Since the release of her new album Midnights last week, the 32-year-old popstar’s diehard fanbase has been familiarising themselves with her catalogue of fresh music while also analysing the meaning behind the songs. And her tune Vigilante Sh*t has particularly raised eyebrows on social media, with the lyrics implying that she is getting revenge on a very famous enemy.
The lyrics read: “I don’t start sh*t, but I can tell you how it ends / Don’t get sad, get even / So on the weekends / I don’t dress for friends / Lately, I’ve been dressin’ for revenge”. It simply could be about getting revenge on an ex but there appear to be multiple references to Kanye and Scooter.” In the second verse, she gets specific, singing: “She needed cold, hard proof, so I gave her some / She had the envelope, where you think she got it from? / Now she gets the house, gets the kids, gets the pride / Picture me thick as thieves with your ex-wife / And she looks so pretty / Drivin’ in your Benz / Lately, she’s been dressin’ for revenge.”
Now, a theory that the song is directed at Kim and Kanye is going viral on TikTok, given that the former couple recently had a very public divorce, with Kanye continuously claiming he doesn’t have access to their children and Kim recently stating that she dresses for herself, rather that being styled by the rapper.
But why would Taylor be singing about Kimye, may you ask? Well, the Bad Blood singer was famously embroiled in a massive long-running feud with the pair while they were married. However, given her lyrics, fans are now theorising that Taylor has made amends with Kim and is singing about her lifestyle post-divorce to get back at Kanye.
“I’m 100% convinced that the second verse of vigilante sh*t is about Kim and Kanye #MidnightsTaylorSwift,” one person tweeted, while another added: “If this isn’t about #taylorswift being friends with Kim Kardashian post the Kanye divorce…. #vigilantesh*t #MidnightsTaylorSwift.”
However, other fans are convinced that the lyrics are actually about music executive Scooter Braun, who purchased the master rights to Taylor Swift’s early albums in 2019. Just like Kanye, he recently divorced his ex-wife Yael Cohen.
Scooter was also recently sued for $200 million over a failed private equity fund, with Taylor appearing to reference in her third verse, which read: “While he was doin’ lines and crossin’ all of mine / Someone told his white-collar crimes to the FBI”.
Twitter once again went mad with this theory, with one person tweeting: “f you would’ve looked me in the eyes and told me vigilante sh*t would be about taylor swift airing out scooter braun’s dirty laundry and illegal skeletons in the closet and becoming besties with his ex wife i would’ve laughed in your face.” Another added: “vigilante sh*t is actually hilarious blondie really aired out scooter braun’s entire family business to the masses like that I’m cryingkfjfjfj.”
So is Taylor singing about Kim and Kanye, or is she singing about Scooter? We don’t know for sure and may never unless the singer spills the beans herself.