Taylor Swift has warned her fans not to harass her famous ex-boyfriends as she prepares to re-release her hit 2010 album “Speak Now.” The newly recorded version, due to come out on July 7, includes several songs about John Mayer, who she dated from 2009 to 2010. However, during a performance of “Dear John” at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 24, Swift urged her supporters not to take the track personally or seek revenge on her behalf.
Swift told the packed crowd that while she’d witnessed “some of the most beautiful things happen” between her fans, she wants them to practice “kindness and gentleness” in everything they do online.
While Taylor Swift never mentioned John Mayer by name, it was clear that she was referring to her relationship with her fellow singer-songwriter, which is pretty much ancient history at this point. She doesn’t need fans to defend her against a non-enemy, and she certainly doesn’t want them dwelling on something she moved on from many years ago.
💜| Taylor urging fans tonight to be kind and gentle online when Speak Now comes out as she doesn't care what happened when she was 19 yo, she only cares about the music she wrote and the fact that she gets to own it now pic.twitter.com/KZrKNp0vfw
— Taylor Swift Updates 🏟️ (@swifferupdates) June 25, 2023
“I’m 33 years old. I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19, except the songs I wrote,” she told the crowd. “I’m not putting this album out so that you can go and should feel the need to defend me on the internet against someone you think I might have written a song about 14 million years ago.”
Of course, Swift is talking complete sense here. The idea of people you don’t know going vigilante against a guy you dated more than a decade ago on your behalf is, quite frankly, not sane. However, many Swifties are notoriously unhinged and have no chill. That much is evident in the fact that she felt the need to even say this.
The sad thing is that many of them won’t listen to her. Instead, they’ll harass, bully, and try to completely destroy anyone they perceive as a threat to their idol. If even Taylor Lautner is praying for John Mayer when “Speak Now” comes out, you know it’s bad.