Taylor Swift is now a New York City resident -- and she wants us to know all about her new life in the Big Apple, which she dishes about in the November issue of Esquire magazine, on newsstands today.
Having just released her latest single, "Shake It Off," and with the forthcoming track "Style," which is rumored to be about her ex-boyfriend, One Direction singer Harry Styles -- really, could it be more obvious?! -- Taylor is shifting attention away from her sassy summer style and cute kitty and back on her tunes.
After recently making the move from Nashville to New York, the country singer tells Esquire that her "life has changed drastically in the last year and a half. I never thought I'd live in New York because I thought I'd be too overwhelmed by how busy and bright and crazy the city is. Then all of a sudden, this year, all I wanted to do was live in New York."
The rarely single gal has also, surprisingly, been solo for a lot longer than usual. "I never thought I would be so happy being completely unattached to anyone romantically," she says. "I really didn't like the whole serial-dater thing. I thought it was a really sexist angle on my life. And so I just stopped dating people, because it meant a lot to me to set the record straight -- that I do not need some guy around in order to get inspiration, in order to make a great record, in order to live my life, in order to feel OK about myself. And I wanted to show my fans the same thing."
But she adds that she feels it's perfectly normal to date a lot in your 20s. However, the 24-year-old acknowledges that being alone has helped her get to know herself better.
"I would date someone, figure out we weren't compatible or figure out we didn't work out, and then we'd break up," she details. "That seems like a very normal thing for a young 20-something to do, and that is my biggest scandal. I think it's healthy for everyone to go a few years without dating, just because you need to get to know who you are. And I've done more thinking and examining and figuring out how to cope with things on my own than I would have if I had been focusing on someone else's emotions and someone else's schedule. It's been really good."
And so is her career. After four studio albums -- "1989," coming out Oct. 27, is her fifth -- the singer-songwriter is a bit of a veteran in the music world.
"Country music teaches you to work," she says. "You hear stories about these artists who show up four hours late to a photo shoot, and in Nashville that doesn't happen. In Nashville, if you go four hours late to a photo shoot, everyone leaves. In Nashville, if you don't care about radio and being kind to the people who are being good to you … It's a symbiotic relationship, and if you don't take care of it, then they won't take care of you. I've never been more proud to have come from a community that's so rooted in songwriting, so rooted in hard work and in treating people well. It was the best kind of training."
But even a sweet Southern belle can often attract the wrong kind of attention.
"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy," she says. "I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years. They have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."