Music megastar, Taylor Swift pours her heart and soul into her powerful lyrics, giving a real insight into her deepest and darkest secrets for all to see.
But there’s actually still a lot left to know about this popular superstar’s life and bio.
From her interesting childhood to her weird interior design taste, T-Swift never fails to surprise us.
Continue reading below to find out 42 super cool and fun Taylor Swift facts…
1. She’s a Self-Taught Musician
If there’s one thing you should know about Taylor, it’s that once she sets her mind on something, she’s going to follow through. The talented singer proved this at the age of 12 when she learned how to play a 12-string guitar all by herself (well, with the little help of a repairman who taught her how to play three cords).
The rest was all down to her, though – she spent at least four hours a day practicing until she perfected her playing skills.
2. She Won a Talent Competition Aged 11
At the young age of 11, Taylor Swift won a local talent competition by covering the LeAnn Rimes song, Big Deal. Evidently, her love for LeAnn shines through her own similar music. Likewise, Taylor also writes deeply emotional songs that cover the ups and downs she’s been through.
3. Taylor Grew Up on a Christmas Tree Farm
Is there anywhere cooler to grow up in other than a place that revolves around the most wonderful time of the year? It’s true – Taylor Swift spent most of her childhood growing up on a Christmas tree farm until the age of 14. She even got stuck in and helped her dad by debugging the trees to make sure they didn’t infest the house. I guess we know who to go to when in need of a new tree this season…
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4. Taylor’s a Real Estate Pro
Taylor knows how to invest her money wisely! With her hefty pay check, she’s got onto the property ladder and invested her cash in not one, but eight properties, over four states, that are worth over $81 million. Her property empire includes an estate and a house in Beverly Hills, a penthouse, townhouse and condo in New York, an estate in Watch Hill and an estate and condo in Nashville.
5. She Has Over 20 Songs Dedicated to Exes
This piece of trivia is no secret to music fans. The blonde beauty has penned over 20 songs about her ex-boyfriends. From Harry Styles to John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor has covered many songs dedicated to her love, heartbreak and raw emotion.
One thing is for sure, the music mastermind has built an entire empire off the memories of her exes. These songs have helped her become the fourth most successful female singer of all time.
6. Taylor’s Lucky Number is 13
Unlike others who hate the connotation of number 13, Swiftie believes that it’s her lucky number, especially because it’s her birthday (she was born on December 13th).
Her first album also went gold on the 13th week, she won an award when she sat in the 13th row, and her first number one hit had a 13-second intro. With all this being said, you can probably judge why the number 13 is so important to the megastar.
7. She Dreamed of Being a Broadway Star
Before Taylor even laid eyes on songwriting, she had her eyes set on the big stage. As she had acting and singing classes from a young age, she hoped to join both her passions and performing on-stage, but after endless rejections in the Big Apple, Taylor changed direction and started songwriting, instead.
8. She Also Wanted to be a Stockbroker
Before she fell in love with music, Taylor Swift wanted to become a stockbroker like her father. That said, when her family moved to Tennessee, she found her real passion – music.
9. Taylor Made Her Debut in ‘CSI’
Taylor Swift is not only known for her killer vocals, stage presence and songwriting skills, but also for her on-screen performances. She first debuted as Haley Jones on CSI, before making a cameo appearance in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Since then, she’s appeared in Valentine’s Day, The Giver and Cats.
10. She’s an 12-Time Grammy Award Winner
This cool fact about Taylor will make you proud of the Folklore star. At the mere age of just 34, this pop-icon has 12 Grammy awards tucked safely under her belt. In 2010 at just 20-years-old, Taylor made history when she became the youngest solo artist to win Album of the Year for Fearless (a feat now beaten by Billie Eilish).
Taylor has even bagged the Billboard award for ‘Woman of the Year’ not once, but twice (in 2011 and 2014). That’s more times than any other female pop artist!
11. She Has a Framed Picture with Kanye
This Taylor Swift fact comes as a real surprise! Believe it or not, she has a framed photo of her famous feud with Kanye West, where he rudely interrupted her acceptance speech during the 2009 VMAs. The frame is placed underneath a handwritten note that says: “Life is full of interruptions”.
