The Telegraph UK: “No one’s going to sign up for this”. A Commentary.

(Photo: Paola Kudacki/Trunk Archive)
(Photo: Paola Kudacki/Trunk Archive)

I beg to differ, Sparkly Dressed. Case and point, all of us in the Taylor Nation are signed up.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar was recently featured in an interview with The Telegraph‘s Mark Sutherland back during the Grammy weekend. You can read it here if you haven’t already. Now, let’s talk a little about the highlights that are bound to be reprinted as news over the next month.

There’s the usual summary of T-Swizzle’s biography, but the good stuff starts when she talks about her friendships, something that we like to call the Swifterhood.

“The thing about my girlfriends right now is that none of them needs me for anything other than friendship,” she told The Telegraph. “I love the fact that they are all passionate about their jobs, whatever their jobs are. A lot of celebrity-type people have this group of people around them where their friends’ main priority is them, and they feel comfortable with that dynamic. I don’t feel comfortable with that dynamic.”

Karlie Kloss already remarked in her interview with Vogue that she feels one of Tay’s hidden talents is to introduce these women from different worlds to each other. There is a commonality – they’re all mostly well-known individuals. Not that Taylor only picks famous friends, but you become friends with people you know. It’s nice to see Abigail Anderson still appear in those shots.

For the layman, Taylor was pushed onto fame. They’d be surprised how many small venues and local country fairs she performed since she was a kid up until she showed up in mainstream’s radar.

“I’m really lucky I got 10 years of practice in before we reached this point,” said the Enchantress. “I’ve climbed a lot of flights of stairs, rather than got a speed elevator. [Nowadays] an artist is just shot out of a cannon into the stratosphere.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be Taylor without a shoutout to her dear Swifties, and fortunately there’s a lot of love in the article.

“My fans make fun of me – it’s really cool. They have all these Gifs of me making an idiot of myself or tripping and falling on stage. They bring humour back into it for me. I get too serious sometimes – you can probably tell – and they bring me back to like, OK, I’m not really doing anything that difficult. I just need to calm down.”

However, she does admit she’s not nice all the time. This is the first time she addressed that a bit more in depth. This is just Tay being human and admitting she’s not always kind – and people are not always kind to her.

“No, because that’s annoying, too,” she says, laughing. “And it’s not real if someone appears to never have any issues with anyone. I have my friends, I have enemies. I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late, I’m going to be there on time. I’m not nice all the time but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don’t deserve it.”

“When I’m with my friends,” she adds, without naming names, “we don’t say glowing things about everybody.”

That doesn’t mean the gossip sites can’t elaborate though. If not about boys, about a certain former friend who the infamous Bad Blood track is about.

“I’m not giving them anything to write about. I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.”

Unfortunately that line can be easily misinterpreted and misquoted. For the record, Taylor never mentions Katy Perry here, but I can totally see articles popping up already taking liberties with what was said.

You can read the original article at The Telegraph.

On another subject and in a related article, bravo to Taylor for being well read and turning down the guy who tried to apply a technique from Neil Strauss’ The Game on her. The book, infamously known for revealing a lot of pick-up techniques exploiting women’s insecurities, is supposed to be an expose and not a friggin’ manual.

“We were all seeing a show and he comes up and he was doing that compliment-criticism thing, where you say you like my hair then you say, ‘Where did you get that hair dye? I can see your roots’. It’s a thing guys do if they’re trying to hit on a girl and they want to bring her down a bit so she craves their positive attention. So I kind of went off on him like, ‘You think people don’t know what you’re doing? You legitimately think I’m an idiot. Everybody’s read that book!'”

The quote is from the Telegraph’s additional article, Taylor Swift: the last time I… Alas, that quote has been removed since then but you can still find it in sites like Cambio.com. Here’s my free advice that nobody asked for: if you become an asshole to get something you want, you’re losing yourself in the process. And if you are foolish enough to try condescending lines on the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone, I know a few ninjas who might want to have a word with you.

(Photo: Sarah Barlow)
(Photo: Sarah Barlow)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: telegraph.co.uk)