5:41 am - 11/30/2012

Taylor Swift: "I don't want to marry young. I'm enjoying my 20s."

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Taylor Swift doesn't expect to settle down anytime soon. In a recent interview with Parade, she revealed: “People think I want to get married really young—I don’t know why. I’m a romantic person, but that doesn’t mean I want to miss out on being in my young 20s.”

Despite writing about it so prolifically, Swift claims not to know much about love. “I tend to think things are love and then look back and reevaluate,” she said. How many times has she been in love? “I know how many people I’ve said ‘I love you’ to. I could probably count it up, but I don’t feel like it. If I end up getting married and having kids, that’s when I’ll know it’s real—because it lasted.”

Swift is currently linked to One Direction singer Harry Styles. After a brief fling in April, the couple reconnected at the VMA Awards in September. There was "some serious flirting going on" between the pair at London's Teen Awards on October 7, according to BBC Radio One DJ Aled Jones. They arranged to have an intimate dinner at the upmarket Luton Hoo Hotel later that evening, but the reservation was cancelled after word of the booking was leaked to The Sun newspaper.

They were "holding hands and flirting all day" at the X Factor television studio in Los Angeles on November 14, as confirmed by the show's host Mario Lopez. Styles sat with Swift's mother during her rehearsal and sang along. "After she finished, he went up to the stage. They were joking and laughing. He picked her up and threw her over his shoulder and carried her off."

Styles has named Swift as one of his celebrity crushes, telling the October issue of Seventeen: "She honestly couldn't be a sweeter person. She's genuinely nice and extremely talented, and she deserves everything she has."

In November, Styles told Cosmopolitan that he was currently dating someone: "There's someone I like. If you're shown in the papers with other girls when you really like someone else, that's difficult. But still, I think it's important if you're thinking about starting a relationship to do it away from the spotlight. I thought I [had a type] but this girl I like isn't my 'type'. It's more about the person. How they act, their body language, if they can laugh at themselves. I find ambition really attractive too - if someone's good at something they love doing. I want someone who is driven."

Interview: http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2012/11/25-taylor-swift-love-is-a-battlefield.html
Picture: http://www.justjared.com/2012/11/12/taylor-swift-covers-harpers-bazaar-decemberjanuary-issue/
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magwildwood 30th-Nov-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
well she'll need some more break-ups to fuel her career, so that makes sense
xcollsangelx 30th-Nov-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
All my friends are pretty much married, it sucks.

splendidlure 30th-Nov-2012 06:46 am (UTC)
does it depend on the area? all my friends are still in uni/grad/law/med school or just recently graduated so none of my friends are close to getting married. =/
kurtvonnegut 30th-Nov-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
it depends on where you are in life for sure, like since i am a ~professional~ now everyone irl around me is mature and career-oriented, yet when i had facebook it was full of people who were still stuck in my hometown and didn't really have anything to accomplish except getting married/having kids. it's like 2 different worlds.
verbalizingit 30th-Nov-2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
same here. all the people from my hometown are all parents but i don't think many of them are married, while all my friends from college and grad school are focused on our careers and such. i do have a lot of those friends moving in together with their significant others though.
judgmental 30th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
I guess, most people I hang out with are sightly older than me (I'm 21, these people are 25-26+) and they are JUST graduating. Just one got married but that's because he knocked her gf and they pushed them into that... besides that, no one is close to getting married. Not even my friends who aren't in school anymore.
spurtle 30th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
very few people i know in university are getting married, yeah it's all hometown people for me
they all do plan to as soon as they are done though
redaodai 30th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
One of my ex best friends got engaged right after we graduated from college. It happened so suddenly. They had separate rooms while engaged, and eventually they lived in different cities for long periods of time. They finally broke up when they couldn't agree on how to raise the kids (he's atheist and she's hardcore Christian).
deathbytamarind 30th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
I went to this gross podunk town where everyone's trashy and tacky as shit. Naturally most of the people from my graduating HS class were married and popping out kids by 22. A lot of them are now divorced or getting divorced. And I'm not surprised at any of it. It's sad when you peak in HS and that's what happened to most of them.
hershelwalker 30th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
do you mean geographically? because I live in a small town in the southwest and A TON of people from my high school graduating class (2009) have been getting engaged, married, and having babies literally since we graduated. HIGH SCHOOL. I feel like it's predominately a small town thing but I know ontd will correct me if I'm wrong lol.

