Taylor Swift is the “biggest pop star in the world,” declares New York magazine in its new issue.
In the accompanying interview, the singer opens up about unapologetically mining her personal life for lyrical content, where she sees herself in the future, and the deep connection she shares with her fan base.
“I think that allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. Hopefully that’s the case, if I can remain a real human,” Swift tells the magazine.
She continues “I’m fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it’s okay that everything isn’t okay all the time. I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends — but things are not okay all the time. So I don’t sing about things being okay all the time.”
Nothing that she only writes “songs about crazy love,” Swift explains that “if I go on two dates with a guy and we don’t click, I’m not writing a song about that. It didn’t matter in the emotional grand scheme of things. There’s a lot that goes on in daily life that isn’t really worth turning into a verse and a chorus.”
“I mean, [critics] can say that all they want. Those are real feelings that every single person goes through,” Swift says of writing about love and heartbreak.
She goes on, ”I think that it’s okay to be mad at someone who hurt you. This isn’t about, like, the pageantry of trying to seem like nothing affects you. I’m a songwriter. Everything affects me.”
Of course, the gossip media tends to embellish a bit (cough).
“There’s a spin on every single celebrity out there,” says Swift. “I know that one of my spins is: ‘Oh, Taylor’s heartbroken. Oh, Taylor fell in love and the guy broke her heart. She’s sad all the time, and lonely.’”
The songstress’ latest album has drawn particular scrutiny, and she admits she’s “heard from the guy that most of Red is about.”
“He was like, ‘I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.’ That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude,” she says.
She explains, “It’s a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it — but one of those people happened to be a songwriter. So what are you going to do? Did you not Wikipedia me before you called me up [for a date]?”