Saturday 1 October 2016

I've been a fan of Taylor Swift since the beginning...now I feel duped

Amy Mulvaney

Published 04/07/2016 | 15:01

Taylor Swift attends the
Taylor Swift attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal
Taylor Swift's 73 Questions with Vogue (inset) a Tumblr image
Taylor Swift's 73 Questions with Vogue (inset) a Tumblr image
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris on holidays. Picture: Instagram
Singer Taylor Swift prepares to perform backstage during the Academy Of Country Music New Artists' Show held at the MGM Grand Ballroom, MGM Grand Conference Center on May 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/ACMA/Getty Images for ACMA)
Taylor Swift's 73 Questions/Tumblr
Country singer Taylor Swift sings the national anthem before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies on opening day at Dodger Stadium on April 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Putting in the work: Tom Hiddleston's status has soared thanks to a new relationship and a risque photoshoot
New album?: Taylor Swift has been spotted kissing 'Avengers'. star Tom Hiddleston.

When we first met Taylor Swift, she was a country-singing, sweet-talking, curly-haired girl from Pennsylvania.

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She wore cowboy boots on the red carpet and was permanently attached to her guitar, singing about teenage heartbreak.

Fast forward 10 years and she might have ditched the boots for YSL heels; her hair is in a short, sleek bob, but the heartbreak remains.

Only this time, instead of strumming away about a high school boy leaving her to join the army, she’s aiming break-up anthems at Harry Styles, John Mayer and now, we expect, Calvin Harris

Country singer Taylor Swift sings the national anthem before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies on opening day at Dodger Stadium on April 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Country singer Taylor Swift sings the national anthem before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies on opening day at Dodger Stadium on April 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I’ve been a a fan of Taylor since her Teardrops On My Guitar days and I can’t help but feel like a fool for falling for all of her romances.

“She’s just a normal girl who wants to be in a relationship, what’s so bad about that?” I thought to myself as she stepped out with her latest beau.

“They’re so sweet. A high profile couple can never avoid the cameras now, can they?” I innocently pondered.

But when news emerged that she had split with Harris, her boyfriend of 15 months, and she was photographed with Tom Hiddleston just two weeks later – something switched.

Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal
Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal

They were pictured together on the rocks of her palatial Rhode Island home, conveniently kissing at a moment the paparazzi just happened to catch.

A week later, they attended Taylor’s friend Selena Gomez’s concert and Hiddleston reportedly met Taylor’s parents.

Next, they were photographed on a seaside stroll in Hiddleston’s native England, and this week they went on a city break to Rome where they have been followed every step of the way of their Disney cartoon levels of romance.

Each shot resembles a scene of a well-run, soon-to-be blockbuster movie – from him kissing her hand at dinner to their impromptu dancing during a dinner date in Rome, it’s all, just a little…much. And you can bet no one knows their angles better than T-Swiz.  

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris on holidays. Picture: Instagram
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris on holidays. Picture: Instagram

These “behind the scenes” photos of their intimate kisses are no regular paparazzi photos and with all of her power and money, she can not only afford privacy, she can command it.

Unlike her relationships with Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal and even Harry Styles, I just don’t believe this Love Story.

As far as rebounds go, this feels like nothing but a swipe at Harris and an attempt to show him (and the world) that she waits for no man. Taylor wants to change her image from that of a heartbroken girl to a take-charge woman who does what she wants when she wants.

For the majority of Taylor’s career, she’s kept things under wraps.  Her Instagram largely comprises of pictures of her cats, baking in her New York townhouse and heading out with her supermodel squad.

Taylor Swift's 73 Questions/Tumblr
Taylor Swift's 73 Questions/Tumblr

Until Harris, she rarely shared a picture from a personal relationship on social media (and yet we mysteriously knew every detail); but Hiddleswift has reached new heights.

She has finally abandoned her much sought-after private life and no longer wants to be known as “the girl who can’t keep a relationship”.

It seems that she wants to be known for her relationships, failed or not.

Putting in the work: Tom Hiddleston's status has soared thanks to a new relationship and a risque photoshoot
Putting in the work: Tom Hiddleston's status has soared thanks to a new relationship and a risque photoshoot

And as one of the biggest pop stars in the world with 10 Grammys and countless other awards, it looks like this is Taylor Swift’s world and we’re just living in it.

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