Taylor Swift and Harry Styles fans were happy to hear One Direction’s new song “Perfect” last Friday. It also didn’t take Swifties and Directioners long to dissect the meaning of the lyrics, which they found was a response to Swift’s hit single “Style.”
Now 1D has released the music video for their new song. The British boy band had to cancel their show in Belfast for the first time because Liam Payne was so ill that he had to go to the hospital. But One Direction made up for it by dropping the new black-and-white filtered video for “Perfect,” which features the guys smoldering to the camera and takes inspiration from Swift’s very own “Style” video.
How does Taylor Swift feel about the song “Perfect”? Some would say that Tay Tay would be upset since it sounds so similar to “Style” and it includes the line, “And if you want someone to write your breakup songs about, baby, I’m perfect.” That made some of Taylor’s own fans think that “Perfect” was a dig at the famous singer-songwriter.
According to a report via the Hollywood Life, Swift is actually flattered by the song and loves knowing that she helped inspire their new hit. An alleged source spoke to the celebrity gossip blog about Swift’s reaction.
“Taylor isn’t coming out and bragging that the song’s about her, but the word is she’s happy about it. It’s a great song, why wouldn’t she be?”
It’s doubtful that it will ever be confirmed if the song is about Harry Styles short-lived relationship with Taylor Swift. But if clues like a response to Swift’s opening line in “Style,” which goes, “Midnight, you pick me up. No headlights.” In “Perfect,” Styles croons, “And if you like midnight driving with the windows down.”
Taylor Swift has been keeping mum about her “Style” video and most of her 1989 album, which is said to be about Harry Styles. She just told GQ that she doesn’t like to name names and drop hints in her songs. But she was willing to open up about the songwriting process for “Out of the Woods” and “I Know Places,” both of which are said to be about her relationship with the 1D singer. During her interview with Grammy Pro, Taylor recalled the time that producer and co-writer Jack Antonoff sent her a demo for the music behind the song, and within an hour, she was able to come up with the song’s lyrics.
“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 gonna have to jump over? Are we gonna make it to next week?
“It was interesting to write about a relationship where you’re just honestly like, this is probably not gonna last, but how long will it last? Those fragile relationships, it doesn’t mean they’re not supposed to happen. How the whole time we were having happy memories or crazy memories or ridiculously anxious times, in my head it was just like, are we okay yet, are we there yet, are we out of this yet?”
Swift’s fans were already quick to figure out that the song was about her relationship with Harry Styles. The song includes lyrics like “your necklace hanging from my neck” and “two paper airplanes flying,” which refers to the matching airplane necklaces that Swift and Styles wore during their short-lived affair.
Taylor was also seen holding that very same necklace in her music video for “Style.”
In “Out of the Woods,” she also mentions Styles’ snowmobile accident with the dramatic line, “Remember you hit the brakes too soon? Twenty stitches in the hospital room.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Swift says anything about 1D’s new video. But it’s more than likely that she won’t since she’s happy with her new boyfriend, Calvin Harris. And if recent interviews are any indication, it’s clear that she wants to move on from that time in her life.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Taylor Swift is cool with 1D’s new song and video? Do you think “Perfect” is their response to Swift’s “Style” video?
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