall of 2012, but weren’t seen together until December. Their fans gave them the couple name “Haylor,” and hoped they would last forever. Unfortunately, for their fans, Swift and Styles ended their relationship in January 2013, and their fans got some good music out of it.
Taylor decided to make her descent into the pop world with her latest release, 1989, which went on to become the best-selling album of 2014, and quite possibly, the best-selling album of 2015 as well. Now it looks like Harry is opening up about their relationship with 1D’s latest single, “Perfect.” Reports are claiming that the Mick Jagger-lookalike wrote the song about his famous ex-girlfriend.
One Direction released the song on Friday, Oct. 16, and it’s the second single from their upcoming album, Made in the A.M., which is set for release on Nov. 13. “Perfect” quickly follows the success of “Drag Me Down,” the band’s first single since Zayn Malik quit the band in March. According to E! News, “Perfect” was written by Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, along with Jacob Kasher, John Ryan, and Maureen Anne McdDonald. After a teaser video was released earlier this week, both 1D and Haylor fans assumed the song was about none other than Taylor Swift.
Harry Styles did not deny nor confirm the rumors during his interview with Smallzy’s Surgery show on Nova 96.9 FM radio in Australia. Styles hinted that the song was about a short-lived romance that wasn’t destined to last forever. Sorry, Haylor fans.
“‘Perfect’ is for sure a love song, but it’s quite a spontaneous love song. It’s not one about thinking through too much, being like, ‘Hey, I want to best with you for the rest of my life.’ It’s like well, you know, ‘This could be fun.'”
So, how is it about Taylor Swift, you ask? The chorus includes hints like, “But if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms, and if you like having secret little rendezvous.” Swift and Styles were often seen meeting up in hotel rooms in both the U.S. and UK during their brief romance. Another line says, “And if you like midnight driving with the windows down,” which led some fans to believe was a response to Swift’s 1989 track “I Wish You Would,” in which she sings “It’s 2 a.m. in your car, windows down, you pass my street.”
It could also be a response to Taylor Swift’s hit single “Style,” which includes the line, “Midnight, you come and pick me up, no headlights. A long drive could end in burning flames or paradise.”
Swift also opened up about her relationship with Styles, but only through her music. She described the writing process for “Out of the Woods,” saying that the song is about a “fragile relationship.”
“Hearing this track, it just kind of conjured up all of these like feelings of anxiety that I had had in a relationship where everybody was watching, everybody was commenting on it. You’re constantly just feeling like, are we out of the woods yet? What’s the next thing gonna be? What’s the next hurdle we’re going to have to jump over? Are we gonna make it to next week?”
Taylor also hinted that the song is about a “fragile relationship” you know isn’t going to last, but you wonder how long it’s going to last.
When Taylor Swift’s 1989 album dropped last October, her fans noticed that Harry Styles was the inspiration behind the track. The lyrics included “your necklace hanging from my neck” and “two paper airplanes flying,” referred to the airplane necklaces Swift and Styles were seen wearing during their relationship. She also recalled Styles’ snowmobile accident with the line, “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?/Twenty stitches in the hospital room.”
Listen to both Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” and One Direction’s “Perfect” below.
Now, having heard “Perfect,” do you believe that the song is about Taylor Swift? Sound off below in the comments section.