Swift talks about her relationship with her friends (Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss):
We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with. When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media.
Swift talks to Vanity Fair about how Jay-Z helped her heal the relationship with West.
I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” Swift says. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.
Swift talks about her Apple letter in an interview with Vanity Fair.
I wrote the letter at around four A.M. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll write a song and I can’t sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.
She says she was nervous to post the letter online, after receiving negative feedback for her Wall Street Journal op-ed that had also advocated for fair compensation in the music industry. She says didn’t tell Borchetta, and the only person she ran it through before publishing was her mother
She’s always going to be the one. I just said, ‘I’m really scared of this letter, but I had to write it. I might not post it, but I had to say it.’
She compares Apples’ response with Spotify’s:
Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about. I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine.
Swift appears on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Testino. In the interview she talks about using her celebrity for good outside music:
If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years. She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away. . . . Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be.
That was the way that I decided to go on with my life. Not looking for anything, not necessarily being open to anything, and only being open to the idea that, if I found someone who would never try to change me, that would be the only person I could fall in love with. Because, you know, I was in love with my life.
On being a style icon:
I think I know how to put together a good outfit. . . . But any day you’re going to admit to being a style icon is a day you need to look in the mirror and really check yourself.
Swift appears on the cover if June 2015 issue of Glamour UK. She talks about how she manages to stay grounded despite her fame.
I think that part of me not going crazy is me admitting my life is weird and not normal… My [mom] is really good at putting things back into perspective for me. And it’s really nice when she says, I know there’s no way I could possibly understand what you’re going through, but here’s what I think.
Swift and Kloss appear together on the cover of Vogue. Swift discusses keeping her work life and friends separate.
The fun thing about my friends is that they don’t necessarily know a lot about what I do business-wise.
Swift is interviewed by the Telegraph. She talks about the state of music industry:
We all have to step up and make albums that are good, top to bottom, if selling albums is still important. It is to me, but a lot of artists have already given up on that. I have friends who just think it’s not attainable, which I feel is a very defeatist way to look at life.
I used to think it was important to find a boyfriend. I don’t feel that it is now. I just want to have as much fun and as many adventures as possible.
And her feud with Katy Perry:
I’m not giving them anything to write about, I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen…It’s not real if someone appears to never have any issues with anyone. I have my friends. I have enemies. I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late. I’m going to be there on time.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of ASOS magazine. She talks about needing mistakes to happen, her best friends, and dressing for girls.
When I’m getting dressed, it’s always based on what my friends will think. They are my number one priority and the opinions of girls are more important to me at this point in my life.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan China magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. She talks about the reaction to taking her music off Spotify.
I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about.
Walters interviews Swift about her good girl image and the responsibility she feels to her fans.
Well I do drink, I’m 25. But I did wait until I was 21 because I was worried about getting into trouble. I put everyone of my actions through a filter before I do them because that’s the way my life is. If that story gets out or some 10-year-old sees that I did that in a news article, like my actions do have ripples.
Swift appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about being happy single, genuine friendships, and celebrity relationships.
You’ll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them. You’ll have a posse of these exciting and fashionable cling-ons, and it’s because those celebrities need to be fawned over.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan Chile magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Lucky magazine. She talks about fairy-tale romance, showing her belly button, and fame.
I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.
Swift says she gave up dating because she wants people to focus on her music rather than her love life in an interview with US Weekly.
It broke my heart! I was selling out stadiums and it was all people talked about.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Fashion magazine. She talks about what’s different about her album, important people in her life, and feeling uncool.
I’ve never had more friends who I trust and can rely on, but there’s always a bit of your self-perception that’s frozen in junior high, when you trained yourself to not feel cool. You’ll never really feel like you’re part of the ‘in’ crowd, but growing up means that matters to you less and less every day.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Germany magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about starting a family one day and getting married.
I don’t know if I’ll have kids. It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of British Vogue magazine. She talks about her album 1989 and her dating life.
Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is. I don’t know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can’t protect his girlfriend because that’s the life she chose. I just don’t see how it could work, so I don’t think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself. ‘Cause I don’t think any guy really… They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don’t think they want what comes with it.
Swift appears on the cover of the November/December 2014 issue of Wonderland magazine. She talks about Twitter, being single, and having her album 1989 be a pop album.
