We're all aware by now that Taylor Swift is a genius wordsmith, able to craft lyrics that literally describe every emotional journey you've ever experienced.
No matter what you're dealing with (whether it's heartbreak, happiness, or overwhelming love) there's a Taylor Swift song that can pretty much understand your situation better than you ever did.
And with her latest album 1989, it's no different. Especially with her emotional ballad "Clean," an ode to that beautiful, enlightening moment in time when you finally realize you're over someone.
In her cover story for Elle's June issue, Swift talks all about the real life inspiration behind the song — which may or may not be Harry Styles — and trying to get over heartbreak.
"Clean" I wrote as I was walking out of Liberty in London. Someone I used to date—it hit me that I'd been in the same city as him for two weeks and I hadn't thought about it. When it did hit me, it was like, Oh, I hope he's doing well. And nothing else. And you know how it is when you're going through heartbreak. A heartbroken person is unlike any other person. Their time moves at a completely different pace than ours. It's this mental, physical, emotional ache and feeling so conflicted. Nothing distracts you from it.
She perfectly describes that moment of clarity when you realize you don't feel anything anymore, and you're ~finally clean~.
Time passes, and the more you live your life and create new habits, you get used to not having a text message every morning saying, "Hello, beautiful. Good morning." You get used to not calling someone at night to tell them how your day was. You replace these old habits with new habits, like texting your friends in a group chat all day and planning fun dinner parties and going out on adventures with your girlfriends, and then all of a sudden one day you're in London and you realize you've been in the same place as your ex for two weeks and you're fine. And you hope he's fine. The first thought that came to my mind was, I'm finally clean.