Is Taylor Swift on a pity party tour? If her interview with InStyle is evidence enough, then it appears she might be. To Swift’s merit, the singer has had serious backlash over her lyrical content by choosing to sing about ex boyfriends. While many singer/songwriters go unscathed, Swift, at the ripe age of 23-years-old has had to face more than a few critics. During the interview, she voiced her fears and worried about becoming intolerable.
In addition to her worries about becoming intolerable to her audience, Swift told InStyle UK that she also has fears of becoming awful as well. Elaborating on her fears over her fragile image in the industry, Swift said:
“What I worry about is that I never want to end up kind of a self-centered, vain human being. My fears circle around me making the wrong choices and messing this up for myself. I don’t wanna end up being awful and intolerable. Alone. Laying in a marble bathtub by myself, like sad, with a glass of wine just complaining that my life ended up alone because I pushed everyone away because I thought I was too good to hang out with anybody.”
Sure this is a typical “sad cliche” that could probably be seen in any romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger, but Swift does have a point. As someone who has drifted more into the top 40 pop group than sticking with her country roots, Swift finds herself in a unique position as a young pop star. While she hasn’t held back on giving fans an outlet on her love life, that spawns on a long list of loves including Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, and Conor Kennedy, Swift seems to be realizing the hard way that people can be fickle. Something that worked to sell records, may just be damaging to her image.
Perhaps that moment of reckoning happened when Swift had to endure a jab at the Golden Globes from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. During the broadcast, the two hosts quipped that Swift better stay away from Michael J. Fox’s very single son. The jab was followed up by a quip that she needs to have some time to herself. Responding back to the jab, Swift said:
“For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated – a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way – that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”
Still, while Swift seems to be more self-aware on this promotional tour, she also seems to be a bit delusional, at least as far as her track record goes. In an issue of Vanity Fair, Swift said she has only dated “two people” since 2010. It’s unclear whether or not these two people include the men she has written songs about. In the past Swift has confirmed that she’s written songs about Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Mayer, so it begs the question which two were the only serious relationships since 2010.
With Swift’s image everywhere, and the public’s fascination with her love life, combined with the backlash, do you think Taylor is already becoming intolerable and awful like she fears?