Taylor Swift: "I've Never Wasted Too Much Time with the Wrong Person"

"I can't deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you," says the singer to Cosmo

It's no coincidence that Taylor Swift's relationships tend to be short-lived. Though she thinks of herself as a true romantic, the 23-year-old singer, who recently split with Conor Kennedy, has a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior.

"I've had a lot of dark and twisty situations happen," Swift says in an interview for Cosmopolitan's December issue. "Enough to realize that when someone exhibits signs of evoking a dark and twisty relationship and dark and twisty feelings, it's not interesting to me." (The phrase "dark and twisty," by the way, is a Grey's Anatomy reference.)

"I've learned when to get out," Swift adds.

It's a bit ironic that the "Begin Again" singer is so willing to nip her relationship in the bud, since they're her main source of songwriting inspiration. But her reasons seem sound enough.

"I can’t deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you," she tells the magazine. "It’s a conscious thing; it’s a common-sense thing. If I was in that situation, if I were them, would I be doing this to me? Would I ever do this to them? If the answer is no, then they’re not treating me fairly. I just don’t ever want to end up in a relationship that isn’t fair ever again."

Another thing she's not interested in: playing hard-to-get. "What happens when you start showing him that you actually like him? What’s he gonna do then?" she asks. "Play the tape forward; how do you keep a guy like that? I don’t want to sign up for that. "

Since becoming a teenage country-pop sensation in the late '00s, Swift has been linked to Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Cory Monteith and Jake Gyllenhaal. Her average relationship length appears to be three months, and her most recent romance with Kennedy is no exception: they reportedly began dating in July, and broke up at the end of October. That timeline may work for Taylor, but it's not so convenient for fashion magazines, which usually publish with a three-month lead time. The cover line of the new Cosmopolitan, for example? "Taylor Swift: Crazy for a Kennedy!"

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