Taylor Swift Will Not Sing About Exes, Air Dirty Laundry on ‘1989’

By Marissa G. Muller

Empowered female artist and expert relationship songwriter Taylor Swift is done writing about her exes— at least for now.

Up to this point, the country-gone-pop singer has made a career out of writing not-so-vaguely about her past flings with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, and, perhaps most famously, John Mayer, who inspired “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Jake Gyllenhaal who’s decision to break up with her via text prompted “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” both hits from her 2012 album Red.

But on 1989, she’ll be moving away from the aftermath of a breakup to the moment you bounce back from it, girlfriends in tow.

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“[Red] was a devastating record. It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak,” she told Fusion (via Billboard). 1989, however, is all about “the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay… [Writing Red] I was very enamored by romance and the idea of that.”

Even though 1989 will show a different side of Swift’s songwriting, it appears to be no less diaristic than her previous albums. It’s still true to life: All year long Swift has been galavanting around New York City with her besties Karlie Kloss, Lorde, and Lena Dunham.

“At this point, I just want to be with my friends and I want to make music and I want to play shows,” she added. “I want travel the world and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a couple of years ago.”

1989 is out Oct. 27.


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