Taylor Swift Comments On “Bad Blood” Meaning In GQ Magazine

Taylor Swift clarifies “Bad Blood.”

Taylor Swift saw immense success with 1989 single “Bad Blood,” in part because of the high budget badass music video, and also because it was about targeting Katy Perry for a mistake we’re sure she doesn’t regret. During an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Swift says the song was about a peer that sabotaged her arena tour by hiring her dancers out from under her. In GQ, Swift comments on it and kind of takes it all back.

“You’re in a Rolling Stone 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.”

The reporter suggests no one thinks it’s about a guy.

“But they would have. 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.”

Read the full GQ interview here.