Taylor Swift told fans not to dredge up old drama before singing “Dear John” on the Eras Tour Saturday.
The singer, 33, told the audience she didn’t “care about anything that happened” to her when she was 19.
It’s the first time she’s sung the track that’s widely believed to be about John Mayer in 11 years.
Taylor Swift is letting bygones be bygones, and she wants her fans to follow suit.
During her Saturday night Eras Tour show in Minneapolis, the “Midnights” singer performed her 2010 track “Dear John” for the first time in over a decade. The song appears on her third studio album “Speak Now,” which Swift rerecorded and is set to release on July 7.
While introducing “Dear John” as her surprise song for the night, Swift appeared to clarify her position to any Swifties holding animosity against whom they believe the breakup ballad is about.
It’s been speculated that the track is about her relationship with John Mayer, whom she collaborated with and dated when she was 19. Mayer was 32 at the time.
A fan-made video from the concert, shared by pop culture accounts Pop Baseshowed the moment Swift told fans she’s moved on from the situation and so they should.
“I’m 33 years old. I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19,” the pop star said. “I’m not putting this album out so you can go on the internet and defend me against someone you think I wrote a song about 14 million years ago.”
“I believe any artist who has a desire to own their music should be able to,” she added, according to USA Today.
“Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” is the third installment of Swift’s “Taylor’s Version” series. It’s the newest rerecording of her back catalog, following “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”
The singer decided to record her old albums after music executive Scooter Braun purchased Big Machine Records, a label that owned her first six albums, in 2019.
Swift condemned the sale and accused Braun of “incessant, manipulative bullying” throughout her career.
She later said Braun wanted to “silence me forever” in exchange for the opportunity to “bid on my own work,” a claim that Braun has denied. (He has since sold the master recordings to a private-equity company.)
in a May statement on Twitter announcing “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), the singer-songwriter wrote that she “always looked at the album as her album.”
“And the lump in my throat expands to a quivering voice as I say this. Thanks to you, dear reader, it will finally be.”
“I consider this music, along with your faith in me, the best thing that’s ever been mine,” she added.
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