"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy," Swift explained to Us Weekly. "I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years. They have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."
The "Welcome to New York" singer knew there were strings attached to being a celebrity, but she seems to miss the normalcy of being unknown. She is in mourning for that loss of freedom and said, "This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about," the Grammy winner continued. "I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."
Although Swift has accepted the normal part of her life is gone, she still looks to any other pieces of normalcy to keep her going. She said that no matter what anyone says, she really does date like normal people.
"I would date someone, figure out we weren't compatible or figure out we didn't work out, and then we'd break up. That seems like a very normal thing for a young 20-something to do," she said, adding that in her 20s, she is also happy to be spending time alone. "I think it's healthy for everyone to go a few years without dating, just because you need to get to know who you are.
"I just stopped dating people, because it meant a lot to me to set the record straight — that I do not need some guy around in order to get inspiration, in order to make a great record, in order to live my life, in order to feel okay about myself," she said. "I wanted to show my fans the same thing."
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