The TV host deftly backed her way into the questions on everyone's mind.
"Now, Taylor, if you were to write a song right now about love. How would that go?...Are you optimistic about love? How do you feel about love right now?
That's why she makes the big bucks.
"I'm always optimistic about love…Well, why wouldn't anyone be?" Taylor replied.
"Especially if your boyfriend is Jake Gyllenhaal, because he is very handsome. Y'all are just hanging out though, right?" she pressed on, posting a picture of the duo walking around Brooklyn.
"But it's just y'all hanging out, this does not prove anything. I'm just saying he's adorable and I like him very much, and so if that is the case that he's your boyfriend, I think that's fantastic. Wouldn't he be nervous if anything goes wrong, there is another song…"
Maybe he could look to Mayer for some guidance.
Because while Ellen let Taylor off easy when it came to the current state of her love life, she wasn't quite so lenient when it came to figuring out if Swift's relationship with Mayer ever took a turn away from the platonic.
"There is a new song that people are speculating that it was about John Mayer because it's 'Dear John,'" DeGeneres said. "It could just be a 'Dear John' song?"
"It could be," Taylor said. "That song kind of is what it is."
Sounds like a confirmation to us. And Ellen.
"OK, great, we know the answer now. It's about him. Well, you didn't dispute it, so obviously."
After quite a lengthy and ever gracious bite about how fortunate she has been in her career and success, and basically touching on everything but Mr. Mayer, Taylor said, "I guess people are going to continue to speculate about it and I'm going to continue to never tell them who the song is about."
No need, Taylor.
"So it's about him," Ellen declared. Good enough for us.