Taylor Swift is gracing the cover of the latest issue of GQ, with a detailed profile inside written by Chuck Klosterman (“Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs”). The piece touches on everything from Swift’s controversial “Wildest Dreams” video to the pop star being starstruck by Justin Timberlake. It also addresses her song “Bad Blood,” which is generally regarded as being about fellow singer Katy Perry.
Swift says that everyone would have assumed the song was about a guy, but it’s not. So she says she told Rolling Stone it was “about losing a friend” and left it at that.
“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,” says Swift, though the GQ article points out she also told Rolling Stone that this female singer tried to sabotage one of her tours by hiring people away from her camp.
“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,” says Swift. “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 interview here.