And they took their romance to the next level: Snapchat.The latter performs for the very underage crowd, including a 14-year-old Kylie."I could label all my girlfriends as Shoshannas, Jessas, Marnies or Hannahs," she says. Even though I've never accidentally smoked crack at a warehouse party and run pantsless through Brooklyn." (Dunham, meanwhile, thinks Swift is more like "Hannah, minus the horrid sexual behavior.Or Marnie, if she wasn't an asshole.")Swift leads the way upstairs to her bedroom. It's her two-month old kitten, named after Olivia Benson, from She steps onto her patio and climbs the staircase up to the roof deck. "It's construction central." A forest of skyscrapers surrounds her; the Freedom Tower looks close enough to touch.Every doorway and stairwell is guarded, and every window is blacked out. In 2014, a Swift shoot requires the kind of operational secrecy and logistical complexity rarely seen outside of a SEAL raid.Before Project Sparrow – the code name chosen by the video's director, Mark Romanek – there was Project Cardinal, a multiweek mission where Swift's social-media team scoured the Web for a representative group of fans to appear in the video."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.
"I was really scared she was being ironic, but I decided to follow her anyway, just in case. "Shoshanna gets excited about things, she's really girly.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 $15 million.I think that's interesting.'"It's 1300 hours in the San Fernando Valley, and Project Sparrow is in full effect.
In a nondescript parking lot at a soundstage in Van Nuys, California, a Blackwater-esque platoon of personal-security professionals stands at the ready.
Within five minutes I had a direct message from her. And when she was in a relationship that was very comfortable, she made the decision to get out and go experience new things on her own.