Haters be damned, I have to admit that I’m one of those crazy people who firmly believe that if only Taylor Swift were to meet me, we would totally be best friends. The only thing keeping us apart is you know, the fact that I’m not a TV star, supermodel, or like, child prodigy, and… I’ve never met her.
So of course I’m stoked whenever she gives an in-depth interview, such as the one that will appear in the June issue of Elle
. This one feels especially accessible, because for it Taylor was interview by Tavi Gevinson, an actual close friend of the star.
Elle has released a teaser for the interview, which hits newsstands May 19, and it’s full of such insights as Tay’s ever-changing thoughts on love, and what inspired her to write “Clean” (one of my favorite songs on 1989) and “You Are In Love.”
She explains that “Clean” was one of the last songs she wrote for 1989 – as was “Shake It Off” – and she was inspired by realizing that she’d been in the same city as an ex for two weeks without thinking about him.
“You get used to not calling someone at night to tell them how your day was,” she says, adding: “You replace these old habits with new habits, like texting your friends in a group chat all day and planning fun dinner parties and going out on adventures with your girlfriends, and then all of a sudden one day you’re in London and you realize you’ve been in the same place as your ex for two weeks and you’re fine.”
“And you hope he’s fine. The first thought that came to my mind was, I’m finally clean,” she admits.
Taylor also reveals that she turned to close friend Lena Dunham’s too-adorable-for-words relationship with musician Jack Antonoff for inspiration for her 1989 song “You Are In Love” – particularly when it came to the lyrics: “You’re my best friend.”
She says: “Yeah. I’ve never had that, so I wrote that song about things that Lena [Dunham] has told me about her and Jack [Antonoff].”
“That’s just basically stuff she’s told me,” Tay continues. “And I think that that kind of relationship – God, it sounds like it would just be so beautiful – would also be hard. It would also be mundane at times.”
She also stood by her image throughout her years in the industry, maintaining – with good reason – that she doesn’t feel any regret towards anything she’s done, since it has all stemmed from her choices. She has been in control.
“As far as the need to rebel against the idea of you, or the image of you: Like, I feel no need to burn down the house I built by hand,” she explains.
“I can make additions to it. I can redecorate. But I built this,” the star – who just kicked off her 1989 World Tour in Tokyo – confidently says. And it’s hard to argue.
The issue comes out May 19, and I probably won’t be able to help myself when it comes to picking up an issue. I also can’t stop thinking about the 1989 World Tour hitting California… even though it isn’t until the end of August.
But, it gives me lots of time to pick out my Taylor-approved (in the imaginary world where she knows that I exist) ensemble, and ensure that I’m completely ready for the experience… how may days until August… 29th?
Until next time,