Taylor Swift: The ex-files (+playlist)

By Rachel Bache

Taylor Swift may not be lucky in love, but at least she's written some great breakup songs. Photo / AP
Taylor Swift may not be lucky in love, but at least she's written some great breakup songs. Photo / AP

There's no denying Taylor Swift is a busy and talented lady. This week she added four American Music Awards to her swag of accolades and now she's New Zealand bound - set to play three sold-out shows at Auckland's Vector Arena this weekend.

Yet, somehow the star still finds time to be swept off her feet by famous faces (Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Harry Styles among them) and then, of course, write songs about their breakups. It's gotten to the point where it's hard to know exactly who she's singing about, so we've taken a look into Swifty's romantic past to see what we can match up.

Joe Jonas (center) of the Jonas Brothers recorded a reply track to Taylor Swift's 'Forever and Always'. Photo / AP
Joe Jonas (center) of the Jonas Brothers recorded a reply track to Taylor Swift's 'Forever and Always'. Photo / AP

Joe Jonas

I wonder if Swift ever regrets her love-life over-share on Ellen back in 2008, where she revealed her song Forever and Always, from the album Fearless, was a sarcastic jab at teen star Joe Jonas.

This is what sparked the world's obsession with sussing out who Taylor is singing about.

However that hasn't stopped the songstress from spilling her heart out over boys and breakups. In fact, Swift went on to write a few more songs about her Jo-Bro Ex: Last Kiss & Holy Ground. Joe Jonas didn't take Swift's slams lying down either, he hit back with 2009's Much Better, singing "Now I'm done with super stars/And all the tears on her guitar/I'm not bitter".

Taylor Lautner

Taylor + Taylor = Heartbreak. It wasn't long until the Twilight star was spotted at Swift's shows and being papped on dates together after meeting on the set of Valentine's Day. Unfortunately things didn't end well and after their split Swift wrote Back To December as a kind of apology song. Lyrics like "I miss your tan skin/your sweet smile" hint the song was for Lautner.

Taylor Swift apologised to actor ex, Taylor Lautner in 'Back to December'.
Taylor Swift apologised to actor ex, Taylor Lautner in 'Back to December'.

Adam Young (Owl City)

It's rumoured the song Enchanted was inspired by Swift's brief romance with Adam Young (Owl City). In response, Young recorded his own version of the song for Valentine's Day in 2011, singing "Oh Taylor I was so Enchanted to meet you too". Along with this, he penned the pop princess a love letter on his website:

Adam Young aka Owl City recorded his own version of Taylor Swift's 'Enchanted'.
Adam Young aka Owl City recorded his own version of Taylor Swift's 'Enchanted'.

Dearest Taylor,

I'll be the first to admit I'm a rather shy boy and since music is the most eloquent form of communication I can muster, I decided to record something for you - as sort of a "reply" to the breathtaking song on your current record. This is what I wanted so badly to tell you in person but could never quite put into words:

Everything about you is beautiful. You're an immensely charming girl with a wonderful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. You are a true princess from a dreamy fairy tale; a modern Cinderella. I'm terribly sorry it's taken me such a long time to reply but I figured Valentine's Day was the perfect time to write this note to you and simply say... I was enchanted to meet you too.

Love,
Adam

Too cute!

John Mayer slammed Taylor Swift in his song 'Paper Doll'.
John Mayer slammed Taylor Swift in his song 'Paper Doll'.

John Mayer

Dear John wasn't quite as lovely as the rest of Swift's ex-files. Swift hit hard against the singer "Dear John /I see it all now it was wrong/Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played with?/Your dark twisted games when I loved you so". The couple were linked together when Swift was featured in Mayer's song Half of My Heart. Mayer also made a cameo on stage during several of Swift's shows. Since the split, Mayer, who's now dating Katy Perry, has written is own song, Paper Doll, which is thought to be bashing Swift. With lyrics like "You're like twenty-two girls in one/ And none of them know what they're running from". Ouch!

Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift dated briefly in 2011. Photo / AP
Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift dated briefly in 2011. Photo / AP

Jake Gyllenhaal

Though the two only held hands for what seemed like second, a lot tracks from Swift's latest album Red are thought to be about the Hollywood hunk. But it was the first single We Are Never Getting Back Together that got the rumour mill churning, with the track's music video featuring a Gyllenhaal lookalike.

Conor Kennedy

There's talk that love song Begin Again is about Swift's relationship with handsome Conor Kennedy (great nephew of President John F. Kennedy). The song was written while the two were still together. While their love didn't last the distance, they are said to have parted ways on good terms.

Taylor Swift took at dig at 1D ex, Harry Styles, at the 2013 VMAs. Photo / AP
Taylor Swift took at dig at 1D ex, Harry Styles, at the 2013 VMAs. Photo / AP

Harry Styles

I Knew You Were Trouble was originally thought to be another track about John Mayer. However, many people now speculate it's actually about Harry Styles, especially after Swift took a dig at the One Direction heartthrob at the MTV VMAs in September. During her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, Swift said: "I also want to thank the person that inspired this song, and he knows exactly who he is, because I got one of these!" directed at a boy band member.

Ed Sheeran insists that he never dated Taylor Swift.
Ed Sheeran insists that he never dated Taylor Swift.

Ed Sheeran

Okay, so Everything Has Changed isn't about Ed Sheeran (in fact, the song could be another tied to Mr Kennedy), however this duet sparked rumours that the two musos were getting cosy. Earlier this week Swift posted a pic to Instagram of Sheeran and herself enjoying a quiet cuppa, with the words: "Ed told me to caption this 'SWEERAN'".

However, Sheeran has always made it clear that the two are just very good friends... which is probably true. Nevertheless the BFF song birds are adorable together.

Have a listen to all of Taylor's Ex-Boy tracks here:

Taylor Swift will be performing her first of three shows tonight at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

This T-Swift playlist was curated by entertainment reviewer Rachel Bache. Follow nzherald_ent on Spotify for more weekly playlists.

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