OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift on “22” and 15 friends

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Taylor Swift thinks that being 22 was the best. (She’s 23 now, so I’m sure 22 isn’t a distant memory for her.) That’s what she told Ryan Seacrest during an interview last week. Of the inspiration behind her latest single “22,” Swift explained, “I wrote it about my friends. Finally, I’ve got this amazing group of girlfriends, and we tell each other everything. We’re together all the time. I think that was the marker of me being 22.” On Monday (Feb. 11), Swift was spotted with friends in California filming the song’s music video. I’m not sure if they were her real friends or just video friends, but Swift did tell Seacrest she is thrilled to have a big circle of friends now. “I’d say I have like 15 best friends,” she said. “There are a lot of question marks in your life — where you’re going, who you’re gonna meet, all those things — but the one thing that you have is you have each other. I’d much rather have more friends, rather than put up all these walls around your life and not trust people.”