Cover Story: 10 Ways Taylor Swift Is Just Like You!
She may be a famous singer, but she’s a lot more like you than you’d think!
1 She’s super-close with her family.
Taylor’s parents have always been really supportive of her dreams, and that’s why they’re so tight. They even moved her — and her younger brother, Austin — to Nashville when she was 14 so she could pursue a country music career! “They really believed in me,” Taylor shares.
2 She grew up in a small town.
Like many of you, Taylor didn’t spend her childhood in a big, glamorous city. She spent most of it in the small town of Wyomissing, PA. Though, there was one unusual thing about her home: It was on a Christmas tree farm! And Taylor worked on it: “We all had jobs. Mine was picking the praying mantis pods off of the trees, collecting them so that the bugs wouldn’t hatch inside people’s houses.”
3 She has a lucky number.
“Thirteen is my lucky number,” Taylor reveals. “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first number one song had a 13-second intro.”
4 She enjoyed school.
“English class was always my favorite because of the reading, the writing and mostly because of the poetry,” Taylor reveals. She was also a great student — she graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA (that’s all A’s!).
5 She’s a kid at heart.
Growing up, you often think adults are too serious or “no fun.” That’s not how Taylor wants to be. “I dance like I’m having fun at awards shows, even though no one else is,” she smiles. “Because being cool usually means being bored by everything, and I’m not.”
6 She wasn’t always popular.
“Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of popular girls,” Taylor admits. “They didn’t think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me.” That was a terrible experience for Tay, but she credits that dark time with help her find her passion for songwriting.
7 SHE LOVES HER PETS.
Taylor has three cats — Meredith, Olivia and Benjamin — so it’s safe to say she’s kitten obsessed. She’s had Meredith since 2011, Olivia since 2014 and just added Benjamin to the family in 2019. Taylor wasn’t planning on getting another cat when she met Benjamin, but he looked at her with eyes that said, “adopt me please!” “He’s just the best boy,” she gushes.
8 She’s obsessed with baking.
We all have hobbies, right? Baking is definitely one of Taylor’s fave ones! Over the years, she’s shared her recipes for chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cookies, chai sugar cookies and more. “Baker’s gonna bake,” she jokes.
9 She makes mistakes.
Though it may seem like Taylor’s life has been all about success, that isn’t the case. “Mistakes are inevitable,” she shares. “Sometimes you think if you try hard enough to make every decision perfectly, you think you can possibly ace life and never make any mistakes but it’s normal to make mistakes.”
10 She’s an amazing friend.
Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry — what do they have in common? They’re all buds with Tay! Taylor and Selena have been BFFS since 2008, and Sel recently gave Taylor a shout-out for being such a great pal: “You have taught me so much. You remind me to be a better human being. I’m on your side for life.”