Taylor Swift tells sold out concert: it doesn’t matter if you’re unpopular in school

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Last night pop country singer Taylor Swift played to a sold out audience at the Staples Center. Imagine what that must feel like at 19-years-old. Taylor’s always struck me as incredibly sharp and together – especially considering what a lot of young pop starlets are like. She writes her own music, talks openly and honestly about her heartbreaks, and she’s just flat-out talented. Taylor told the audience she wasn’t a popular kid in school, but that doesn’t matter because it gave her more time to be contemplative and write and work on her music – and look where she ended up!

When it comes to finding the ultimate teen role model one can’t go past Taylor Swift – talented, beautiful, gracious and still the same grounded and sweet girl she was before she became one of the most successful and popular young country artists of the decade. But seeing the thousands of teenage girls crying with excitement at seeing the 19-year-old at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night makes it hard to comprehend that she was far from being popular in her own junior high school days.

“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have friends in junior high,” Swift said as she kicked off her first ever headlining “Fearless” tour. “Being an outsider gave me time to think … But there was a time when my greatest fear was not fitting in at school; I never thought I would be here with a sold-out Staples Center.”

Swift was clearly overwhelmed by the attention — at one point the crowd drew such a long thunderous applause that the songstress couldn’t get a word in so instead she covered her mouth with her hand in utter disbelief, her eyes filling with tears. “I’ll never forget this,” she eventually said, her voice cracking with emotion.

…But despite being worth more than an estimated $18 million according to Forbes.com, Taylor’s true star-power stems from still being relatable to her young fanbase and her trademarked approach to dealing with dates who do her wrong…. “If you break my heart, hurt my feelings or mess with friends I’ll have to write a song about you,” Swift said, also adding that she’s not the “only girl that burns ex boyfriends’ pictures.”

And as much as this gorgeous girl is skilled at performing, she is even more skilled at writing. So where does her secret song-writing material pretty much all come from? “I’ve written in a diary every night since I was 13,” she admitted.

[From Fox News’s Pop Tarts]

The only less-than-wholesome event of the night happened when John Mayer joined Taylor on stage. They sang a duet of his song “Your Body is a Wonderland.” My issue isn’t with the song – just Mayer in general. He’s made a big deal about how he’s a huge Taylor Swift fan. And we all know what that really means when it comes to John Mayer: he wants to boink her. Are the kids still saying that? 19 year olds? That’s probably the only way they’re putting it that’s fit to print. And since Taylor is legal, I want Mayer kept a good hundred miles from her at all times. Hell if I had my way he’d be kept that far away from all women. But I could have done without that little cameo. The rest of the concert sounded great, and it’s awesome that there are some decent role models out there for teenagers. It’s hard to be cool, successful, and grounded, and Taylor Swift is certainly all three.

Here’s Taylor leaving her hotel after a concert in London on May 8th. Images thanks to WENN.com .

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  1. Annie says:

    I love her!

    And I was so mad when those tickets sold out. lol. It was insane.

    And Staples Center is HUGE.

  2. lilly says:

    aww she’s a really sweet and humble girl. her songs are retarded, though…

  3. Carrie says:

    Does John Mayer need to attempt to stick his dick in every young starlet?? Keep that slime ball away from Taylor!!!

  4. HEB says:

    Its so true–it doesn’t matter if you’re unpopular in high school-you can go to college and completely turn that around…and even if you don’t it won’t affect wether or not you get a job-so who cares!!

    The hard part is getting a teenager to believe that.

  5. tinylady says:

    she seems nice and wholesome. hopefully she stays that way!

  6. C-DUB says:

    I really like her. THANK GOODNESS we havent’seen her boobs or snatch! Keep it up Taylor!

  7. jennifer says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard her music, but anything I’ve ever heard about her points to a grounded, smart young woman. I wish I had kids so I could say “THIS is the type of person you should be looking up to, not that twatty Miley or 45 year old Ali” (though I doubt I would say “twatty” to my kids…LOL) 🙂

  8. jennifer says:

    May 26th, 2009 at 4:17 pm
    The hard part is getting a teenager to believe that.

