Superstar Taylor Swift graced the November edition of GQ Magazine with her toned body and picture-perfect face.
This is Taylor’s first ever GQ cover and she talked to the magazine about her tons of friends, the assumption that her hit single “Bad Blood” was referring to Katy Perry, and a whole lot of other things.
See more of the photos shot by ace photographer Michael Thompson and excerpts from her interview below.
On the story behind Bad Blood: You’re in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, “Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life.” And you sit there, and you know you’re on good terms with your ex-boyfriend, and you don’t want him—or his family—to think you’re firing shots at him. So you say, “That was about losing a friend.” And that’s basically all you say. But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant. I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship. It was important to show that losing friendships can be just as damaging to a person as losing a romantic relationship.
On the Kanye West feud: When West first jumped onstage, Swift halfway assumed he was about to make a special presentation, honoring her for being the first country artist to ever win a VMA. She truly had no idea what was transpiring. “When the crowd started booing, I thought they were booing because they also believed I didn’t deserve the award. That’s where the hurt came from. I went backstage and cried, and then I had to stop crying and perform five minutes later. I just told myself I had to perform, and I tried to convince myself that maybe this wasn’t that big of a deal. But that was the most happenstance thing to ever happen in my career. And to now be in a place where Kanye and I respect each other—that’s one of my favorite things that has happened in my career.”
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