The 32-year-old Scottish DJ gets candid on the aftermath of his June split from Swift in a new interview with British GQ. Harris covers the magazine's Men of the Year issue, winning Patron Tequila's Solo Artist of the Year.
"It's very difficult when something I consider so personal plays out very publicly," Harris says, speaking about the demise of his and Swift's relationship in depth for the first time. "The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicized than the relationship itself. When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus. She respected my feelings in that sense."
Harris specifically talks about his infamous Twitter rant about Swift in July, when news broke that the 26-year-old singer wrote Harris and Rihanna's summer hit, "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg, when the two were still a couple. "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though," he tweeted at the time, before going on to call out her relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston. "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do."
Harris now calls his Twitter takedown "completely the wrong instinct."
"I was protecting what I see as my one talent in the world being belittled," he explains. "When it ended, all hell broke loose. Now I see that Twitter thing as a result of me succumbing to pressure. It took me a minute to realize that none of that matters. I'm a positive guy."
As for their breakup itself, Harris appears to be at peace with the split.
"For both of us it was the wrong situation," he shares. "It clearly wasn't right, so it ended, but all of the stuff that happened afterwards..."
Harris and Swift's split at first seemed completely amicable, when the producer tweeted shortly after the news broke, "The only truth here is that a relationship came to an end & what remains is a huge amount of love and respect." Although Swift re-tweeted Harris, later, Harris unfollowed his ex on social media, and the two deleted pics of each other off their accounts.
But tension between the two came to a surprising head the next month, thanks to Harris' Twitter slams.
"I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it," he tweeted. "Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one."