Taylor Swift: I Started Writing Songs Because I Had No Friends

Taylor Swift says she turned to music for comfort because she had no friends, and talks frankly about her biggest fear

Taylor Swift - NRJ Awards
Taylor Swift - NRJ Awards
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Taylor Swift says she turned to music for comfort because she had no friends, and talks frankly about her biggest fear

Taylor Swift, the 23-year-old superstar with the world at her feet, admits that she turned to music for comfort because she had no friends at school.

She's dated a host of Hollywood's finest men, has the type of fringe one can only dream of, plus she's got a zillion dollars in the bank thanks to a rather successful career, but Taylor Swift hasn't always been the girl everyone wants to be.


In a new candid new interview Taylor Swift describes how in her younger years she found solace in venting her emotions through her song writing because nobody wanted to talk to her.

Taylor admitted that her classmates left her isolated because they thought she was 'weird and different', telling Instyle magazine: 'When you’re dealing with something like loneliness or confusion or rejection or frustration, those emotions are so jumbled up in your head.

'For me, the only way to condense them down into one thing is to write a three-and-a-half minute song about it.

'I first started writing songs because I didn’t really have anyone else to talk to. As sad as that sounds, I was going through this really hard time at school where I didn’t have any friends. Songwriting for me just started out as therapy.'


Swift also opens up about using her lyrics as an outlet for the emotions caused by certain ex-boyfriends (that's you Harry and John...) but is adamant that she has no regrets: 'Choosing to let your fans into your life is a good thing because it connects you to your fans forever.

'Unfortunately, when you let your fans into your life through your lyrics, you’re also letting everyone else into your life. For me it’s never been something that I’ve ever regretted,' she said.

And when asked if anybody had ever written a song about her, Taylor replied: 'Yes, and I can take it. If I’m gonna write songs about my exes they can write songs about me. That’s how it works.

'I’m not gonna complain about it. I’m not gonna sit there and say, ‘I’m the only one who can write songs about this relationship’. It’s fair game.'


Swift also revealed her biggest fear, becoming self-obsessed and ending up alone.

'What I worry about is that I never want to end up kind of a self-centred, vain human being. My fears circle around me making the wrong choices and messing this up for myself. I don’t wanna end up being awful and intolerable.

'Alone. Laying in a marble bathtub by myself, like sad, with a glass of wine just complaining that my life ended up alone because I pushed everyone away because I thought I was too good to hang out with anybody.

'The typical Hollywood sad cliché of the poor lonely starlet with no-one because she put up all these walls and didn’t trust anyone. That’s my fear. And that’s why I live my life the way I live my life because I’d so much rather feel everything than end up like that.'