Taylor Swift is tired of being labeled as a serial dater. Sure, she's had a lot of boyfriends, but most people go through many breakups before finding the right one. Why do the critics single her out in particular?
In an interview with UK's Glamour, the country superstar suggested that there could be an element of sexism. As she explained, "The way it works ... is if you reach a point in your career where things are going very well, public perception needs a 'Yeah, but.'"
She continued, "Like, 'Yeah, but she's been on a lot of dates, apparently.' 'Yeah, but I hear she's crazy.' I think you'll find it has a lot to do with being a woman. And I resent that, that there has to be some downside to your personality or lifestyle if you're a woman and successful."
It can't be easy for the 23-year-old songstress to constantly have her love life scrutinized. Yet Taylor seems to have it together when it comes to handling the critics. Here's a look at why we think things are going to start looking up for her, and four ways that she is learning to ride out the negativity.
1. Taylor Is Stepping Back and Focusing on Single Life for Now
Despite her reputation as a serial monogamist, T-Swizzle has not been in a relationship since her breakup with Harry Styles back in January. This is not to say that she's completely opposed to the idea. Still, she suggested that being single might be the easiest option for her right now. As she explained, "Right now is easy because I'm single and happy, and it's very relaxing."
Keeping a lower profile might also help to silence those critics. If she can fly under the radar in her dating life for awhile, and ride it out, then the criticisms will eventually die out.
2. Taylor Is Focusing on Her Rewarding Friendships
While Swifty may not have a boyfriend right now, she really has so much going for her in the friendship department. She's the kind of person who inspires loyalty among her friends. In a recent interview, BFF Selena Gomez explained, "She's got that vibe to her that you want to be her best friend ... She's been through a lot, and she's not afraid to be strong about it and share what she's gone through because that's a confident woman. She's very, very confident."
She's definitely doing the right thing by focusing on her friendships. Having that strong support system will help her ride out the rough patches with the press.
3. Taylor Is Showing More of Her Sense of Humor
During an acceptance speech at the Billboard Music Awards, T-Swizzle joked, "You are the longest and best relationship I've ever had."
This is the type of attitude we want to see from her. One of the best ways to disarm her detractors is with a self-deprecating sense of humor. If she can laugh at herself, then that attitude will go a long way towards silencing the haters.
4. Taylor Is Learning Not to Care What People Think
The "22" singer is making a smart move by not reading what people say about her anymore. As she explained, "You can be obsessed with the bad things people say and the good things, either way you're obsessed with yourself and I'm not. You can become unhinged so easily. Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism."
She continued, "So I distance myself, because I feel everything. The little I am exposed to hurts my feelings. The only things I can really control are my songs and my behavior. The rest? If I focused on it, that would lead to insanity."
Does Taylor deserve her reputation as a serial dater? Or are the critics being unfair? What are the best ways that she can respond?
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