As it turns out, it wasn’t any guy who inspired Taylor Swift to write “Blank Space” — her psychotic/angry song about constantly wooing men and then dumping them.
It was the media.
In a stripped down, acoustic show on Sept. 30 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles celebrating her “attendance record-breaking” exhibit, Swift explained how the character in “Blank Space” is based on the media’s “wonderful fixation on kind of painting me as a psycho serial dater girl.”
She added: “It’s been awesome. I’ve loved it.”
At first, she said, she thought it was a “bummer” that “every single article ... had these descriptions of my personality that were very different from the actual personality.”
But her second reaction was, “hey, that’s actually kind of a really interesting character they’re writing about.”
That character “jet sets around the world, collecting men ... but she’s so clingy that they leave, and she cries ... in a marble bathtub surrounded by pearls.”
So Swift, being the creative soul that she is, thought “I can use this.”
Here is her acoustic rendition of “Blank Space,” which takes on a more sarcastic tone once you’ve heard the story.
Now compare it to the over-the-top “Blank Space” video, which has nearly 1.4 billion views.
Swift also played “Wildest Dreams” during the Grammy Museum show.