Between Taylor Swift‘s 2014 interview with Rolling Stone and the ensuing music video, many people were absolutely convinced that her hit song “Bad Blood” was an ode to her beef with Katy Perry.
“She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies,'” Swift said about the mystery artist last year. “And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
However, in her recent cover story with GQ, Swift further explains her words in Rolling Stone, and says that she shared the anecdote because she didn’t want an ex-boyfriend to think the song was about him.
“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,'” she recalls. “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,” Taylor adds. “But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant.”
With that, it seems as though Swift could be referencing the fact that Perry tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing” after her Rolling Stone interview was released, furthering rumors of their feud.
Still, the 25-year-old singer claims she didn’t ever intend for “Bad Blood” to be about one person specifically, and says she “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,” Swift explained. “It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship.”
After her GQ interviewer reasoned that people didn’t claim “Bad Blood” was about a guy, Taylor continues, “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,” she urges. “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.”