Meaning of Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift

The song “Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift is about a tumultuous relationship between two people, set against a summer backdrop.

The lyrics tell the story of someone who is desperately in love, who has to sneak away from their protective family to be with their love, and how that love is both exhilarating and painful.

Some fans have speculated that the song is about Swift’s ex-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston, whom she dated for three months in 2016, while others think it is about her current boyfriend Joe Alwyn, whom she met at the same time. Swift has not confirmed who the song is about, but she has said that it deals with the idea of being in a relationship where there’s some element of desperation and pain in it, where you’re yearning for something that you don’t quite have yet.