T-Swift fans have been speculating about her songs since the early days of acoustic country girl Swift. With the release of singles from Reputation, fans went wild. Theories about “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Ready For It,” and “Gorgeous” went viral on the internet, but of course, they are still just theories.
Since Swift usually sings about personal experiences, fans have assumed that several songs on her new album are about the men in her life. Fans think that “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” is about Kanye West, “I Did Something Bad” is about Tom Hiddleston, “Getaway Car” is about Calvin Harris, and that Joe Alwyn got three songs: “Call It What You Want,” “New Year’s Day,” and “Gorgeous.”
okay so obviously getaway car is about tom and it just clicked that in the chorus she says ‘think about the place where you first met me’ and they MET at the MET gala i love a lyrical genius
— georgia (@repvtations) November 10, 2017
YO GUYS I DID SOMETHING BAD IS ABOUT CALVIN HARRIS. It all makes sense now 😱
— Helaman (@brazilswiftie13) November 13, 2017
new year’s day is so beautiful she’s really so happy with joe and it’s just so amazing to see your idol finally meet the love of her life and finally get her happy ending because i genuinely do not believe that there is anyone else in the world that deserves it more than she does pic.twitter.com/Pp9OlZxJ4S
— naz (@blankreputation) November 11, 2017
I'm just going to drop this information and potentially ruin someone's day: taylor swift named a track on reputation "this is why we can't have nice things." And it's a Kanye diss track
— megbert (@mcmc_ginnis) November 13, 2017
Swift has released two magazines with Reputation, and in the prologue she addressed the rumors.
According to Genius, this is Swift’s full statement in the prologue to the album:
Here’s something I’ve learned about people
We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us. We know our friend in a certain light, but we don’t know them the way their lover does. Just the way their lover will never know them the same way that you do as their friend. Their mother knows them differently than their roommate, who knows them differently than their colleague. Their secret admirer looks at them and sees an elaborate sunset of brilliant color and dimension and spirit and pricelessness. And yet, a stranger will pass that person and see a faceless member of the crowd, nothing more. We may hear rumors about a person and believe those things to be true. We may one day meet that person and feel foolish for believing baseless gossip
This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that. Ultimately, we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us. But then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe. We hope someday we’ll meet someone who will see that same morning face and instead see their future, their partner, their forever. Someone who will still choose us even when they see all of the sides of the story, all the angles of the kaleidoscope that is you
The point being, despite our need to simplify and generalize absolutely everyone and everything in this life, humans are intrinsically impossible to simplify. We are never just good or just bad. We are mosaics of our worst selves and our best selves, our deepest secrets and our favorite stories to tell at a dinner party, existing somewhere between our well-lit profile photo and our drivers license shot. We are all a mixture of our selfishness and generosity, loyalty and self-preservation, pragmatism and impulsiveness. I’ve been in the public eye since I was 15 years old.On the beautiful, lovely side of that, I’ve been so lucky to make music for living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people. On the other side of the coin, my mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment, and my songwriting has been trivialized as ‘oversharing’
When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test. There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory, because it’s 2017 and if you didn’t see a picture of it, it couldn’t have happened right?
Let me say it again, louder for those in the back…
We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them that they have chosen to show us
There will be no further explanation
There will be just reputation
However, BuzzFeed focused on a certain line of the statement, where Swift says:
Swift claims that fans and gossip sites will focus on her experience with men, and I think it’s important that she said that. Instead of realizing how Swift grew and listening to her new voice, the focus gets placed on men and how they’ve effected her.
Taylor Swift is an independent woman who don’t need no man.