There has been much speculation on the inspiration behind Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." In last year's issue of Rolling Stone, the singer explained it was about a woman who—for years—left Swift wondering if they were "friends or not." In Taylor's first cover story for GQ, the singer is
backpedaling clarifying who the song is really about.
"You're in a[n] interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about? That sounds like a 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.' And that's basically all you say. But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant. I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn't want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship."
Taylor also elaborates that it's usually the media that labels who her songs are about.
"I don't feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I've never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn't true, and even if I don't have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I've never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I'm holding. So if you're going to look at your life and say, 'I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine' —this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it's covered."
Taylor also discusses feeling lonely, her confidence in songwriting and more. Read the full interview at GQ.