    You’re absolutely right 🙁 It sucks that we all seem to think high school is what is going to define us for the rest of our lives, but we ALL have high school memories that just make us CRINGE (or cry or scream or get the blood lust goin’ or…. 😉 I can STILL feel a bit intimidated when I think of some of my fellow students, and I’m 34. WTF??? LOL

  9. Alexis says:

    “he wants to boink her”

  10. nony says:

    Go Taylor Swift!
    All tweens need to see, are the losers who peaked in High School, who after 35+ years, High School is still their “glory days”.
    Don’t get me wrong, I had some great times, but I kept it in perspective, looking forward to the days after High School– when I could really experience life.
    I ran into the girl who got “Best Body”, in my senior class, a few months after graduation, and her ass was 5 months pregnant- by her older-college bf, of course.
    High School is a joke, and the sooner you realize it, the better chance you have of not being a giant tool who sells used cars and lives at his neighborhood bar dreaming of that pro career that never happened.

  11. KDRockstar says:

    Amen to that, nony!

  12. Ling says:

    Ha! I had a friend at that concert.

    Couldn’t agree more with what she said. Like everyone else (I think) I went through phases, and I always found that the times when I was more introverted yielded a lot more creativity than the times when I was out at the movies every other night.

  13. ChristinaT says:

    she’s a gorgeous, white, blonde beautiful american female… how was she unpopular in high school? i always thought i had a tough time in high school because i was nerdy, dark haired, barely spoke english and from a foreign country… so either, these people who all claim to have been unpopular in high school are lying, or life is fair after all :-p

  14. dirtyoldman says:

    They’re lying. But I don’t care, ’cause she’s a cutie.

    [Either] these people who all claim to have been unpopular in high school are lying, or life is fair after all

  15. Ling says:

    ChristinaT: you’ll find personality triumphs. If you’re nerdy, you’re nerdy, period. I’ll wager that if you were self-confident, had a sense of humour and “gelled” with the “popular” girls, you would have been “popular”, despite your language barrier and your, ahem, hair colour.

    Likewise, if T Swift was awkward and quiet and snarky and had low self-confidence…

    (Though as a brunette I must say I take offense at your presupposition that blond = popularity.)

  16. ChristinaT says:

    I’m sorry that my own personal experience prejudice of and humility offends you… i’ll try to make sure i am teased about things that don’t disrupt your posting pleasure in the future *eyeroll*

    frankly, i take offense to the fact that you are suggesting i was snarky and had low self confidence… i also apologize i didn’t instantly adjust to a new country and a new language and become the life of the party…

    and…kindly go choke on your brown hair 😀

  17. Brunnette says:

    Yeah, Blond=popular is not entirely true, but it sure seems that way.

    while I agree with Taylor totally (been there), she has said this a thousand times. Does she have anything else to say? she repeats herself a lot. She seems scripted or boring or something.

  18. Ling says:

    ChristinaT: Holy ham sandwich, I’ve been misunderstood. Back up the truck. I wasn’t suggesting that you were snarky and had low self confidence. I’m also not, ah, reprimanding you for not being, in your words, the “life of the party”.

    Please note my thesis statement: “personality triumphs”. What I meant was, I’ve known gorgeous girls who weren’t very garrulous and thus unpopular, and I’ve known plainer girls who had a knack for socializing and were thus very popular. I was just trying to fit it into this context. Perhaps I shouldn’t have used you and Swift as examples.

    Now here’s where I would normally apologize for offending you… but seeing as you demanded I “kindly go choke on [my] brown hair” I think I’ll omit this step.

  19. UrbanRube says:

    I’ve posted this before up here, but I like to share positive stuff: my lucky nine-year-old daughter loves Taylor and has been able to meet her twice and she has been extremely sweet to her both times. Apparently that line about not being popular in school is true…

  20. lilirose says:

    At least a beautiful smart talented and sensitive young star! not like miley cyrus and co….you go girl! I wish her a long long wonderful career.

  21. Aspen says:

    There were MANY beautiful girls in my high school who were not popular…not just “inner beauty.”

    Tall, slender, gorgeous girls who didn’t screw guys, drink, make straight A’s, have wealthy parents, drive the right cars, play the right sports, etcetera. In large schools, the kids who rule the rest of the student body have plenty to pick and choose from. Being pretty and intelligent and kind…even if one’s attractiveness is conventional and pronounced, isn’t an automatic ticket to sit at the cool kids’ table during lunch.

    I have NO trouble at all believing that even a gorgeous girl like Taylor was unappreciated by the popular kids in her high school. Sure, she could be lying…but she could just as easily be telling the Gods’ honest truth.

  22. Jag says:

    I’m glad she says these things often. That way, more young ones will get to hear it. Even if the teenagers don’t immediately believe it, those words will be in their psyche… Go Taylor!