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Taylor Swift Talks Nicknames, Gossip + Being ‘Too Much’

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Taylor Swift is pretty happy right now. She’s already got a slew of No. 1 singles from ‘Red,’ which doesn’t even go on sale until Monday (Oct. 22), so she’s got a lot to celebrate. Feel free to congratulate her, but don’t call her a certain name when you do it.

Swift told Time that she doesn’t mind being called Swifty or T-Swizzle, but she does hate one: Tater Tot. “When I was on the Brad Paisley tour, they called me Tater Tot,” she said. “And the name on my dressing room was changed to Tater Swift every single day! It was like being teased by your big brother.”

Good to know. Another thing she’s not a fan of? Gossip. “Well, I don’t really read any of it,” she insisted. “The only way I hear gossip is if it’s big enough and loud enough for my friends to bring it up to me. Or if it’s, like, a big untrue ordeal from my publicist — and she hates making that phone call! But I try not to know anything that’s thought about me. It makes my life a lot more livable and a lot happier.”

Swift gets cagey when it comes to discussing who her songs are about, despite putting clues in her liner notes as well as the lyrics themselves. “I let people fill in the blanks on their own. If they want to think about their ex, that’s fine. If they want to think about maybe who one of my exes is, then that’s fine,” she said. “And it might not be right, because I’m the only one who knows what these songs are really about. It’s the one shred of privacy I have in the matter.”

One thing Swift does follow is the 2012 election coverage, but don’t expect her to endorse a candidate publicly. “I follow it, and I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible,” she said, “but I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people. And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.” Indeed, too, it’s a good business move for Swift, as much of her country base likely supports a different candidate than her pop fans, and she doesn’t want to risk polarizing herself.

She’s taking those steps in her sound as well. “Almost every time I put something out, there’s the word ‘too’ put in front of what it is,” she said. “Too pop or too country or too rock. I had a song last year called ‘Mean’ — we were lucky enough to win two Grammys with it — and I remember reading a few articles that said it was too bluegrass. So I kinda stopped worrying about it. I’d rather be too something than not enough something.”

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