Everyone knows that part of the fun of listening to a Taylor Swift song is speculating who they might be about. A crush? A secret lover? Katy Perry? John Mayer? Her latest album Reputation is full of songs that are about, depending on the track and what theory you believe, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, and Joe Alwyn. A more controversial theory even posits that “Dress” is about Ed Sheeran. But now, we have a definitive statement straight from the horse’s mouth on that one: No, it’s not.
“I don’t want you like a best friend / Only bought this dress so you could take it off, take it off,” Taylor sings on the track in question. The phrase “best friend” made many fans think of Ed Sheeran, one of Taylor’s longtime besties. Not to mention she also croons the words “shape of you” in the tune, which happens to be the name of a recent Sheeran hit song.
But on a recent livestream, Sheeran himself pointed to another lyric, “Flash back when you met me / Your buzzcut and my hair bleached” to prove he’s not the person Taylor bought the dress for.
“I don’t think it is. I think if you read into it…it’s not…You know, because she mentions someone with a buzzcut haircut, and I’ve never had a buzzcut haircut,” he said, per Time. Watch the video for yourself here.
In one of the Reputation ‘zines released to accompany the album, Taylor predicated the amount of scrutiny each song of hers would get. “When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test,” she wrote. Fair! Songs are rarely ever about just one person or just one moment. They could be about a compilation of feelings or a whole group of experiences.
That being said, Joe Alwyn did once have a buzzcut…