Taylor Swift graces the cover of Glamour UK and talks about how she has been publicly “shamed” into not dating and how the scrutiny over her love life has led to “humiliation.” The pop music icon’s latest comments on relationships — or lack of same — are drawing much attention.
Taylor Swift opens up about a topic that for her has become inescapable. We’ve known for some time that her breakup songs have led to intrusive scrutiny over her relationships, and the impact of this, is something she has not been able to shake off, as per her anthemic megahit. She tells Glamour UK how painful it has been for her.
She said, “There is no easy way for me to engage with romance. I’m really busy, so I can’t. And it’s a good thing that I feel really independent and I feel that my friends are all I need.”
She went on to say, ‘It’s kind of a sad way I got there though, being shamed into it.” She elaborated and added, “What else is it when you have two boyfriends in one year and everyone’s calling you boy crazy, making jokes about you at awards shows? That’s public humiliation. And I don’t think its fair.”
Her last known relationship, with One Direction’s Harry Styles, ended more than two years ago, in January 2013. Before him, she had either dated or speculated to have dated the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Conor Kennedy.Joe Jonas and John Mayer among others. Everything else has been mere conjecture and rumor, most recently, that she is dating British DJ and hitmaker producer Calvin Harris.
Taylor Swift went on to speak of her songwriting and the speculation over how much of it is autobiographical. She said, “You know, everybody has different priorities as an artist.” She went on to say, “Every woman has different things that make them feel strong and powerful. For me, I don’t have any need or urge to write about overt sexuality. It just never occurs to me. I appreciate girls who sing about whatever they want, because that’s what they want to sing about.”
It’s clearly a case of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t since the vacuum of silence over over her dating life only fuels rumors. Yet any remarks seen as complaints over scrutiny don’t always go over so well either so long as some of the public seems to think that celebrities are fair game for invasion of their privacy. But kudos to Taylor Swift for fighting back, and letting the world know — at least that segment that needs an education on the matter — that fame does not inoculate a person from the sting of criticism, shame and humiliation.
Aside from defending herself, Taylor Swift was also the guest editor of the special issue on “Women of Tomorrow” and she shared her picks for that honor, including, Gigi Hadid, Odeya Rush, Suki Waterhouse, and Amandla Stenberg among others.
See more of Taylor Swift’s interview here along with the cover photo and inside photos.
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