Calvin Harris has spoken out for the first time on his romance with Taylor Swift — the same day her new relationship ended — saying that she respected his desire for privacy.
The Scottish DJ dated the American singer for 15 months before they confirmed their split in June.
Ironically, his comments come the same day Taylor ended things with British actor Tom Hiddleston because of his “love of the limelight” and desire for their romance to continue to play out in public.
While things seemed amicable at first, the romance took a shocking turn when just days later, The Sun exclusively revealed Swift was dating Hiddleston.
Speaking for the first time about the breakup, Harris told GQ, “It’s very difficult when something I consider so personal plays out very publicly.
“The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicized than the relationship itself,” he said. “When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus. She respected my feelings in that sense.”
However, relations soured between the former couple even more when Swift’s camp leaked the news that she had co-written his latest hit, “This Is What You Came For,” under a pseudonym.
Harris was quick to hit back on Twitter, having written everything except the lyrics for the song, writing: “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex-BF down for something to do.”
His tweet caused even more of a furor in the media, and in hindsight, Harris regrets his actions.
He said: “It was completely the wrong instinct. I was protecting what I see as my one talent in the world being belittled. It felt like things were piling on top of me and that was when I snapped. I’m not good at being a celebrity, but when it ended, all hell broke loose. Now I see that Twitter thing as a result of me succumbing to pressure. It took me a minute to realize that none of that matters. I’m a positive guy.”
Swift, 26, flaunted her new relationship with Hiddleston, 35, in the following weeks since they were first pictured together, going on a romantic trip to Rome as well as the singer meeting his mother.
The actor also attended her annual Fourth of July party in a now-infamous “I [heart] TS” T-shirt, but this week, The Sun revealed their romance was on the rocks after just three months.
While Harris — who picked up the Patron Solo Artist of the Year Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London — didn’t comment on his former flame’s new relationship directly, he did reflect on his own failed romance, saying: “For both of us it was the wrong situation.
“It clearly wasn’t right, so it ended, but all the stuff that happened afterwards…”