Where Taylor Swift goes…bodyguards follow. But while the singer would love to head outside without being followed, she says there’s an important reason she’s beefed up her security team over the last several years.
“I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy,” she tells Esquire. “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. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about.”
Of course, the 24-year-old also used the interview to promote her new album 1989, and as we already know, the record’s focus is not on relationships like her four previous albums. “I really didn’t like the whole serial dater thing,” she admits. “I thought it was a really sexist angle on my life. And so 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. And I wanted to show my fans the same thing.”
So far, Taylor has released three songs from the upcoming album. 1989 will be released in its entirety on Oct. 27.