In a lengthy interview with the London Telegraph, Taylor Swift touched on a number of topics — including how she looks at the role of love and dating in her personal life.
As for the difficulty of maintaining romantic relationships in a very public life, Swift said she knows a simple photo of her looking friendly with a guy can lead to false reports of a romance. Take those recent photos of herself and Hozier.
“I just got so freaked out that people were going to say I was dating him. I started thinking, ‘I can’t let this ruin my friendships with dudes.’ I didn’t let it ruin my friendship with Ed [Sheeran] — they always said we were dating and we never were. But sometimes I get really scared.”
As for her writing about her love life in her music, Swift said, “There was a bit of a reputation for having a lot of boy-bashing songs. Which is a sexist way of saying heartbreak songs. To trivialize someone who’s heartbroken is really cruel. But people have to simplify things. Everybody’s got busy lives, they don’t have time to form a complex opinion of me and my music. … I’m in a different place in my life, where love isn’t really a priority. I haven’t dated anyone in years so there’s less chatter about the serial dater thing. I’m just really excited at an awards show when they don’t make some weird joke about my dating life.”
As for where she’ll be in five years, Swift revealed she doubts she’ll be married in 2020.
“I’ll probably still be single, let’s be honest. No one’s going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, ‘Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!’ I don’t know what’s going to happen if I’m ever content in a relationship — no idea how that’s going to work. I don’t even know if that’s possible with the life I have.”