When you’re Taylor Swift, you can go home again. The 26-year-old international pop superstar took a trip back to her childhood haunts in Reading, Pennsylvania, for a Vogue cover story, in which she talked about being crazy in love, forever squashed the Kanye vs. Taylor beef and admitted that for the first time in her decade in the spotlight she’s not sure what’s next. And she’s fine with that.
“I have no idea,” Swift told the magazine about her plans following the worldwide mega-tour in support of 2014’s multiplatinum 1989 record. “This is the first time in 10 years that I haven’t known. I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened… I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.”
Driving along the roads she used to cruise as a child, Swift pointed out the piney woods she and her friends thought were haunted, made a surprise visit to the house she grew up in and talked about the “strange nostalgia” she felt seeing the creek she and lifelong bestie Britany Maack used to play in as kids even as she was preparing to serve as Maack’s maid of honor last month.
Back to that break she’s taking, though. Swift isn’t going anywhere, she’s just not in a hurry to jump right back into the grind. Unless, of course, she does. “I’m always going to be writing songs,” she told the magazine. “The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That’s an option, too.”
Her pal Lorde suspects the hiatus will probably be brief. “We talk about this — in order to do good work, write these deeply personal records, we’re constantly in a place of metacognition,” Lorde said. “Sometimes it can feel like you’re a scholar writing a thesis about your own brain… So I think she’s going to try to pick up some new skills, maybe take courses in something. Tay is a big fan of taking time off until about month two — and then she gets this look in her eyes, and I know all the Dateline and frozen yogurt and mooching around is about to go out the window.”
Lorde is right about one thing. Right now, Swift said she really wants to take some time to “learn things” and become the kind of well-rounded person who knows how to do other things, like make a good drink and “save somebody if they’re drowning.” And chances are, she’ll nail those new goals too, just like she did the time when she became obsessed with learning how to do the splits and spent a year stretching every day until she could. “Somehow I feel better knowing that I can.”
Because she was back home for a wedding, talk naturally turned to her boyfriend of the past year, DJ/producer Calvin Harris. Though she’s proceeded more cautiously with this relationship than some past ones — recently posting rare images of herself and Harris together on a beach vacation — Swift was not shy about how she feels. “I’m just taking things as they come,” she said. “I’m in a magical relationship right now. And of course I want it to be ours, and low-key…this is the one thing that’s been mine about my personal life.”
The interview took place just a few days after Swift’s pointed comments during her Album of the Year Grammy Awards acceptance speech, in which she took a not-so-veiled shot at occasional tormentor/friend Kanye West. For the record, she’s over the whole back-and-forth. “I think the world is bored with the saga,” she said. “I don’t want to add anything to it, because then there’s just more… I guess what I wanted to call attention to in my speech at the Grammys was how it’s going to be difficult if you’re a woman who wants to achieve something in her life — no matter what.”