In the tune, Rodrigo sings about an unnamed “bloodsucker, fame-fucker,” prompting people to theorize that the lyrics are about her fellow crooner. The hearsay has been fueled by fans’ presumptions that the pair are no longer friends after rumors began circulating about a purported feud between them.
Rodrigo goes on to sing that the nameless foe is “bleeding me dry like a goddamn vampire.”
“How do I answer this?” Rodrigo told The Guardian when asked about the rumors in a story that was published Saturday. The outlet noted that she began whispering.
“I mean, I never want to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve never done that before in my career and probably won’t. I think it’s better to not pigeonhole a song to being about this one thing,” she continued. “I was very surprised when people thought that.”
Gossip about the pair’s frayed friendship ignited even further after Rodrigo told The New York Times in July that she had not attended any of Swift’s Eras Tour shows.
Back in June, the “Drivers License” singer opened up about how the song “Vampire” came about in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“I just sat down at the piano one day and played these chords that felt kind of gothic to me,” she told the outlet of the buzzed-about single. “I think there’s a lot of vampire lore to be played with like ‘You only come out at night’ and stuff like that. There’s a lot of fun songwriting fodder in there.”
“Guts” is set to be released on Sept. 8.