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Taylor drops ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ album

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Taylor Swift

‘s highly anticipated album “

The Tortured Poets Department

” is finally here and it has

Swifties

and the internet in tears!
At the stroke of midnight, the singer released her 11th studio album and shared a reflective note on her Instagram account writing, “All’s fair in love and poetry… New album THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT. Out now.”
Choosing to restrict comments on the post, Taylor penned a brief yet heart-wrenching description of the new album.

“The Tortured Poets Department. An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time – one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure,” she began and added, “This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up.”
Seemingly reaching out to her fans, who may spread hate online, she said, “There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed. And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted.”

“This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it. And then all that’s left behind is the tortured poetry,” she concluded.
The album’s release was initially revealed by Swift at the Grammys in February, where the 34-year-old billionaire made history by winning her fourth Album of the Year prize.
Since the announcement, Swift’s devoted fan base, known as Swifties, have been fervently speculating about the album’s themes and content.

Just as the speculation suggests, the album seems to revolve around Swift’s failed relationship with British actor

Joe Alwyn

, whom she dated from 2016 until their breakup last year.
Fans of the singer took to their handles to share lyrics that they think are aimed at Joe. ‘At dinner you take my ring off my middle finger / and put it on the one people put wedding rings on/ And that’s the closest I’ve come to my heart exploding,’ she sings, possibly refering to the time rumours swirled about the singer’s possible engagement to the actor.
“You swore that you loved, me but where were the clues?/ I died on the altar waiting for the proof,” she sings in a track.

The post gave way to strong fan-reactions. One tweet read, “Damn so Joe really just couldn’t propose…. You can be literally Taylor Swift at the height of your career and men still won’t commit lolllll let this be a reminder to us all.”
Another described the new song ‘The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived’ as “character assassination at its finest like ‘dear john’ and ‘all too well’ look like love letters compared to it i’m so gagged.”
While ‘Dear John’ reffered to Taylor’s relationship with John Mayers, ‘All Too Well’ was about her long term romance with actor

Jake Gyllenhaal

.

With another song hinting at ‘cheating’ allegations, fans took to their handles to share hilarious memes aimed at Joe, hinting at the backlash he will face from Swift’s fandom.

Besides songs and diss tracks aimed at Joe, the album’s title also takes a dig at the actor. In 2022, Alwyn and fellow actor Paul Mescal revealed the existence of a group chat named “The Tortured Man Club,” which also included Andrew Scott. Swifties believe that the album title may be a nod to this group chat.

Swift had unveiled the tracklist of her album, featuring titles like “So Long, London,” “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can),” and “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived.” The album also features guest appearances from Florence + The Machine and

Post Malone

, the latter of whom Swift announced will be featured on her first single “Fortnight” that drops later this evening.

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