Just what is going on with this new music video?


As the Australian leg of the 1989 Tour kicks off, Team Taylor clears the air.

You may have heard last week that on the eve of the final leg of her monstrous world tour, Taylor Swift accidentally angered locals in New Zealand when she brought a much too large film crew to a protected beach area.

Today, the crew clarified what went on and insists no birds were harmed in the making of Out Of The Woods whatever she was filming:

“Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances. Cherokee Films has a long history of responsible film shoots across Auckland, including Bethells Beach, where we have filmed many times. Our shoots have always been with the guidance and support of the relevant local authority — most recently Screen Auckland and Parks — and landowners. Cherokee Films were filming at Bethells Beach on Monday 23rd November where a base camp was set up on private land which allowed for access to the beach. We had permission from the landowners and paid a fee for use of the land. At all times the film crew adhered to the Dotterel protocol in guidelines provided about the dotterel nesting sites, and at no time were the film crew close to that habitat. No Dotterel were harmed. Our filming occurred outside of the Dotterel breeding area (as per referenced map which indicates the area and also the breeding seasons). Once on the beach, via the restricted access zone, the film crew presence was always in the hard sand area only — as per the permit. In acknowledgement of the concern this has added to those in charge of protecting local Dotterel population Cherokee Films will make a donation to the breeding program as we support your concerns.”

Taylor continued her current social media radio silence but did briefly stop by to thank Sydney, the first city her 1989 Tour touched down in last night:

While there’s no confirmation yet as to what video Taylor was shooting in New Zealand, most agree it is likely Out Of The Woods, considering the song’s subject matter has been making news the past few months with clapback song Perfect.

Whatever it is, Joseph Khan looks to be directing again. The director has formed a unique way of hinting at Taylor collabs this year:

Many Swifties think he’s at it again right now with his #MyAbs hashtag pattern:

Swift also delivered a passionate performance of Out Of The Woods in Sydney last night, repeating the bridge a second time and appearing overcome with emotion:

Then again, a beach location would be perfect for a song like Clean, which would be a perfect song to close the 1989 era with…