Taylor Swift Confirms Harry Styles Inspired 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Taylor Swift Confirms Harry Styles Inspired 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Taylor Swift gets the fans excited while performing at her concert on Tuesday (March 19) at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

The 23-year-old musician recently confirmed that her hit song “I Knew You Were Trouble” is about her ex Harry Styles.

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“Well, it’s not hard to access that emotion when the person the song is directed at is standing by the side of the stage watching,” she told the UK’s Sunday Times magazine about her 2013 BRIT Awards performance.

Harry is the only one of her exes who was at the show. As revealed in her latest Vanity Fair cover article, Taylor and Harry quietly dated in early 2012 before breaking it off and getting back together later that year.

The week before, Taylor was spotted at an outdoor photo shoot in Los Angeles.

Click inside to re-watch Taylor‘s BRIT Awards performance…

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble” – 2013 Brit Awards
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  • Jason

    WHAT!? Taylor Swift wrote a negative song about one of her ex-boyfriends?? GET OUT OF HERE! That’s never happened before! :-P

  • liz

    her voice isn’t bad at all but it sounds very different (deeper!) here than on the studio version. she has no absolutely no vibrato though… her tone is also kind of dull, average, nothing unique about it. i don’t think she deserves all the hate she gets but I DO think that she needs to stop playing the victim when she is the one trying to publicly humiliate her ex’s.

  • Becka

    How can this song be about Harry Styles when it was released two months before they broke up which therefore clearly means that it was written and recorded way before that?

  • http://www.leadermotorsmaroc.com/ leader motors maroc

    There must something wrong. She is on the news all the time now

  • http://@natashiamk Nat

    Sometimes I think she’s too imature.

  • Noelani

    That song is not about Harry. It was written and recorded before they were even dating. However, she could have dedicated the song to him that night. It’s the only thing that makes sense at this point.

  • Rosalie

    That song is the only song I like from her because it’s good and catchy. She really is annoying though constantly writing & singing songs about the same thing. Unless her next album is about being single or something else that has noting to do with relationships, we should boycott it.

  • Sifa

    That’s exactly what I was thinking Noelani. She wrote the song way before she stated going out with Harry. I remember when it came out people were saying it was about Jake, together with We are never getting back together, so how can she be saying it was about Harry. She seems to be turning to one of those attention starve celebrities who always want to be in the limelight by any means necessary. Shame.

  • https://twitter.com/ThatRetroGirl thatretrogirl

    Fraudulent, lip-synching little whiner.

  • SD


    They dated for a little while before they got back together and went public, according to her article in Vogue.

  • Emma

    yeah apprently Harry had been chasing Taylor for about a year or something prior to those first pics of them being photod in central park zoo

  • lily

    Didn’t she write the song BEFORE she dated Harry? She’s such a pathetic skank, seriously.. She’ll stop at nothing for attention.

  • ash

    the media didnt get her words clear. Go read the original interview,you’ll find that the question is not like “you performed IKYWT @ BRITS,how did it feel”,the journalist meant like in general,like “how do you feel when you perform songs at award shows when the guy who’s inspired the song sits right in the crowd”. P.S., the time doesn’t match,she couldnt write a song about a guy b4 they even met. IKYWT is about John Mayer,most likely.

  • ash

    and I have to say,IKYWT is my least favorite song from Red. It sounds so cheap and not-Taylor.

  • ash


    Get your source straight. She never said IKYWT is about jake. just “PEOPLE” say it and you believed? if I say fearless is about jake will you believe it? no wonder you’ll def. believe those fake tweets and fake stories that made up by some crazy 1d fans. That’s why you hate her right? LOL

  • tea

    No,Sunday times just wants to sell more copies so they’re asking questions trying to get something they could make up this story.They mixed up 2 answers to 2 questions,which are “what’s it like performing on Brits”and”what’s it like when you perform on some award shows when the person who your songs about”.She answered 2 questions,and media made them one.Stupid media just want money,they’d not think what this would do to celebrities.
    Come on,we all know Taylor didn’t even meet Harry when she wrote IKYWT.The time she met Harry,she’s already finished recording Red.This song is clearly about John Mayer.
    Plus,Harry really deserves some negative song because he CHEATS on her.
    BTW,for those who said IKYWT is a negative song,the theme of this song is “Shame on me”,not “I blame you”.

  • dude

    Well then, she must be a time traveler since “I Knew You Were Trouble” was on her Red Album which came out last October before she even started dating Harry Styles. It’s amazing how she writes those breakup songs before the relationship even happens smh.

  • meaghan

    HOW !?!? the song and album came out before they even dated. The dates dont add up !!!!! ODD. She is annoying

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  • Tiffany

    She didn’t see it was about Harry Styles, people are assuming it is because of something she said.

    I don’t understand how it could be, they got together AFTER her album was released.

  • krista

    Taylor and Harry had a thing around march/april, nothing serious, but then he went on tour with his band in Australia and was seen kissing a model. It was when she wrote the song. Her album was released only in october, the song could be about him. Anyway, I think it’s pathetic she confirming that now, after they broke up.

  • abc

    This girl really needs to grow up and stop mentioning her exes every time she gets the chance. It’s like she is desperate for attention!

  • Roxettna

    I agree with you. She is an attention whore, pretending to be a little inocent girl. When she isnt.
    No offense to her, but its kinda pathetic to dedicate a song to someone. You can mentally kick their ass some other way.
    & Im no One Direction Fan, just being Sincere.

  • jj

    @Sifa: i thought the song was about john mayer.. but anyways about her saying it’s about harry, maybe she knew what she was getting into before they were actually dating. because apparently they met a couple of times (i guess awards shows?) & it was stated that harry was gunning for taylor for months.

  • Effy

    She is 23 and still acts like she is in high school. Have fun never getting married, Taylor.

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    ^My thoughts exactly! She is such an attention whore.

  • bella

    @Becka: thats exactly what i was thinking!? #kindaconfused

  • Imreallysorryaboutthis

    Well actually its her life, maybe she is hurt and she want to express it so she made this song. FYI their are more bitter women out there who will say harsher words to their ex’s than what she did. And you don’t know her and u don’t even know what happened between them so quit commenting things about her being immature….