This may have been one of Taylor’s most controversial moments, but at least it helps her stay motivated throughout the day.
12. She Was Once Against Streaming Sites
At a time when most artists embraced the arrival of streaming websites, Taylor refused to release her album, Red on the music-streaming site Spotify. She withheld all her songs and embarked on a three-year spat with the site over receiving low royalties on her songs.
After a while, Taylor gave in and made her entire library available on Spotify again. She claims this was due to her 1989 album passing 10 million in sales, but many speculate that it was because her rival Katy Perry was set to debut her new album on the service on the same day.
13. Taylor Won $1 Million in a Lawsuit
Taylor was reportedly groped during a meet-and-greet in Denver by Radio DJ, David Mueller. Although she aired the incident, she didn’t demand a single dollar.
Instead, she wanted to make the assault public and prove herself a role model to other women. Following the report, the DJ then sued the Reputation singer for ruining his career (as if he didn’t do that on his own!). She then counter-sued the DJ and won exactly $1 million in the lawsuit.
14. Her Household Interior is…Weird
Along with the framed picture of her run-in with Kanye West, T-Swizzle also has a fish tank full of vintage baseballs. If that’s not bonkers enough, she has a rail of white nightgowns that she throws on when her pal, Lena Dunham is visiting, to feel like they are “pioneer women”.
15. She’s Named After James Taylor
Here’s a fun fact about Taylor’s life you certainly didn’t know. Her parents are huge fans of iconic singer James Taylor and they loved him so much that they wanted to name Swiftie after him. With the name came the same career path, and the pair even had the chance of performing together at a benefit in 2011.
16. Her Grandma was a Professional Opera Singer
It’s no surprise that the vocal flair runs in Taylor’s family – her grandma, Marjorie Moehlenkamp-Finlay was a professional opera singer and always influenced Taylor to sing and pursue a career in music.
17. Taylor’s Never Been to Therapy
Instead of confiding in a trained professional, Taylor prefers to just discuss her feelings with her mom. Her mother has been with her through all of her ups and downs and is the only person that truly knows who she is and what she has been through. In 2019, Tay told Rolling Stone, “God, it takes so long to download somebody on the last 29 years of my life, and my mom has seen it all.”
18. She’s Super Charitable
While most celebs give back to their community to avoid hefty taxes, Taylor actually does it out of the goodness of her heart. She donated $15,500 to a fan whose mother had been in a coma for three years, without forgetting the $17,000 she gave to her home library, or the $10,000 she donated to a service dog of a boy with autism. These acts of kindness are just a few examples among the long list of good deeds Taylor has done since being in the limelight.
19. Taylor’s a Self-Proclaimed Novelist
At an age (12) when most girls played with their hair and gossiped about their celeb crushes, Taylor was busy writing a novel. The non-autobiographical novel was titled A Girl Named Girl, and according to Tay’s parents, they still have the copy! Who knows, it might be a best-seller if it ever gets released.
20. She’s Scared of Being Tatted
An interesting fact about Taylor you didn’t know… Most celebrities have tattoos, yet this starlet is scared of the needle. In 2019, Taylor debuted a massive back tattoo on the cover for her single You Need To Calm Down, but the shocking ink turned out to be fake (duh!).
She did reveal that if she were to ever get one (which is highly unlikely), it would be a tattoo of her lucky number, 13. “I don’t think I could ever commit. I don’t think I could ever commit to something permanent,” she told Taste of Country.
21. Taylor’s Idol is Shania Twain
Well, who doesn’t love a bit of Shania, anyway? But T-Swift is completely obsessed with the country star and has openly spoken about the influence that Shania’s had on her music. The adoration is completely mutual; Shania even told Entertainment Tonight that she admires Tay’s honesty.
22. She’s Feuded with Many Celebs
Indeed, Taylor Swift is one of the many celebrities that has caused controversy over the years. In fact, she’s been famously involved in several celebrity feuds such as her fight with Katy Perry (but they’ve now made up), Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj.
