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Taylor Swift '22' video: Is it really about Harry Styles?

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Here at Digital Spy we found ourselves oddly captivated by the Taylor Swift-Harry Styles relationship, but then they 'ended things' and - apart from wondering what we're going to do with all the 'Team Haylor' T-shirts we ordered - we found ourselves feeling bereft.

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

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Luckily for us, the relationship didn't end with the break-up. Since their split we've had Taylor dissing Harry in the recording studio, at the Golden Globes, at the Brits, and even through an "authorised" person in a recent interview (if we were celebrities, we'd authorise people to say things all the live long day.)

But Taylor couldn't sit around sobbing and eating ice cream, could she? God no. She had a music video to produce. And with a music video apparently comes completely wild speculation about whether it's really a dig at Harry Styles. Now the whole promo for '22' has emerged, we consider it our absolute duty to investigate whether Harry should be embarrassed or whether Taylor's just kind of having a laugh with her mates (including, um, Jessica Szohr). And so, the evidence:

The T-Shirt
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Taylor is wearing a T-shirt which says: "Not a lot going on at the moment." In other words, she couldn't care less about her split. It doesn't even factor in her day. No sad faces here! In other words, Hazza, she was never really that into you. Strong message to start with, T.

The Fake Concert
Taylor Swift's '22' video

The whole concept of this video is "Taylor has a lot of fun with her real-life friends" and this is certainly in evidence here, where one of them pretends to be a singer and the rest are squealing fans. Now we are not experts in Harry's sartorial choices, but I'd be willing to bet he's rocked a checked shirt in his time. Is Taylor mocking Harry and Directioners? (For her sake, we should say: Probably not.)

The "Swearing"
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Now the song that Taylor is singing here - which incidentally is so catchy you will never be able to get it out of your head, not ever (like, ever) - is called '22'. This gives Swifty a lot of opportunities to stick two fingers up and wave them about. Now, it may be a coincidence that this turns into what seems like a 'sweary gesture', or it may be Taylor cursing Harry right down the camera while smiling sweetly. We hope it's the second one.

The Beanie
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Okay, we said we don't know much about Harry's style choices but we do know one thing - boy loves to don a beanie. And here Taylor is wearing a beanie. (This, incidentally, is what sparked the rumours that the '22' vid is about Harry in the first place.) So, massively subtle dig or just head-warming sensibleness? You decide.

The Beach Trip
Taylor Swift's '22' video
Taylor Swift's '22' video

We know One Direction well enough to know that they love a beach. Just look at the video for 'What Makes You Beautiful'. Well anything Harry can do Taylor can do better, so she's organised a trip to a (much nicer) seafront to show him how it's really done. I mean, look at these pictures - this could totally be the female One Direction, right? (Okay, they might look more like 90210 promo shots but go with us.)

The Heart Smashing
Taylor Swift in the '22' video
Taylor Swift's '22' video

This one isn't that subtle. Taylor lifts up a massive heart and then throws it on the floor. And then kicks it. (And then she jumps on it.)

More swearing
Taylor Swift in the '22' video
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Self-explanatory.

Dressing As A Cat
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Okay, we're starting to stretch things with this one. Maybe Harry really likes cats. Or maybe it's just Taylor reminding him how hot she is. Because, I mean, she looks really good.

Look How Many Friends I Have!
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Classic post-break up move from Taylor, here - throw a massive party and have an amazing time with all your friends. Us regular people would probably post a bunch of pictures on Facebook showing how much of a Fun Time we were having Without Him, but if you're Taylor Swift you can plonk the whole thing in a video and remind him of it whenever he turns on MTV. This is also related to the next piece of evidence...

Flirting With Other Guys
Taylor Swift in the '22' video
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Absolute classic. As if Taylor needs Harry when she has these other guys. Plus, it's an ego boost. That guy on the right can barely believe his luck. Even the guy on the left is basically punching the air. Look what you're missing, Harry!

The Pool Splash
Taylor Swift in the '22' video

Taylor finishes off her video with a plunge into a pool. Now, I'm sure 1D have had a pool in one of their videos (perhaps 'Live While We're Young') but that's irrelevant. You see, what's really going on here is that Miss Swift is engaging in a highly spiritual cleansing ritual, in which she is washing away her past to emerge new. (Or maybe she's just a bit drunk and excited. Who knows?)

CONCLUSION: Is the '22' video about Harry Styles?
Despite the absolute wealth of evidence Digital Spy has collected, the answer is embarrassingly probably not, no. Will that stop the speculation? Absolutely not. But one thing that we can tell you (having watched the video several times by now) is that '22' is an absolute belter of a track and we'll be sticking the vid on repeat - Harry or no Harry.

What do you think? Is the '22' video about Harry? Do you like it? Let us know your views below!

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