Edited at 2012-11-30 06:55 am (UTC)
my_moloko 30th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
I think it definitely depends on the area. I have friends that are focused on school and starting a career but everyone in my hometown seems to follow the pattern of: graduate high school, maybe go to community college, get pregnant by accident, have a few more kids by accident and eventually get married.
galagooo 30th-Nov-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
Yes. A ton of people I know in med school or law school ARE married.
magwildwood 30th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
idk, i went to a really good college on the east coast, where people were ambitious. a lot of them are in grad school, but they're also starting to get married. like 3 or 4 in my close circle of friends. i kind of like it though tbh
rhapsodeeinblue 30th-Nov-2012 07:05 am (UTC)
I'm like you when it comes to my "real" friends / friends from college / friends I made after college. But then I look at the people I knew from high school on Facebook and a lot of them are married or engaged.
devourlove 30th-Nov-2012 07:12 am (UTC)
I think it does. I lived in a little town and everyone was getting married, having babies, etc. But then again, a decent amount went away to college also. Whereas in my college town, not a lot of people are trying to get married which is to be expected.
anconeous 30th-Nov-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Probably. I'm a 24-year-old med student and most of my friends and the ones I went to school with are too busy with law/med/grad school or working or traveling the world.

A few are getting engaged though, some because they got pregnant or some because they're so in love. My best friend just got engaged and our circle of friends are too shocked about it. We're too happy planning her wedding though, probably because we know it'll be along time before another one of us has a wedding. LOL
dirtyknife 30th-Nov-2012 07:40 am (UTC)
It definitely depends on where you live. I live in a big city and most people I know are more career orientated and single. I do know a few people in relationships (myself included) but marriage/kids still isn't a part of the picture. People don't seem to give a fuck about that kind of stuff here. But I'm originally from a more rural area and a lot of people that I went to high school with are now married and have kids. It really does seem to be a more small town mentality to get married young, it seems. That's my experience anyway.
iciegurl89 30th-Nov-2012 07:48 am (UTC)

Literally everyone from my high school (in BFE in the country) are married, engaged, or have children.

It's so bad. It's so hard for me to find people to hang out with because everyone is in a relationship or in the next stage of their life. I live in the South, so it's custom.

Can we trade?
dannysstargirl 30th-Nov-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
that's because your friends have goals lol. but seriously, i think a lot of ppl that marry young honestly don't know anything else. it's what their family did, it's what their friends are doing, and so they do it too.
cerseilannister 30th-Nov-2012 09:11 am (UTC)
its. i live in a small area and everyone here just gets married and has kids by early 20s. i'm so ready to gtfo. thank god i'll be out of here by fall or the end of summer.
pulmesic 30th-Nov-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
OT but what happened to the expand function? Why doesn't it expand but instead it brings me to a new page. :|
sviibwhapp 30th-Nov-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
They broke up a few months ago. Expect a song about him on her next album.
dumpweeds 30th-Nov-2012 07:09 am (UTC)
this reply really confused me lol
ferfi 30th-Nov-2012 07:32 am (UTC)
i've been having issues with the expand option on and off for a few weeks now. sometimes it just does the same thing as if i clicked thread. other times it doesn't do anything and i have to click thread just to see the additional comments. lj support hasn't done shit about it. at least i know its not just me having this problem though!
judgmental 30th-Nov-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
this seems relevant

about a week ago one of the cyst on my ovaries bursted and apparently the pain comes close to child birth so I told my mother that I was now more scared than ever to have children and she's like "lol when you mature you will want to get married and have babies" and got into a huge fight with her
lovemoves 30th-Nov-2012 06:49 am (UTC)
What kind of response is that?
judgmental 30th-Nov-2012 06:51 am (UTC)
Well apparently I'm inmature because I DON'T WANT TO BE A HOUSEWIVE DEVOTED TO A MAN
redaodai 30th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
I kind of hate it when adults are like, "Oh, you're young, you'll want to get married when you're older. It'll be good for you". How condescending.
deathbytamarind 30th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
That's a really bitchy thing for her to say to you, especially when you're in blinding pain. I'm sorry she did that. :(
swissbeauty23 30th-Nov-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
i'm sorry bb, that sounds horrible :( i hope you're okay

that would really piss me off if someone said that to me tbh
caribou_cake 30th-Nov-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
ugh i hate when older adults (and even people my age) say that shit. all my coworkers are 40+, married and/or have kids and they expect the same from me. they all say that i'll change my mind when im older. idts.
hershelwalker 30th-Nov-2012 07:01 am (UTC)
D: was it really that bad?? I think I have a cyst and am terrified of it bursting randomly, especially if I'm out somewhere. lord be with me
dumpweeds 30th-Nov-2012 07:09 am (UTC)
my dad says that shit to me all the time
devourlove 30th-Nov-2012 07:13 am (UTC)
wow @ that. how is that even an acceptable response
buttermell0w 30th-Nov-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
oh no i hope u r ok now bb <3 !

