taylor Swift gets a lot of extremely unfair shit for dating celebrities and then writing songs about them. But without Taylor’s openness and honesty about her romantic life and exes, we wouldn’t have some of her best lyrical work—including her collaboration with a certain someone who goes by the name William Bowery or an entire rerelease of Speak Now (come for the extended track list, stay for the John Mayer shade!).
And, of course, we wouldn’t have the Swiftian magnum opus that is “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)[From the Vault]” if it weren’t for the twin flame bruise that painted her blue. Moving right along!
On that note, here’s a look back at everyone who has been lucky enough to date Tay (lol, hi, Tom Hiddleston, nice to see you again).
Joe and Taylor barely dated, yet their breakup was somehow the most dramatic thing ever. Probably because he ended things over the phone—which Taylor confirmed during a November 2008 appearance on Ellen:
Taylor later released a Joe-inspired song called “Forever and Always,” which includes the pretty pointed lyrics, “Was I out of line? / Did I say something way too honest, made you run and hide / Like a scared little boy.” Yikes!
And while Taylor has since apologized for putting Joe on blast, just a fun reminder that in 2009, she mentioned their breakup in her Saturday Night Live opening monologue: