Taylor Swift—my how she’s grown up! The singing sensation graces the cover of Parade magazine this month, and opens up about her love life, fame and being an “outsider.”
On her love life: “Things change so quickly. I have no idea who’s going to be a recurring character and who’s just a guest star for one episode. Love is fascinating. Wishing for it, pining for it, and the anger that comes when you lose it. I used to think that I could figure out some pattern to love, like if you don’t text a guy back for a half hour, he’ll like you more. But there is no pattern. Absolutely nothing is predictable in love or in life.”
On her own fame: “I don’t like to feel like I’m some fragile package that has to be shipped by high-priority mail and handled with white gloves.”
On growing up:
"I still have mixed feelings about what growing up is — this thing that happens to everyone, so I've heard."
On the pain of being a teenage outsider:
"If I was going through a really tough day at school and I didn't have anyone to talk to or sit with at lunch, I would say to myself over and over again, 'It's okay because I can write a song about this later.'"
On her fear that listeners won't connect with her songs:
"That's definitely a nightmare that I wake up from sometimes. Saying things in songs that people will care about is my biggest hope, and saying things that nobody will care about is my biggest fear."
Taylor’s full interview is in the issue of Parade October 24.