Growing up on the knees of a professional opera singer sure does create an enabling environment to spur someone into making music. So does being raised on a Christmas tree farm. This is the story of Taylor Allison Swift a musician who the media has dubbed the all-time ‘American Sweetheart.’
Born on 13th December 1989 to Scott and Andrea Swift, Taylor Swift’s family would move to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, to enable her to start her career in country music. Since moving to Nashville Taylor has been on a steady rise to stardom.
At Nashville, Taylor grew her fan base by dropping her hits on her MySpace account. This was after her albums were turned down by recording studios in Nashville. The rejection, rather than deter her, propelled Taylor Swift to stardom. But did Taylor go steady on country music and her relationships? We’ll see that in a couple of subheadings.
Early Days of Taylor Swift’s Career
From Reading to Nashville, Taylor performed at local concerts and fairs. She officially began to sing at age 10 and Scott Borchetta discovered, signed, and promoted her through his record label, Big Machine Records. From that time onwards, Taylor soared like the shooting star she is and shone on the American music scene for several years.
Inspired by Shania Twain and Britney Spears, Taylor Swift has songs like ‘Christmas Tree’, ‘Lucky You’ (her first song after learning three chords of the guitar), and ‘Tim McGraw’ (her first single). There is also ‘Forever and Always’, ‘You are not Sorry’, and a host of others.
All along, Taylor Swift stuck to country music until October 2014 when she transitioned to pop music with the album ‘1989.’ Well, transitioning to pop, together with her appearances in movies says that Taylor Swift is multi-talented. Crime Scene Investigation (aka CSI) was Taylor’s first appearance on the screen. In that movie, she played the role of Hayley Jones, a rebellious teenager.
Taylor Swift also starred also in ‘Valentine Day’ as Felicia. She voice acted in ‘The Lorax’ as Audrey, and ‘The Giver’ as Rosemary. In addition, Taylor appeared in an episode of New Girl in 2013 as Elaine. She had always wanted to act on Broadway and that too may become a reality.
Asides music and acting, Taylor Swift plays the guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele, and the electric guitar. She also paints, loves cowboy boots, Disney, cheesecakes, books, and cats.
Body Statistics and Net Worth
With a height of 5ft 10in and weight of 55kg, Taylor had always been sensitive about her weight, which she can control now.
Taylor Swift’s current net worth is $400 million, making her the most sought after female artiste. She owns a private jet and houses scattered across the States.
Taylor Swift’s Awards
Taylor Swift won the Grammy award twice in 2010 at the age of 20 with her Album Fearless. This was under the category of Album of the Year and Best Country Album. She was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year and Michelle Obama awarded her for helping others.
Taylor Swift has since won 10 Grammys, also winning the BRIT for International Female Solo Artist of the Year in 2015. There is no shortage of awards in Taylor Swift’s gallery.
To give back to the community and her fans, Taylor Swift runs the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Controversies and Tay
Being named ‘Taylor’ by her mom to hide her gender implies the tendency to drama. Today, it seems Taylor was born for it. Nicknamed T-Swizzle, Tay, Swiftly (why?), T-Swift sure puts her in the middle of more drama. Her fans know her for her strong opinions on gender discrimination and other social issues like LGBT rights.
Tay is never one to back out from a fight. She has a reputation for shutting down an interview simply because she was asked a confrontational question. However, her recent squabbles with Kanye West in which she was called out for being a snake made her more sensitive to public perceptions of her. She took a break from social media.
To add to all these, she has been trolled publicly for singing about her lovers, ex, and past relationships.
Taylor’s Lovers: A Timeline
How many serious relationships are enough to get you into marriage? Here’s Taylor’s response:
This relationship streak of Taylor may end with Joe Alwyn, and wouldn’t we all be happy if it does?
Failed Relationships and the Tracks they Birthed
Taylor Swift first dated Joe Jonas. The relationship lasted for four months (July-October 2008) then it hit the rocks with Joe breaking up with Tay over the phone. Popular opinion says this incident inspired the songs ‘Last Kiss‘, ‘Forever and Always‘, and ‘Holy Ground.’
Taylor moved on to Taylor Lautner, meeting him on the set of the romance movie ‘The Valentine.’ Theirs was a sweet romance that lasted for four months before it got sour, then comes Lucas Till. Lucas seemed to be okay, just being a friend but it looked like Taylor wanted more. Their relationship ended a month later.
By this time, Taylor, just nineteen, met and dated John Mayer, 30. The relationship lasted for a space of three months after which it became the inspiration for the hit song ‘Dear John.’ Coming on next was late Cory Monteith who barely lasted a month together with her then Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake gave way to Connor Kennedy, kin to JFK, and they broke up over distance issues.
Harry Styles and Taylor met up later and this did not last beyond a month before Calvin Harris came on. Taylor will remember Harry as “trouble” after their breakup in a little over a year later. Taylor hitched up with Tom Hiddleston, the British Actor. Their breakup didn’t go down well with Tom who reacted on Twitter. Now, unto the last man standing – Joe Alwyn.
Joe and Taylor have been together for three years and although Joe is the much younger between the duo, Taylor desires to settle down and raise a family with him. Their relationship has been a private one and this is in line with Taylor’s wishes to raise a large family away from the limelight.
Conclusion: Lucky #13 That Never Shone on Her Relationships
Everyone knows that Taylor Swift has always loved the lucky number 13. She attributes her success to the occurrence of this number, however, fate has never been kind to her regarding relationships.
Despite dating about 13 men, Taylor still hopes to find the man of her dreams and settle down to raising a family. Many say Taylor is contributory to the failure of these past relationships but I feel it is all speculations. I hope for her sake that fate smiles this one time and grants her wishes. Or wouldn’t you wish the same too?
Do you want to know what Taylor Swift is up to these days? Here’s her Instagram
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