WATCH: Taylor Swift Performs Live in Times Square on 'GMA'

The country star treats fans to a mini concert and opens up about dating, her dad and her love of cats

Taylor Swift wowed crowds with her live Good Morning America performance in Times Square this morning. But it was her visit to the ABC morning talk show yesterday where she really opened up.

Like her previous albums, Swift wrote about many of her former boyfriends on her top-selling new record Red, and everyone's curious about who the subject of each track is. (Vulture even tried to figure it out here!) But Swift tells GMA that she, surprisingly, likes to keep her personal life private -- outside of her music, that is.

"I don't really talk about my love life. I kind of sing about it a lot because I really think that it sounds more poetic and romantic with music behind it," she says after a question about her current beau, Conor Kennedy. "My fans know that I'm going to give them the real version of what happened to me in my music, and what they read on blogs or gossip sites or whatever may or may not be true." 

As for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," one of the songs Swift performed on GMA today, she still isn't spilling who the single is about. Swift also isn't backing up her previous comment that the song was written to drive her ex crazy.

"I maybe said that one place, maybe, on a bad day. But I think for me, the music is my way of understanding what I'm feeling," she says. "It's kind of carried me my whole life and allowed me to filter through really complicated emotions and make them simple."

But one man the singer is comfortable talking about is her dad. When asked how her parents have reacted to her success, Swift replied: "My dad goes around with all these guitar picks from my tour in his pocket and just hands them to strangers. He's like, 'Hey, I'm Taylor Swift's dad. Nice to meet you.'"


Meanwhile, Swift is set for a great week. USA Today reports that she has already sold 4 million tracks from Red, while Hits Daily Double claims that the album "looks solidly north of 1 million in first-week sales." That means she's very close to topping the previous record of 1.1 million copies sold in the first week, which was made my Lady Gaga in 2011.

And while we're sure the singer is thrilled with her (potentially) record-breaking success, it's not album sales or big paychecks that make her day. When asked what in life brings a smile to her face, Swift's response is simple: "Mostly cats."

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