OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Backs Into Interview Anecdote

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Most of the Taylor Swift cover story in the new issue of Rolling Stone is about her music and her love life. Which are pretty much forever intertwined, by the way. But that’s why I love the side story of the car accident. No one was hurt, which is why it’s OK to love it. She was in her black Toyota SUV with the magazine’s writer when she accidentally backed into a parked car. “Oh, my God,” she said repeatedly. “Oh, is that my bass player? It’s fine, it’s my bass player!” So Swift got out of her car and quickly — and I’m sure profusely — apologized to Amos Heller, promising to pay for the damage. “I’m good for it! Oh, my God, Amos, I’m so sorry. I freaked out ’cause I went the wrong way, and he [the writer] was gonna think I’m a bad driver, and then I backed into another car. This is the worst interview he’s ever had, already!” Heller never tweeted about the accident, nor did Swift. But in a possible foreshadowing tweet, Swift did write back in August, “Interviews and rehearsals and meetings, oh my. It’s about to get interesting. :)”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.