In a rather candid cover story in April's Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift talks Harry Styles, mean girls and how many people she's really dated in the past few years. Maybe it's me, but her tone sounds a little irked through it all.
"If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people," Swift says, without naming names; the magazine takes that to mean Conor Kennedy during summer 2012 and most recently, One Direction's Harry Styles.
Makes sense. That could be why Swift didn't put out an album between 2010's "Speak Now" and October's "Red." No boyfriend, no inspiration.
On her relationship and breakup with Styles, the 23-year-old wouldn't delve into details but authorized someone to speak on her behalf -- and what that person had to say is pretty juicy. From the interview:
“He wore her down,” the source says of Styles, who allegedly “chased” Swift for a year. “He was all, like, ‘You’re amazing -- I want to be with you. I want to do this.’” The relationship fell apart after he texted Swift to alert her of a picture on the Internet of him kissing a friend goodbye. They were “making out like with their hands all up in each other’s hair,” says the source. After Swift ended the relationship, he pursued her for the better part of a year until she finally took him back. “But the whole time she says she feels like he’s looking at every girl,” the source continues. And then when they were in London together he “disappears one night and after that it was like he just didn’t want to keep going.”
To her haters -- most notably, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who cracked jokes about Swift's love life when they hosted the Golden Globes Jan. 13 -- the singer essentially tells them to go to hell.
"You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”
Though it's obvious Swift is tuned in to the backlash, she says she tries to ignore it -- and gave a pretty eloquent feminist critique of society in revealing the reason why.
“It’s why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character," Swift says. "For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”
You go, girl.