This was sort of the final phase of the sonic evolution I feel I’ve been on for the last couple of years. I’ve been experimenting with pop sensibilities and then on my last record, I got attached to it. That’s the wonderful thing about trying as many different ways of writing music as possible – discoveries.
Seacrest interviews Swift during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about going from country music to pop music.
The best choices are bold choices. With my last album Red, I kind of had one foot in pop and one foot in country, and that’s really no way to walk and get anywhere. If you want to continue to evolve, I think eventually you have to pick a lane, and I just picked the one that felt more natural to me at this point in my life.
Seacrest interviews Swift during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about secret messages she hides in her album liner notes.
In my album booklets, I love to have the lyrics written out to the songs, but using capital letters I like to encode secret messages into the lyrics. So either all the words are lowercase and there is random capital letters or all the words are capital and there is random lowercase and if you write out all those odd letters, it spells out either a story or a message. I love that part of it. I think an album should be so many different things. It should be even a game.
Singer, Swift chats about her new album, 1989, her secret society of fans and answers trivial questions:
If what you have dropped is sticky do not eat it off the ground.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2014 issue of People magazine. She talks about this year and being single.
I made the decision to spend time on my own and figure out who I am. When you take the other person out of the scenario and you’re walking through life on your own, you end up figuring out what you actually like without anyone else’s input. I’m not too worried about whether I meet someone. I’m going to be happy either way.
Swift shares a picture of her gown from the Met Gala designed by de la Renta following the news of his death. She captions the photo:
My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Swift details her recent move to New York and talks about how much she loves living there. (She still owns a condo in Nashville.) The story also reveals the singer won’t attend any country music awards shows and that she rebuffed requests from her record label to include country songs on her upcoming album 1989. She also says she is done with songs relating to past relationships, and is tired of not being taken seriously.
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 boy-centric.
Swift goes on to discuss how she has not even been on a date since her last breakup. She intends on concentrating on her her music, and not relying so much on “boys”.
Swift appears on the cover of the second September 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. She talks about her lack of privacy, her public dating life, and on 1989’s 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] she did something so horrible. 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…I’m not the female police — but it broke my heart. Because I have such a high priority on girls sticking together.
Swift guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers to announce her live stream performance on Yahoo. She also shares a story about crashing a fan’s bridal shower, her extraordinarily fresh look after a gym workout, and her lively dancing during award shows.
I like to bring a change of clothes. Also, you know, I think New York is one of those cities that feels worth dressing up for, if that makes any sense. I just feel like when I walk out onto the sidewalk in New York, I have to just try a little harder. But it’s not like an extra hour in the gym. I read that somewhere and I was like, ‘That’s ridiculous.’
Fallon talks to Swift about the origin of her “Ew!” character, Natalie, and her obsession with crafts as a child on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
I am Natalie, and I like to create popsicle stick castles by myself sometimes. These stories are actually from my childhood.
Swift teams up with celebrity chef, Ina Garter, to create a segment for Food Network magazine. The segment will be the magazine’s first July/August music issue. Swift says she owns all of Garter’s cookbooks and they quickly become friends. Together, the two bake mustard- roasted fish and Pavlova. As they bond, Taylor mentions she has never had a whiskey sour. Garter creates an impromptu version and invites others to join them. The day ends with Taylor extending an invitation to her home and a concert.
Swift appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Allure Korea magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the March 2014 issue of Glamour magazine. The singer talks about being a role model. The cover photo is taken by Demarcherlier and styled by Anne Christensen.
I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don’t really feel like taking them off. It’s not an urge I have. For me “risky” is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That’s putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of New York magazine. She talks about her life has changed, country music, and things not always being okay.
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. 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.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Glamour UK magazine. She her music, men, and her mistakes.
You can’t say, ‘I’m never gonna date a high-profile person in the arts!’ But whoever I date, famous or not – all chaos will break lose.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about whether she’s ever been in love, her perfect guy, and her insecurities.
Every single part of me has been dissected at some point or another by a blog writer or a 14-year-old girl on a comments page who says something really terrible. Or someone in middle school who points out [fakes a mean girl voice], ‘You have little eyes.’
Swift appears on the cover of the April/May 2013 issue of Wonderland magazine. She talks about relationships, getting her heart broken, and the future.
