Harry Styles may think Taylor Swift’s penchant for writing tunes about her ex-boyfriends is nothing but a gimmick, but she’s taking that shtick all the way to the bank.
Although Swift claims she’s is changing things up for her new album, 1989, apparently the guy who conducted her interview with Rolling Stone feels a little differently about the matter. According to The Hot Hits, Harry Styles’ former fling nimbly avoided any questions about the One Direction singer. However, RS easily read between the lines.
Despite claiming that her relationship with Styles isn’t featured prominently on 1989, Swift’s interviewer believes that she’s not telling the whole truth.
“[T]alking to her, it seems clear that many of the songs on ‘1989’ that are about a guy are about him. There’s ‘I Wish You Would,’ about an ex who bought a house two blocks from hers (whom she implies was Styles). And ‘All You Had to Do Was Stay,’ about a guy who was never willing to commit.”
But wait — there’s more Harry Styles-oriented evidence.
“Then there’s the song that sets a new high-water mark for Swiftian faux secrecy – a sexy ‘Miami Vice’-sounding throwback about a guy with slicked-back hair and a white T-shirt and a girl in a tight little skirt that is called – no joke – ‘Style.’ (She allows herself a satisfied grin. ‘We should have just called it ‘I’m Not Even Sorry.’)'”
Headlines and Global News reports that Harry Styles isn’t the only person who inspired a song on 1989. Again, Swift didn’t cough up any major details about the person in question, though she did reveal that the person featured in one of her songs is famous, female, and a former friend. That certainly narrows it down a bit.
Unfortunately, the Rolling Stone interviewer couldn’t get any specifics from the country star. However, her vague comments allow for plenty of speculation.
“Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text message somebody in real life. I would just be constantly writing all these zingers – like, ‘Burn. That would really get her.’ And I know people are going to obsess over who it’s about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out.
“But there’s a reason there are not any overt call-outs in that song. 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.”
Do you think Harry Styles inspired several songs on Taylor Swift’s 1989? Who do you think the country star is singing about in “Burn”?