Last year, Taylor Swift closed the "reputation" era of her career when she finished up her record-breaking arena tour, and since teasing the "next chapter" during her 2018 American Music Awards speech ('I'm even more excited about the next chapter"), Swifties everywhere have been keeping a look out for any clues possible to try and figure out exactly what is coming their way and when. Recently, T-Swift has given us all a plethora of clues, and now, there's a countdown involved.
Put on your detective hats, and let's work backwards, shall we? Because thanks to some very astute Swifties, there are so many theories. SO MANY.
Then, there is apriltwentysix.com, which redirects to Taylor's official website ... which, right now, contains a countdown clock to April 26th and also features a cotton candy cloud motif.
APRIL 26TH - IS IT A COINCIDENCE THAT 4+26 = 30?! AND TAYLOR TURNS 30 THIS YEAR?! I THINK NOT.
There is a site called julythirteen.com. Is it real? Is it not? Obviously, Taylor's number is 13 , and as one fan points out, when you save the main image, which is a similar cotton candy sky with palm trees, or look at the code of the site, the image is saved as "youhavemyheartinthecityofangels.jpg."
And in case you didn't know the City of Angels is Los Angeles. More on that later.
Then there's this Scrabble-related theory:
So, back in October, Taylor posted a photo of herself playing Scrabble with her mom Andrea. She captioned the pic on Instagram, "Let the games BEGIN." Well, OBVIOUSLY, this doesn't just mean Scrabble! Right?! If you look at one of the pictures, you can see that her letters read "IOIE" which if you flip the "E" around, so that it's backwards, it kind of looks like 1013 - 10/13, as one fan pointed out. But there's more, the fan also figures out that there's even meaning to the 4/26 date in the Scrabble picture. ...Ready For it? Because here it is:
"Taylor is coming for us on 4.26 and there are TWENTY SIX LETTERS IN THE ALPHABET. Also the blue seal ended up meaning (something is coming) *approximately 2 weeks away and the blue tiles are known for their 2x multiplier in scrabble."
Taylor hinted at the 4/26 countdown in her Elle "30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30" article.
One fact that she shares in this article is, you guessed it, lesson No. 26 (like in 4/26), and it's about the fact that she likes to create countdowns for things she's looking forward to. She wrote, "I make countdowns for things I’m excited about. When I’ve gone through dark, low times, I’ve always found a tiny bit of relief and hope in getting a countdown app (they’re free) and adding things I’m looking forward to. Even if they’re not big holidays or anything, it’s good to look toward the future. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed in the now, and it’s good to get some perspective that life will always go on, to better things."
Speaking of "dark, low times," the theme of Taylor's posts are just the opposite. Going from her "reputation" era to this new era, all of T-Swift's Instagram posts have been very light and magical, full of bright and pastel colors:
Taylor has been sharing a lot of Los Angeles-related clues lately. And if julythirteen.com and "youhavemyheartinthecityofangels" holds any meaning, then it's all connected. Let's take a deeper look:
There were THESE butterfly heels that Taylor wore to the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in honor of the Monarch Butterfly Migration, which happens on the west coast of CALIFORNIA. And you best believe these beauties flutter around L.A.
Also: PALM TREES, PALM TREES, PALM TREES. Palm trees are ALL OVER LA, as well as Taylor's IG (and now also on julythirteen.com). FEAST YOUR EYES ON ALL OF THE PALM TREES:
Also, consider this: When Taylor first teased reputation, she posted a series of three videos featuring a snake's head, body and tail in that order. When she was posting photos of her iHeartRadio Music Awards outfit, she also posted her upper body/head, full body, and feet in that order, let alone the fact that she was wearing butterfly shoes. Does this symbolize her metamorphosis?
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