Taylor Swift Covers Rolling Stone, Talks Fame, Dating, ‘Bad Blood’ Song about Unnamed Female Singer

September 8, 2014

Taylor Swift is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone and generating a buzz with the interview which — billed as her “reinvention” — is part of the unveiling the emerging pop music icon. She’s on the verge of releasing her first-ever pop music album, and thus leaving the country music world behind.

Taylor Swift is in the midst of rebranding herself as a full-fledged pop music superstar. With the announcement via live stream video of the new album, 1989, due out on October 27th and a bona fide pop music song ‘Shake It Off’ which immediately found its way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the rebranding is clearly a rousing success. She even managed to stir some controversy with the music video. While she has made the slow slide towards pop music as a country-pop hybrid artist she’s now bringing full attention to the new effort.

Enter the new Rolling Stone interview which hits all the high notes, so to speak, and is rich with headline-worthy quotable quotes for fans and others who follow the every move of Taylor Swift. As for the transition away from her country-music roots, she said, “”At a certain point, if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both.”

And she has had her detractors in part for that very attempt to straddle both worlds, no matter that she had seemingly done so quite well. Not well enough of course for the love-to-hate crowd.

And on that very subject of fame’s pluses and minuses, she tells Rolling Stone, “”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.”

She went on to speak about the invasion of privacy, 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.”

She continued, saying, “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.”

And she revealed that she has not dated since Harry Styles. She said word for word: “Like, have not gone on a date. People are going to feel sorry for me when you write that. But it’s true.” She went on to talk about her past dating life saying of it essentially the obvious, “”I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime.”

Yes, sadly true. She went on to lament, “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.”

And not least the emotional toll it must surely take on her to be the object of such entertainment. She said, “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 new song ‘Bad Blood’ is already generating a buzz as it is about an unnamed person. This time a woman. And not just that, but a fellow singer. She said of the singer, “”For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at award 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?'”

She went on to speak of the unnamed person and surely generating much intrigue which will lead to rampant speculation, saying that “she did something so horrible.” She said it happened last year whatever it. Taylor Swift then added, “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.”

We can be sure that’s not the last we’ll hear of that rivalry! There’s much more to Taylor Swift’s Rolling Stone interview, and it can be seen here along with the cover photo and inside photos.

Pictures: PR Photos

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