Taylor Swift ESQUIRE interview: How’s it feel to be named a Woman We Love? TAYLOR SWIFT: That made me so happy when I heard that. That’s awesome. ESQ: We should celebrate by talking about your new album (Red, out October 22). TS: It’s a sonic departure from what I did on my last album. So I’m so excited that people really embraced the sound of the first single.
That title’s a bit long, don’t you think? TS: We had lots and lots of discussions about what to call this song. For me, from the time I wrote it, it was always ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ ESQ: It certainly seems more final and authoritative this way. TS: It’s very final, it’s very aggressive, and it’s not subtle.
ESQ: And you didn’t use parentheses, which I appreciate. TS: People don’t know what to say when there are parentheses. ESQ: This was your first time topping the Billboard Hot 100, right? TS: Yeah, to have that happen was a serious jumping-up-and-down-screaming moment for me. I didn’t want to peak at 18. ESQ: Are you worried about peaking at 22?
TS: I’m always worried about everything. Like spiders. Right now, I’m worried about that. ESQ: Do you worry what you’ll do when you run out of breakups to write about? TS: This is breaking news, but there are a few happy songs on this album. I do explore the emotion every once in a while. I’d like to think you don’t stop being creative once you get happy. My ultimate goal is to end up being happy. Most of the time.
ESQ: I’m not your typical fan, but I do like this first song. It’s catchy.
TS: Yay! We brainwashed you!
ESQ: What about you? Do you ever read Esquire?
TS: Yeah. You guys are really cool and slick. Sharp, even.
ESQ: Do you like peaty, smoky Scotch? We’re doing something on that this month.
TS: I don’t drink much alcohol. If it doesn’t taste like candy or sparkles, I usually don’t drink it.
ESQ: Few things taste less like candy and sparkles.
TS: Wine sometimes, because it makes me feel classy, but not Scotch. Not yet.
ESQ: Do you think this interview will get more stylish men to come to your shows?
TS: I would love that. I love the suspenders and plaid pants and whatever. Hair that’s combed.
ESQ: That sounds about right. Do you ever get tired of being sweet?
TS: When I am talking to people who I feel don’t like me or are mean, I get really shy and I kind of curl up personalitywise.
ESQ: And you can always write a song.
TS: Yeah, run and hide, cower for a second, process, then write a song about it.
ESQ: Which is a pretty great “I win.”
TS: It’s a fun move to pull. I like it.
ESQ: Do you ever warn boyfriends that they could end up in a song?
TS: No. If they stick around, then great, they’re kind of like signing a release form.
ESQ: Seems fair to me.