lmao i really want to adopt and not have biological children (like, i've wanted too since I was about 10 yrs old and now i'm going to 26 in the spring) and my mom is always like "OH ONCE YOURE OLDER AND MARRIED AND IN LOVE YOULL WANT BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN" and its just so rude. like, rlly? i dont see the point in that and id rather adopt and honestly i've been very open about that to my past (serious) relationships and i wouldn't marry someone that wasn't OK with adoption and ONLY having biological children. it would be a huge deal breaker for me tbh.
ichdontthinksoo 30th-Nov-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
I, on the other hand, am hoping to get married next year. Don't have a fianceé let alone a boyfriend, but I really really want a greencard.
entranced 30th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
i know too many people who are engaged/getting married and it weirds me out. i mentioned this to my guy friend and he doesn't see the big deal and he would get married now if he could and he's only 22 idgi
cruel11 30th-Nov-2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Getting married at a young age is trending again. It's freaking me out.
my_moloko 30th-Nov-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
I'm overly judgmental of people who get married young. I still hate my SIL who was 21 when she married my brother. Of course it also bothers me that my 30 year old brother saw no issue with proposing to a 20 year old after barely a year of dating. Also before they got married she kept saying she wanted to get a phd or something but now that they're married she's pregnant and seems obsessed with having kids. Like, congratulations, you're 22, prego, have no education and work a part time minimum wage job. Truly you are living the dream.
swissbeauty23 30th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
RED has so many flawless songs. it's so much more mature than her previous albums and it's soothing to listen to. i didn't think i'd like it as much as i do (except for some of the flop songs)
thelake 30th-Nov-2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
it's soothing to listen to

ilouboutin 30th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
ALL of my good friends from college are engaged or married and my best friend was just "told" that she'll be getting her engagement ring in july. i'm 26 with no serious long-term relationships to my name and i alternate b/t being depressed and blocking ppl from my newsfeed for posting pictures of their babies.
rhapsodeeinblue 30th-Nov-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
I'm 25 and I can't even imagine being married anytime in the near future. It's like my life's just begun~
superpchan 30th-Nov-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
I don't know, I really don't care if a friend or former acquaintance gets married. I'm more concerned if they want to hang out after they're married - I don't want to be the third wheel.
x_brittacular 30th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
I really hate how people think my anti-kids/marriage mindset is a phase. Sure, I may change my mind and have a family in 10 years but I honestly, truly doubt it and right now I'm planning my life on the basis that I end up alone with 100 cats. I don't know why it seems like everyone has to get married & have kids to seem, idk, normal.
swissbeauty23 30th-Nov-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
people are so condescending and self-righteous about it too.

"oh you never know, you might just change your mind heheh!"

it's like shut up, stop discrediting someone's perspective and life choices.
venus_orbiting 30th-Nov-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Sometimes I'm so tempted to start saying "Oh you never know, you might just change your mind" when people say they want kids. Or when they say they're pregnant, haha! How do you like it now, huh? Not so nice, is it?
d00ditsemily 30th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Funny you say this when the rest of the post you're discrediting other people's perspective and life choices when they get married young.
spurtle 30th-Nov-2012 07:01 am (UTC)
I agree! I cannot stand children and hate being told that one day I will like them. During exams when I am stressed out if I hear a child cry, I cry because I hate them so much. I'm the worst during exams, haha.

But good to know you think I'll turn around one day, random person.
judgmental 30th-Nov-2012 07:22 am (UTC)
It's not everyone, it's people that have NOTHING on their lives and no goals
hoot 30th-Nov-2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
The happiest people I know are unmarried with no kids. My aunt was married for 5 years 30 years ago, got divorced and decided never to do it again. Now she lives in NYC, has an AWESOME apartment, has a great job and hangs out with really cool people. Her life is amazing mostly because she doesn't have a husband or kids to worry about.
zminotaur 1st-Dec-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I love the shit out of this comment. and mte about the cats
forevergold217 30th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
my parents got married in their late 20's/early 30's yet they want me to settle down soon.

im only 22, lemme enjoy my life please!
sexyvegeta 30th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
I'd marry young. Idgaf
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