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I Am Cackling At Taylor Swift’s Response To Being Asked If She Thinks About The Subjects Of Her Songs

Nor should she!

Red (Taylor's Version) is out, and naturally I am already a mess crying on the floor about my older ex, who I swear I haven't thought about in a while — I SWEAR.

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I'M FINE.

Well, on an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Taylor Swift was asked all about what it's like to rerecord and release the album almost 10 years after it first came out.

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In particular, Seth asked, “I wonder, if there are people who might think that they’re the ones you were singing about, if it’s easier or far, far worse for them 10 years later.”

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*Cough* JAKE GYLLENHAAL (allegedly). 

“I haven’t thought about their experience, to be honest,” Taylor replied, smile on her face.

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"I'm sure there's nothing they'd rather hear less," Seth teased in response.

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Not that this is what Seth was doing, but Taylor being judged for writing about her exes in relation to her songs has a long and misogynistic history — especially given that the question is seldom leveled at her male counterparts, as Taylor herself has pointed out before.

When asked if she felt that the experience was cathartic, Taylor said that she thought back to the stress she felt when Red initially came out when she was just 22: "I was honestly really sad, because I had actually gone through the stuff that I had sung about. But this time, I've got sunglasses on, a mojito, it's chill this time. It's really nice to be able to put this album out and not be sad, not be taking breaks in between interviews to cry."

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Back when Red first came out, Taylor said that she heard from the man who the album was largely about. “He was like, ‘I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.’ That was nice," she explained. "Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy emails I got from this one dude. It’s a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it — but one of those people happened to be a songwriter.”

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Anyway, off I go to cry on the floor some more.