Charlie Puth Reacts to Taylor Swift's Lyric Shout-Out: "It Was Surreal
Charlie Puth Reacts to Taylor Swift's Lyric Shout-Out: "It Was Surreal

Charlie Puth recently shared his reflections on Taylor Swift mentioning his name in her song “The Tortured Poets Department” from her latest album of the same name. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, Puth recounted his initial disbelief and subsequent emotional reaction to the unexpected shout-out.

Puth first heard about the mention from a friend who had come across a leak of the song. Skeptical at first, he dismissed it as a joke or perhaps an AI-generated anomaly. “I thought it was a prank,” Puth admitted, thinking it was too surreal to be true. However, upon listening to the official release, he was overcome with emotion. “My first thought was like, ‘Wow. She said my name.’ She kind of said it like P-O-O-T-H and I just cried, dude,” he revealed.

The Context of the Lyric

In the song, Swift sings, “We declared Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist.” This line has sparked widespread interest among fans and music critics alike. Puth, known for hits like “Attention” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” acknowledged that he had no prior knowledge of Swift’s intention to include his name in the lyrics. He found the mention to be both random and profoundly meaningful, sparking a deeper introspection about his approach to songwriting.

Reflecting on the lyric, Puth noted, “It was surreal because it’s never good to look back, but I feel like I could have done things a little differently in the past, but it’s all meant to happen now.” This mention, he feels, has given him a new perspective on his career and the courage to be more personal in his music.

A Note of Gratitude and Newfound Courage

Despite not having spoken directly to Taylor Swift about the lyric, Puth expressed his gratitude through a heartfelt note. He acknowledged the significant impact of her words, which bolstered his confidence in releasing new music. Puth recently released a new song titled “Hero,” crediting Swift for giving him the courage to put it out.

He explained, “I’m just very thankful. I’m a broken record, but I’m very thankful for her shout-out because I don’t know if I would’ve had the courage to put a song like this out”.

Looking Forward

As for whether Puth agrees with Swift’s assertion that he should be a bigger artist, he concurred, emphasizing his desire to inspire more people to pursue music. “I think I should be. But to me, a bigger artist, I get to inspire more of my fans and people around the world to pick up an instrument. I’d love to be a bigger artist to inspire other people to be bigger artists,” he concluded.

Puth’s reaction highlights the profound influence and interconnectedness within the music industry, where a single lyric can inspire new directions and deeper self-reflection for fellow artists.

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