Taylor Swift says she’s ‘jaded,’ ‘shamed’ by media into staying single

Taylor Swift blames media for taking a hiatus from dating.
Taylor Swift blames media for taking a hiatus from dating.
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Taylor Swift says the media are the reason she’s been “shamed” into not dating for the past few years.

Mea culpa.

The “Shake It Off” singer made the revelation in an interview with Glamour UK, saying she doesn’t think it’s fair that she’s been pegged as “boy crazy” and “clingy.”


She doesn’t appreciate it, guys, so like, stop it.

“I do feel jaded about relationships, to be honest,” the 25-year-old told the mag. “I think the media has sent me a really unfair message over the past couple of years, which is that I’m not allowed to date for excitement, or fun, or new experiences or learning lessons. I’m only allowed to date if it’s for a lasting, multiple-year relationship. Otherwise I’m a, quote, serial dater. Or, quote, boy crazy.”

Swift said “the narrative has been so wrong,” chronicling false origin stories for her romances that claim she’s “chasing” a guy and then result in “the same fabricated ending” claiming “she got too clingy” or “has too many emotions, she scared him away.”

“[That] has honestly never been the reason for any of my break-ups. You know what has been the reason? The media. You take something very fragile, like trying to get to know someone, and it feels like walking out into the middle of a gladiator arena with someone you’ve just met. And all of a sudden the public and the media are allowed to say thumbs up or thumbs down. So I just don’t try it any more,” she said.

The country crossover star also said that she’s so busy that there’s “no easy way” for her to “engage with romance.” (Incidentally, she’s recently been linked to EDM star Calvin Harris.)

“It’s a good thing that I feel really independent and I feel that my friends are all I need. It’s kind of a sad way I got there, though, being shamed into it,” she said, clarifying her use of the word shame. “Well, what else is it when you have two boyfriends in one year and everyone’s calling you boy crazy, making jokes about you at awards shows? That’s public humiliation. And I don’t think it’s fair.”

Swift’s full interview will be available Thursday.

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