Taylor Swift writes a lot about her ex-boyfriends. She never “names names,” but she hasn’t really ever tried to hide the fact that if you dated her at some point, you’re going to end up in one of her songs.
And to anyone who would obsess or criticize her over such actions, she’s got one question for you. What’s the big deal?
In a recent interview with Australia’s 2DayFM, the singer-songwriter fought back at this obsession people have over whom she’s writing about whenever she takes to the mic.
“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it, and then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed.”
Taylor Swift doesn’t understand why people use her songs to try and “play detective” about her, noting that she has a “really strict personal policy that I never name names,” and that anyone who asserts a song is about a specific person is purely speculating.
“You’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take…. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”
Swift sees the speculation as a double standard, and when put like that, it’s hard to disagree with her.
More highlights from the interview include the people that Taylor Swift will allow to listen to her stuff before anyone else, more on her friendship with Selena Gomez, and the one thing that she wishes she could do that she can’t. The full interview is below. The ex-boyfriends stuff comes at around the 3:47 mark.
Taylor Swift has pretty much stayed in the news since breaking onto the scene at age 16. Recently, she turned up in an angle where she reportedly blasted Justin Bieber while offering some relationship advice to Gomez.
Do you think there is a double standard with the focus people seem to place on the ex-boyfriends of Taylor Swift?