Taylor Swift stopped by The Late Show tonight to put some rumors about her song “Hey Stephen” to rest. The singer, who recently released Fearless: Taylor’s Version, spoke with host Stephen Colbert about the song and dispelled all doubts.
Taylor Swift confirms her new song isn’t about Stephen Colbert
Swift and Colbert spent several minutes joking about their age and rumors that her recent songs weren’t about anyone in particular. Colbert jokingly called himself “trying to get away with this shit,” and asked if she could hear some of his guesses. She nodded “yes,” but then brought it back to herself. “You’re wrong,” Swift laughed, adding “So I don’t know who the song’s about…” before Colbert declared that her latest single wasn’t about him. The 27-year-old singer surprised the audience and fans when she appeared on The Late Show after taking a break from the music scene after the release of 1989. Swift also made a surprise appearance at the MTV VMAs, giving a heartfelt speech and then closing the show with her single “Bad Blood.
The ‘Blindsided’ singer
“Well, it’s not about Stephen at all!” Swift said. “It’s about me, this guy, and I don’t know his name.” The rumor started back in 2011, when Colbert said on the show that he was very confused by the lyrics in Swift’s song, “The Outsiders.” “My friends think it’s about me. I don’t know what it is,” Colbert admitted. Swift had no idea that Colbert was going to ask her about the rumors, telling him that they were all “fake news” as they listened to “Hey Stephen.” Check out the YouTube video clip above. The feud? The song “The Outsiders” was originally about a man and his friends but became about a random girl in the bar that Colbert refused to name, according to MTV. He also made a remark about having to ask a woman out, which Swift took to mean that it was about her.
The original rumor
Earlier this week, a fan tweeted out a video of the 1989 singer on Stephen Colbert’s show, pretending to play “Hey Stephen” on her phone. “Hey Stephen, was this song about you?” the fan asked the host, who responded with a “yes,” according to MTV. The fan was shocked and demanded proof, going on to ask Stephen about it again. “Where are you from,” Colbert asked in response. “I’m from South Dakota,” the fan replied. Stephen then asked the fan to tell him about their visit. “I’m not going to tell you, because I don’t want to let you down,” the fan replied. “Then don’t tell me. So, where you from, Stephen?” the host asked. “I’m from South Dakota,” the fan replied again. Then, Stephen clarified that, unfortunately, the song is not about him.
Taylor Swift speaks about her new song
Colbert also brought up the rumors that she wrote the song in an effort to “punish” her ex-boyfriend who recently began dating model Cara Delevingne, who played a little bit part in the “Hey Stephen” music video. “I think I just made it up. And it’s not about her. I just don’t think you can know someone. So I don’t want to get in trouble or anything, but it’s not about her.” When Colbert asked Taylor to elaborate on her original reason for writing the song, Taylor, again, couldn’t go into detail. Colbert got the last laugh by telling her that he knows exactly what it is about and to go ahead and “just say it.” “I can’t say it. You just don’t know what it’s about.” Taylor confirms that the song was not about Stephen Colbert.
From the looks of her team’s Twitter feed, we can only conclude that the song isn’t about Stephen Colbert and probably isn’t about anyone in particular. The musician, who often posts shots of herself with Colbert to her social media accounts, opened up about how she came up with the song. Swift is set to perform the track at Sunday’s VMAs. “I’ve been a little bit nervous, ’cause I really love Stephen, but the video is so amazing. I mean, I’m just so proud of everybody. The dancers in the video are like— I don’t want to say like stunt doubles, but they’re really, really incredible dancers, and it’s really an honor. I’ve been a fan for so long and I’ve been watching the show for so long and I’ve been watching Stephen for so long, so it’s just really an honor. I don’t know what else to say.