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Calvin Harris didn't see Taylor and Tom romance coming

Published 20/07/2016

John Newman
John Newman

John Newman saw the Taylor Swift/ Calvin Harris drama unfold while he was recording with his good friend Calvin.

John Newman admits his close friend Calvin Harris was shocked by Taylor Swift’s speedy new romance.

Calvin and Taylor dated for 15 months, surprising fans when their seemingly stable relationship ended abruptly in June (16). Not long after the split, Taylor started dating British actor Tom Hiddleston, with the pair flaunting their new love in front of the world’s press.

Many believe Calvin’s new song Ole, featuring vocals from John, is about the situation, with John revealing what it’s been like to see the drama unfold.

“I’m a very good friend of Calvin’s, I’ve seen everything that’s gone on,” he told Britain’s Heat magazine. “I’ve spoken to him about it all. He’s my friend, so I’ve seen it all.

“(It's) a really weird thing that caught me off guard. (What’s going on) is exactly what you’ve seen (in the press). I know Calvin was shocked by what happened – he had no idea either, nobody did.”

With lyrics like, “I see online that you begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend”, fans assume this is a thinly veiled dig at the couple, who have been snapped together all around the world since hooking up. The track also starts with the words “Low key”, which sounds a lot like Loki, Tom’s character in the Thor films.

John is remaining tight lipped on the song’s origin, but does confirm Calvin penned it about his own experiences.

“It’s 100 per cent about Calvin’s personal life, I don’t know which part it’s about,” he said. “He needed to write something and he wanted it to go out, whatever it’s about. I’m not saying it’s about anything in particular and that is totally his answer – it’s his words that count on that…”

John isn’t getting too downhearted for his pal though, and doesn’t expect Calvin, who’s been linked to singer Tinashe, to be single for very long.

“He’s a lover man. He’s a got a lot of love to give!” he grinned.

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