Even though everyone knows our interviews are forever iconic and designed to make celebrities think long and hard about their own existence (what IS the best jacket potato filling?), old Swifty decided to call people from the Telegraph over to Beverley Hills instead. Fine. They didn’t do a bad job, even if they didn’t probe the depths of Taylor’s psyche like we would have, let’s pick out the things you (probably) didn’t know.
She worries about… like, EVERYTHING
‘I worry about everything all the time,’ she says with a grin. ‘We could do our entire interview me telling you how many things I’ve worried about since breakfast. “The Neuroses of Taylor Swift” is probably going to be the article headline.’
She is the only artist ever to sell more than a million first-week US copies of three separate albums – Speak Now in 2010, Red in 2012, and 1989, released in October… Shake It Off, was an iTunes number one in 64 countries. She is the first artist since the Beatles to spend six or more weeks at number one in the United States with three consecutive albums
That’s pretty damn good, and we’re actually pretty surprised ‘Speak Now’ did so well in America. It got to number 6 in the album charts in Britain but we only got one charting single from it. She could probably re-release it tomorrow in Blightly and top the album and single charts.
She didn’t expect that much of a hoo-hah when she took her music off Spotify
‘I didn’t think it was going to be international news or affect a public offering,’ she claims. ‘If I have an opinion on something, I act accordingly – and I believe music is valuable.’
She did a bit though.
People think the music industry will collapse if her next album doesn’t do well
‘For the last two albums I’d sold one million copies in a week, and I knew people were waiting to see me not hit that number and then diagnose the music industry as dying or dead. Which is a lot of pressure to put on one artist and one album.’
Even if Taylor Swift’s album fails really badly, the music industry will always be carried on. Probably by Pitbull (ugh).
She thinks everyone in the UK loves tea.
Swift has ordered in coffee, apologising for the lack of tea (‘You’re British! I should’ve known!’)
Yeah, you should’ve. Because we do.
She loves Wales!!
She has recruited a ‘squad’ of high-achieving close girlfriends, and spends what little downtime she gets baking with the supermodel Karlie Kloss, strolling around New York with the Girls actress and writer Lena Dunham or, as her recent Instagram posts indicate, whale-watching in Hawaii with the indie band Haim.
Oh, wrong Wales.
The Grammy museum has an entire floor dedicated to her!!
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has an entire floor dedicated to her story. There, footage of her singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as a toddler, belting out the national anthem at sports events as a child and improvising a song about traffic for a country radio station as a teenager reveal that she has undoubtedly always been talented
We could’ve told you she was talented #stillbitter
She likes being single
‘I’m just really excited at an awards show when they don’t make some weird joke about my dating life.’
What a cutie-pie.
Her fans keep her down to Earth
‘My fans make fun of me – it’s really cool. They have all these Gifs of me making an idiot of myself or tripping and falling on stage. They bring humour back into it for me. I get too serious sometimes – you can probably tell – and they bring me back to like, “OK, I’m not really doing anything that difficult. I just need to calm down.”?’
Could be worse, could have done a Madonna.
Taylor responds by stalking their social media… and buying them expensive s**t!
‘If I go a week without sending something, I start to feel sad. I’m getting to know them on a person-by-person basis. When I pick people to send packages to, I go on their social-media sites for the last six months and figure out what they like or what they are going through. Do they like photography? I’ll get them a 1980s Polaroid camera. Do they like vintage stuff? I’ll go to an antiques place and get them 1920s earrings.’
She even paid off someone’s student loan! Just as an FYI, Team MP! on Twitter are @joeandertweet @verityharris @feedlimmy @helloitsolly @saracerutti @sodthemachine @adamjmcvey @gemlullaby for a start, we’ll get our newbies some Kit Kat Chunkies and say they’re from you
She’s not going to bad mouth Katy Perry
‘But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.’
Stop trying to make #swiftvsperry happen!
She imagines what her 30 year old self will be like, in third person
‘“She’s just surrounded by cats. So many cats, they’ve divided themselves up into armies and she wanders around lint-rolling the couch that no one’s going to sit on because she’s afraid to have people over…”’
We would come over, but we’re allergic to cats (not because we’re #stillbitter)
She doesn’t know when she will release another album
‘I’m not going to put out an album until I’ve made one that’s better than this one and that’s going to be really hard,’
It’s fine, we’re enjoying this one for now. Just make a super quirky video for ‘New Romantics’ with a shed load of 80s references, okay?
Long live Taylor Swift!