Photo Credit: Courtesy of Vogue
Taylor Swift is known for her smartly crafted songs, most of them about the boys in her life. So it's a little surprising to hear that Swift, 22, thinks that love actually lowers her I.Q.
"I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid," she tells Vogue in a new cover story.
On the other hand, the singer-songwriter says she's learned from her mistakes, and now has a list of "red flags" that tell her a guy isn't worth it. No. 1: if he's fallen in love with her image before even meeting her.
"If someone doesn't seem to want to get to know me as a person but instead seems to have kind of bought into the whole idea of me and he approves of my Wikipedia page?... That will fade fast," says Swift. "You can't be in love with a Google search."
And she doesn't go for men who are intimidated by the trappings of fame, like her security guards.
"I don't have security to make myself look cool, or like I have an entourage," she explains. "I have security because there's a file of stalkers who want to take me home and chain me to a pipe in their basement."
Smartly, Swift won't tolerate a man who feels like he needs "to put me down in order to level the playing field or something." And in terms of dating celebrities -- like, perhaps, past boyfriends Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Lautner? -- she says she can't spend her whole relationship "obsessed with privacy."
"If you care about privacy to the point where we need to dig a tunnel under this restaurant so that we can leave? I can't do that," notes Swift.
So -- is there a special somebody in the country star's life now? Perez Hilton reported in December that she had been seeing pal Will Anderson from the band Parachute. But she tells Vogue that she is 100 percent single.
"I got nothing going on! I just don't really feel like dating," she swears. "I really have this great life right now, and I'm not sad and I'm not crying this Christmas, so I am really stoked about that."
She won't go into the "sad story" of why she was crying last Christmas, although it sounds like it may end up on her upcoming fourth album.
"There's just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak," reveals Swift, "and that will turn out to be what the next album is about. The only way that I can feel better about myself -- pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone -- is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity."
You can read the full interview, and view a glamorous slideshow of Swift's cover shoot, on the Vogue website.