Taylor Swift Hits the Beach for Rolling Stone & Talks New Song “Bad Blood”
Taylor Swift hit the beach and got soaked for new issue of Rolling Stone.
The “Shake It Off” singer once again covers the iconic music mag and the accompanying headline reads “The New Life of Taylor Swift.” This definitely seems appropriate since Taylor has recently chopped off her hair, moved to New York and she will be releasing her first full fledged pop album this October.
In the issue, Taylor opens up about her life and even a new song called “Bad Blood” which is aimed at a fellow female singer. Oh who could it be? (coughCarriecoughUnderwoodcoughmaybecough)
On paparazzi & constantly having her picture taken: “I can have issues with it, but at the end of the day, I can’t be ungrateful, because I chose this. But sometimes – sometimes – you don’t want to have a camera pointed at you. Sometimes it would be nice if someone just said, ‘Hey, I think it’s really cool that you have that cat on your head. I think that’s interesting.'”
On hackers & privacy: “There’s someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don’t want the world to see. They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful. Like, I don’t take my clothes off in pictures or anything – I’m very private about that. So it scares me how valuable it would be to get a video of me changing. It’s sad to have to look for cameras in dressing rooms and bathrooms. I don’t walk around naked with my windows open, because there’s a value on that.”
On life and being single: “I really like my life right now. I have friends around me all the time. I’ve started painting more. I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve started to really take pride in being strong. I love the album I made. I love that I moved to New York. So in terms of being happy, I’ve never been closer to that.”
On 1989 not having diss tracks for her exes: “Different phases of your life have different levels of deep, traumatizing heartbreak and in this period of my life, my heart was not irreparably broken. So it’s not as boy-centric of an album, because my life hasn’t been boycentric…Like, have not gone on a date. People are going to feel sorry for me when you write that. But it’s true.”
On her dating life: “I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime and I’m just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don’t like seeing slide shows of guys I’ve apparently dated. I don’t like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at awards shows. I don’t like it when headlines read ‘Careful, Bro, She’ll Write a Song About You,’ because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don’t like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so,” she says, “I just don’t date. It’s not like I’ve sworn off love,. My life is just not conducive to bringing other people into it right now. I’m very childlike and romantic about lots of things, but I’m realistic about this.”
On the song “Bad Blood”: “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'” Then last year, the other star crossed a line. “She did something so horrible,” Swift says. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
To read more of Taylor’s cover story (it’s a really good read!) go here.