Taylor Swift talks romance, Kennedys and her 'Dear John' song
Taylor Swift opened up in a new interview with ABC's "Nightline" and Glamour magazine about the Kennedy's and her infamous "Dear John" song, which was rumored to be about singer John Mayer.
The 22-year-old singer is preparing to release her latest album "Red," which hits stores on October 22, and appears on the cover of the November issue of Glamour magazine, which becomes available on October 9. A preview of Swift's interview can be seen below.
When asked about her reported romance with Connor Kennedy, the grandson of Robert Kennedy, Swift said, "I don't talk about my personal life in great detail. I write about it all in my songs, but when I get in an interview, it's just sort of feels ... it's not as much what I do. Talking about it."
She added, "I feel like you can share enough about your life in your music to let people know what you're going through."
Connor's grandmother, 84-year-old Ethel Kennedy, said when asked what she would think of Swift becoming a granddaughter-in-law "We should be so lucky."
Swift said about Ethel Kennedy, "She's fantastic. I love her."
Swift was also asked about her single "Dear John," which was believed to be about her brief relationship with singer John Mayer. Swift has never identified who the subject of the song was.
Mayer and Swift collaborated on his 2009 song "Half of My Heart" and are believed to have dated for several months before "Dear John" was released. Swift, 22, wrote "Dear John," a ballad, for her best-selling album "Speak Now," which was released in 2010, while Mayer was on a career hiatus after making controversial comments about his love life in the press.
The lyrics to "Dear John" depict a young woman who was apparently hurt by someone else. The track contains the lines: "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with? / The girl in the dress cried the whole way home / I should've known."
John Mayer spoke out about the song in June, telling Rolling Stone that the song made him "feel terrible" and he was "humiliated."
When told that Mayer said the song was about him, Swift said, "How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about."
She later asked her interviewer Cynthia McFadden not read his comments about the song.
"It's not that I'm this egomaniac and I don't want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I've never developed that thick a skin," she said. "So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else. If you go too far down the rabbit hole of what people think about you, it can change everything about who you are."
Swift's interview will air on "Nightline" on October 1 at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. A preview of the interview can be seen below.
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