The Lovely Taylor Swift: Life and Career by Nicole Maldonado

The Lovely Taylor Swift: Life and Career

byNicole Maldonado

Kobo ebook | December 11, 2014

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During much of 2008, reports circulated that Swift was dating Joe Jonas from the popular musical group The Jonas Brothers.


Neither Swift nor Jonas has ever acknowledged the relationship. "He's an amazing guy, and anyone would be lucky to be dating him," Swift said at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Whatever their relationship, it seemed to turn sour by the time Fearless was released. The song, "Forever & Always," is reportedly about Jonas.


Swift was then romantically linked to actor Taylor Lautner, one of the stars of the successful Twilight saga. The pair reportedly met while filming Swift's big screen debut Valentine's Day, which hit theaters in February 2010. Unfortunately, the couple didn't make it long enough to see the premiere as a couple, having broken up in late 2009. Swift then dated singer John Mayer for a brief period, which ended on bad terms when she wrote the tell-all song entitled "Dear John" about the womanizer. From there, Swift was romantically linked to Glee star Cory Monteith and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010, and Conor Kennedy—son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—in 2012. She found herself dating another celebrity at the tail-end of 2012, bringing in the New Year with One Direction's Harry Styles.

Taylor Swift's Song Attack


John Mayer isn't afraid to take blame for the heartache he's inflicted on various Hollywood and music starlets -- and in the case of Taylor Swift, he's not afraid to dish it out either.


Particularly when it comes to the 2010 Swift track "Dear John."


Mayer was "really humiliated" by the tune, allegedly written about their romantic entanglement and its wrenching end, he told Rolling Stone.


"I didn't deserve it," he said. "I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do."


"I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I'd already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you've ever been, someone kicked you even lower?" Mayer said.


The track in question features lyrics such as, "Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don't you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?"


Mayer didn't want to address the age question that Swift, now 22, posed in the 2010 song, but did note, "As a songwriter that I think it's kind of cheap songwriting."


Taylor Swift Donates $100,000 to Troubled Nashville Symphony


Though to her it's probably just pocket change, singer Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which in recent months has experienced a financial crisis that has threatened its existence.


Swift, the 24-year-old country-music crossover star, is currently in Australia as part of a tour. The singer -- who hails from Pennsylvania but who moved to the Nashville area at an early age to pursue her music career -- made the $100,000 donation on her birthday on Friday.


In the past several months, the Nashville Symphony has experienced a series of financial crises, including nearly losing its performance space, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Following a contentious negotiation process, musicians of the orchestra signed a one-year contract in August that includes a 15% pay cut.


The Nashville Symphony had previously proposed a 30% pay cut for orchestra musicians. The orchestra, which had announced layoffs and other budgetary cuts earlier this year, is one of a number of classical music groups in the U.S. who have experienced financial hardships in recent months. The others include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jack Antonoff of Fun Talks Taylor and Lena


Jack Antonoff is nominated for best original song in a motion picture with his co-writer Taylor Swift, and his girlfriend, Lena Dunham, is also celebrating a huge night at the Golden Globes with a nod for lead actress in a television show, music or comedy.


And yet Antonoff, one-third of the band fun, walked the red carpet solo.


"It's nice to be alone," he said.


Last year, Antonoff accompanied Dunham to the show as a guest and said he was able to "cut loose."


"I feel like I'm being less supportive this year since I'm nominated," he joked.


He and Swift wrote "Sweeter Than Fiction" for the movie "One Chance" in Antonoff's 800-square-foot New York City apartment. When the "Red" crooner arrived at his place, his neighbors predictably freaked out, trying to figure out "what the ... Taylor Swift was doing" there, he said.


Antonoff is finally preparing to move into a bigger place. That has taken up most of his time, he said, so he hasn't been paying attention to the recent controversy surrounding his girlfriend's show, "Girls." (At the Television Critics Assn. press tour last week, a critic asked Dunham why she was naked so much on the show, which didn't go over well with her.)


"I try to stay out of it," Antonoff said. "There's no one stronger than Lena."

Title:The Lovely Taylor Swift: Life and CareerFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 11, 2014Publisher:Nicole MaldonadoLanguage:English

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