It’s been greater than a decade since Taylor Swift launched her Grammy-winning sophomore album, Fearless. However Late Present host Stephen Colbert remains to be grappling with an age-old question: Is the tune “Hey Stephen” about him? On Tuesday night time, he invited Swift, who just lately unveiled Fearless (Taylor’s Model), to set the document straight.
Previous to Swift becoming a member of Colbert for her uncommon late-night look, he performed a 2009 Colbert Report clip through which he claimed the observe was about him. “I stand by that concept. ‘Hey Stephen’ has obtained to be about me,” the host stated. “Identical to ‘Lucy within the Sky With Diamonds’ has obtained to be about Lucille Ball flying in an airplane with all her jewellery. To consider anything, you’d need to be excessive on acid.”
Alas: When the singer was requested point-blank concerning the origins of her tune, she denied any affiliation. “No, Stephen. I imply, I first recorded that tune in 2008. I believe I used to be 18,” Swift defined. She does, nonetheless, appear to know quite a bit concerning the host, together with his precise age on the time of the tune’s unique recording (“about 44 years, 179 days previous, give or take”) and the particular handle for his Colbert Report places of work (“513 West 54th Avenue, New York, New York, 10019, second flooring workplace, dealing with the road”).
After rattling off just a few key Colbert details, Swift revealed a temper board stuffed with photos of the host’s face, which allegedly helped her return to the “proper headspace” when rerecording the tune. “‘Hey Stephen’ is just not about you, any greater than my album 1989 is about that yr you spent ready tables on the lunch shift at Scoozi, an Italian restaurant, within the river north space of Chicago that, by the best way, serves a very unimaginable slice of pizza,” Swift defined.
Because it seems, the musical ode was really about one other well-known Stephen. “I’ve by no means revealed this earlier than to anybody, however ‘Hey Stephen’ is about Stephen King,” Swift declared. “He’s superb. The Darkish Tower collection modified my life, plus The Shining, The Stand, and don’t even get me began on his quick tales. Completely luminescent.”
Nonetheless, Colbert asserted that Swift’s huge information of his historical past proved him appropriate. “I believe you must take that feeling that you just’re feeling, and simply shake it off!” Swift joked, referencing her single from 1989. “And that tune is about you.”
Within the hours since Swift’s Late Present bit aired, fans have become convinced that the phase was a de facto announcement of her subsequent rerecorded album. The decision: It’s 1989, Swift’s fifth studio album, a yr she additionally talked about throughout her look. Swifties have even predicted that will probably be launched on Might 13, which simply so occurs to be Colbert’s birthday. It continues to be Taylor’s world—and we’re all simply residing in it.
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