Swift, 33, dropped her latest and much anticipated album on Friday, October 27th – the fourth of her six planned re-recordings. In addition to the 19 original tracks on the album, Swift gave listeners five never-before-heard songs ‘from the vault.’
One track is raising eyebrows as it hints to her split from Harry Styles, 29, who she dated prior to the original release of the album back in 2014.
The track has Swift singing on what appears to be a difficult move on from a past relationship when people are both living in the public eye.
“And did you think I didn’t see you? / There were flashin’ lights,” Swift sings, seemingly about her ex being photographed with a new partner. “At least I had the decency / To keep my nights out of sight / Only rumors ’bout my hips and thighs /And my whispered sighs,” she adds.
Swift when on to call this former flame a ‘lying traitor; before accusing them of searching in ‘every model’s bed for something greater.”
Styles was previously linked to Kendall Jenner from 2013-2014.
In other parts of the song, Swift calls this ex’s ‘new girl’ her ‘clone’ and makes references about the inability to let the relationship they had go.
“Let’s fast forward to three hundred awkward blind dates later,” she croons. “If she’s got blue eyes, I surmise that you’ll probably date her.”
Swift’s biggest tease that the song could be about Styles, however, comes in the second verse, where she paints a picture of past memories. “When you lost control / Red blood, white snow,” she recalls. The images seem to parallel “Out of the Woods” off of1989’s original tracklist, in which Swift recounts the ordeal, singing, “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room/When you started crying, Baby, I did too.”
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Swift revealed in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview that she and an ex were once involved in a snowmobile accident. “You know what I’ve found works even better than an NDA?” she told the outlet. “Looking someone in the eye and saying, ‘Please don’t tell anyone about this.” Styles, meanwhile, was photographed with a bandage on his chin just days after the incident took place.
Also in the second verse, Swift remembers a “blue dress on a boat.” In 2013, Swift and Styles reportedly called it quits during a getaway to the Virgin Islands. “They had a fight,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly at the time, adding that Styles “said something he shouldn’t have.” At the time, Swift was photographed leaving the vacation on a boat while looking forlorn and donning a now-famous royal blue dress.
The two first were spotted together back in 2012 before the split in January of 2013. The romance was quite brief, and many believe that the album is largely inspired by her relationship with Sytles.
Tracks like “Out of the Woods” and even “Style” had many believing at the time to be so.
wift has never officially confirmed any of her music is about the former One Direction singer — as she famously doesn’t “name names” when it comes to her songwriting — but she has heavily teased the idea.
After 1989 hit shelves, she told Rolling Stone that “Style” should have been titled, “I’m Not Even Sorry.’” In December 2014, she opened up about her inspiration behind the track during an appearance on The Morning Show.
“‘Style’ is actually bout those relationships that are never really done,” she quipped of the tongue-in-cheek track. “You always kind of have that one person who you feel like might interrupt your wedding and be like, ‘Don’t do it, we’re not over yet.’ I think everybody has that one person who kind of floats in and out of their life and the narrative is never truly over.”
Harry Styles shared his thoughts about the potential song being about him as well back in 2014 in a conversation with Google Hangout.
“We always say that we write from personal experience, and I think everyone does. So, it would be hypocritical to say ‘Oh, you can’t write songs.’ And she’s really good, so, they’re good songs,” he said of the 12-time Grammy winner. “I’m really lucky in that sense.”
In a conversation with Rolling Stone back in 2017, Styles even mentioned, “I’m lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That’s what hits your heart. That’s the stuff that’s hardest to say, and it’s the stuff I talk least about. That’s the part that’s about the two people.”
The two seem to be on good terms since their split. The two have been seen chatting at wards over the past few years and have also gone on with their own respective relationships.
Styles recently split from Olivia Wilde in November of 2022 after nearly two years of dating. The singer has also been spotted with Taylor Russell in London kissing in the streets in front of paparazzi.