Taylor Swift sparked speculation about the theme of her next album when she wore a pair of heels with a butterfly motif to the iHeart Radio Awards on Thursday (March 14.)
The singer’s fans went into overdrive on social media, asking whether – like the snake motif used on her previous record, 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – the butterfly could be a hint at the theme of her next album.
One fan wrote: “So reputation was the snake motif now it’s a butterfly because Taylor has finally come out of her cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly full of love and light.”
While another added: “See those shoes?! Calling it now: where there were snakes on the last album… next, there will be butterflies.”
Swift, who won Best Tour and Best Music video for her single ‘Delicate’ at the 2019 iHeart Radio Awards, took to the stage to tell her fans, “I just wanted to let you know that when there is new music, you will be the first to know.”
The singer last released new material in 2017 with her sixth studio album, ‘Reputation’, which NME gave four stars in a review that said: “Is this a relatable record? If you’ve ever wanted to exact revenge on someone, the answer is yes.”
so reputation was the snake motif now it’s a butterfly because taylor has finally come out of her cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly full of love and light
— sydney (@alphatypetay) March 15, 2019
In November 2018, she signed a huge new record deal with Universal Music Group after the contract she signed with Big Machine at the age of 15 expired.
Last month, the singer penned an essay in ELLE magazine ahead of her 30th birthday, in which she opened up about pop music and also admitted she carries bandages for gun and stab wounds wherever she goes.
Swift writes: “I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months. There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe.
“My fear of violence has continued into my personal life. I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds.”
See those shoes?! Calling it now: where there were snakes on the last album… next, there will be butterflies 🦋 https://t.co/oUt9oateMr
— Emma Godmere (@godmere) March 15, 2019
She added: “Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity. We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.”
Swift also recently made a surprise appearance at the engagement party of two of her fans, where she gave a special acoustic performance of Reputation track ‘King of My Heart’.