Taylor Swift sparks a new trend on TikTok.
Credit: TikTok, left to right: @kaylei.claire; @thepearlinaclam; @madisonhund

Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is now streaming, and fans are showcasing their affinity for the singer’s lyrics, particularly resonating with her sentiments about past love and exasperation with former partners. Just days after the re-released album came out, a fresh TikTok trend emerged, centering around the elusive track, “Now That We Don’t Talk.”

This song, spanning only two minutes and 26 seconds, delves into the bittersweet aspects of parting ways with an ex (likely Harry Styles, in Swift’s case). Swift candidly expresses her feelings about “yearning for the old times” and not wishing her ex to change. However, she concedes, “I guess I don’t have a say / now that we don’t talk.”

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In the song’s outro, Swift reflects on the positive aspects of no longer being in that relationship:

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I don’t have to pretend I like acid rock /
Or that I’d like to be on a mega yacht /
With important men who think important thoughts /
Guess maybe I am better off now that we don’t talk

TikTok users, especially women, are flocking to the platform to give their spin on this verse. As they sing along to the original lyrics, they overlay their videos with personal experiences such as no longer pretending to appreciate Kanye West’s music or baseball games, or not noticing an ex’s receding hairline. The sound, created by TikTok user @victoreeuh, has been linked with over 9,000 videos, with many following this trend.

While most videos revolve around past romantic relationships, as does the song, some may also touch on friendships:

“Y’all the girlies are in hell,” commented Twitter/X user @ExquisiteWill in a thread about the trend. Honestly, we can’t disagree. Given Taylor Swift’s influence on TikTok, these videos are likely to keep coming. Guess maybe we’re all better off!

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Anna Iovine is associate editor of features at Mashable. Previously, as the sex and relationships reporter, she covered topics ranging from dating apps to pelvic pain. Before Mashable, Anna was a social editor at VICE and freelanced for publications such as Slate and the Columbia Journalism Review. Follow her on X @annaroseiovine.


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