Taylor Swift just spent a ton of time discussing “Hey Stephen.”
The 31-year-old pop star dropped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, April 13, where the host asked whether the song from her recently re-recorded 2009 album Fearless was actually written with him in mind. Indeed, before the segment began, Stephen Colbert showed throwback footage from a 2009 episode of his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, during which he had boasted about the singer sending him a signed copy of the original album.
During the new Late Show episode, Stephen asked, “You recently recorded Fearless (Taylor’s Version), so I’ve got to ask, is the song ‘Hey Stephen’ about me?”
She responded that it wasn’t, since she wrote it back in 2008, when she was 18, and Stephen Colbert—according to Taylor’s calculations—was “probably about 44 years, 179 days old, give or take seven hours.”
After Stephen commented that this was “shockingly specific,” she shared that she recently “dug out my old mood board.” Taylor then pulled out a large board covered in photos of the host, along with a pic of a large slice of pizza.
Stephen pointed out the photos of himself, and she fired back with, “Don’t flatter yourself. ‘Hey Stephen’ is not about you, any more than my album 1989 is about the year you spent waiting tables in an Italian restaurant in the Northern area of Chicago that, by the way, serves a really incredible slice of pizza.”
Eventually, Taylor claimed that the song was about author Stephen King, and she explained that had it been about Stephen Colbert, she would have picked a different title.
“It’s so obvious to call it ‘Hey Stephen,'” she continued. “You would call it something more detailed, right? Songwriting is all about the details, so you go, ‘Hey, Stephen, I love you on the TV, and all the stuff you did on The Daily Show, and that time you were on Law & Order, you’re 5’11”, your middle name’s Tyrone. Social security number is 335…”
She then told the late-night personality, “Take the feeling that you’re feeling, and just shake it off! Right? But that song is about you.”
Watch their ridiculous conversation in the above video.