Taylor Swift Named “Biggest Pop Star in the World;” Singer Talks Love and Lyrics
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]?”
There is at least one relationship that Swift knows won’t be going sour anytime soon — that which she shares with her Swifties. “There’s more of a friendship element to it than anything else,” she posits. “Maybe it’s a big-sister relationship. Or it’s a Hey, we’re the same age — and we were both 16 when my first album came out, and we’ve both grown up together.” But Swift still admits, “I worry about everything.” “Some days I wake up in a mindset of, like, ‘Okay, it’s been a good run.’ By afternoon, I could have a change of mood and feel like anything is possible and I can’t wait to make this kind of music I’ve never made before. And then by evening, I could be terrified of the whole thing again. And then at night, I’ll write a song before bed,” she reveals.
A new album is indeed in the works, and she says there are “a lot of things to draw from emotionally at the moment.” “But I have to draw from them with a different perspective than on Red. I can’t say the same things over and over, you know?” says Swift. “I mean, I think it’s just all the more important that I don’t ever allow myself to coast.” So, when will it all end? “When I’m 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I’ll be, like: ‘Cool, I’ll just go in the studio and write songs for kids,” she says, quipping, “It’s looking like a good pension plan.”