I don’t understand the negativity directed at Taylor Swift. I just don’t. All I’ve ever seen is an intelligent, kind and interesting young woman who has a powerhouse talent, loves her fans, and does everything she possibly can to make sure the work she puts out is perfect. So, when I see articles about her that are nothing more than hate – no, I just don’t get it.
Taylor Swift herself obviously doesn’t get it either. Or, let’s say, she does get it, because it’s targeted at her all the time. In the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, she even talks about it and how the negativity, the hatred, the abuse on TV, in magazines and on the internet, have a huge impact on her life and career and how she chooses to run both.
Swift appears on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone in a simple yet beautiful photograph at the beach. Dressed in jeans and a white tank top, and with wet hair, she looks absolutely stunning.
But, to me, it’s the inside of the magazine and the interview itself that’s even more interesting as, in it, Taylor talks about her lack of privacy, why she doesn’t date, her obsession with wiretaps (people do try to steal artists upcoming song releases you know) and enemies.
Taylor Swift on privacy – 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.”
Taylor Swift on dating 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 awards 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.”
The rest of the Rolling Stone interview is as fascinating, and gives a big insight into how difficult life must be for Taylor Swift at times. Regardless of all of her fame and money, that kind of lack of privacy must be annoying. But, if you read right through to the end of the Rolling Stone interview, you’ll find out Taylor Swift has a secret weapon for getting through feeling victimized and, instead, feeling, as she says “awesome”. And it might not be what you expect.
You’ll find the entire Taylor Swift Rolling Stone interview here. It’s a good one.