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Charlie Puth Is Seemingly Taking Taylor Swift’s Lyrical Shout-Out as a ‘Sign’ to Release New Single

Charlie Puth seems to be taking Taylor Swift‘s recent lyrical shout-out as a sign to release his new song.

On Friday (May 3), the “See You Again” singer teased his upcoming single “Hero” just days after responding to Swift name-dropping him on the title track of her record-breaking double album, The Tortured Poets Department.

“These last couple weeks have been really crazy for obvious reasons, but I wanted to share something with you,” Puth wrote over a TikTok clip of himself crooning his forthcoming track.

“This is a song I wrote about my friend called ‘Hero.’ Sometimes I get a little nervous being overly honest in my music which is why this was sitting on my hard drive for awhile,” Puth added. “But I think someone out there was giving me a sign that I needed to release it.”

The “Light Switch” singer concluded his post, writing, “So…. I declare ‘Hero’ will be out everywhere on May 24th as the first single of my new album. Thank you for your support…you know who you are.”


Swift references Puth in the title track of her 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, which dropped on April 19.

“You smoked then ate seven bars of chocolate/ We declared Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist,” she sings on the song, which many fans have speculated features veiled references to Taylor’s reported brief 2023 fling with The 1975’s Matty Healy.

Puth first reacted to Swift’s unexpected mention in a post through social media on April 28. After Swift posted an image of the herself in the studio with TTPD scrawled in sharpie across the CD version of the sprawling collection, Puth put his own spin on it by grabbing one of the other studio images of a smiling Swift at work with the album’s title scrawled in black marker across the front.

“My mind is blown. I’m completely floored by the love you’ve shown this album,” Swift wrote alongside behind-the-scenes photos of images taken during the album’s recording.

“2.6 million ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?? Thank you for listening, streaming, and welcoming Tortured Poets into your life. Feeling completely overwhelmed,” she continued. “I was already so fired up to get back to the tour but you doing THIS?? May 9th can’t come soon enough.”

Puth’s image came from Swift’s celebration of TTPD‘s record-setting run after Swift learned that the album marked her 14th debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

See Puth tease his upcoming single “Hero” on Instagram below.


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