Taylor Swift Clears Up That “Bad Blood” Katy Perry Drama In ‘GQ’: View The Photos

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Taylor Swift has been snagging magazine covers left and right, from the latest issue of NME to November’s couture-inspired Vogue Australia issue. The singer’s newest feat is amping up her sex appeal just a few notches for GQ magazine. The cover was unveiled last week, but today (October 15) we get to see the full editorial.

Shot by Michael Thompson, the Malibu beachside photo shoot finds a wet-haired Taylor showing a bit of skin in see-through cover-ups and oversized shirts. For the interview inside, the “Wildest Dreams” singer clears up the whole “Bad Blood” drama and (sort of) answers the question if it is actually about Katy Perry. She also discusses the speculation behind the meaning of her song lyrics — 1989‘s “Out Of The Woods” comes to mind — and talks about her love for VH1’s Behind The Music.

Flip through the photo gallery up top, and catch a few interview highlights below.

On “Bad Blood” and Katy Perry: “You’re in a[n] interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life.’ And you sit there, and you know you’re on good terms with your ex-boyfriend, and you don’t want him—or his family—to think you’re firing shots at him. So you say, ‘That was about losing a friend.’ And that’s basically all you say. But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant. I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship.”

On her much-speculated song lyrics: “No. Some of the things I write about on a song like ‘Blank Space’ are satire. You take your creative license and create things that are larger than life. You can write things like I get drunk on jealousy but you’ll come back each time you leave, ’cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream. That is not my approach to relationships. But is it cool to write the narrative of a girl who’s crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative? That was the character I felt the media had written for me, and for a long time I felt hurt by it. I took it personally. But as time went by, I realized it was kind of hilarious.”

On feeling lonely: “I’m around people so much. Massive amounts of people… So then when I go home and turn on the TV, and I’ve got Monica and Chandler and Ross and Rachel and Phoebe and Joey on a Friends marathon, I don’t feel lonely. You know, during the first few years of your career, the only thing anyone says to you is ‘Enjoy this. Just enjoy this.’ That’s all they ever tell you. And I finally know how to do that.”

Click here to read Taylor Swift’s interview in full over at GQ.

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