Taylor Swift’s Message to Fans: Don’t Hate on John Mayer, Just Enjoy the Music

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Taylor Swift is known for writing songs about her exes, but she doesn’t want her fans to hold grudges against them. The pop superstar recently asked her loyal Swifties to be kind and gentle online when she releases “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” on July 7, the re-recorded version of her 2010 album that features the scathing track “Dear John” about her former flame John Mayer.

Swift made the plea during her Eras Tour concert in Minneapolis on Saturday night, where she performed “Dear John” for the first time in 11 years as part of her surprise songs segment. Before singing the nearly seven-minute ballad, which is widely believed to be about Mayer, Swift told the crowd that she has moved on from anything that happened to her when she was 19 and that she only cares about the music and the memories.

“I get to stand on stage every night of this tour and watch the most beautiful things happen,” she said. “Like, I watch you guys make friends with each other. I watch you bond. I watch you give each other friendship bracelets. I see so many beautiful interactions happen, and I hear so many stories about friend who were made at these shows, and I watch it happen. And it’s the most unbelievable thing to watch.”

“So I was hoping to ask you that as we lead up to this album coming out, I would love for that kindness and that gentleness to extend onto our internet activities. Right? So what I’m trying to say is, I’m putting this album out because I want to own my music, and I believe that anyone who has the desire to own their music should be able to. That’s why I’m putting all this out.”

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“I’m 33 years old. I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19 except the songs I wrote and the memories we made together. So what I’m trying to tell you is that I’m not putting this album out so that you can go and should feel the need to defend me on the internet against someone you think I might have written a song about 14 million years ago. I do not care [about what happened to me then anymore].”

Swift and Mayer dated briefly in 2009-2010, when she was 19 and he was 32. Their relationship inspired Swift to write “Dear John”, which accuses Mayer of playing with her emotions and being too old for her. Mayer later said he was “really caught off-guard” and “really humiliated” by the song, which he called “cheap songwriting”.

Swift’s fans are known for being fiercely protective of her and often troll her exes online. Mayer has been a frequent target of their wrath, especially after Swift announced the release date of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)”. Some fans even joked that they would ignore Swift’s request and continue to hate on Mayer.

However, Swift’s message seems to have resonated with many of her followers, who praised her for being mature and gracious. Some also expressed their appreciation for Mayer’s music and talent, saying that they respect him as an artist.

Swift is in the midst of her sold-out Eras Tour, which celebrates all of her nine studio albums. She has been surprising fans with different songs from her catalog every night, including some rare gems that she has never performed live before.

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