Every Celebrity Referenced On 'Reputation' By Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift's Reputation is finally here, and now, Swifties all over the world can rejoice in unison. For those who have listened to the highly-anticipated album already, let's discuss every celebrity referenced on Reputation. Based on the first four songs the 27-year-old released before the full album came out on Friday ("Look What You Made Me Do", "...Ready For It?", "Gorgeous", and "Call It What You Want"), people knew Swift wouldn't back down when referencing certain individuals — without directly naming them, of course.
There are songs and lyrics that seem to point to a specific time or person in her life. Obviously, fans are left to purely speculate over who or what Swift is singing about, but her supporters are no doubt used to analyzing her music. Much of the 1989 artist's life has been publicized, which is what happens you're a megastar like Swift, so it's somewhat easy to pinpoint each song's topic.
For example, in "LWYMMD," she sings: "I don't like your little games/Don't like your tilted stage/The role you made me play/Of the fool, no, I don't like you/I don't like your perfect crime/How you laugh when you lie/You said the gun was mine/Isn't cool, no, I don't like you (oh)." Who else could that be about other than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? These three have had a long history.
The following are only theories since Swift hasn't confirmed anything, but there's no denying that it seems she is referring to some well-known celebrities who have made contact with her at one time or another.
In "Dancing With Our Hands Tied", Swift sings: "First sight, yeah, we love without reason/Oh, twenty-five years old/Oh, how were you to know, and/My, my love had been frozen/Deep blue, but you painted me golden." From February 2015 to June 2016, Swift and Calvin Harris dated. At that time, she would've been 25, so she could possibly be referring to the DJ in this song.
Really, most of Reputation could be about her short-lived romance with Tom Hiddleston. First of all, she sings about "ocean blue eyes" in "Gorgeous". Have you seen T. Hiddles' blue eyes?
Then, there is "Don't Blame Me". This has to be about Hiddleston. Hello, Swift sings: "For you, I would cross the line/I would waste my time/I would lose my mind/They say she's gone too far this time." Then, there's this: "And baby, for you, I would fall from grace/Just to touch your face." When Hiddleswift became a couple, it put a bad taste in many peoples' mouths and led to some rough opinions (even after they broke up), hence, "They say she's gone too far this time." Furthermore, her singing about a "fall from grace," well, that's what some people feel like happened for both of them, but mainly Hiddleston.
And in "King of My Heart", which could be about her current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, she seems to take a jab at Hiddleston's Jaguar car commercial by singing: "'Cause all the boys and their expensive cars/With their Range Rovers and their Jaguars/Never took me quite where you do."
Finally, the song "End Game". Swift sings about herself and another person having "big reputations." Well, she and Hiddleston definitely have those. She also sings, "Drinking on a beach with you all over me." Hmm... remember this? And what about these first pictures of them as a couple? It could be about Alwyn, as fans who attended her listening sessions say the love songs on the album are about him, but there's definitely the option of some Hiddleston references here, too.
Speaking of which, a lot of this album also sounds like one big love song to Alwyn. In "King of My Heart", she sings: "So prove to me I'm your American Queen/And you move to me like I'm a Motown beat/And we rule the kingdom inside my room." Referring to herself as an "American Queen" seems to suggest she's singing about Alwyn, who is from England. She also sings, "And all at once, you are the one I have been waiting for/King of my heart, body and soul, ooh whoa." She's had a lot of rocky relationships and maybe Alwyn is now the one for her?
The song "Delicate" also might be Swift's way of praising how much Alwyn likes her for her, despite the headlines that have followed her. "My reputation's never been worse, so/You must like me for me…", she sings.
In "Dress", which is a sexy song like it was previously teased to be, she gets very detailed and sings, "Nights back when you met me/Your buzzcut and my hair bleached." In June 2016, she got rid of her platinum blonde hair, so this lyric is a bit confusing, because she had bleached blonde hair when she broke up with Harris and moved onto Hiddleston. She also reportedly didn't start dating Alwyn until sometime in 2017. However, Alwyn has a buzzcut in his 2016 movie Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. But, seeing as she sings about when they first "met," maybe they were introduced while she still had super blonde hair, but didn't start dating until after she dyed it again? She did attend the premiere of Billy Lynn. Who knows exactly the timing of all of this, but this song does require a lot of hair analyzing.
There have been many rumors that "New Year's Day" is about Swift's ex Harry Styles. Yes, it could very well be about him, especially since they seemed to have broken up at the beginning of January 2013. However, this song is super romantic and about commitment, so why would Swift be singing about Styles like that now — after almost four years post-split? So, it's probably about Alwyn, too.
However, there's a chance "...Ready For It?" is about Styles. As she sings, "Some, some boys are tryin' too hard/He don't try at all though/Younger than my exes but he act like such a man." The former One Direction singer is currently 23, so he is a lot younger than many of the other guys she dated. Plus, he's never seemed to try "too hard" and always felt comfortable with who he is, so those lyrics speak to Styles.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
There's just no way Swift wouldn't reference Kimye on Reputation. As previously stated, "LWYMMD" seems to refer a lot to their major feud. Then, there is also "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things". Just check out the following lyrics:
It was so nice being friends again/There I was giving you a second chance/But then you stabbed my back while shaking my hand/And therein lies the issue/Friends don't try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you/And so I took an ax to a mended fence
Remember when Kimye and Swift became "friends again" in 2015? Remember that infamous phone call they had about West's "Famous"? This song has to be about Kardashian and West.
Also, in "Call It What You Want", she sings:
My castle crumbled overnight/I brought a knife to a gunfight/They took the crown, but it's alright/All the liars are calling me one/Nobody's heard from me for months/I'm doin' better than I ever was
Once again, this seems to refer to Kimye, but, especially Kardashian, who has called out Swift multiple times for what she claims were lies.
There you have it. Reputation certainly seems to refer to a handful of the celebrities who have entered and exited Swift's life over the past few years. Some of them have seemingly caused her pain, whereas others have showed her what real happiness and love is. What better way to express those emotions than through an entire album?