Taylor Swift reveals why she writes songs about her ex-boyfriends

19 November 2013 / 2 years 11 months ago

Taylor Swift only writes songs about "crazy love" and is never afraid to show her "raw, real emotions" in public.

The '22' hitmaker is famous for the personal content of her songs - which include a number of tracks written about her famous ex-boyfriends, which include Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and One Direction's Harry Styles - and she hopes they send a message her fans can empathise with. 

She told New York Magazine: "I only write songs about crazy love. If I go on two dates with a guy and we don't click, I'm not writing a song about that. It didn't matter in the emotional grand scheme of things. There's a lot that goes on in daily life that isn't really worth turning into a verse and a chorus." 

She also said: "I think allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. Hopefully that's the case, if I can remain a real human. I'm fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it's okay that everything isn't okay all the time. I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends - but things are not OK all the time. So I don't sing about things being OK all the time."

She admits not all her beaus have been receptive to her music, although the ex her latest album was about - widely thought to be actor Jake Gyllenhaal - was very complimentary.

Taylor said: "I heard from the guy that most of 'Red' is about. He was like, 'I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.' 

"That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude."

The pop princess claims being unpopular at school gave her the motivation to pursue a career in music.

She added: "Daydreaming was kind of my No. 1 thing when I was little, because I didn't have much of a social life going on. I didn't always have 14,000 people wanting to hang out with me on a Saturday night.

"I always used to daydream about what it would be like to stand on a really big stage and sing songs for a lot of people."

The 23-year-old star started off her career as a country musician before making the leap to mainstream pop. Taylor has been thinking about what the future holds for her career and plans to write children's songs when she gets older.

She revealed: "When I'm 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I'll be, like, 'Cool, I'll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.' It's looking like a good pension plan."

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