Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham [Instagram]
There's always a lot of furore surrounding Taylor Swift. From who's she's dating, who she's writing songs about, the rumoured feuds, and even how she manages to look so good leaving the gym, ol' Swifty's been a hot topic since her music hit the radio.
Her latest interview is sure to raise a few eyebrows too. Speaking to The Guardian, the singer opened up about the songs she wrote when she was younger, her friendship with Lena Dunham and whether or not she uses the hotly contested F word. Here are the highlights...
She likes her concerts to feel like big sleepovers
“When I’m doing a concert, it’s not like, ‘WHAT’S UP LONDONNNNN!’ I pretty much just speak at this level...as if I’m talking to them across the dinner table”. We can imagine Taylor would be GREAT at a girly sleepover - full of good advice on boys and probably has really good face masks.
She now identifies as a feminist
“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realise that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
UPDATE: And Lena's response...
Taylor recognizes that at its core it's not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2014
She's 'shaking off' feeling persecuted by the media
"In the last couple of years I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that anyone can say anything about me and call TMZ or Radar Online or something, and it will be an international headline. You can either go crazy and let it make you bitter and make you not trust people, and become really secluded or rebellious against the whole system. Or you can just shake it off and figure that as long as you’re having more fun than anyone else, what does it matter what anyone else thinks? Because I’ve wanted this life since I was a kid.”
She's done with boys for a bit
“[Having a boyfriend] isn’t really possible right now. It just doesn’t seem like a possibility in the near future. It doesn’t ever work. What works is having incredible girlfriends who I can trust and tell anything.”
Social media kills her lyrical ambiguity
"It’s an interesting tightrope walk to write autobiographical songs in an age where mystery is completely out the window”.
She defends a woman's right to her feelings
“I really resent the idea that if a woman writes about her feelings, she has too many feelings... And I really resent the ‘Be careful, buddy, she’s going to write a song about you’ angle, because it trivialises what I do. It makes it seem like creating art is something you do as a cheap weapon rather than an artistic process. They can say whatever they want about my personal life because I know what my personal life is, and it involves a lot of TV and cats and girlfriends. But I don’t like it when they start to make cheap shots at my songwriting. Because there’s no joke to be made there.”
She's over feeling bitter towards boyfriend-stealers
"You think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realise no one can take someone from you if they don’t want to leave.”
But sexy's not her bag
“Every artist has their set of priorities. Being looked at as sexy? Not really on my radar. But nice? I really hope that that is the impression.”