Taylor Swift is known for having a long list of ex-lovers and for drawing inspiration for writing songs from her relationships. The 27-year-old singer has said it herself in her 2014 song “Blank Space”: “Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane.” Well, they didn’t exactly say that, but they did describe their own experience of dating Taylor Swift.
People may think they know a lot about Taylor’s love life, seeing as how her music seems to be a reflection of it, but maybe we should see what the other side has to say. Ranker has compiled several statements from some of Taylor’s most famous boyfriends. Let’s see what they think about being the boyfriend of the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer.
1. Taylor Lautner
Photo: Warner Bros.
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, or better know for their collective name “Taylor Squared,” dated in 2009. Lautner had a Q&A session via Facebook with Lea Michelle and Jon Stamos, his co-stars from Scream Queen. The actor, best known for portraying Jacob in the Twilight saga, was asked about “Back To December,” the song Swift had written about him. This is what he said:
“Michele: You dated Taylor Swift. I remember that.
Lautner: That’s hilarious.
Michele: Should we talk about it?
Lautner: No! I don’t know why you guys want to talk about it.
Michele: Didn’t she write a song about you?
Lautner: That’s what she does. She writes songs.”
Stamos also got a little more information on how it was to date Swift:
“Stamos: What was that [dating Swift] like?
Lautner: It was a good time. It was a fun few months there.”
2. Harry Styles
Taylor Swift’s relationship with former One Direction member Harry Styles lasted from November 2012 to January 2013. These few months together inspired Swift to compose “Out of the Woods” and “Style.” She even wrote a song for One Direction that included the lyrics “if you’re looking for someone to write your break up song about.” Styles spoke about his ex writing songs about and for him during a Google Hangout with his band mates. He said:
“We write from personal experience, and I think everyone does, so it would be hypocritical of us to be like, ‘Oh you can’t write about us,’ And she’s really good, so they’re good songs,, […] I’m really lucky in that sense.”
3. Joe Jonas
Photo: via Tumblr
Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas’s relationship and tumultuous breakup back in 2008 were the source of inspiration behind one of Swift’s most problematic songs. “Better Than Revenge” was all about slut-shaming Jonas’s ex-girlfriend Camilla Belle. In a very early-2000s fashion, Jonas shared his opinion on Myspace:
“I never cheated on a girlfriend. It might make someone feel better to assume or imply I have been unfaithful but it is simply not true. Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed. I am truly saddened that anything would potentially cause you to think less of me,” […] For those who have expressed concern over the ’27 second’ phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk.”
4. John Mayer
Taylor Swift’s breakup anthem “Dear John” was based on her relationship with fellow singer John Mayer. The couple were together from December 2009 until February 2010, and the song didn’t really go down that well with Mayer. In an interview for the Rolling Stone magazine, he said:
“It made me feel terrible […] Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”
“I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”
5. Jake Gyllenhaal
Gyllenhaal dated Swift in 2010. Rumour has it that the songs “All Too Well” and “Red” are about him. But in a rather awkward interview with The Guardian earlier this year, the actor wasn’t willing to open up about his relationship with Swift. This is an excerpt from the interview:
““I think when you’re in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinized, your friends are scrutinized, but …”
He trails off and stares at me, ramping up the intensity of his eyes like he’s done in so many roles.
But what? Gyllenhaal just continues to stare. Then he performs an exaggerated shrug.
So, er, did he listen to any of the many songs rumored to be about him? More silence. The atmosphere has become uncomfortably tense. Would he like to move on? “I would love to not talk about my personal life.””
But then in September, he did seem just a teensy bit chattier in a Facebook Q&A video with Boston Marathon survivor Jeffrey Bauman:
“Bauman: “If you lost your legs in real life, do you think Taylor Swift would write a song about it? Like a country song?”
Gyllenhaal: “For me, or about it?”
Bauman: “For you. Like a country song.”
Gyllenhaal: “She sort of moved more into pop now,””
6. Calvin Harris
Photo: Instagram: @taylorswift
Calvin Harris and Taylor’s breakup was pretty messy and pretty public. Initially things seemed to go down smoothly, but then everything blew up apparently over a song that Swift had co-written with Harris. It was Harris and Rihanna’s collaboration “This Is What You Came For” in which Taylor was credited under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. Harris spoke to British GQ about the end of the relationship, saying:
“It’s very difficult when something I consider so personal plays out very publicly,” he admitted. “The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicized than the relationship itself. When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus. She respected my feelings in that sense. I’m not good at being a celebrity.”