Reports have been claiming that Taylor Swift has denied that “Bad Blood” is about Katy Perry. The “Wildest Dreams” singer sat down for a 15-minute interview with GQ writer Chuck Klosterman.
It was revealed last week that Taylor Swift, 25, was the cover girl of the November, 2015, issue of GQ Magazine. The very modest singer struck a sexy pose on the cover, but she didn’t strip down to anything. In fact, Swift wore a beige tank dress over a black string bikini. She didn’t even show a hint of her cleavage or her belly button, which rarely comes out of hiding. Even when she’s wearing crop and skater skirt ensembles.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) October 15, 2015
But let’s get to the cover story. Taylor made headlines, as she always does, when most of the media assumed that she was backtracking on the story about her infamous “Bad Blood” single. Chuck asked Taylor that if she was allowing the public to assume that the so-called song of the summer was about her arch-nemesis Katy Perry. This is how she responded to his thought-provoking question.
“You’re in a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about? That sounds like 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.'”
Swift’s response meant that she didn’t want her fans to assume that “Bad Blood” was another breakup song. She wanted to let everyone know that it wasn’t about the end of a relationship. In fact, it was the end of the friendship, somehow confirming that it’s about her feud with Katy Perry.
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— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 13, 2014
Compare this response to Taylor’s September, 2014, issue with Rolling Stone, where she first brought up the song. She told the magazine that “Bad Blood” was about another pop star who nearly ruined her Red World Tour. Taylor also alluded to the fact that the friend was someone who was on her level, and someone who she thought she was good friends with.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at award shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we just friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”
That’s when Swift went on to claim that the alleged friend in question hired her backup dancers behind her back for her own world tour. That made fans quickly figure that that the timeline of Swift’s Red World Tour matched with Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, which means they were the ones having bad blood.
Katy Perry’s “Mean Girls” tweet was revealed to the world just days after the Rolling Stone interview was released online, fueling the feud rumors even more.
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
During the Rolling Stone interview, Swift did say that she wouldn’t have a problem with her fellow pop star if she wasn’t such a “competitive” person.
As documented by a BuzzFeed timeline, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift appeared to be good friends during the humble beginnings of their careers. They attended each other’s parties and even supported each other on social media. But things took a dark turn as Taylor and Katy’s careers continue to bloom and they copied from each other’s world tours. (Example: Taylor allegedly stole the exact same Barbie doll cake topper concept as Katy.)
Things even got worse when Katy Perry started her on-and-off relationship with John Mayer in 2012. Swift briefly dated the singer-songwriter from November, 2009, to February, 2010, which spawned the scathing hit “Dear John.”
Taylor Swift said in her Rolling Stone interview that her alleged feud with Perry was not “over a boy,” but it’s clear that something more than a little tour sabotage cut deep. And headlines will claim that Swift denied that “Bad Blood” was about the “Dark Horse” singer, but a little extra reading proves that she’s not claiming nor denying that the song is about Perry.
All she says is that she doesn’t like to name names, and she wanted to stop people from thinking that it was another breakup song. She did become known for writing breakup songs and love songs. Taylor doesn’t even care if people assume that it’s about Katy. She just doesn’t want people to think she’s writing about failed relationships all the time.
“So I don’t necessarily care who people think it’s about. I just needed to divert them away from the easiest target. Listen to the song. It doesn’t point to any one person or any one situation. But if you’d listened to my previous four albums, you would think this was about a guy who broke my heart. And nothing could be further from the truth. It was important to show that losing friendships can be just as damaging to a person as losing a romantic relationship.”
So, there you have it. “Bad Blood” may be about her friendship with Katy Perry, or about her friendship with someone else. What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift’s interview with GQ Magazine? Do you still believe the song is about Katy Perry? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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