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    Here’s Who Taylor Swift Actually Wrote ‘Tortured Poets Department’ For

    Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated ‘Tortured Poets Department‘ is finally out, and it seems Swift really did have a few surprises up her sleeve. To begin with, Swifties’ theory of the album being entirely about her breakup with Joe Alwyn was completely wrong. Joe Alwyn only got two songs worth of attention on the album—and, surprisingly, no diss tracks.

    A lot of the songs on the album are written for someone Swift was incredibly in love with but who then broke her heart. Certain lyrics suggest that someone is Matty Healy. It turns out the relationship was more serious than fans and many expected. ‘Fresh Out The Slammer’, ‘The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived’, and ‘loml’ are all dedicated to Healy, as the lyrics suggest.

    In ‘Fresh Out The Slammer’, Swift sings about running to Healey, the moment Alwyn breaks up with her. The lyrics go- “Now pretty baby/ I’m running back home to you./ Fresh out the slammer/ I know who my first call will be to/ Fresh out the slammer.”

    In ‘The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived’ she sings about being ghosted by and being left heartbroken by, presumedly, Matty Healy. She sings, “And I don’t even want you back/ I just want to know/ If rusting my sparkling summer was the goal/ And I don’t miss what we had/ But could someone give a message/ To the smallest man who ever lived?

    Next up is ‘Guilty As Sin’ where Swift is talking about being attracted to someone on an extreme level, but someone who might not be the best person for her. She sings, “My bedsheets are ablaze,/ I screamed his name/ Building up like waves crashing over my grave/ Without ever touching his skin/ How can I be guilty as sin?

    In ‘‘I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)’ Swift is singing about how everyone disapproves of her relationship with Healy. As she sings, “They shake their heads, saying, “God help her” when I tell ‘em he’s my man/ But your good Lord doesn’t need to lift a finger/ I can fix him, no really I can/ And only I can.”

    It’s pretty clear that Swift’s ‘fling’—as many saw it—was way more than just a fling and seems to have had an impact on her. Most of the songs in the album seemed to be alluding to a really serious fling after her breakup. ‘Tortured Poets’ is a breakup album. But maybe not the one everyone thought it was for.

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    Taylor Swift And Matty Healy’s Relationship

    Taylor Swift and Matty Healey
    Taylor Swift and Matty Healey

    Shortly after her breakup with Joe Alwyn, it was reported that Swift had started seeing Matty Healy and had a short-lived fling with the 1975 frontman. At that time, sources talked about Swift having a big crush on him and enjoying his company. However, many fans denied their relationship, as it was not confirmed by either side. Her fans also disapproved of Matty- considering his racist behavior in the past.

    At one of her concerts, Healey was seen in the audience, blushing and smiling as she sang ‘Lover’ and they were also seen on a few dates together. Though it seemed like a minor romance at the time, the release of ‘The Tortured Poets’ makes us think it was much more than that.

    Healy has not yet commented on the relationship or about Swift writing music for him.

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    Nibir Konwar
    Nibir Konwar
    Nibir is nineteen, an autumn lover, and a poetry enthusiast. She loves Taylor Swift, Jeff Buckley, Sally Rooney and everything that's blue. She has had one year of experience as a content writer at First Curiosity and writes poetry and researches on literary criticism in her free time. Nibir is also an ardent reader and a fierce feminist. She aspires to author books someday and be an advocate for mental health.

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