Glamour: OK, you were the top-selling artist last year. That’s incredible! Do you have any idea of what a huge accomplishment that is?
Taylor Swift: When I get news like that, it just blows my mind, because I’ve been trying to do this all my life. I remember the girls who would come to talent shows and say to anyone they met, “I’m so-and-so—I’m going to be famous someday.” I was never that girl. I would show up with my guitar and say, “This is a song I wrote about a boy in my class.” And that’s what I still do today.
Glamour: Your confessional style—all those guys you write about—obviously struck a chord. Now that you’re famous, do you ever feel like you might need to tone that down?
TS: I’ve never felt like I needed to tone down being seen as a regular person. When I first started doing MySpace, I wrote my bio in the first person. I didn’t want my MySpace page to look like a publicity promo site, so I was the one doing all the commenting, and I was the one putting up pictures and videos. And I’ve approached my whole career like that—I don’t see that ever changing.
Glamour: You have said, “Music is my boyfriend.” How do you date when you’re as famous as you are?
TS: I don’t date a lot. The other day I was in my dressing room with one of my closest friends, [American Idol alum] Kellie Pickler, who is also my opening act, and she said something really interesting to me: “We can only give someone what’s left over.” She does the same thing I do, so she knows what it’s like to do interviews all day and give your heart and soul on stage every night. After all of that is taken, we can only give someone what’s left. So it’s hard.
Glamour: What sets you apart from other young women who’ve achieved success at a young age, then gone on to blow it with partying and bad behavior?
TS: I’ve never been fascinated by the party lifestyle. Sometimes people look at me like, You’re 19 and don’t want to rebel? For me, rebelling is done with words: I love to write honest songs that name real people, then get up onstage and live out those emotions in front of 15,000 people. Penciling in a night to get wasted is not something I want to do.
Glamour: What about doing normal teen stuff?
TS: I don’t think I’d be a party girl [even if I were] in college. When I was in high school, I remember seeing girls crying in the bathroom every Monday about what they did at a party that weekend. I never wanted to be that girl crying in the bathroom. But there are certain things that I would like to do but can’t. Sometimes I don’t get invited to things because my friends know it’s going to be a hassle to take me.
Glamour: You once wrote a song about a friend who was struggling with anorexia. Do you ever have body insecurities?
TS: I think the reason a lot of celebrities feel insecure and want to stop eating altogether is because they see so many pictures of themselves on a daily basis. It’s unhealthy how many times you see your own image—it’s just constant. When you see something enough, you’re going to tear it down to the point where some days you feel like you’re not even pretty. I get insecure about my eyes because I once read a blog comment that said, “Her eyes are so small.” I thought, Are my eyes small? Oh no—they are!
Glamour: So you read blog comments? A lot of celebrities claim to avoid them.
TS: I’ve stopped reading the comments below news articles and on gossip blogs because those are the ones that’ll ruin your day in a second. But I read my MySpace comments because they’re awesome. You just have to be careful and filter the information you give yourself. Do you want to open the slam book today? Nope.
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