When a superstar artist heads out on tour, they're usually so busy hopping from city to city that there's not much downtime to relax and have a life. But Taylor Swift's figured out a way to satisfy the millions of fans who want to see her live...and still find time to go paddle-boarding in a bikini.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about her sold-out RED tour, which is visiting stadiums this summer, Taylor explains, "The wonderful thing about playing a lot of stadiums is it's the equivalent to playing three or four arenas, so you have a few more days off. So I've really enjoyed getting to have a summer and also have a really high-intensity job waiting for me."
As a result, Taylor's gotten the chance to spend a large part of her summer in her new mansion in Rhode Island, where she's been enjoying the aforementioned paddle-boarding, as well as reading, listening to music, and hanging out with her BFFs.
"Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place," she tells Rolling Stone. "I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."
But the highlight for Taylor is still performing onstage every night. "At the end of the day, the sound of a screaming crowd is my favorite sound, and the sight of a sold-out stadium is my favorite view," she tells Rolling Stone. "Everything derives from that and revolves around making those people dance, sing along, feel like they aren't alone, and ultimately want to come back and see me next time."
Taylor also explains why she thinks she's able to make those fans "feel like they aren't alone."
"I am getting to a point where the only love worth being in is the love worth singing about. And kind of mad love," she says. "I think that for me, when you experience something that's worth writing a song about, chances are it's the same kind of intense feeling that someone else has felt, and it has led them to be sitting on a bedroom floor crying, or walking through a crowded room feeling alone, or feeling misunderstood by the person who's supposed to know them better than anybody else. Those are things that make you feel really alone."
Taylor adds, "If someone's singing a song about that feeling, then you feel bonded to that person, and I guess that's the only way I can find an explanation why 55,000 people would want to come see me sing."
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