Taylor Swift says she could never do ‘very shocking things for the sake of being shocking’

Swift tells NME about how she copes with global fame and her position in the pop world

Taylor Swift says she could never be a controversial figure in the pop world, telling NME that her brain “couldn’t cook up” shocking ideas.

NME spoke to Swift for the exclusive cover feature in this week’s magazine (available free in the UK from Friday, October 9), covering topics including her huge success with latest album ‘1989’, her special guest-filled stadium tour, her role in the public eye and her relationships with fellow pop stars.

Quizzed on her A-List profile and how she deals with being one of the most recognised musicians on the planet, Swift reveals that she turns to her family for guidance and help.

“I’m in the news every single day for multiple different reasons,” she says. “And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up – and then you’ll be done. A lot of the time I need to call my mom and talk for a really long time, just to remind myself of all the things that are great and all the things that matter. If you do something that defines your character to be not what the public thought you were, that’s the biggest risk.”

“It’s not about trying to be perfect,” Swift goes on to say. “Not to try and sound like the good witch in The Wizard Of Oz or something, but I really do want to do good things with what I have, and that’s it. I don’t think my brain could cook up very shocking things for the sake of being shocking.”

Read the full interview and see the brand-new photoshoot in the all-new, free NME, available nationwide on October 9 and on NME.com. Find out where you can get your copy from the full list of pick-up points.

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