OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Is Feeling 23

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There’s no way of knowing if Taylor Swift is acting her age. Because no one knows what it’s like to have accomplished what she has accomplished at her age. She’s the only one who knows what that feels like. “I got a lot of questions early on like, ’Are you gonna grow up too fast? Are you gonna be a train wreck? What’s gonna happen?'” Swift recently said. And maybe because those questions have always been on her mind, there’s been no train wreckage in Swift’s life. She went on to say the idea of acting your age has been a priority for her. “So I feel like when I was 18, I was 18. And when I was 20, I was 20, and now I’m 23. And I’m just kind of trying to live my best version of being 23,” she said. Fortunately, she’s found a way to make her music age appropriate, too. I don’t think Swift could’ve written “22” at 15, nor could she have written “Fifteen” at 22.

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