OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Would Hug Her Bullies

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What I love about this story in USA Weekend , almost more than Taylor Swift’s answers, is that the questions came from readers. These readers probably don’t care about things like a single’s chart performance or how many tickets have been sold or records broken. They care about little bits and pieces of Swift’s psyche, like if she regrets not going to college. “No. In order to keep perspective and to not be the girl who wants one thing her whole life then gets it and complains, I’m cool with the path I’ve chosen,” she says. Or if she cares how the guys in her songs react to her songs. “The only thing I’m thinking about is the person I’m writing about. It’s a little message in a bottle. Sometimes, the purpose of writing it in the first place is what the person will do when they hear it,” she answers. And on love at first sight? “For some reason, when you are with some people, you’d rather be closer to them than further away. You want to know everything about them. This crazy, immeasurable, intangible, magical chemistry happens with certain people,” she says. Best of all, someone asks how to cope with school bullies. With hugs, Swift advises. “The trials and tribulations in your life make you stronger. If I had the girls in front of me now who got up and left the lunch table when I sat down in fourth, fifth or sixth grade — they did it a million times — I’d give them hugs,” she says. “The biggest lesson of all is that I never want to make anyone else feel that way.”