Taylor Swift Reveals the Word She Hates Most

Don't call her 'calculating'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
Taylor Swift Reveals the Word She Hates Most
In this Aug. 22, 2015, file photo, Taylor Swift performs during the "1989" world tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

During an extensive cover interview with Chuck Klosterman for GQ, the only time Taylor Swift "appears remotely flustered," Klosterman writes, is when he relays a story to her about meeting a former acquaintance of Swift's a few years back who called her "calculating." Swift "really, really hates the word calculating," Klosterman writes. "She despises how it has become tethered to her iconography and believes the person I met has been the singular voice regurgitating this categorization." Swift's defense: "Am I shooting from the hip? Would any of this have happened if I was? In that sense, I do think about things before they happen. But here was someone taking a positive thing—the fact that I think about things and that I care about my work—and trying to make that into an insinuation about my personal life. Highly offensive. You can be accidentally successful for three or four years. Accidents happen. But careers take hard work."

So who are Swift and Klosterman talking about? Dlisted, Celebuzz, and Gigwise think it's likely Edward Droste, member of the indie rock band Grizzly Bear, who earlier this year called Swift not only calculating but frightening, mean, rude, and arrogant (though he at first wouldn't say who he was talking about). As for the rest of the GQ interview, Swift also discusses the rumor that her song "Bad Blood" is about Katy Perry (she basically fueled the rumor because she didn't want anyone to think the song was about one of her exes) and the VMAs moment when Kanye West stormed the stage and interrupted her acceptance speech. "That was the most happenstance thing to ever happen in my career," she says. "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." Click for the full piece. (More Taylor Swift stories.)

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