Forget baseball. Speculating on who Taylor Swift's songs are about is America's favorite pastime.
Rumors run rampant whenever the pop star releases a new tune, and though she'll never admit it, Swift's perceptive fans are often pretty damn good at decoding her lyrical clues.
So when the singer released “Bad Blood” at the peak of her feud with fellow pop star Katy Perry, fans concluded the catchy girl fight anthem was about the rivalry.
Swift inadvertently fueled the gossip in an interview with Rolling Stone, when she explained that the song was about a woman who'd left her wondering if they were “friends or not.” This, in turn, solidified the Perry-Swift friction even more. Drama.
Now, Swift is trying to put the rumors to rest.
In an interview with GQ, the singer explained, while the song is about the “loss of friendship,” she has never (and will never) point fingers at any specific person.
She told the magazine:
You're in a[n] 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... 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.
Swift also explained, while the speculations are sometimes untrue, she avoids addressing the gossip for fear of losing the small bit of control she maintains over her music (and personal life):
I don't feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I've never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn't true, and even if I don't have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I've never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I'm holding.
She's always so PC, that Swift.
Whether or not the song really is about Katy Perry, we may never know. But we're free to speculate — Taylor even said so herself.
Read the full interview (which happens to be Swift's first-ever cover story for the men's magazine) over at GQ.