Taylor Swift is renowned for sporting her glittery heart on her sparkly sleeve, so it shouldn’t be any huge surprise that her upcoming Album is about a heart-wrenching breakup. The country singer tells Vogue in her cover interview that she’s been inspired by “absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak.”
Taylor Swift comes across as some kind of Nashville Grace Kelly in her cover interview for that latest issue of Vogue, but underneath the sequins and matte red lipstick there’s a woman whose musical inspirations are Pretty transparent. She makes it so:
“There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, and that will turn out to be what the next album is about. The only way that I can feel better about myself—pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone—is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.”
Swift didn’t say who, precisely, caused the heartbreak, but it’s clearly implied in Jonathan Van Meter’s piece that it’s most likely Jake Gyllenhaal, with whom Swift broke up during the holidays in 2010. When explaining her current love scenario, she hinted, “I got nothing going on! I just don’t really feel like dating. I really have this great life right now, and I’m not sad and I’m not crying this Christmas, so I am really stoked about that.”
Swift, 22, says she’s learned there are some things she just cannot put up with in relationships. She directs clear of men careful of her security group (“I don’t have security to make myself look cool, or like I have an entourage. I have security because there’s a file of stalkers who want to take me home and chain me to a pipe in their basement.”), men who put her down (duh), and privacy obsessives (“People kind of care if there are two famous people dating. But no one cares that much”).