Taylor Swift fans for years have speculated that the pop icon has had secret relationships with some of her close female friends. Now, Swift has opened up about the rumors ahead of dropping 1989 (Taylor’s Version).
In case you did not know, her name is Taylor Swift, and she was born in 1989. On Friday October 27, the singer rereleased her third, highly anticipated album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version). The album includes new recordings of beloved songs like “Blank Space” and “Wildest Dreams” as well as five bonus “From The Vault” songs: “Say Don’t Go”, “Now That We Don’t Talk”, “Slut!”, “Suburban Legends”, and “Is It Over Now?”
Fans Discover Taylor Swift’s Prologue
Prior to the official launch, ardent Swifties unearthed a prologue for the album, in which Swift delves into her creative process, reinvention in 2014, and the persistent dating rumors.
“It became clear to me that for me there was no such thing as casual dating,” Swift wrote. “Or even having a male friend who you platonically hang out with. If I was seen with him, it was assumed I was dating him.” Swift said she had been slut-shamed for years preceding 1989, and wanted to silence “the voices that had begun to shame me for dating like a normal young woman.”
So, Swift decided to cut off contact with all men and focus on herself, her music, her growth, and her female friendships. “I only hung out with my female friends, people couldn’t sensationalize or sexualize that right? I would learn later on that people could and people would,” she continued.
The singer’s sexuality has been the subject of prolonged speculation, especially her close relationships with Dianna Agron and Karlie Kloss. Some fans, known as “Gaylors,” have utilized her complete discography as evidence to support their theories regarding Swift’s queerness. However, this prologue might be a nudge to stop the ongoing speculation altogether. She already tried to put an end to the media headlines in 2014 via a tweet.
Lately, we’ve witnessed the detrimental impact of speculation on celebrities, exemplified by Heartstopper star Kit Connor, demonstrating that it typically does more harm than good.
Taylor Swift Thanks Her Fans
In another part of the prologue, Swift expresses gratitude to fans who embraced and recognized her allyship to the LGBTQ+ community within the context of her 1989 album.
“I’ll always be so incredibly grateful for how you loved and embraced this album,” she writes.
“You, who saw the seeds of allyship and advocating for equality in ‘Welcome to New York.'” She also thanked fans for seeing that “maybe a girl who surrounds herself with female friends in adulthood is making up for a lack of them in childhood (not starting a tyrannical hot girl cult).”
1989 (Taylor’s Version) is available now!
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