Did Calvin Harris Just Beat Taylor Swift at Her Own Breakup Song Game?

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By Lauren Le Vine. Photos via Getty Images.

Calvin Harris dated Taylor Swift for a little over a year, and he learned a thing or two during that time. No, not how to care for two cats (although he was once the designated cat-sitter for Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson while Swift was on tour, so he probably knows how to do that, too). Harris learned how to write a breakup song, which Swift has been doing for several albums now. His new track, “My Way,” isn’t overtly about Swift, but a new interview the D.J. did with iHeartRadio strongly implies it’s about a past relationship (as do the lyrics), and Twitter is all over the alleged shade being thrown.

“[The] song’s kind of about breaking out of a situation that you thought was a good thing. Then, you’re way more comfortable out of it. And it could be anything. It could be a job, or it could be a relationship,” Harris told iHeartRadio, dropping the million-dollar word (relationship). “I had kind of the idea for the concept for a few years, but I didn’t know how to work out how it sounded.”

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That last part backtracks a bit, but by “concept,” he could always mean rhythm and/or beat. Those E.D.M. guys, always thinking in pulsating basslines and drops. Plus, Harris sings on the track, which he rarely does, so it could mean that this is a more personal song than most.

Meanwhile, Twitter is convinced the song is pulling a move straight from the Taylor Swift playbook and throwing some direct shade at his ex. “Why wait to say, at least I did it my way / Lie awake, two faced / But in my heart I understand / I made my move and it was all about you / Now I feel so far removed,” Harris sings.

Swift, meanwhile, seems to have moved on from the breakup. She danced to the song she co-wrote with Harris (that caused its own round of drama when that revelation came out), “This Is What You Came For” at Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger’s fashion show last Friday.

Still, as one denizen of Twitter reminded everyone last night, Swift often waits until an album to get her comeuppance on a past boyfriend.

“My Way” is amateur hour compared to Swift’s entire back catalog.

This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.

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