What Taylor Swift Songs Are About Celebrities? 16 Stars Who May Have Inspired a T. Swift Tune

Taylor Swift isn't shy about sharing her personal thoughts with the world — as long as it's through song, of course. Swift is notorious for penning songs that come directly out of her own life, and her new album, 1989, will be no exception. Before we get the chance to analyze the hell out of Swift's newest music, let's look back on all of the celebrities that she was allegedly inspired to write songs about.

by Kaitlin Reilly

Tim McGraw

One of the first celebrities that Swift ever wrote about wasn’t an ex-boyfriend, but a favorite artist. Swift released her debut single “Tim McGraw” in 2006 which had lines like, “When you think Tim McGraw, I hope you think of me.”

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Joe Jonas

Jonas allegedly broke up with Swift via phone call in 2008, which blindsided the singer. She supposedly wrote “Forever and Always,” which went on her 2010 album Speak Now, about the end of their relationship. The Jonas Brothers retaliated with a not-so-subtle reference to Joe’s ex in their 2009 song “Much Better,” which hints at a girlfriend who has “tears on her guitar,” a la Swift’s single “Teardrops On My Guitar.”

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Camilla Belle

Instead of taking another musical swing at Jonas, Swift decided to take a jab at the girl who allegedly “stole” Jonas away from her. According to Swift, Jonas began dating Belle immediately after their breakup in 2008, which, naturally, didn’t sit so well with her. Swift’s 2010 song “Better Than Revenge” disses the said boyfriend stealer with lines like “She’s not a saint and she’s not what you think, she’s an actress… She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.” Swift even performed the number to a brunette girl who looked suspiciously like Belle on a cruise ship in 2011.

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Adam Young

The song “Enchanted,” off of Swift’s 2010 album Speak Now, is allegedly about the sweet, romantic encounter Swift had with Owl City’s Adam Young. It was all but confirmed by Young himself, who added up Swift’s coded message in the back of her record, which spelled out his name.

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Taylor Lautner

Lautner and Swift allegedly dated for three months in 2009, and, if the 2010 song “Back to December” is truly about Lautner (as many speculate it is) their relationship didn’t end so well. Swift’s song is an apology to a boyfriend she ran away from, with heartbreaking lyrics like “You gave me roses and I left them there to die.” Poor Tay.

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Cory Monteith

Monteith and Swift were rumored to have dated in 2010, leading many fans to speculate that the song “Mine” was inspired by one of their dates. The song is about a long term relationship, but the inspiration was from just one date with a guy during which Swift said she saw their would-be relationship flash before her eyes.

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John Mayer

Mayer was allegedly the subject of Swift’s song “Dear John,” which chronicled her romance with an older, awful dude. Swift has never confirmed that “Dear John” was about her relationship with Mayer, whom she reportedly dated in February 2010, but Mayer himself admitted that he was “humiliated” by his ex's song.

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Kanye West

Remember when West stood up and stopped Swift from finishing her acceptance speech at the VMA’s? Swift took the high road and penned the song “Innocent” for West, which stated that she forgave him for his actions. The song made it on her 2010 album Speak Now.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal and Swift were spotted out together in 2010 and allegedly dated for a few months. In her song off of Red, titled “State of Grace,” Swift sings the phrase “twin fire signs and four blue eyes.” Both Swift and Gyllenhaal are blue-eyed and under born under the fire sign of Sagittarius.

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Will Anderson

After the split up with Gyllenhaal, Swift allegedly went on a date with Parachute member Anderson. They hung out in Nashville, which led many fans to speculate that he was the person Swift wrote about starting over with in her song “Begin Again.” Now the only question is: Is Anderson a big James Taylor fan?

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Selena Gomez

The 2012 album Red features album art with coded letters that spell out words. Vulture analyzed the art and found the word “SELENA” in the lyrics of poppy friendship tune “22.” Clearly, Swift was referencing BFF Selena Gomez.

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Dianna Agron

Agron and Swift have been buds for years, which is why it wasn’t surprising to find that Swift also called out the Glee star in her album art for the song “22.”

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Harry Styles

One Direction star Styles was the alleged inspiration behind the dubstep-lite song “I Knew You Were Trouble” off of Swift’s 2012 album Red. Though Swift hasn’t confirmed that it was Styles that the bad boy ballad was about, she did thank her unnamed ex — “who knows exactly who he is” — when she accepted the award for Best Female Video at the VMA’s in 2013. The camera panned over to a stunned Styles. Talk about awkward.

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Conor Kennedy

Swift dated Kennedy for several months in 2012 and even spent time on the famous Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. In fact, “HYANNIS PORT” is the secret code in the Red album artwork under the song “Everything Has Changed.”

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Ethel Kennedy

Like Agron and Gomez, Conor Kennedy’s grandmother Ethel gets a by-name shout out on Red’s album art under the song “Starlight.” According to Swift, her and Kennedy shared a special bond, and Kennedy inspired her to live an “unpredictable” life.

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Katy Perry

Uh-oh. Did Swift just throw shade at fellow pop star Perry? It looks like it… and we haven’t even heard the song yet. Swift told Rolling Stone about an unnamed female pop artist who tried to sabotage her career — an artist she now considers her “straight up enemy.” Swift’s new song “Bad Blood” chronicles her relationship with said pop star. Though several suspects were named, the most popular choice is Perry, who allegedly hijacked some of Swift’s backup dancers from her tour. After the article came out, Perry tweeted to “be careful of a Regina George in sheep’s clothing,” fueling speculation that the song “Bad Blood” is indeed about Perry.

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