23. Kim Kardashian (and Kanye) Made Her Move Country
In her interview with TIME Magazine, Taylor reflected on the “horrendous” moment in 2018 when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tried to orchestrate a “frame job” against her. When Kanye released his song Famous that included an offensive lyric about Taylor, she insisted it wasn’t approved by her.
Kim (Kanye’s then wife) then released footage of Kanye’s phone call with Taylor during which Tay appeared to approve the lyric.
Saying that she felt her “career was taken away,” Taylor told TIME,
“You have a fully manufactured frame job, in an illegally recorded phone call, which Kim Kardashian edited and then put out to say to everyone that I was a liar,” she added. “That took me down psychologically to a place I’ve never been before. I moved to a foreign country. I didn’t leave a rental house for a year. I was afraid to get on phone calls. I pushed away most people in my life because I didn’t trust anyone anymore. I went down really, really hard.”
24. Two of her Videos are in the Top Viewed
That’s right! Taylor has not one, but two clips that have made it into the most-viewed music videos of all time! Blank Space and Shake It Off are two of the singer’s most popular music videos on YouTube, having been watched over three billion times each!
25. She’s Still Tight With Her Childhood Friends
It says a lot about a celebrity when they still hang out with their day-one besties, and Taylor knows how to keep it real! She is still super close with her childhood friend Britany Maack, to whom she was her maid of honor in 2016.
Swift shared a group shot from the wedding, writing, “I met her when I was 10 days old, and him in kindergarten. Now they’re married and I’m the happiest maid of honor ever. Congratulations @britmaack and Ben!”
26. Her Mom Wanted Her to Be an Equestrian
Growing up, Taylor loved horses and spent hours on the field riding them, mainly due to the fact that her mom shared the same passion. She spent the best part of her childhood riding competitively, until age 12 when she told her mom that she wasn’t that into it anymore, and no longer wanted to pursue her hobby.
“That was kind of my mom’s thing…” Taylor told Vogue. “…I just wanted to make music and do theater. So I’ve been a big disappointment.”
“I’ve gotten over the bitterness, finally,” Andrea said sarcastically.
27. Taylor’s Not Afraid of Junk Food
Here’s a fun fact about Taylor! Her secret craving is an all-American cheesecake! While Swifty maintains a balanced diet, she also indulges in some drive-through take-outs once in a while, too, with her go-to order being a cheeseburger, fries and a shake! If that’s not BFF goals, I don’t know what is!
28. She’s Suffered from an Eating Disorder
Sadly, Taylor is one of the many celebrities who has had an eating disorder. Although the singer is now healthy and has overcome her struggles, that’s not to say she hasn’t fought a difficult battle in the past. Taylor has admittedly gone through an unhealthy cycle of avoiding food after feeling like she was constantly criticized for being too big or too thin.
In her documentary, Miss Americana, she said, “I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it. Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel (enervated).”
29. She Watches ‘Friends’ After Her Gigs
What better to unwind than with a bit of light comedy? Instead of partying the night away, Taylor revealed to GQ that she likes to go home and relax with a mini-marathon of Friends after performing to a large crowd. Watching your favorite TV show is certainly one way to calm down after the adrenaline rush of being onstage…
30. She Also Eats In Bed Between Shows
In between her hectic tour schedule, particularly the Eras Tour, Taylor has admitted to eating her meals in bed for recovery. She told TIME Magazine, “I do not leave my bed except to get food and take it back to my bed and eat it there. It’s a dream scenario. I can barely speak because I’ve been singing for three shows straight.”
31. Taylor Has Three Furry Friends
Taylor is a major cat person, and has three fluffy friends of her own. Her oldest cat is named Olivia Benson, after the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit character, and her second feline friend is called Meredith Grey, inspired by the icon in Grey’s Anatomy. In 2019, she rescued a new kitty and named him Benjamin Button. #Cute!
32. Taylor Had a Listening Party With 89 Fans
Before the release of 1989, Swift invited 89 of her biggest fans over to her house to listen to her album. Taylor put on a show and even baked pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies for her guests. Not to mention, she even had a dance party with them, too! The special ordeal was verified by Swift blogger Sammie Carter on her Tumblr account.
