Taylor Swift Opens Up About Dating, Feminism & More in Cosmopolitan UK

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taylorswift-cosmouk-103114Taylor Swift is a beauty in purple on the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan UK.

To celebrate the release of Taylor’s album 1989, she isn’t only covering the UK version, she’s covering a total of 23 versions of Cosmo around the world including South Africa and France. Talk about taking over the world!

In her interview, the 24-year-old opens up about single life, moving to New York and more.

On being single: “People will say, let me set you up with someone, and I’m just sitting there saying, ‘That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not lonely; I’m not looking.’ I completely feel you on that, oh my god. They just don’t get it…I’ve learnt that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that’s not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you. I’m not doing that anymore. It’d take someone really special for me to undergo the circumstances I have to go through to experience a date. I don’t know how I would ever have another person in my world trying to have a relationship with me, or a family. The best answer I can come up with now is ‘go at it alone. Life can be romantic without having a romance. I’m very attracted to how happy I am now.”

On feminism & her pal Lena Dunham: “Her perspective has truly shaped me in the past couple of years. She is just so enthusiastic about life, about other women. She is like a hug in the form of a person.”

My girlfriends and I talk a lot about feminism and the inequality between the way men and women are talked about. The kind of things we say are: ‘Why is it mischievous, fun and sexy if a guy has a string of lovers that he’s cast aside, loved and left? Yet if a woman dates three or four people in an eight-year period she is a serial dater and it gives some 12-year-old the idea to call her a slut on the internet?’ It’s not the same for boys, it just isn’t and that’s a fact.”

On moving to New York: “Moving to New York is the best thing I’ve ever done. I never thought I’d be able to survive that city. It’s so big and bright. Then I woke up one day about a year ago and it was all I could think about. I needed a new challenge and there’s no bigger challenge than uprooting your life, finding new places to hang out, new friendship circles…”

On 1989 vs Red: “I wrote my last album about the deep, sad, intense heartbreak I went through. This album is about after that, when you’ve figured it out. You like being alone and not because you’re hurt, not because you’re sad, but because it’s free.”

Taylor’s issue of Cosmo UK hits newsstands November 4, 2014.