Taylor Swift’s no stranger to gossip. These days, her name has been popping up in headlines alongside her rumored beau Conor Kennedy . But the singer wants everyone to know that if you’re writing anything about them, you’re wasting ink, because she’s not reading it.
“I just got to take it day by day,” she tells Rolling Stone about the press she receives, sharing that in the beginning every seemingly negative news item brought her anxiety that she would lose her fans because of it. But, these days, “I feel like my fans have my back and I have theirs.”
And she’s aware that her not-so-secretive crush on the entire Kennedy family seems a bit suspicious in the context of her relationship with the 18-year-old Kennedy member. “You’re telling me,” the magazine’s cover girl explains. “That’s not what’s happening,” she adds when asked if the relationship has anything to do with her fandom for the political family. Though, she does laugh that her cougar status — she’s 22 — may have been influenced by her pal, Selena Gomez, and her relationship with her younger beau, Justin Bieber.
Since Swift started hanging out with Kennedy, there have been several very interesting headlines about their relationship. Those include a report that she sent a private jet to pick up her pal and bring him to Nashville to visit her, as well as another story which revolved around the singer and Conor crashing a Kennedy family wedding (a report her rep denied).
“How did I kidnap him?” she says in response to the private jet report. “You can’t kidnap a grown man! These are serious accusations, now,” she laughed, adding, “It’s an interesting way to spin something into a story. See, this is why I don’t read stuff.”
As for the wedding report, she insists she would have never showed up if she hadn’t been invited. “I have no idea what happened there. I think that story was based on the biggest misunderstanding, ’cause I would never knowingly show up somewhere that I thought I wasn’t invited to. And I would never want to upstage anybody.”
Swift knows a thing or two about being upstaged. Back in 2009, when she hit the stage in Radio City to accept her Moonman for Best Female Video at the VMAs, Kanye West stepped in to say her competitor Beyoncé had “one of the best videos of all time.” She keeps a photo of that moment in her Nashville apartment. Years later she reflects on it like so, saying that it made her “realize nothing is gonna go exactly the way you plan it to. Just because you have a good plan, doesn’t mean that’s what’s gonna happen.”
These days, Swift’s plan includes releasing her next album, Red, on October 22. Ahead of its release date, she’s teased several tracks, including her follow-up single to the chart-topping “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again.” She shot a video for it in Paris earlier this month.
“Well, in terms of my album, it kind of signifies the intense, really bold emotions you feel when you’re in kind of mad love,” she told MTV News last month about the album. “And I think that all of the songs on the album are written about those kinds of experiences that I’ve had.”