33. She Loves Connecting With Her Fans
Taylor once saw that #ShakeItOffJalene was trending on Twitter and decided to act on it. The hashtag referred to a four-year-old child who was battling with terminal brain cancer and wished to dance to Shake It Off with the singer. So, Taylor immediately jumped on FaceTime and fulfilled this sweet girl’s wish.
34. She Once Modeled For Abercrombie
Taylor definitely has that noughties Abercrombie & Fitch look, so it comes as no surprise that the model-esque singer once took a jab at a modeling career. In 2003, she posed in Abercrombie’s ‘Rising Stars’ campaign, which gave her a good platform to get noticed in the industry.
35. Taylor Owns a Private Jet
Forget renting private planes, Taylor Swift now has her own airline – like many other big money makers. Instead of slumming it in first class, the Evermore singer has her own jet to fly her where and when she needs – a Dassault Falcon 900 private jet to be exact!
36. She’s a Huge Disney Fan
This piece of trivia truly makes the singer relatable to all Disney nerds. Taylor never grew out of the Disney phase and is a huge fan up until this day (do you blame her?!).
37. She is One of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women
In 2022, Taylor Swift ranked as the third “Richest Self-Made Woman Under 40” by Forbes. In 2023, she made another huge achievement, ranking at fourth place. Falling just behind Orpah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian, with a net worth of $740 million, Swifty has clearly made her mark on the industry and achieved great success over the last decade.
38. Taylor Has Double-Jointed Elbows
During her interview with Vogue’s 73 Questions, the star revealed that she has double-jointed elbows. Another talent that she can add to her ever-growing list!
39. She Has Her Social Media Comments Turned Off
To drown out the negativity and protect her own sanity, Taylor Swift keeps the comments on her social profiles turned off.
She told Elle, “One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me that I look [fire emojis].”
40. She Was the First to Write Her Own SNL Monologue
Seen as she co-writes all of her music, it’s no shocker that Taylor wanted to control her narrative while hosting SNL in 2009. Normally, a bunch of the team’s in-house writers prepare the monologues, but Swifty changed the game when she wrote her own words for the iconic “My Monologue Song”.
41. Taylor Called Out the TV Show ‘Ginny & Georgia’
Taylor Swift’s dating history has always been the talk of the town, with many ridiculing the amount of guys she’s dated. One TV show to make a mockery out of Tay’s romantic life was Ginny & Georgia, where the line, “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift,” was used in a fight scene between mother and daughter.
Taylor was quick to bite back at the joke by tweeting, “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back… How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you 💔 Happy Women’s History Month I guess.”
42. She Has a Secret Way of Categorizing her Music
Taylor’s music ranges from country to pop, while her lyrics are about heartbreak and even female empowerment. Well, there’s actually a way the superstar categorizes her music and lyrics when penning the songs.
During her acceptance speech for the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade award, she shared that there are three genres she organizes her songs by – “They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics…”
- Quill Lyrics: “If I was inspired to write it after reading Charlotte Brontë or after watching a movie where everyone is wearing poet shirts and corsets. If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre.”
- Fountain Pen Lyrics: “Fountain pen style means a modern storyline or references, with a poetic twist. Taking a common phrase and flipping its meaning. Trying to paint a vivid picture of a situation, down to the chipped paint on the door frame and the incense dust on the vinyl shelf. Placing yourself and whoever is listening right there in the room where it all happened. The love, the loss, everything. The songs I categorize in this style sound like confessions scribbled and sealed in an envelope, but too brutally honest to ever send.”
- Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics: “Frivolous, carefree, bouncy, syncopated perfectly to the beat. Glitter Gel Pen lyrics don’t care if you don’t take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously. Glitter Gel Pen lyrics are the drunk girl at the party who tells you that you look like an angel in the bathroom. It’s what we need every once in a while in these fraught times in which we live.”
According to this fact file, Taylor Swift sure has the personality, voice and stage presence to entertain us and keep us coming back for more.
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This article was originally published in August 2019.