Taylor Swift Talks Fans, Boys, and Heartbreak to Parade!

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It’s not always easy staying grounded in Hollywood (just look at Lindsay Lohan!), but somehow, Taylor Swift always manages to do it with such poise and such taste. On the latest issue of Parade magazine, Tay opens up about how she does it, plus talks about stalking her fans (for real!) and that infamous love life of hers.

Click on for tidbits from the interview and tons of gorgeous pics!

On Love: “Things change so quickly. I have no idea who’s going to be a recurring character and who’s just a guest star for one episode. Love is fascinating. Wishing for it, pining for it, and the anger that comes when you lose it. I used to think that I could figure out some pattern to love, like if you don’t text a guy back for a half hour, he’ll like you more. But there is no pattern. Absolutely nothing is predictable in love or in life.”

On her new song, “Back to December”:
“Guys get what they deserve in my songs, and if they deserve an apology, they should get one. There was someone who was absolutely wonderful to me and I dropped the ball, and I needed to say all that.”

On stalking her fans:
“I was driving near the mall and I saw this girl with my tour T-shirt on. She was probably 11. I made a U-turn and tried to follow her—I really had to do some maneuvering. I found her in a video-game store and just kind of walked up to her and said, ‘Oh, hi. I wanted to meet you.’ She had no idea what to say for about three minutes. Then her mom walked over, burst into tears, and proceeded to tell me that they’d driven all the way from Austin, Texas, just to see where I was discovered.”

On growing up:
“I still have mixed feelings about what growing up is — this thing that happens to everyone, so I’ve heard.”

On being an outsider:
“If I was going through a really tough day at school and I didn’t have anyone to talk to or sit with at lunch, I would say to myself over and over again, ‘It’s okay because I can write a song about this later.'”

Check out Parade to get more on Taylor!