Taylor says there is no revenge on the department of tortured poets

She’s known for sharing her romantic struggles – and settling scores – through her songs.

And Taylor Swift’s latest hit has once again revealed the pain of her relationship break-ups – with a little help from American actors Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles.

The video for Taylor’s song Fortnight, the first single from her new album The Tortured Poets Department, sent her millions of fans into a frenzy when it was posted to YouTube early Friday.

Taylor Swift performs on stage at NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards
Taylor Swift performs on stage at NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards. Photo: Getty Images

It’s the 34-year-old’s first album since ending her six-year relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn, and he’s the likely target of much of her anger in songs like So Long, London.

Even the title of the album – her first since 2022’s Midnights – is a mocking version of a WhatsApp group Joe shares with actors Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott called Tortured Man Club.

Taylor Swift Joe Alwyn Zuma Restaurant
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are seen at Zuma restaurant. Photo: GC Images

Matty Healy, ‘bad boy’ frontman of The 1975, with whom Taylor had a brief affair, is also not escaped – Swifties believe he is the inspiration behind the track The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived.

The singer said the album was an anthology of new works that reflected “events, opinions and feelings of a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time – a moment that was both sensational and sad.” She went on to say that that period in her life was over, adding, “The chapter is closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once the wounds are healed. Once we tell our saddest story, we can be free from it.”

Her skill in her work is to keep fans guessing at hidden messages – and that applied to the release of the Fortnight video, in which she duets with American rapper Post Malone. The video hints that Taylor has found love so difficult that it drove her crazy. She appears to be in an asylum and is seen lying on a bed without a mattress, chained to the railing.

A doctor comes in with a bottle of pills labeled, “Forget him.” She takes a pill and is freed from the chains. Hawke and Charles – who both starred in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society – play scientists working in a laboratory while Taylor is hooked to a table in scenes reminiscent of Frankenstein.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.  Photo: Getty
Taylor Swift and boyfriend Travis Kelce. Photo: Getty

To mark the release of the Fortnight video, the singer also shared on YouTube Shorts 14 short video clips of her life over the past two weeks, including one of her enjoying a cocktail and another of her at the gym . She challenged fans to follow her lead by copying her #ForAfortnight challenge.