Taylor-made for fans

Taylor-made for fans

Call her golden girl or goody-two shoes, but it is not easy being Taylor Swift.

She has maintained her position as one of the world's biggest pop starlets in the past few years while being relatively untainted by controversy, even as every detail of her personal life is lapped up by fans and put under the glare of social and traditional media.

If rival Miley Cyrus is the exhibitionist riding on her out-there brand of sexuality, Swift is the tease whose self-penned songs appear to be confessional without revealing much.

Despite much speculation that recent songs such as her 2010 hit single Back To December and Dear John are about famous ex-boyfriends such as Twilight star Taylor Lautner and singer John Mayer, Swift herself has always been tight-lipped about her muses.

Forget, too, about any Justin Bieber-style public meltdowns from the 24-year-old from Pennsylvania, who got her start as a country singer before making a hugely successful crossover to pop.

In a 10-minute telephone interview with Life! from Tokyo - a stop in her current, wildly popular The Red world tour - she says that having to deal with living in the public eye has made her very careful about keeping the less savoury side of her behind closed doors.

"It's interesting because every day of my life is documented in some way, either there's paparazzi outside my apartment or fans see me at a restaurant and they tweet about it," says the singer, who will be here to perform two nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday and June 12.

"And that's an interesting thing to come to terms with because some days, you're completely in the mood to meet strangers and you want to meet as many people as possible.

"And then there are days when you know when you have a bad day and you don't want to meet anyone or talk to anyone. When I wake up and I have sort of a bad attitude once in a while, I know I can't leave the house because it's not an option to not talk to people," she says.

"My life is a very social experience these days," she adds with a laugh.

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