Songs in blind dating
She's five feet 10, but she looks much taller, even with her lanky legs wrapped underneath her like a pretzel twist.
"I need lunch like, whoa," Swift says, and an assistant tells her there's a sushi order happening. "Get a boatload."The video is for Swift's soon-to-be-Number One single, "Shake It Off," which she'll perform for the first time at the VMAs later this summer, but which at this point only a handful of people outside the room even know exists. Or" – she holds up her cellphone – "they can turn this on, right? We don't even know."Swift says she never feels completely safe, especially when it comes to her privacy.
(Swift also bought the unit across the hall, for about million; she uses it to house her security team.) It took a lot of work just to see it: It belonged to the director Peter Jackson, who had an actor friend crashing here, so the brokers didn't want to bother him much. "I think once you're Gandalf, you can always just stay in Peter Jackson's house."Swift leads the way into one of her four guest bedrooms.
"This is where Karlie usually stays," she says – meaning supermodel Karlie Kloss, one of her new BFFs, whom she met nine months ago at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.
"It's not a good thing for me to talk about socially. Like, I don't take my clothes off in pictures or anything – I'm very private about that. "Most of the neighbors know what's what by now," Jimmy says, locking the door behind him.
I freak out." As for who might bug a Van Nuys production office on the off chance that Swift is inside: "The janitor," she says, as if naming one candidate among hundreds. This is gonna sound like I'm a crazy person – but we don't even know. So it scares me how valuable it would be to get a video of me changing. Taylor Swift is single and loving it."I really like my life right now," she says. Today is a good day for Jimmy, because the elevator is working again after a brief period of being broken. "And we don't travel light, if you know what I mean." I tell him I think I do know what he means, and Jimmy laughs. "Up in the penthouse, a barefoot Swift answers the door in a periwinkle-blue sundress: "Welcome to my apartment! " She breezes into the living room, pointing out the fish tank filled with vintage baseballs ("I was like, ' That's so cool, they're so old! "Here's my pool table that always has cat hair on it.
Asleep on her massive four-poster bed is a tiny white ball of fur. Swift gestures to a set of planters: "Those are hydrangeas, and over there are the roses and basil and rosemary." Heading back downstairs, she passes an antique lamp with the inscription CALADIUM SEGUINUM on it. She can walk down the street to get dinner, or go furniture shopping with friends in Brooklyn. "They don't provoke me, or ask weird questions.
Sometimes it would be nice if someone just said, ' Hey, I think it's really cool that you have that cat on your head.
I have to stop myself from thinking about how many aspects of technology I don't understand."Swift pauses, as if weighing just how paranoid she's comfortable with sounding. It's sad to have to look for cameras in dressing rooms and bathrooms. " In the kitchen there's an assortment of pastries from a hip downtown spot called the Smile ("They have these banana-quinoa muffins that I'm with"), and in the refrigerator are a surprising number of varieties of sparkling water. '") and some enormous scented candles ("I was like, ' That's so cool, they're so big! That's my skylight." She bumps into a doorway.
I don't walk around naked with my windows open, because there's a value on that.", that she's insanely excited about, because it signals her transition from a country star who likes pop to a straight-up pop star. And despite what you may have read in the gossip press, Swift hasn't been involved with a man in quite some time. ("I have black cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, strawberry, key lime, tangerine lime . "That's a door that I walk into."Swift bought this apartment about six months ago, for a reported million.
There's a basket of Kloss's favorite Whole Foods treats next to the bed, and multiple photos of her on the walls.
Against another wall, there's a rack full of white nightgowns.