First, can we talk about the absurdity of this Cosmopolitan cover? Taylor Swift covers the December issue, and I have to think that she must have pissed someone off. She is not “sexy” and she never will be, even if you write “SEXY!” across her crotch. But the real story is the wind machine and Swifty’s bangs tragedy. I’ve avoided discussing her current bangs (trauma) situation for a while because no matter what I say, she’s still going to have those damn things and I don’t want the bangs to give me a rage-stroke. In normal photos, they look awful (her face looks much better without them, almost always), and they give her that cutesy-twee look that I know she loves. But in this cover image… good God, they look especially horrible. Like a mullet in the wind. Anyway, some highlights from Taylor’s interview:
On what she won’t tolerate in a relationship: “I can’t deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you. It’s a conscious thing: it’s a common-sense thing… If I was in that situation, if I were them, would I be doing this to me? Would I ever do this to them? If the answer is no, then they’re not treating me fairly. I just don’t ever want to end up in a relationship that isn’t fair ever again.”
On what she needs in a relationship: “I need that unexplainable spark…I just need to see someone and feel Oh, no, uh-oh. It’s only happened a few times in my life, but I feel like if I was gonna be with someone forever, it would be because I saw them and I thought, Oh, no.”
She’s dated someone dark and twisted: “I’ve had a lot of dark and twisty situations happen, enough to realize that when someone exhibits signs of evoking a dark and twisty relationship and dark and twisty feelings, it’s not interesting to me.”
Learning when to get out: “I’ve learned when to get out. I’ve never wasted too much time with the wrong person and that’s one thing I’m proud of.”
On whether she can imagine doing anything else other than music: “Being a mom full time, doing everything for my kids, having a bunch of them. One day, I’m sure. But that’s the only other thing that could be as thrilling for me as doing this.”
The lyric that resonates the most: “I have a chalkboard in my house in L.A., and every week, I’ve been writing a new lyric on it from the record just to figure out which ones pop out to me, which seem most important. There’s a song that’s the first track on the record, and it says, “Love is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right.” That’s been my whole philosophy on love this whole time anyway.”
The playing-hard-to-get game: “I think a lot of times when you meet someone you feel like you need to appear like you’re not interested in them so that they’ll be more interested in you. But what happens when you start showing him that you actually like him? What’s he gonna do then? Play the tape forward; how do you keep a guy like that? I don’t want to sign up for that.”
I think the “dark and twisted” stuff must be John Mayer because… obviously. Maybe it’s a little bit about Jake Gyllenhaal too? Even though Jake seems all about poetry and apple-picking, I could see him having a “dark side” that would seem “twisted” to someone like Swifty. As for her preachy comments about “knowing when to get out” – they strike me as a bit odd, considering she’s like Jennifer Aniston Junior when it comes to being dumped by a succession of dudes. Of course, maybe “learning how to get out” IS something Taylor has learned recently, and she tried it on Conor Kennedy.
Photos courtesy of Cosmopolitan.