For a girl who writes extensively about relationships and has had high-profile flings with the likes of Harry Styles, John Mayer, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Swift has had surprisingly little experience with true love.
The "Shake It Off" singer, 24, opened up to Rolling Stone for a cover story interview. While the juiciest takeaway was arguably Swift's not-so-subtle discussion of new takedown song "Bad Blood" and the unnamed female artists/enemy depicted therein, the country-turned pop singer also talked about her love life in a follow-up story of "22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Taylor Swift," which was shared on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
"Looking back? Not real love," Swift said of her past relationships. "Not the kind that lasts. I think that's still ahead of me — which is really exciting."
While she is excited about the prospect of love, Swift also spoke about how her views on romance have changed since her days of writing about Romeos and love stories.
"I think the way I used to approach relationships was very idealistic," she told Rolling Stone. "I used to go into them thinking, 'Maybe this is the one — we'll get married and have a family, this could be forever.' Whereas now I go in thinking, 'How long do we have on the clock — before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn't a good idea?'"
Below, 20 other facts about Swift from her chat with Rolling Stone.
1. She's not a big online shopper: "I've never ordered anything from Amazon. But my brother does all the time."
2. Wine and Joni Mitchell makes her emotional: "When I first started drinking — when I was like 21 — I used to cry about Joni Mitchell all the time after a few glasses of wine. All my friends would know, once I started crying about Joni Mitchell, it was time for me to go to bed."
3. Her childhood insecurities paid off: "I was the kid in elementary school who could never do [the splits]. So it was a big goal of mine. It was really hard and painful. No one could understand why it was so important to me. Take that, elementary school insecurities."
4. She's a potty mouth: When sitting at the piano during her interview, she played the wrong note and yelled out, "F–k!"
5. Her Instagram is purposefully G-rated: "I don't Instagram pictures of myself for people to be like 'Wow, that looks really sexy.' I take pictures of cute kittens, or when the ocean looks nice, or of a funny sign I saw in an airport."
6. She's basically Santa: "The amount of baked goods and needlepoints I've gotten from Taylor cannot be counted," Lena Dunham's boyfriend and Swift's collaborator Jack Antonoff said, adding that Swift gave him and Dunham their first housewarming gift: a taxidermied moth.
7. She's a kid when she gets around animals: Marveling at snapping turtles, bumblebees, ducks, and rats, Swift wonders, "Do you feel like you're hanging out with a 6-year-old a little bit?"
8. She likes being that way: "I think you have to do things that make you geek out like you're a kid again, or else you just become one of these 45-year-old 24 year olds. That's why I dance like I'm having fun at awards shows, even though no one else is. Because being cool usually means being bored by everything. And I'm not bored by any of this."
9. She's never a "psycho" ex-girlfriend: "Once you've established that someone doesn't belong in your life, I don't understand what more there is to talk about. I walk away from things when they're bad. I don't stick around to watch them burn to the ground. I'll just check out. Stop communication. I don't want to scream and yell at someone and give them the opportunity to say I'm crazy, or that I went psycho. No one will ever be able to say I went psycho on them."
10. It's best friends forever for Swift and Selena Gomez: "People think they have my relationships all mapped out. There were all these blogs, like, 'Are they feuding? Are they fighting?' Meanwhile Selena and I would be on the phone that night, laughing about it. We let them have that one." See pics of Taylor and her celebrity BFFs.
11. If Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff get married, Swift will perform: She and Antonoff wrote "a very 'Secret Garden' Springsteen vibe" song together, and Dunham explained, "Jack and I have a lot of existential and political issues with marriage. But if we ever do get married, there's no f–king way Taylor is not playing that song."
12. Her own possible wedding will not be happening anytime soon: "You'll be riding in the car with someone and all of a sudden it comes on the radio that he bought you a diamond ring and he's going to propose. And you look at him and go, '…that's not true, right?' And he says, 'No that's not true!' Can you blame me for wanting less of that?"
13. Marriage isn't an immediate priority, but neither is clubbing: "We're both a little bit like 90 year olds," Dunham said of Swift. "If we're feeling really crazy, I can get her to go to a furniture store."
14. She had no use for a walk-in closet in her multimillion dollar Manhattan apartment: "Now it's my greeting-card writing room!"
15. She inherited a lot from her grandmother: "I've taken after her in ways I really didn't see coming. We have the same nose. We both like to dress up. And she loved to entertain: At her parties, she would get up and sing for her friends… It affected me more than I realized."
16. She has rules for the paparazzi: "You just make sure your skirt is down, and you make sure you don't give them a terrible eating shot. I'm incapable of telling when food is on my face. It's like I don't have nerves in my skin. So if I get, like, a heinous piece of chocolate on my face, please let me know. I won't be offended."
17. She has a sixth sense and always knows when fans are trying to sneak unnoticed photos of her: "Everyone always says the same thing when they get called out: 'I was not!' But it's like, yeah, you definitely were! As a human being who's been dealing with this for eight years, I know when someone is taking a picture of me."
18. Her exes may have some unspoken opinions about her: "If you turn on a tape recorder, they'd say nice things. But you never know what they'd say in a regular conversation."
19. She would've thrived 200 years ago: Swift and her brother took sailing and horseback riding lessons as they were growing up "just in case we were put in a time machine and had to live in the 1800s."
20. Swift's youngest fan is perhaps her most important: "There's always gonna be an 8-year-old in the front row. Always… I think there's an interesting lag-time on emotional growth for me. Because I write my records a couple of years before I put them out, I've always seemed two or three years younger than I actually was."
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