Taylor Swift Covers ‘Glamour,’ Calls John Mayer “Presumptuous”

Sam Lansky | October 1, 2012 12:12 pm

It’s considered public knowledge that Taylor Swift wrote her 2010 Speak Now track “Dear John” about her former flame John Mayer — so much so that Mayer himself told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he was “humiliated” by the song and that writing it was “a really lousy thing for [Swift] to do.” But don’t make the mistake of telling Swift that, as Glamour did in their cover story — or you’ll risk invoking the continued ire of Taylor’s sharp tongue (and pen).

The conversation began auspiciously enough, as Glamour asked about the widespread resonance of “Dear John” — but when the interviewer asked her who the song was about, mentioning that Mayer claimed it was written about him, Swift exclaimed, “How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about.” See what else Swift said, and watch behind-the-scenes footage of her cover shoot after the jump.

Swift didn’t want to know that Mayer thought the song was about him, and she didn’t want to hear what he said about it either. “I don’t want to know, I don’t want to know,” she told the magazine. “I know [what he said] wasn’t good, so I don’t want to know. I put a high priority on staying happy, and I know what I can’t handle.”

She continued, “It’s not that I’m this egomaniac and I don’t want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I’ve never developed that thick a skin. So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else. If you go too far down the rabbit hole of what people think about you, it can change everything about who you are.”

Wise words, Taylor. We’ll have to wait until Red drops to find out whether Mayer made her feel, um, red. Watch her behind-the-scenes cover shoot here: