Taylor Swift: ‘It scares me how valuable it is to find something problematic about me’

Pop star opens up to Zane Lowe in Apple Music interview

Taylor Swift has said that she believes people are waiting for her to make a mistake.

The pop star sat down for a lengthy interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show which was broadcast yesterday (December 15) as she looked back on a year which has seen her embark on the ‘1989’ world tour.

Asked by Lowe about the downside of her success, Swift revealed a fear that she is being watched by critics who want her to do “something problematic” so she can be criticised for it.

“Something that scares me a little bit is how valuable it would be to find something that I’ve done wrong, or to find something that is problematic about me,” she said. “I do have moments where I get really scared, like, ‘Who’s trying to take pictures inside my hotel room window?’ You live your life with the blinds drawn in every room you go into. And that’s the part that kind of gets to me sometimes, is that every day – like right now, there’s someone in TMZ trying to dig through my trash and figure out what I did wrong.”

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Swift added that right now this doesn’t bother her that much, but that it may well do in the future.

“It’s only when I look down the line that I see it being a problem. You have moments where you just get really scared and really paranoid and you feel like there are people just kind of nipping at your heels all the time, blaming stuff on you that you didn’t do, all that.”

The pop singer has faced criticism in recent days, most notably from leading feminist Camille Paglia who critiqued Swift’s modern brand of ‘girl squad’ feminism. Paglia referred to Swift as an “obnoxious Nazi Barbie” and said that she represents “a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth”.

Australian Jewish group the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Dr Dvir Abramovich, subsequently labelled Paglia’s references to Nazism and fascism as “obscene and insensitive”.

Meanwhile, MIA suggested that people in the west are more interested in buying Taylor Swift albums than they are in helping refugees escape war-torn environments.
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