Taylor Swift Drops Reputation — and Shares a Heartfelt Letter with Her Swifties
The Grammy winner, 27, dropped her new album Reputation shortly before midnight on Thursday, and it appears to be everything her Swifties have been hoping for.
While many of the songs reveal intimate details about her secret relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Swift — who spent most of 2016 in hiding — also tells her side of the story on her past relationships and feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.
On the biting track “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” Swift sounds off on being “stabbed” in the back by a former friend (probably West).
“Friends don’t try to trick you / Get you on the phone and mind-twist you,” she sings about the infamous edited call leaked by Kardashian West.
Fans are speculating “I Did Something Bad” and “Getaway Car” were inspired by her whirlwind relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, whom she dated for several months after calling it quits with deejay Calvin Harris. The high-profile fling drew harsh criticism from those who slammed how quickly Swift moved on from Harris.
“I never trust a playboy but they love me / So I fly them all around the world and I let them think they saved me,” she sings on the track. “They’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one / They got their pitchforks and proof, their receipts and reasons.”
And on “Getaway Car,” Swift reveals one of her past relationships just wasn’t meant to last.
“I wanted to leave him / I needed a reason / X marks the spot where we fell apart,” she sings. “But with three of us, honey, it’s a side show / And a circus ain’t a love story / And now we’re both sorry.”
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She also wrote a heartfelt letter to fans in Reputation‘s album booklet. “Here’s something I’ve learned about people,” she starts off. “We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us.”
“We are never just good or just bad. We are mosaics of our worst selves and our best selves, our deepest secrets and our favorite stories to tell at a dinner party, existing somewhere between our well-lit profile photo and our drivers license shot,” she continues.
“I’ve been in the public eye since I was 15 years old. On the beautiful, lovely side of that, I’ve been so lucky to make music for a living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people. On the other side of the coin, my mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment, and my songwriting has been trivialized as ‘oversharing,'” adds Swift.
“Let me say it louder again, louder for those in the back… We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us. There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation,” she concludes.
In sexy tracks like “Delicate” and “Dress,” she seemingly opens up about her intense connection with Alwyn, 26.
“Do the girls back home touch you like I do / Long night with your hands up in my hair / Stay here honey I don’t wanna share / ‘Cause I like you,” she sings on “Delicate.”
After surprising her fans with the album 30 minutes before it was set to drop, Swift’s loyal legion of followers freaked out on social media.
Swift is set to appear on Saturday Night Live this weekend as its musical guest, and she will also be performing an intimate set at SiriusXM on Friday.
Fans who can’t get enough of Swift can visit the Reputation pop-up in New York City next week where exclusive merch will be available for sale along with photo opportunities with the throne from her “Look What You Made Me Do” video shoot.
And on Monday, AT&T will premiere “The Making of a Song” as part of its Taylor Swift NOW series (only available on AT&T video platforms — DIRECTV NOW, DIRECTV and U-verse). In one of its debut episodes, Swift shares with fans the songwriting process behind “Call It What You Want.”