Taylor Swift graces the cover of GQ magazine in a skintight dress and speaks out on a wide range of topics including the speculation over her song ‘Bad Blood,’ and similar speculation about her love life in her songwriting. She also spoke about the Kanye West MTV VMAs onstage encounter and more.
After her triumphant covers of so many other iconic magazines including Vanity Fair most recently, Taylor Swift has now landed her first GQ cover. And yes, it’s a sultry cover and photo shoot (below) and with it a lengthy, wide-ranging and illuminating interview. And the interviewer and writer of the cover story was none other than the celebrated author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. For those fans who were waiting to immerse themselves, this is that opportunity. And for the curious, a chance to peer into the world that is Taylor Swift’s.
Yes, she’s become a major force in the entertainment industry and pop culture, most especially over the course of the past year as her massively publicist switch from country pop princess to pop music superstar. And yes, one of the topics she takes up is the perception that she is “calculating.”
She tells, GQ, “I do think about things before they happen. Here was someone taking a positive thing—the fact that I think about things and that I care about my work—and trying to make that into an insinuation about my personal life. Highly offensive.”
She goes on to add, “You can be accidentally successful for three or four years. Accidents happen. But careers take hard work.” And no one could argue to the contrary that the hard work has paid off immensely.
She also opens up about all the speculation about ‘Bad Blood’ being about fellow pop music superstar Katy Perry. It does, after all, fit into that shopworn template of female rivalry. She says, “I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song.”
She also adds, “But if you’d listened to my previous four albums, you would think this was about a guy who broke my heart. And nothing could be further from the truth. It was important to show that losing friendships can be just as damaging to a person as losing a romantic relationship.”
Similarly she also addresses how she feels about the incessant media speculation over her songs overall, and says, “The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding.” She adds, I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine’ — this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.”
She even weighs in on that perennial topic, the 2009 MTV VMAs Kanye West moment enshrined in pop culture and memes. She tells GQ about that night, “When the crowd started booing, I thought they were booing because they also believed I didn’t deserve the award. That’s where the hurt came from.”
Continuing, she adds, “I went backstage and cried, and then I had to stop crying and perform five minutes later. I just told myself I had to perform, and I tried to convince myself that maybe this wasn’t that big of a deal. But that was the most happenstance thing to ever happen in my career.”
Having her say about all that’s unfolded, Taylor Swift underscores what she’s said in previous interviews of late, and says, “And to now be in a place where Kanye and I respect each other—that’s one of my favorite things that has happened in my career.”
We did all witness the inspiring turn of events at the MTV VMAs six years later as Taylor Swift was presenter for Kanye West’s Video Vanguard Award. And, not surprisingly, of course, his epic acceptance speech in general and his impromptu announcement of a 2020 Presidential bid in particular became the talk of social media then and to this day.
Taylor Swift’s GQ cover is below; see the full interview here.
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