Taylor Swift on Googling herself: 'I want to know what's being said'

Published Friday, Oct 16 2015, 18:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Taylor Swift has said she keeps an eye on what people are saying about her because online gossip matters – especially when it becomes blown out of proportion.

While many celebrities claim to stay way from Googling themselves or searching on Twitter, superstar Taylor wants to know what is being said even if it's just so she can counter it.

Taylor Swift arrives at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014 in London - 2 December 2014

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She told GQ: "I went through a few years where I just never went online and never looked at blogs. This was around 2013, when the only thing anyone wanted to write about me was about me and some guy.

"It was really damaging. You're thinking, 'Everybody goes on dates when they're 22. It's fine, right?' Nope. Not when you're in this situation, and everything you do is blown out of proportion and expanded upon. And all of a sudden, there's an overriding opinion that doesn't accurately reflect how you actually live your life.

"So I didn't go online for a year and a half. I actually forgot my Instagram password. But now I check in and see what's happening. In 2015, that stuff does matter. Because if enough people say the same thing about me, it becomes fact in the general public's mind."

The 'Bad Blood' singer went on to say that she monitors what people are saying, and notes when the same thing is being repeated again and again.

She gave examples: "In 2010, it was 'She's too young to get all these awards. Look how annoying she is when she wins. Is she even good?' And then in 2013, it was 'She just writes songs about guys to get revenge. She's boy-crazy. She's a problematic person.' It will probably be something else again this year."

Taylor's full GQ interview is available here.



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