Taylor Swift is famous for writing songs about her ex-boyfriends. She is also famous for dating a lot of famous men, allegedly including Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles, Conor Kennedy, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer and enough other men there’s a Wiki to list them all.
She dates, seems to get dumped a lot, and writes about it. Although, after several years of this, even cloying Us Weekly published a cover asking what must be wrong with Taylor to drive so many men away.
Taylor says in a new interview that any criticism of her personal life and her art is sexist. She notes that Bruno Mars and other male singers use their relationships to inspire their art and they aren’t mocked or criticised in the same way. She explained, “I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love-life, and no one raises a red flag there.”
She added, “My first album came out when I was sixteen, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it and then what happens is that as you get more successful, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing, and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden your perspective has changed.”
“The most important thing to me is maintaining artist integrity which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life. I could very well water it down… (but) people are going to see the depth from which you approached the song, the fact that you put real emotions into it, and that’s valuable, and that’s good and that’s real,” she continued.
Earlier this week, Taylor told InStyle Magazine that she is currently single. “It would take an astonishing human for me to even consider getting back into a relationship. It would take something really, really, really, really different—a kind of a one-in-a-million person for me to face all that. I don’t have any kind of idea who I’d want to be with, because I don’t have any pieces missing from my life right now. I’m not looking for anything to complete. I think that’s a nice place to be.”
She also told InStyle of her friendships, “[It’s] the most important thing to me right now…They are so fun and know me and like me for who I actually am. It’s really wonderful to have someone like Lena Dunham in my life. We have the same responsibility and the same pressure that’s on you when you write every single word you end up performing. The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms. Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I’d try. It’s a really liberating and freeing time.”