Reputation’s Gold Theme Explained

Have you ever wondered why Reputation relies heavily on a “gold” theme? I know I have. I could always make the parallel to the gold wings Karlie sported at VSFS ’14 and the gold stickers her and Taylor wore to Drake’s birthday party in 2016, but those parallels always seemed a bit weak to me. 

That is until I read this submission that was sent to TTB.

In this submission, it details that:

  • Gold is the color for Leo’s 
  • Leo’s are explained to be:
    • The King
    • The Magician
    • The Golden Child
  • Deep Purple/Blue is the color for Sagittarius’

Most will know this, but in case some people don’t: Taylor is a Sagittarius and Karlie is a Leo.

This information is important because it finally ties together why this “gold” theme is a center piece to this album. 

End Game

It’s like your eyes are liquor, it’s like your body is gold


Made your mark on me, a golden tattoo

Dancing With Our Hands Tied:

Deep blue but you painted me golden

King of My Heart:

Leo’s are “King” and Taylor wrote this song on Karlie’s birthday.

So it Goes…

All eyes on you, my magician

Gold cage, hostage to my feelings

What I find the most interesting is that Taylor was seen sporting a pisces ring November 2017 (the same month Reputation came out) yet five songs (or 1/3 of the album) reflect Karlie’s horoscope… Not his. If Taylor was actually with Joe, wouldn’t she be referencing a pisces?? Not her friend that she’s totally, definitely not dating? 

Kaylor Masterpost: 2015-2016 Timeline

This is a basic timeline of Karlie and Taylor’s relationship from 2015-2016.

The (x) after the date of the event is the specific tag I have for it on Tumblr.

Girls night w/ Martha – January 1, 2015

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Purposeful Inconsistencies


Compilation of posts showing Taylor wants fans to figure out her “relationship” with Joe is fake.

“Accidental Laptop Showing”

Why Reputation isn’t About Joe Alwyn

Taylor had been pushing during her Secret Sessions before the album dropped that the new album was about “her angel boyfriend of one year” Joe. However, her overall timeline with Joe doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The Taylor/Joe (Toe) fans believe they met at the Met Gala in 2016 while Taylor was still with Calvin, but even though Taylor was so enthralled by how gorgeous Joe was, she decided to dump Calvin and date Tom Hiddleston instead. I also have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact we’re supposed to believe Taylor Swift (of all people) thought he was gorgeous when this is what he looked like at the Met Gala. I’m sorry, but no. 

As a note, the official line is that they met at Kings of Leon concert October 12, 2016… This doesn’t help their timeline though; it still doesn’t make sense. 

Also for those interested, this post sums up a lot of what is written below.

Songs written before she met Joe:

Other songs that don’t make sense: 

  • End Game:
    • How can a person have a ‘big reputation’ if literally nobody knows who you are??
    • This is also a song about someone Taylor wants to be with for the long haul. How could she have written that about a “boyfriend” she barely knew at the time?
  • New Year’s Day
    • Again, another song about a long term relationship.
  • Dress
    • Taylor wrote the lyrics in October of 2016, the same month she met Joe. The plausibility that this song is about Joe is 0%. 
  • Don’t Blame Me:
    • Why would she have to fall from grace just to touch some white boys’ face? Why is she having to hide her obsession? Doesn’t make sense if she’s talking about a het relationship.
  • Dancing With Our Hands Tied
    • If she’s in a het relationship with a guy, why can’t she dance with them? What’s *honestly* stopping her? Things aren’t this hard for straight women. 
    • Also at the time this was most likely written (2016), no one knew they were “together” so who was talking? Literally nobody. 
  • So it Goes…
    • “Wear you like a necklace” is inherently a wlw lyric. For those who don’t know what Taylor is insinuating (in a song about sex) here’s a link for you. 

On top of that, the album was supposed to come out earlier than it did, which only pushes up the timeline. 


Chances are she had ideas and lines for songs in 2014, 2015, and early 2016, and then recorded in late 2016. She wouldn’t have been with Joe long enough to be able to write songs that talk about a long term relationship… Which most the songs on the album reference. Logically it just doesn’t make sense. Here’s a post where I go into more detail regarding this. 

Hiddleshit Press

This is basically a masterpost filled with all the times Taylor and Tom got called in the media for stunting and being fake.

Huffington Post: 

Taylor Swift And Tom Hiddleston Really Want You To Believe They’re Together

Will Tom Hiddleston And Taylor Swift Subject The Emmys Red Carpet To Their Totally Organic Lovefest?

The Daily Beast:

I Have No Patience for Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston

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