Taylor’s feelings about secondhand information become very clear, very quickly, when her interviewer brings up the song “Dear John”—and starts to bring up the public response of John Mayer, who’d had a brief dalliance with Taylor and who, in typical fashion, was absolutely convinced that the song was all about him.
“No!” Taylor interrupted. “I don’t want to know, I don’t want to know.”
Yep, that’s right: Taylor has managed to keep herself in the dark about John’s remarks (and ooooh, that must be driving him crazy). And when questioned about her reasons for staying uninformed, she explained, “It’s not that I’m this egomaniac and I don’t want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I’ve never developed that thick a skin. So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else.
Which means that she’s dimly aware of all the speculation surrounding her—and particularly her relationship with Conor Kennedy—but she won’t feed the beast.
“I don’t talk about my personal life in great detail,” she said. “I write about it in my songs, and I feel like you can share enough about your life in your music to let people know what you’re going through.”
But lest you start thinking of Taylor as unrealistic about her star status, and the inevitable curiosity that goes with it, you’ll want to stay tuned for this next bit—her response when asked whether she worries about making friends who like her on her own merits, not for her famous name.
“I think you can tell who’s a good person to be around, who makes you laugh, who’s fun, whom you can trust. And, yes, you’re going to get burned a few times, but I’d really rather get burned a few times than sit alone in that house with the curtains drawn,” she mused. “So God forbid this person you’re hanging out with gets a bit of validation out of the fact you’re famous. Is that the worst-case scenario? You know, it doesn’t seem that bad.”
Because not only is Taylor totally matter-of-fact about her fame being an un-ignorable part of her life, we’ll be damned if that isn’t one of the most insightful, non-resentful things a celebrity has said about being a celebrity this year, and possibly ever. Who wants to start a slow clap for Taylor?
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