We’ve been covering Taylor Swift pretty hard these past couple of weeks, I know. But it’s not our fault. If Taylor would just stop talking, or at least stop saying such ridiculous things when she talks, and stop creating all this high school drama, then we would probably go easy for a while. But she’s promoting a new album here, and pretty soon she’ll be promoting a new tour. And she’s got business to take care of.
Also, I couldn’t keep this interview to myself. I just couldn’t. It’s too great.
On boys, naturally: “My girlfriends and I are plagued by the idea, looking back, that [some boys] changed us. You look back and you think: I only wore black in that relationship. Or I started speaking differently. Or I started trying to act like a hipster. Or I cut off my friends and family because he wanted me to do that. It’s an unfortunate problem.”
Her reason for writing so many songs about boys: “When we’re falling in love or out of it, that’s when we most need a song that says how we feel. Yeah, I write a lot of songs about boys. And I’m very happy to do that.”
Her greatest fear: “I think that one thing I’m really afraid of is … that magic doesn’t last. That butterflies and daydreams and love, all these things that I hold so dear, are going to leave some day. I haven’t had a relationship that’s lasted for ever. I only know about them starting and ending. Those are my fears. I spend a lot of time balancing between faith and disbelief.”
On fairytales: “A fairytale is an interesting concept. There’s ‘happily ever after’ at the end, but that’s not a part of our world. Everything is an ongoing storyline and you’re always battling the complexities of life. But what I got from fairytales, growing up, was a beautiful daydream. I’m glad I had the craziest imagination and believed in all sorts of things that don’t exist.”
On youthfulness: “I think there’s something we have as little kids that goes away sometimes. I don’t care about looking youthful forever, but I care about seeming youthful.”
On that line about indie music in “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”:“That was the most important line of the song. It was a relationship where I felt very critiqued and subpar. He’d listen to this music that nobody had heard of … but as soon as anyone else liked these bands, he’d drop them. I felt that was a strange way to be a music fan. And I couldn’t understand why he would never say anything nice about the songs I wrote or the music I made.”
On her first car, a Lexus convertible: “All the girls who were mean to me in middle school, like, idolized the Plastics [from Mean Girls]. I think I chose that car as a kind of rebellion against that type of girl. It was like – you guys never invited me to anything, you guys are obsessed with that car and that girl and what the Plastics wear and how they talk and you quote them all the time, but I’ve been working really hard every single day.” She bangs both fists on the arms of her chair in frustration. “And instead of going to parties I’ve been writing songs and playing shows and getting these really small pay checks that have added up and now I get to buy a car – and guess which one I’m going to buy? The one that the girl you idolize has.”
Is it just me, or do you think a lot of Taylor’s relationship problems might stem from the fact that she repeatedly refers to these guys as “boys”? Because that seems weird to me. And all the stuff about magic and fairytales … it’s like, girl, I like unicorns and shit too, but at some point you’re going to have to grow the f-ck up or stop pretending that you haven’t so hard.