Taylor confirmed in an interview with New York Magazine
that the song was inspired by the 2009 MTV VMA incident where Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech. "I think a lot of people expected me to write a song about him. But for me it was important to write a song to him," she said.
Asked how the incident affected her, Taylor responded, "It doesn't really add anything good if I start victimizing myself and complaining about things. Because I'm proud of that performance at the VMAs last year, where my fans helped me get through it.
And there was a lot that went down backstage that I will always be thankful for, and the fans in the subway [where she sang 'You Belong With Me
' shortly after the incident] know exactly what happened that night.
I feel everything," she added. "I've never had this thick skin... It's not like I am bulletproof in any sense of the word."