Grammy winner Taylor Swift, 23, has now admitted in an indirect way that she co-wrote her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" about One Direction's Harry Styles, 19, whom she dated for less than two months. She also talked about how awkward it was for her to sing the song at the 2013 Brit Awards while he was in the audience.
In an interview with the Times magazine that was published on March 16, 2013, Swift commented about her Brit Awards performance, which took place on Feb. 20 at the O2 Arena in London: "You're balancing the analytical side of your brain, which is telling you where to go and how to go there, with the other side of your brain, which is saying 'Feel everything you're singing, and show it on your face. Feel everything exactly as you felt it when you wrote the song.' It's not hard to access that emotion when the person the song is about is standing by the side of the stage watching."
"I Knew You Were Trouble" is on Swift's fourth album, "Red," which was released in November 2012. The song became a massive hit around the world, reaching the Top 3 in the singles chart in several countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Israel. After Swift and Styles' breakup made the news, Swift cryptically tweeted the last line in the song: "''til you put me down."
Swift and Styles first "secretly" dated shortly after they met in the spring of 2012, but she broke it off with him when she saw photos of him kissing another woman, according to a source close to Swift who talked to Vanity Fair magazine in an interview that published in the magazine's April 2013 issue. (Swift is on the cover of that issue.) The "other woman" is presumed to be model Emma Ostilly, whom Styles briefly dated when "X Factor" U.K. boy band One Direction was in tour in New Zealand in April 2012. Paparazzi photos were published of Styles and Ostilly kissing on one of their dates. Ostilly and Styles met in October 2011, when she was an extra in One Direction's "Gotta Be You" music video.
The source described the other woman as a "friend" of Swift's, and said that Swift decided to give Styles another chance because Styles vigorously pursued Swift and "wore her down."
Styles and Swift (who were nicknamed "Haylor" as a couple) went public with their romance when they dated from mid-November 2012 to the first week in January 2013.
In the Vanity Fair interview, Swift says she has dated only two men since 2010, but she didn't name who the men are. However, it's common knowledge that the two men she is referring to are Styles and 18-year-old Conor Kennedy (the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.), whom she dated from May to October 2012 before she went back to dating Styles again. Swift had very public romances with Styles and Conor Kennedy, as documented by the media.
Swift's previous ex-boyfriends include actor Jake Gyllenhaal (whom she dated in 2010), singer John Mayer (whom she dated off and on in 2009), actor Taylor Lautner (whom she dated in 2009) and singer Joe Jonas (whom she dated in 2008).
Paparazzi and tabloids documented Haylor's public displays of affection, including passionate kissing, cuddling, and holding hands while on their jet-set dates, which took place in Los Angeles, New York City, Utah, the British Virgin Islands, London and other cities in England.
When Styles and Swift were in London together in December 2012, the source told Vanity Fair Styles "disappeared" and "after that it was like he just didn't want to keep going."
A representative for One Direction told Vanity Fair that the source's stories are "undeniably false."
There have been conflicting reports about who broke up with whom and why the relationship ended. Some of the reports said that Swift broke up with Styles because she suspected him of cheating on her and she was jealous of other women in his life. The source who talked to Vanity Fair confirmed this version of the breakup. Other reports said that Styles dumped Swift because she's supposedly asexual and she wasn't meeting his sexual needs.
Styles has also not publicly commented on his relationship with Swift and why it ended, but since the breakup, he has made general compliments about her in interviews. He told Grazia magazine in February 2013 that Swift is "a sweet girl" and "I don't have a bad word to say about her."
Swift has given the impression that she's bitter about the breakup since she has made thinly disguised digs at Styles during her performances at the 2013 Grammy Awards and 2013 Brit Awards.
Swift and One Direction were at the 2013 Brit Awards (in London) and the 2013 NRJ Music Awards (in Cannes, France), but by all accounts, they avoided each other and didn't communicate with each other before, during and after the ceremonies.
Since January 2012, Styles has refused to publicly name anyone he has dated, but when he is asked in interviews what his relationship status is, he says that he is single and available. Ever since he became famous, he has been romantically linked to several women, and the only one he has publicly admitted to dating is "The Xtra Factor" host Caroline Flack, 33, whom he dated from October 2011 to January 2012. Styles said on Twitter that he and Flack broke up by a "mutual decision." Flack and Styles have both said in interviews they they remain in contact and are on good terms with each other.
Styles has been romantically linked to many women since the split from Flack, including Swift, Ostilly, model Cara Delevingne, singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia, model/actress Emily Atack, former "Made in Chelsea" star Caggie Dunlop, photographer Sarah-Louis Colivet and singer Lily Halpern.
The Vanity Fair article came shortly after Freddy Negrete, a tattoo artist at the Shamrock Social Club tattoo shop in West Hollywood, Calif., where Styles has gotten many tattoos, told the Daily Star Sunday that Styles and Swift didn't love each other and gave him the impression that they were platonic friends when he saw them together on a date. In December 2012, Styles and Swift had a high-profile "date" at Shamrock Social Club, where Swift watched Styles get tattooed. The date made headlines and had numerous photos taken by paparazzi and fans.
There has been much speculation on the Internet and in tabloids that the "Haylor" romance was fabricated for publicity. Many of One Direction's fans believe that Styles is secretly gay or bisexual and that he is really in a romance with his openly gay best friend Nick Grimshaw, 28, who is BBC Radio 1 DJ.