Taylor Swift May Have Finally Dragged Calvin Harris On Her New Album

    "Got out some popcorn, as soon as my rep started going down, down, down."

    If you weren't already aware, today Taylor Swift released her instantly iconic seventh album, Lover.

    The album contains love songs, breakup songs, grade A bops, and even a "thought experiment" examining how her career might have been different had she been a man.

    But the album's opening song, "I Forgot That You Existed", has really got everyone talking. Specifically because it appears to address Swift's ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris.

    You might remember that the pair dated for 15 months before splitting in 2015, and while their breakup initially seemed amicable, things quickly went south. And the song appears to address all of it.

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    The track begins with a reference to the subject of the song "throwing shade" at Swift — something Harris did a lot in the months after they split.

    In fact, if you cast your mind back to June 2016 — just weeks after they split — you might recall that Harris savagely unfollowed Swift on Instagram before deleting every single photo of her from his page.

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    He then began leaving shady comments about her on social media. For example, when a fan criticised him for wearing a pair of trainers designed by Kanye West, Harris responded by saying he wasn't "jealous" of Swift's relationship with Tom Hiddleston, but simply glad to be "free" from her.

    When another fan criticised Harris for "dumping" Swift, he responded with this.

    And he also accused Swift of "controlling the media".

    A couple of days later, he posted a series of Snapchats of himself on board a yacht with a number of women, while a Kanye song played in the background, and a caption reading: "I write songs".

    Via snapchat.com

    Many fans interpreted the caption as shade aimed at Swift, who has long been criticised for writing songs about her exes.

    But it's the second verse where the apparent Harris references come out in full force.

    "Got out some popcorn as soon as my rep started going down, down, down," Swift sings in what could be perceived as a reference to ~that~ fateful week in July 2016.

    If you'd forgotten what went down, allow me to refresh your memory. After weeks of speculation, Swift confirmed that she'd written Harris's smash hit song, "This Is What You Came For", under a pseudonym — and he responded by dragging her to hell and back on Twitter.

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    He began his thread by saying that while she'd written the song, he'd done everything else.

    Harris went on to say it was “hurtful” that Swift and “her team” would “try to make [him] look bad”.

    “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do,” he continued.

    And then came the real detour into dramaville: Harris made an explicit reference to Swift's feud with Katy Perry with this savage tweet.

    Via Twitter: @calvinharris

    Perry herself then responded to Harris's tweets with one of her own.

    People immediately sided with Harris and Perry and started spamming Swift's Instagram page with the snake emoji.

    Three days later, Kim Kardashian West released part of the audio from a phone call between Swift and Kanye West in which she appeared to consent to some — but not all — of the lyrics from his controversial track "Famous".

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    This only spurred "snake-gate" on.

    And the fallout from that week caused a backlash against Swift so severe that she ended up taking an extended break from the public eye.

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    The lyrics could therefore refer to Harris's contributing to and enjoying the backlash against her — in other words, tucking into popcorn while her reputation was destroyed.

    In the second half of this verse, Swift ruminates on how things could have been different — and how, at one point, she would have "stuck around" and "fought the whole town" for the subject of the song.

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    This could also be a reference to Harris, since he was widely disliked in the Swiftie fandom during their time together, thanks to some problematic historical tweets.

    There's also this lyric, in which she says she would have "been there in the front row" even if "no one came to your show", which, considering that Harris is a DJ who performs shows constantly, seems a pretty pointed reference.

    But really, the savagery of the chorus is perhaps the biggest clue that the track is about Harris.

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    Swift is literally saying she forgot the subject of the song existed, which fits with Harris, since despite being famed for writing love and heartbreak songs, Swift failed to make any reference to their relationship or breakup on Reputation — the first album released after their split.

    And many fans are in agreement about the subject of the song.

    i forgot that you existed must be about calvin

    I Forgot That You Existed a literal bop! i wish i can be as chill while shading someone this hard like fr.. "Would have been there front row, even if nobody came to your show" SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO BREAK CALVIN HARRIS THAT HARD OHMYGOD 😂😂😂

    I recorded my reaction and literally right when Taylor says “I forgot that you existed” I yelled “THIS GOTTA BE ABOUT CALVIN HARRIS”

    Calvin Harris when he hears “I Forgot That You Existed”

    guy i genuinely think i forgot that you existed is about calvin

    A representative for Taylor Swift has been contacted for comment.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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