Was Taylor Swift’s New Song Inspired by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, or Does It Just Sound That Way?
Kidding! Just kidding. Although, maybe Taylor Swift did find inspiration from Kristen Stewart's cheating "scandal."
That was one of the jokes in Kristen's "hacked" e-mail inbox, but Monday night Taylor had a live web chat with fans and talked about her new album, Red, which will be released October 22, and her new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." She joked it was "a really, really romantic song" about her "lovely ex-boyfriend." Taylor is famous for using exes as song inspiration, but it sounds like she went beyond her own personal experiences for the whole album.
"There are things that I went through personally and then there are stories I witnessed going on around me," Taylor said during the chat. "When I'm writing an album, my world becomes a big storyboard and has the potential to become a character and all my family and friends around me know that. The last two years have been really inspirational and that's why there are so many songs on the album."
There are 16 songs on the album, so everyone in Taylor's personal life should now be nervous. (Do you think Conor Kennedy just missed the cut for the album or will he be featured too?)
"Oooh you called me up again tonight But Oooh, this time I'm telling you, I'm telling you We are never ever ever ever getting back together We are never ever ever ever getting back together You go talk to your friends talk And my friends talk to me But we are never ever ever ever getting back together
I used to think, that we, were forever ever ever And I used to say never say never..."
Taylor was on Good Morning America on Tuesday and talked more about the real origin of the song. According to People, while Taylor was recording with songwriters, "This guy walks in who is a friend of my ex's and starts talking about how he's heard we're going to get back together. And that was not the case. ... So I start telling them the story: break up, get back together, break up, get back together – just, ugh, the worst! And I picked up the guitar and [songwriter] Max said, 'This is what we're writing.'"
Why did she name the album Red? "When I was coming up with the name for this album it seemed crazy because it was really simple," Taylor said during the chat. "I wrote a song called 'Red' and thinking about what that song means to me and all the different emotions on this album they're all pretty much about the tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships I've experienced in the last two years and all those emotions fanning from intense love, intense frustration, intense jealousy, confusion, all of that in my mind, all those emotions are red. There's nothing in between, there's nothing beige about those feelings and so I called my record that."
Taylor also answered a question about reading stuff about herself online. She admits she's not even sure about the general perception of her because she refuses to read stories about herself. She said her friends make fun of her because if she finds a story about herself online she'll click off it. She gets frustrated when she sees details that are wrong — like there's a story that she's hanging out with a person but there's a photo of someone else or the story says they were somewhere and it's the wrong spot. So she avoids all that and kind of lives in her own bubble.