Regardless what you think of Taylor Swift, it's clear the girl is the voice of her generation.
... and when that voice speaks, it's time to listen people.
The "Bad Blood" singer recently opened up for a cover article with Vanity Fair and dove deep into her career to talk about its beginnings, her friends, battling Apple Music and, of course, her long list of ex-lovers.
“For the better part of 2012 and 2013, I did not go online, because I didn’t like what they were saying about me,” she says. “And it was so overwhelmingly inaccurate that I knew there was nothing I could do to fight. When the media decides that they don’t like you, there’s nothing you can do that doesn’t seem desperate and irritating to everyone when you try to defend yourself. So I just had to go into my little emotional bunker and pretend there weren’t bombs going off outside.”
“I think that I just decided if [the media] was going to say that about me, that I was boy-crazy and so dependent on men and all that, I wasn’t going to give them a reason to say that anymore, and I wasn’t going to be seen around any men for years—so that’s what I did,” she says. “And what ended up happening was I became happier than I had ever been before. I swore I would never ever get in another relationship if it meant changing who I was, or taking me out of that mode where my friends are everything to me.”
(in case you need a refresher, take a look at Taylor's little black book here)
Of course, much of the media speculation surrounding Swift and her relationships stems from the fact that most of the details make their way into her ever growing catalogue of songs.
It seems, though, that she's at least acknowledged that no one - not even celebrities - should sacrifice who they are for any amount of attention or friendship.
“That was the way that I decided to go on with my life,” she says. “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.”