Taylor Swift: Idea Of Dating “Gives Me A Partial Panic Attack”

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Taylor Swift People Cover

By Daniel Gates

Taylor Swift People Cover


Taylor Swift means it when she says she’s not dating. “I made the decision to spend time on my own and figure out who I am,” she tells People for its 40th anniversary issue, channeling Mia Farrow’s look from the magazine’s 1974 debut cover.

Swift explains, “The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms.” The singer goes on, “Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I’d try. It’s really been a liberating and freeing time.”

For Swift, her friendships trump her romantic relationships. “My group of friends are the most important thing to me right now,” says the star. “They are so fun and know me and like me for who I actually am.” Swift says, “When you take the other person out of the scenario and you’re walking through life on your own, you end up figure out what you actually like without anyone else’s input.”

That all means she’s not exactly racing to date. “I’m not too worried about whether I meet someone,” she tells the magazine. “I’m going to be happy either way.” Swift seems content with her quiet (well, for her) life, and says she’s “not going to compromise the happiness and independence that I’ve found for just anybody.”

“The idea of a date gives me a partial panic attack!” she explains. “It includes 40 paparazzi cameras shooting through windows at us, and that’s not relaxing or alluring for me. That makes me want to crawl under the couch and hide! But I’m fine! I have two cats. That’s all I need.”

Her next boyfriend, whoever that is, will have to be beyond special. “It would take an astonishing human for me to even consider getting back into a relationship,” reveals Swift. “It would take something really, really, really, really different — a kind of a one-in-a-million person for me to face all that.”

We’re sure the tabloids are already brainstorming. What do you think of what Swift has to say?

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