Taylor Swift opened up to Us Weekly about why she stopped dating after splitting with Harry Styles in January 2013: "It broke my heart!" Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Nothing broke her heart more than this. Taylor Swift opened up to Us Weekly about picking up the pieces after her past relationships, saying all she wanted was for people to focus on her music rather than her love life.

"It broke my heart!" the 1989 singer, 24, tells Us. "I was selling out stadiums and it was all people talked about." So, after her last relationship (which ended with Harry Styles in early 2013), Swift put boys on the back burner and instead, returned to the recording studio where she diligently worked on her fifth studio album.

After selling 1.28 million copies of 1989 in its first week, Swift has finally reached a point where the world is buzzing about her talent. "Now people talk less about the things that don't matter," she tells Us. It's working: 1989 remains at number one on the Billboard 200 for the second week and is projected to remain at the top spot for a third.

Swift also goes through some of her tracks on the album with Us, including "All You Had to Do Was Stay," "How You Get the Girl," and "Wildest Dreams." The singer-songwriter says "Stay" was inspired not by a real-life romance, but rather a dream.

"I was trying to talk to someone important," she recalls of the reverie. "And that's all that would come out of my mouth. I woke up so weirded out!"

She also "totally" agrees with Us that "How You Get the Girl" serves as an instruction manual for men. "It's written for a guy who has broken up with his girlfriend, then wants her back after six months," she reveals. "But it's not going to be as simple as sending a text like, 'Sup? Miss you.'"

She adds, "That won't work. You need to do all the things I say."

For more snippets of wisdom from Swift — plus exclusive interviews with more of music's hottest stars including Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly on stands now!