[Interview] Taylor Swift Talks Love, Life, and ‘Speak Now’ in Glamour Magazine
Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. If the music industry was a warped version of The Brady Bunch, [lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] would definitely be the ever-popular Marcia Brady. Tall, blonde, gorgeous. Ugh. Too Perfect.
But in Taylor Swift’s recent interview with Glamour Magazine, she shows that she actually has some crazy flaws…like being obsessive-compulsive and kind of indiscreet about her relationships in honor of her “art?” We might like the imperfect version of Swift better!
[pullquote quote=" I don’t seem to have any real strategy or pattern when it comes to love…. At times I’ve been really guarded and careful and afraid to trust someone. But other times, you want to jump in headfirst. " credit="Taylor Swift"]
On Speak Now, making music, and Kanye:
GLAMOUR: What is next?
TAYLOR SWIFT: My next album is something I’m really proud of. I can only write about what I’ve been through. And a lot has happened in the past two years.
GLAMOUR: Like that song about Kanye [who famously dissed her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards]?
TAYLOR SWIFT: [Laughs.] Everything that happens to me gets put into a song. For some reason, I’m really comfortable talking about my personal life in songs. There, I don’t hold back: names, dates, times, expressions on people’s faces, exactly where we were and how it felt, what I wish I would have said to them in the moment. So I’m not only excited about sharing the songs with fans; I’m also pretty interested to hear the response from the guys I’ve written about on this record.
[pullquote quote="For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card." credit="Taylor Swift"]
GLAMOUR: In your new song “Mine,” you wrote the line “You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.” Would you describe yourself as careful in love?
TAYLOR SWIFT: I don’t seem to have any real strategy or pattern when it comes to love…. At times I’ve been really guarded and careful and afraid to trust someone. But other times, you want to jump in headfirst. I’ve had moments of thinking, This is who I love and I don’t care what anyone says. Those moments are beautiful and wild and exciting, but I’ve learned that those moments can end up hurting you in the end. I’ve been careful in love. I’ve been careless in love. And I’ve had adventures I wouldn’t trade for anything.
GLAMOUR: Many of your songs are about the lessons you’ve learned in relationships. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in love?
TAYLOR SWIFT: I’ve learned that you can’t predict it or plan for it. For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card.
GLAMOUR: Are there qualities you look for in a guy now that you wouldn’t have looked for when you were younger?
TAYLOR SWIFT: When I’m getting to know someone, I look for someone who has passions that I respect, like his career. Someone who loves what he does is really attractive. In high school, I used to think it was “like sooooo cool” if a guy had an awesome car. Now none of that matters. These days I look for character and honesty and trust.
On her relationship with her mom:
GLAMOUR: You and your mom are so close: What has it been like not living with her?
TAYLOR SWIFT: I’ve always been independent, but I still see my mom a lot. And since I’ve been working solidly every single day since I’ve moved in, I’ve never spent a day alone in the place. When I get home [at night], there’s that quiet. Except for the sound of trickling water in the pond and fountain.