After a year of speculation, Taylor Swift finally confirmed that "Bad Blood" is not actually about her nemesis, Katy Perry.
Speaking to GQ magazine, Taylor revealed that she provided a deliberately misleading answer when Rolling Stone asked who the song was about, in order to protect a pretty surprising person.
"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.' 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.'" Taylor told the magazine, insinuating the song is really about an ex.
And while she continued to play into the idea that it was about rival pop star Katy Perry - especially after creating a music video and casting pal Selena Gomez as the female villain supposedly in question - Taylor wants everyone to know she doesn't feel any guilt over letting the world buy into that assumption.
"I never say anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I 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. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of a friendship."
Taylor's not typically known for writing songs about the losses of female friendships, as previous albums chronicle failed romantic relationships. The singer insinuated that she actually stayed true to form with "Bad Blood," since the song stemmed from a part of a breakup she hadn't previously explored.
"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." Taylor shared.
The fact that Katy got caught in the crosshairs of who the song was truly about doesn't matter to Taylor, who told the magazine, "I don't necessarily care who people think it's about. I just needed to divert them away from the easiest target."
That easy target fortunately remains spared; as it's difficult to discern which ex-boyfriend she might be talking about. Since she shared that they're now on good terms, it's likely not ex Harry Styles, whom she had an awkward run in with earlier this year. And since she specifically mentions being on good terms with the ex's family, it seems a more likely candidate would be Conor Kennedy, or perhaps, Jake Gyllenhaal.
But if Taylor gets her way, the world will never know.