Taylor Swift wants to send a clear message to her fans: please don’t cyber-bully the people I write songs about.
During her performance on The Eras Tour in the US, Taylor took a moment to address her fans before singing her 2010 song, “Dear John.” This song is from her Speak Now album, which she is re-releasing on July 7th.
“I was hoping to ask you that as we lead up to this album coming out, I would love for that kindness and that gentleness to extend onto our internet activities,” Swift said.
“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 continued, adding her listeners should not “feel the need to defend me on the internet against someone you think I might have written a song about 14 billion years ago.”
After her talk, Taylor started singing “Dear John”, a seven-minute breakup song. Many of her fans, known as Swifties, think this song is about her old boyfriend, John Mayer.
Taylor’s request to her fans comes after she released new versions of her albums, Red and Fearless, in 2021. These albums had songs about her past relationships with Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas.
When these albums were released, Jake and Joe received a lot of negative comments from Taylor’s fans online for several weeks. It appears Taylor wants to avoid such behaviour this time and is asking her fans to be more patient.
Although Taylor didn’t say his name, her fans believe her on-stage request is about John Mayer. This raises the question, what happened between Taylor and John, and why do fans believe “Dear John” is about him?
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What Happened With Taylor Swift and John Mayer?
Taylor Swift and John Mayer had a brief relationship in 2009. At that time, Taylor was 19 years old, while John was 32. It all started when John reached out to Taylor on Twitter after she mentioned him and Kanye West as her favorite musicians.
He wrote on Twitter that he and Swift should work together on a song called “Half of My Heart.” “In contrast to my Tom Petty song, she would be a great Stevie Nicks,” he wrote.
Swift jumped at the chance because she had just put out her second record. She told Elle in an interview, “I freaked out when I heard, because I’ve been such a big fan of John for such a long time,” “I’m really excited about just the idea that he would even mention me in his Twitter!”
A few months later, John joined Taylor on stage during her Fearless tour in Los Angeles, where they performed two songs together. Their duet, “Half of My Heart,” was released as a single in June 2009.
While there were no official reports confirming a romantic relationship between Taylor and John, fans have analyzed the lyrics of their songs to try to piece together a timeline of their connection.
Is Taylor Swift’s Song “Dear John” About John Mayer?
When Swift’s record Speak Now came out in 2010, fans thought that the song “Dear John” was about John Mayer. After all, his name is right there.
A “Dear John” letter is usually written by a woman to a guy to break up with him.
Taylor Swift Wants Us To Leave John Mayer Alone When Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) Comes Out:
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Some of the lyrics of Dear John are:
“Dear John, I see it all now it was wrong / Don’t you think nineteen is too young / To be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so? / I should’ve known”
The pop star has never said for sure or said that the song isn’t about him, but Mayer seems to think that’s what it’s about. He said that he “didn’t deserve” to be called out two years after the song came out.
“It made me feel terrible. It was a really lousy thing to do,” Mayer told Rolling Stone “I never got an email. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off guard.”
“[‘Dear John’ is] cheap song writing,” he added. “It’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait til he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls–t.”
It appears that one of Taylor Swift’s former boyfriends, Taylor Lautner, also believes that the song “Dear John” is about John Mayer.
Taylor Lautner, who dated Swift in 2008, made a lighthearted comment when the re-release of the album Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) was announced in May. He joked that he was “praying for John,” suggesting that he understood the song’s context and its connection to John Mayer.
Why Did Taylor Swift and John Mayer Split?
In 2009, Taylor Swift and John Mayer took to the stage together to perform their song “Half Of My Heart” during Mayer’s set at the Jingle Bell Ball. According to reliable sources, their appearance together confirmed that they were in a relationship at that time.
While Taylor and John never openly discussed their romance, it is widely believed that they dated for a few months. However, by June 2010, it was apparent that they had ended their relationship.
The exact reasons for Taylor Swift and John Mayer’s breakup remain mostly speculative, as both artists have remained tight-lipped about their personal lives. However, there are a few factors that may have contributed to their eventual split.
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