“I have lots of short-term goals.” “To be able to save somebody if they’re drowning,” she says. “So CPR, all the various kinds of chest compressions. Once, “I got it in my head that I couldn’t do a split, and I was really upset about it.
People tell you little tips, but that’s different from actually taking a class and getting certified.” “No. And so I stretched every single day for a year until I could do a split. And a lot of things I wear are not highly expensive.” In May, Swift will cochair the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2016 gala, for the exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” It is a topic Swift—easily one of the biggest style icons of the social-media era—understands better than most, from technology’s ability to shape trends to its growing influence on creativity and design.
Scott, a stockbroker, actually purchased and lived on the property before he’d met Andrea; on their first date, she came to a party he hosted in the farmhouse. “I always thought you might want to stop by,” she says. As we step into the cozy two-floor home, Taylor takes out her phone and starts filming. She actually owns the house with her husband and lives nearby. We go upstairs into a small corner room where a tiny Taylor used to demand three books and five songs every night. We wish you were here so bad.” I can’t lie: All I can think of is Siena and Tarah returning from their ski trip to learn that Taylor Swift was hanging out at their grandparents’ house, and deciding right then they will never go skiing ever again. “This is the first time in ten years that I haven’t known. I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.” Do not freak: Swift is not abandoning making music.
“But I never wanted to bother you.” The Schaeffers confess they lived here for a while before they learned about the famous former resident. There’s the living room where the Swifts put their family Christmas tree. She’s thrilled but also beside herself that her two daughters are away skiing for the day. Taylor gathers the family together to make a quick video for the Schaeffers’ granddaughters, Siena and Tarah. On the ride back, Andrea and Taylor sound almost overcome by what has just happened—by the sweet and polite and utterly un–freaked out mood of the whole experience. And then she turns her head quickly away from the window: paparazzi. I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened . Those who know her know this is chemically impossible.
Swift has even known the groom, Benjamin La Manna, since kindergarten—she admits to having had a little crush on Ben way back then, when he was “that kid who sat next to me in class with the bowl cut and the Lego lunch box.” Swift hasn’t been to Reading in more than a decade; she was fourteen when she moved with her family to Nashville, on her way to becoming a celebrated country singer-songwriter and later blossoming into one of the biggest pop acts in music history.