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Taylor Swift Admits 'Midnights' Track "Lavender Haze" Is About Boyfriend Joe Alwyn

The singer wrote about protecting their six-year relationship.

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Over the last few weeks, Taylor Swift has been unveiling the names of songs featured on her upcoming album Midnights, in all different orders. Last night, the singer-slash-songwriter shared track 1, which is “Lavender Haze,” adding that it was inspired by her six-year relationship with Joe Alwyn.

She took to social media to explain how the song came about. Swift began, “I happened upon the phrase lavender haze when I was watching Mad Men. And I looked it up — because I thought it sounded cool — and it turns out that it’s a common phrase used in the ’50s where they would just describe being in love. Like, if you were in the lavender haze, then that meant you were in that all-encompassing love glow. And I thought that was really beautiful.”

She continued, “I guess, theoretically, when you’re in the lavender haze, you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people bring you down off that cloud. And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just like ‘public figures,’ because we live in the era of social media. And if the world finds out that you’re in love with somebody, they’re going to weigh in on it.”

The musician then revealed how she relates to that concept. “Like my relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff and we just ignore it,” she added. “And so this song is sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”

Swift and Alwyn have been dating since 2016 and have managed to keep their relationship private for the most part. The pair has been spotted out together over the course of their relationship, but it’s only with her music that Swift allows others to get an inside look into their romance.

“It’s not really [because I] want to be guarded and private, it’s more a response to something else,” Alwyn told ELLE UK in April. “We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive … The more you give — and frankly, even if you don’t give it — something will be taken.”

Check out the full tracklist for Midnights, out on October 21, as well as Swift’s explanation of “Lavender Haze” below.

Midnights:

01 Lavender Haze
02 Maroon
03 Anti-Hero
04 Snow on the Beach [ft. Lana Del Rey]
05 You’re on Your Own, Kid
06 Midnight Rain
07 Question…?
08 Vigilante Shit
09 Bejeweled
10 Labyrinth
11 Karma
12 Sweet Nothing
13 Mastermind

 

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