Taylor Swift sat is Rolling Stone‘s latest cover girl and she sat down to speak with the mag about what it’s like to be in the limelight, what’s up with her dating life and more in their latest issue.
It appears that Taylor came to the interview prepared to bare her soul, with no topics off-limits and we’ve got some highlights for you below.
When asked about how she deals with always being in the limelight Taylor replied, “I can have issues with it. But at the end of the day, I can’t be ungrateful, because I chose this. But sometimes – sometimes – you don’t want to have a camera pointed at you.”
With fame comes a complete lack of privacy and Taylor let the mag know how she does (or doesn’t) deal with it saying, “There’s someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don’t want the world to see. They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful. Like, I don’t take my clothes off in pictures or anything – I’m very private about that. So it scares me how valuable it would be to get a video of me changing. It’s sad to have to look for cameras in dressing rooms and bathrooms. I don’t walk around naked with my windows open, because there’s a value on that.”
Naturally, as it often does, the topic of her love life came up. It turns out she hasn’t been dating since she broke up with One Direction singer Harry Styles over a year and a half ago, revealing “Like, have not gone on a date. People are going to feel sorry for me when you write that. But it’s true.”
So what of all the jokes made at the expense of her and her every-growing number of ex-boyfriends? “I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime. And I’m just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don’t like seeing slide shows of guys I’ve apparently dated. I don’t like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at award shows. I don’t like it when headlines read ‘Careful, Bro, She’ll Write a Song About You,’ because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don’t like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so, I just don’t date.”
It seems like exes aren’t Taylor’s only song-writing targets. Her 1989 song “Bad Blood” was written about another unnamed female artist and Taylor explained, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’ [Then last year] she did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
Finally, when asked about her deliberate transition from from country and into pop the star said, “At a certain point, if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both.”
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