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Taylor Swift doesn't think her relationship with Conor Kennedy should be cause for controversy. The singer-songwriter, 22, began dating Kennedy around his 18th birthday this summer. The age difference between them has raised a few eyebrows, especially following reports that she'd "kidnapped" him on a private plane to Nashville without his family's knowledge. But Swift says the critics are being ridiculous.
"How did I kidnap him?" the country-pop star asks in her new Rolling Stone cover story (via People). "You can't kidnap a grown man! These are serious accusations, now! It's an interesting way to spin something into a story. See, this is why I don't read stuff."
Okay, Conor Kennedy may be a legal adult, but he's also a junior in high school. We're not sure that "grown man" is the right description for someone who still takes phys ed. Obviously, Taylor sees it differently -- along with that incident where she and Conor allegedly crashed a Kennedy wedding.
"I have no idea what happened there. I think that story was based on the biggest misunderstanding, 'cause I would never knowingly show up somewhere that I thought I wasn't invited to," she tells Rolling Stone. "And I would never want to upstage anybody."
Swift recently unveiled a new iTunes single, "I Knew You Were Trouble," from her upcoming album Red. Taken alongside the album's debut single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," it's clear that Swift is still using painful breakups as a main songwriting inspiration. Even so, she denies that she gives away her heart too easily.
"The way I look at love is you have to follow it, and fall hard, if you fall hard. You have to forget about what everyone else thinks," Swift tells the magazine. "It has to be an us-against-the-world mentality. You have to make it work by prioritizing it, and by falling in love really fast, without thinking too hard. If I think too hard about a relationship I'll talk myself out of it. ...I have rules for a lot of areas of my life. Love is not going to be one of them."
Taylor also explains that she doesn't do casual "hook-ups," saying, "Where's the romance? Where's the magic in that? I'm just not that girl."
So why the fixation on break-ups in her songs? "I know general things about love," she says. "How to treat people well, what you deserve and when to walk away. Other than that, love is a complete mystery -- and that's why I like to write about it."