Sorry to disappoint, Swifty theorists: Ed Sheeran has responded to speculation that Taylor Swift’s new song “Dress” from reputation is actually about him, saying that he doesn’t think that the theory holds weight.
“I don’t think it is [about me],” said Sheeran in a recent Instagram live stream with AugustMan magazine. “I think if you read into it, it’s not. She mentions someone with a buzzcut haircut — I’ve never had a buzzcut haircut.” (As PEOPLE points out, Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn had a buzz cut when he appeared at the 2016 Met Ball, where the pair were rumored to have met.)
The theory stems from Swift’s lyrics both in the opening verse and the chorus. In the first verse of “Dress,” she sings, “There is an indentation in the shape of you/Made your mark on me, a golden tattoo,” leading fans to think Swift is referencing Sheeran’s hit “Shape of You.” In the chorus, she repeatedly sings, “I don’t want you like a best friend/Only bought this dress so you could take it off.” Given that the two pop stars have a well-documented friendship — Sheeran even appears in reputation‘s second track, “End Game” — the lyric only led to further speculation.
While Swift hasn’t provided her intent behind those lyrics, it seems like she’s saving her references for Alwyn. And for fans disappointed in the dismissal of a possible Swift-Sheeran love connection, fret not — Sheeran released a romantic music video for “Perfect” with Zoey Deutch last week, and that should fill the void.
Check out Sheeran’s comments on the theory above.