It’s no secret that Taylor Swift has been scrutinized for her love life on more than one occasion, and this has forced her to stop dating altogether. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the pop diva discussed her struggles to try to keep her life and work private.
Taylor Swift revealed she goes to great lengths to keep her privacy, which not only includes who she’s dating, but her work. As she prepares to launch a new album, 1989, the 24-year-old shared that it’s not all fun and games as many believe celebrities lives to be.
Mimicking strategies used in the military, Swift used terms such as “Project Sparrow” to refer to the new video for her single “Shake it Off.” Taylor also named the casting call “Project Cardinal” to keep it secret from fans and media hawks.
Even with all the extra steps Taylor took to protect information from getting out on social media and other outlets, she says she was still paranoid to the point of thinking the room was wiretapped. Swift was truly worried that people are spying on her, and not even the janitor was immune to her suspicions.
“The janitor who’s being paid by TMZ. This is gonna sound like I’m a crazy person – but we don’t even know. I have to stop myself from thinking about how many aspects of technology I don’t understand. Speakers put sound out…so can’t they take sound in? Or they can turn (my cell phone) on, right? I’m just saying. We don’t even know.”
A bit far fetched, but it goes to show how all the leaked celebrity news we read about on a regular basis affects people like Taylor Swift, who also confessed she never really feels completely safe. This includes hiring a cop to guard her Manhattan apartment building and having her PR team check social media to see if fans (and paparazzi) have figured out where she is at any moment.
“There’s someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don’t want the world to see. They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful. Like, I don’t take my clothes off in pictures or anything – I’m very private about that. So it scares me how valuable it would be to get a video of me changing. It’s sad to have to look for cameras in dressing rooms and bathrooms. I don’t walk around naked with my windows open, because there’s a value on that.”
Taylor — who is known for singing about personal experiences — also confides that her protective nature has affected her love life and says guys that ask her out are usually in the business and get a hold of her via managers, who somehow get her email address. Swift politely declines. Taylor says she hasn’t been in a relationship since breaking things off with One Direction band member Harry Styles over a year ago.
“I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime and I’m just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don’t like seeing slide shows of guys I’ve apparently dated. I don’t like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at awards shows. I don’t like it when headlines read ‘Careful, Bro, She’ll Write a Song About You,’ because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don’t like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. So I just don’t date.”
It’s not as glamorous as it is portrayed to be, and for Taylor Swift, one of the most successful female recording artists, it seems to be downright stressful. To read the revealing interview in its entirety, go to Rolling Stone.
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