Taylor Swift Reveals Inspiration Behind "Clean"

Swift also discussed her pop evolution.

Taylor Swift is posing with her guitar on the cover of the June issue of Elle. And in the accompanying article (written by her friend Tavi Gevinson), Swift discusses her songwriting process, and in particular her 1989 closer "Clean."

"I wrote it as I was walking out of Liberty in London," she explained about the inspiration. "Someone I used to date -- it hit me that I'd been in the same city as him for two weeks and I hadn't thought about it. When it did hit me, it was like, 'Oh, I hope he's doing well.' And nothing else."

She also discussed her pop evolution, but she said she wouldn't change choices she's made in her past. "As far as the need to rebel against the idea of you, or the image of you: Like, I feel no need to burn down the house I built by hand," she explained. "I can make additions to it. I can redecorate. But I built this. And so I'm not going to sit there and say, 'Oh, I wish I hadn't had corkscrew-curly hair and worn cowboy boots and sundresses to awards shows when I was 17; I wish I hadn't gone through that fairy-tale phase where I just wanted to wear princess dresses to awards shows every single time.' Because I made those choices. I did that."

Fans can read more highlights from the chat at Elle.com.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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