Taylor Swift thinks that the men she dates should know what they're getting into when they decide to be with her.
She said: "If a man dates me, he's kind of signing a waiver saying he's cool with me writing songs about him. I write songs about my life: it's not something I've kept secret and pretty much everyone knows that, so no, I don't worry that a new man will get upset about something I write. That being said, it's mind-blowing how some guys have just handed me inspiration for some of these songs on a plate. Some have said, ‘Please don't write about me,' but only when we're in the process of breaking up."
Her latest hit, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is rumored to be about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. It's also about celebrating the end of a relationship.
Swift said: "It's a relationship where you're stuck in an awful cycle of being together, breaking up, being together, breaking up, and it's just so exhausting that by the time it's completely over, you're just relieved and excited that you're finally done. He didn't call afterwards – you don't call someone when they've written that song about you. It's not a subtle song at all. I've had a few semi-toxic relationships, but it's not what I look for when I'm seeing someone."
"On my new album there's a song called ‘Trouble', which describes a relationship where you see all the red flags, but you ignore them and regret it and feel mad with yourself afterwards. It's like walking into a burning room and being surprised that your clothes end up smelling of smoke."
She also knows that people wonder what will happen when she finally finds the right person.
She said: "If I get happy, will I stop writing songs? I've been asked that a lot recently. There are a few with a positive outlook on love on my new album, but there are also some about the dark, twisty, awful emotions you feel during a break-up. I'd really like to end up being happy most of the time, so I'm hoping that doesn't go hand in hand with being creatively stifled."
"I've found that men I've dated who are in the same business can be really competitive. I've found a great group of girlfriends in the same business who aren't competitive, but a few times guys have started comparing careers and it has been challenging. The last thing I think about when I fall for someone is what they do for a living as I like to get to know that person, but sometimes guys start acting weirdly towards me, especially if I get good news and they get bad. It's usually downhill from there."
Swift also admitted it feels strange being a "sex symbol". It's not the same as it was when she was a child.
She said: "I was never a boy magnet at school. There was always the girl all the guys liked and wanted to date, but it was never me. It would have been fun to find out what that would have been like, though. I've always been a girl's girl. I used to hate being tall. All the cool girls were the same perfect height and I was a head taller than them. I felt weird about it until I got older and then every once in a while someone would compliment me on my height. I started thinking, ‘Well, maybe this isn't something I should hate anymore.'"
When it comes to dating these days, Swift takes advice from an interesting source—her brother.
She said: "My brother gives really good advice from a guy's perspective. He'll always tell me, ‘You know there are no rules, right? So if you want to text this guy back, text him back.' Saying that, I don't do the chasing. You kind of learn that in school."
She also admits that when her career comes to an end, she wants to be remembered solely for her music.
She said: "I'd like people to remember me for my songwriting, not my hot pants. As soon as I turned 18, I noticed, particularly during the edgier photo shoots, that people were saying, ‘Well, you can wear this shirt or this bra with jewels on it,' so there's always the option of going down that road if you choose to. I love a jeweled bra on someone else. Me, I'd rather wear the shirt."
"I don't read the gossip pages and if I see my name on a website, I click off immediately. I'm not thick-skinned at all, so if I read something mean about myself, I become really insecure and obsess over it. The thing is, if somebody has said something bad, I've probably said that stuff to myself a hundred times already. When you have a tendency to over-analyze, you have enough of an idea of what you're insecure about already – you don't need to be reminded of it in an article."
"I don't really feel the need to party like crazy. I drink occasionally but I usually have something to do the next morning so I don't drink a lot. But I love having fun with my friends. I'm really not as dull as I'm making out right now."
WON'T TALK POLITICS:
Taylor Swift has no interest in getting political, despite the fact that she's dating a member of the most famous family in American politics (a Kenned).
In a new interview with Time, Taylor was asked if she'd been following the presidential election race.
She replied: "I follow it, and I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible. But I don't talk about politics because it might influence other people. And I don't think that I know enough in life to be telling people to vote for."