Jake Owen has addressed the rumors suggesting that Taylor Swift wrote her hit song “Sparks Fly” about him, stating that he is not the inspiration behind the track. Following the release of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” Owen revealed that he is aware of the speculation among Swift fans but finds it amusing.
Speaking to People at the American Century Championship in Nevada, the country singer expressed his appreciation for the song and shared his thoughts on the ongoing rumors. While acknowledging that Swift probably finds the speculation amusing as well, Owen expressed his happiness at being associated with such a popular song.
Owen also took the opportunity to praise Swift as both a person and an artist. He mentioned that he has known her since she was a newcomer to the music scene at the age of 16 and has witnessed her growth as a musician. Owen described her as an amazing girl and an incredible artist, emphasizing her global success.
The speculation about Owen being the inspiration for “Sparks Fly” arose from Swift’s mention of “Portland, OR” in the song’s liner notes. Fans connected this reference to a performance that Owen and Swift had in the city 17 years ago. They also discovered an old post on Swift’s MySpace page where she mentioned opening for Owen at a Portland bar in 2006, with Owen expressing his admiration for her music.
However, the truth behind the inspiration for Swift’s songs often remains undisclosed, as she tends to keep her personal life and inspirations private. Swift is known for writing songs about her experiences and relationships, but she rarely confirms or denies specific details.
Recently, Swift released the song “When Emma Falls in Love” from her re-recorded album “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).” This led fans to speculate that the song might be about Emma Stone’s past relationship with Andrew Garfield, as the two actors were together for four years after meeting on the set of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012.
Ultimately, the true inspiration behind Swift’s songs may remain a mystery, as she allows her fans to interpret and speculate while keeping the details to herself. As for “Sparks Fly,” Jake Owen has clarified that he is not the subject of the song, but he is honored to be part of the discussion surrounding it.