Taylor Swift Releases Five New Playlists That Explore the Stages of Heartbreak

The collection drops Friday on Apple Music.

Taylor Swift knows the way through heartache all too well. The "Cruel Summer" songstress is now chronicling the unmistakable stages of heartbreak with five specially curated playlists for Apple Music. 

The collections -- representing "Denial," "Anger," "Bargaining," "Depression" and "Acceptance" -- serve as a celebration of her existing catalogue and a teaser for the upcoming release of her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, which drops on April 19. Each playlist, released on Friday, is named for a track featured on the new album

Taylor Swift performs during The Eras Tour. - Ashok Kumar/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

"Denial" is up first, with a playlist titled "I Love You, It's Ruining My Life." On it, fans will find a selection of tunes including "Lavender Haze," "Style (Taylor's Version)," "Treacherous (Taylor's Version)," and more. 

"This is a list of songs about getting so caught up in the idea of something that you have a hard time seeing the red flags, possibly resulting in moments of denial and maybe a little bit of delusion. Results may vary," Swift said in a statement. 

"Anger" is up next, including "Vigilant S**t," "Bad Blood (Taylor's Version)," and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor's Version)." This playlist is titled, "You Don't Get to Tell Me About Sad Songs." 

"These songs all have one thing in common, I wrote them while feeling anger," Swift explains. "Over the years, I've learned that anger can manifest itself in a lot of different ways, but the healthiest way that it manifests itself in my life is when I can write a song about it, and then oftentimes, that helps me get past it."

For "Bargaining," Swift selected "Soon You'll Get Better, "Say Don't Go (Taylor's Version)(From the Vault)" and "This Is Me Trying," among others. It's titled, "Am I Allowed to Cry?" 

"This playlist takes you through the songs that I've written when I was in the bargaining stage, times when you're trying to make deals with yourself or someone that you care about, you're trying to make things better, you're oftentimes feeling really desperate, because oftentimes we have a gut intuition that tells us things are not going to go the way that we hope, which makes us more desperate, which makes us bargain more," Swift shared.

For "Depression," the 34-year-old star hinted that she's leaned heavily on her craft to help her cope through difficult times. Among the gut-wrenching offerings here are "Champagne Problems," "We Were Happy (Taylor's Version)" and "Forever Winter (Taylor's Version)." She calls it, "Old Habits Die Screaming." 

"We're going to be exploring the feelings of depression that often lace their way through my songs. In times like these, I'll write a song because I feel lonely or hopeless. And writing a song feels like the only way to process that intensity of an emotion," Swift revealed. "And while these things are really, really hard to go through, I often feel like when I'm either listening to songs or writing songs that deal with this intensity of loss and hopelessness, usually that's in the phase where I'm close to getting past that feeling."

The fifth and final stage of heartbreak comes in the form of "Acceptance," titled here as "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart." 

"Here we finally find acceptance and can start moving forward from loss or heartbreak," Swift concluded. "These songs represent making room for more good in your life, making that choice because a lot of time when we lose things, we gain things too."

For this playlist, she's chosen the uplifting "You're On Your Own, Kid," "Closure, "Now That We Don’t Talk (Taylor's Version)(From The Vault)" and "Long Story Short." 

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII win. - Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Today, Swift's romantic life seems far more enchanting than heartbreaking amid her romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce

ET recently caught up with the athlete, who shared how his girlfriend is influencing his own taste in music. 

"It's definitely been fun to experience her taste in music, for sure," Kelce told ET earlier this week. "She's so amazing at what she does. And to find that creativity to see where she likes to pull things from and just, really, how she listens to music is very eye-opening for me. It's been fun to hear her take on it."




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