She developed a friendship with him after he infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. She told Vanity Fair, “I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with him until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me — so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time. I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. It started with both of us really liking Jay and wanting him to be happy. And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
Swift is also close to other stars, including Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and many others. Though members of her celebrated girl group have dated the same guys, there is no tension.
She revealed, "That doesn’t happen. We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with. When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media… now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other — and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other.”
Friendships aside, the "Bad Blood" singer admitted she would only date under the right circumstances, and it would have to be someone who accepted her for who she is and not try to change her. “That was the way that I decided to go on with my life. Not looking for anything, not necessarily being open to anything, and only being open to the idea that, if I found someone who would never try to change me, that would be the only person I could fall in love with. Because, you know, I was in love with my life.”
When speaking of her career, she is still looking to model it after Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. Swift explained, "If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years. She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away. Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be. I want to leave a trail of people behind me who had gotten better opportunities or felt better about themselves because of me or smiled because of me.”
While Taylor is known for her huge music career and high-profile relationships, she is also making her mark as a style icon, even if she doesn't think so. “I think I know how to put together a good outfit. But any day you’re going to admit to being a style icon is a day you need to look in the mirror and really check yourself.”
For more on Taylor, read the rest of her interview in Vanity Fair's September issue.