With less than a week before the release of her new album, Lover, Taylor Swift shared a photo of herself peering through a white diamond-shaped fence with five holes. While some might think it’s yet another mysterious teaser ahead of the release, hardcore Swifties know the real meaning behind it.
“Okay NOW there are five holes in the fence,” Swift captioned the Instagram and Twitter photo on Sunday (Aug. 18).
At first glance, it would appear that the 29-year-old pop star might be hinting at something in the days leading up to the release of Lover on Friday (Aug. 23). But the post is really just an inside joke with her fans.
Earlier this year, Swift shared three images of herself that seemed to be a countdown to something — but they never amounted to any big reveal. On one day, she shared an image of seven palm trees. The next day, there was a picture of her sitting on a sixth step. And the following day, she shared the same photo of herself looking through the five-holed fence.
Soon after, the five holes in the fence became a joke/meme with her fans, many of whom recreated the shot on social media. So now, with only five days until the release of Lover, it seems Swift is having a little fun by revisiting the five hole fence photo.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Swift unveiled the 18-song tracklist for Lover, which features guest appearances by Brendon Urie and the Dixie Chicks. That same day, she also released the album’s romantic title track, which some believe is dedicated to her partner Joe Alwyn.
“Lover” follows the previously released “ME!” “You Need to Calm Down” and “The Archer.” A music video for “Lover” will premiere Aug. 22 following a 5 p.m. ET YouTube live stream ahead of the album’s release.