Why Taylor Swift Fans Think She’s Going After John Mayer, Addresses Engagement Rumors & More on ‘Midnights’

Taylor Swift’s new album “Midnights” dropped on Friday and fans are already hunting for Easter eggs and posting their theories on social media.

It’s no secret that Swift has had her share of celebrity feuds, and she’s certainly had a number of high-profile relationships, giving her plenty of life experience to draw from while writing her songs. It seems no one was safe when it came to “Midnights,” as Swift drew from experiences both old and new.

Fans on social media are convinced that the song “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” is about ex-boyfriend John Mayer. The two dated from 2009 to 2010. If the song is about him, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s written about their relationship. Many fans also believe that her song “Dear John” from her 2010 album “Speak Now” is inspired by Mayer.

Fans of the lyrics have pinned their theory to: “At 19, and God’s honest truth is the pain was heaven/And now that I’m older, I’m scared of ghosts/Memories feel like weapons/And Now that I know, I wish you’d leave me wondering.” She goes on to sing about the heartbreak he experienced when he broke up with her.


Swift reportedly sang about ex-boyfriend John Mayer on her song “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.”
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When Swift and Mayer were together, Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32, Swift’s current age. Fans went wild on Twitter warning Mayer that he “should be scared” with one going so far as to say, “I wish John Mayer was still with us, I know my boy would have loved this website if he was alive today. BREAKING .”

Mayer isn’t the only victim of Swift’s lyrics on this album. Some fans also claim that Swift’s song “Vigilante S–t” is a dig at Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, for his divorce from Kim Kardashian. Swift and West don’t get along since West mentioned her in one of her songs without asking her permission.

The clues they’ve picked up in this song center around Swift forming a friendship with someone’s ex-wife after giving her the proof she wanted. She also references a rough divorce in which the song’s protagonist loses custody of his children.

“Now she gets the house, she gets the kids, she gets the pride/Imagine me rude as a thief to your ex-wife,” he sings. “And she looks so pretty / Driving in your Benz.”

Swift also sang about Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian's divorce on the new album.

Swift also sang about Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian’s divorce on the new album.
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Twitter users had a field day with these lyrics.

“THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT KIM KARDASHIAN AND TAYLOR OMG… I’M SCREAMING,” one Twitter user wrote. “It’s some vigilante s–t about taylor and kim teaming up to get back at kanye because oh my god,” wrote another.

“You can’t tell me this isn’t about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. We love, adore and respect a little Taylor Swift,” wrote a third Twitter user.

Swift also sang about the engagement rumors surrounding her relationship with Joe Alwyn. She sang about her relationship in a song called “Lavender Haze,” a phrase she says she learned while watching “Mad Men” that essentially means she’s in love with her.

Swift's good friend Selena Gomez posted herself listening to her friend's new album on Instagram.

Swift’s good friend Selena Gomez posted herself listening to her friend’s new album on Instagram.
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In the song, she sings about the pressure the media has always put on her and her relationships. And although this time she is a positive attention, she still feels the pressure of the media constantly asking about the status of her relationship with Alwyn.


“I’m damned if I give a fuck what people say/ The ’50s shit they want from me/ I just wanna stay in that lavender haze,” she sings. “All they keep asking me is if I’m gonna be your girlfriend/The only kind of girl they see is a one night stand or a wife.”

Earlier this month, Swift said that she and Alwyn “had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and just ignore it,” adding that “this song is about the act of ignoring those things to protect the real things.”

The two also have a duet on the album, a ballad titled “Sweet Nothing”.

Swift also sang about the engagement rumors surrounding her relationship with Joe Alwyn.

Swift also sang about the engagement rumors surrounding her relationship with Joe Alwyn.
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Selena Gomez, a longtime member of Swift’s girl squad, showed her support for her friend’s latest album by posting herself listening to the song “Mastermind” on her Instagram Story.

“That’s her,” Gomez captioned the snapshot.

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