I’ve kind of realized that I have no idea where I’m going to be next year, or in six months, or in two months. I mean, I know where I’ll be on tour in two months, but no idea where I’m going to be mentally, emotionally, dreams, goals, wishes, hopes. I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself. I just have no idea and I’m kind of into that. You can make a board for all the goals you want in your life with the pictures on it, and that’s great, daydreaming is wonderful, but you can never plan your future.
Swift appears on the cover of the April 2013 issue of In Style UK magazine. She talks about her biggest fear, having a master plan for her life, and choosing girl friends over guy friends.
I’m a girls’ girl. I have guy friends but the problem with having guy friends is, like, I always get linked to them and they’ll end up in a slideshow of people I’ve apparently dated on the internet.
Swift appears on the cover of the February 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan South Africa magazine.
Independence is something I’ve always needed, from when I was young, but I love the idea of romance and falling in love. I’ve never really had a long relationship. So that’s something I think about for the future. It’s an interesting part of my personality: Part of me just wants to be alone.
Seacrest interviews Swift during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and asks her what is her New Years resolution.
To exercise more that’s super rate-able. I get the feeling this year is gonna be just as good to Taylor as the last one.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She talks about wearing dresses, dating, and the inspiration for her music.
Some combinations of people are toxic, you know? You have to find the right one that isn’t just going to explode into fiery ash and destruction. Despite all of that and how unpleasant it is, as a writer you get a lot from it. It’s a crazy justification system. You know that guy you really wish you could erase from your memory? But then the answer is track six, eight, 12, and 13.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. She talks about what she can’t handle in relationships and her past relationships.
I need that unexplainable spark…I just need to see someone and feel ‘Oh, no, uh-oh.’ It’s only happened a few times in my life, but I feel like if I was gonna be with someone forever, it would be because I saw them and I thought, ‘Oh, no.’ I’ve had a lot of dark and twisty situations happen, enough to realize that when someone exhibits signs of evoking a dark and twisty relationship and dark and twisty feelings, it’s not interesting to me. I’ve learned when to get out. I’ve never wasted too much time with the wrong person and that’s one thing I’m proud of.
Swift appears on the cover of the November/December 2012 issue of WebMD magazine. She talks about being happy, relationships, and her album.
I’m really proud of the record, but I’m always nervous about everything. There’s a great deal of terror that fills my mind before I do anything, really. We’re talking before an album comes out, before a photo shoot, anytime I read my name in print. There’s a huge amount of pressure and responsibility because millions of people are going to potentially spend their hard-earned money on the album, and there’s a great responsibility for the critics who will write about it, and responsibility for the girl who is going through a breakup and needs a song about what she’s feeling, and responsibility for the girl who doesn’t feel good about herself and needs a song for that, too, and I worry about saying or doing the wrong thing.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2012 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about her career, friends, her love life, and her song Dear John.
I think that song really hit home with a lot of girls who had been through toxic relationships and had found their way to the other side of it. I’ve never looked out while singing a song during a concert to see so many girls crying.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2012 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about collaborating with her music team for her album.
Seacrest interviews Swift during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about her belief in soulmates.
There are times when I think there’s just one person for everyone and then there are times where I think that you have to have a few great loves. I’ve had a few great like muses. So, I don’t know if that’s the same as great loves or if that’s just a different category all together.
Swift appears on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Vogue magazine. She talks about feeling like an outsider, her future, and her fourth album.
There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, and that will turn out to be what the next album is about. The only way that I can feel better about myself – pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone – is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.
Seacrest interviews Swift during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about rumors that she and Taylor Lautner are dating again.
Didn’t hear that one! We’re incredibly close friends but that’s not something that’s newsworthy so people write other stuff. We’re just really good friends.
Swift appears on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about nerves, Law and Order SVU, her best friends, and her favorite dress.
I get to wear it every night on tour at the end of the show when I’m singing ‘Love Story.’ It’s long and sparkly (big surprise, right?) and a total princess dress.
Swift appears on the cover of the June 2011 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about what she wants in the future and love
There are no rules when it comes to love. I just try to let love surprise me because you never know who you’re going to fall in love with. You never know who’s going to come into your life – and for me, when I picture the person I want to end up with, I don’t think about what their career is, or what they look like. I picture the feeling I get when I’m with them.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2011/December 2010 issue of Seventeen magazine. She talks about style with the magazine.
I love sparkly headbands, so I go to the craft store and buy ribbon to make my own. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. I go in there and just have so much fun in the ribbon section. It’s a really fun activity and way to get an entire collection.