This is my new favorite photo ^^ of Taylor Swift. It’s like she thought the red carpet for the ACMs was a catwalk and she was working that bitch for all it was worth. Anyway, Taylor is currently 24 years old. She’s been a celebrity and a working musician/songwriter for almost a decade. She’s headlined massive tours and she’s one of the richest women in music today. But does Taylor still have issues with her “stage parents”? That’s the question Page Six tries to answer. Just FYI: in the past, back when Taylor was 17/18 years old, I heard that her mom was very controlling and micro-managing, but I thought Taylor had sort of outgrown that and she was now in charge of her life/career. But maybe not.
Taylor Swift’s mom and dad are being accused of becoming “difficult and controlling stage parents” as they assume total power over her career — even though they have technically separated.
Sources tell Page Six that Scott and Andrea Swift have edged out numerous senior staff members at their company, 13 Management, as well as agents at CAA and WME. Last month, Taylor’s publicist of nearly seven years, Paula Erickson, resigned after giving 60 days’ notice. Taylor’s business managers Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy also resigned last year. She is currently repped by AEG for touring and IMG.
Meanwhile, we’re told that Scott and Andrea live separately and don’t see eye-to-eye.
One source said: “Taylor’s parents are incredibly difficult to deal with. Their expectations are enormous, and they are very hard to please. They want to pay as little as possible and treat people like s - - t, because they think those people are lucky to have the chance to work with a superstar like Taylor.
“Taylor’s parents think they can do things better, and what makes things complicated is that they no longer live together,” our insider said. “They are not on the same page and don’t even like to be in the same room. Andrea requests that her husband not be present at meetings. Taylor is incredibly smart and professional, but at some point she’s going to need her parents to stop, before it turns into a total Katherine Heigl ‘momager’ situation.”
Another source adds that the Swifts’ 13 Management has had a revolving door of top staff, managers and department heads. But Taylor has been working with tour manager Robert Allen for years and he is still with her.
Taylor’s parents, who married in 1988, have been living separately but did not divorce “because they don’t want to damage Taylor’s career,” according to Star. Taylor, who recently moved to a new pad in Tribeca, is currently recording her fifth album. Reps for 13 Management and Taylor’s label, Big Machine, did not comment. Erickson declined to comment.
I remember her publicist leaving, but I didn’t remember the part about Swifty’s business partner resigning last year too. Yes, this is a Katherine Heigl situation and much like Heigl, Taylor is too old for her mommy and daddy to be running the show. Taylor has access to the best management in the industry, and it’s past time for Taylor to call the shots about her career and make her own decisions about who speaks for her. Also: maybe this is what the New York apartment is about. Maybe Taylor’s trying to build a homebase in NYC, away from her mom?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.