It鈥檚 no secret that the time Taylor Swift and Harry Styles spent together inspired a few of the bangers on Swift鈥檚 1989 鈥 both 鈥淪tyle鈥 and 鈥淥ut of the Woods鈥 are supposedly about their short-lived romance, and given Swift鈥檚 track record with breakup songs, there鈥檚 no reason to doubt the speculation (also, c鈥檓on 鈥 the song is called 鈥淪TYLE鈥). Aside from some Twitter shade directed toward Swift late last year, Styles has remained completely silent on their relationship 鈥 until now.

In a new Rolling Stone cover interview, Styles dishes some sweet insight into the fated romance. 鈥淐ertain things don鈥檛 work out,鈥 he said. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot of things that can be right, and it鈥檚 still wrong鈥 Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it鈥檚 the best shit ever. So, thank you.鈥 Wise, if not still slightly cagey, words, but it鈥檚 what Styles said about the Swift content of his new album that has us dying, waiting for its May 12 release.

鈥淚n writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You鈥檙e celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 鈥榯his didn鈥檛 work out, and that鈥檚 bad,'鈥 he said. After performing the song 鈥淓ver Since New York鈥 on SNL recently, fans have been clamoring trying to figure out if it鈥檚 about Swift. The pair spent some of their earliest dates there together (who can forget the famous pic of them strolling through Central Park?), and some of the lyrics suggest specific locations as now lonely memories.

In the Rolling Stone story, the writer also details lyrics of another unnamed new song that say, 鈥淐ouldn鈥檛 take you home to mother in a skirt that short/But I think that鈥檚 what I like about it 鈥 I see you gave him my old T-shirt.鈥 Um, do these lyrics not sound like a subtle nod to Swift鈥檚 short skirt/t-shirt lyrics in 鈥You Belong With Me?!鈥 Hmmm.

But before we can get too ahead of ourselves, Styles admits that most of the album is about another serious relationship that鈥檚 been a big part of his life the past few years 鈥 maybe Kendall Jenner, who he鈥檚 been on-and-off linked to? 鈥淪he鈥檚 a huge part of the album,鈥 says Styles about the mystery woman. 鈥淪ometimes you want to tip the hat, and sometimes you just want to give them the whole cap鈥 鈥塧nd hope they know it鈥檚 just for them.鈥 Um, dying.


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We may not get as much Swift goss as we wanted out of this album, but it鈥檚 for sure going to have a lot to dig into 鈥 and we can鈥檛 wait.

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(h/t Rolling Stone, photos via Anthony Harvey, Kevin Winter, Mark Metcalfe/Getty)