Apr 19, 2024 - News

Why Taylor Swift (probably) name-drops Lucy Dacus on her new album

Lucy Dacus and Taylor Swift

Lucy Dacus (left) and Taylor Swift. Photos: Kristy Sparow/Getty Images; Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Kinda-hometown girl Taylor Swift is out today with her new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," on which she seemingly name-drops definite Philadelphian and Boygenius member Lucy Dacus.

Why it matters: For an album that most expected to center on the end of her six-year relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, one of Swift's main muses appears to be Matty Healy — The 1975 frontman to whom she was romantically linked amid her stand at The Linc last year.

The lyric in question, via the title track: "Sometimes I wonder if you're gonna screw this up with me / But you tell Lucy you'd kill yourself if I ever leave / And I had said that to Jack about you / So I felt seen."

Catch up (very) quick: The Jack in question is Jack Antonoff, a Swift bestie who produced this record and The 1975's latest, and Healy is friends with musician Phoebe Bridgers, who opened for Swift at the Linc (where he played in her band).

  • Dacus and Bridgers are part of indie supergroup Boygenius, which also opened an Eras Tour show last year.

More drama: Months after the Swift-Healy split, Healy tweeted that he'd told Dacus an offensive joke about her band's name, concluding, "I don't really hear from her that often." Dacus fired back, "You don't hear from me at all," leading Healy to deactivate his account.

The bottom line: Jason Kelce, if you're reading this, you might want to check in with your brother.


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