(From Stella Magazine)
Byline: NISHA LILIA DIU
At the age of 11 the country singer Taylor Swift was hawking her demo tape around music labels; at 14 she persuaded her family to move to Nashville. So, seven years, four Grammies and countless sell-out tours later, is superstardom everything she'd expected it to be? Interview by NISHA LILIA DIU PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID SLIJPER 'I always write songs about my life,' says Taylor Swift. 'And if you're horrible to me I'm going to write a song about you and you are not going to like it. That's how I operate.' Sweet, perfect, teetotal, Pollyanna - these are the words most commonly used to describe Taylor Swift. Which is odd given that she makes no attempt to conceal her less angelic side. We're talking about Better Than Revenge, a song in which she describes a love rival as 'an actress/but she's better known for the things she does on the mattress'. It's assumed to be about Camilla Belle, who was linked with the Disney star Joe Jonas mere days after he dumped Swift in a 27-second phone call. But of course she will neither confirm nor deny this. 'I'm the only person who knows who [my songs] really are about and there's comfort in that,' she says with a hint of a smile.
Taylor Swift, with her apple-pie image and candid chronicling of her love life, has hit upon a winning combination. The 21-year-old's latest album, 'Speak Now', came out last October and sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. That's more than any other album in the past 15 years. Last year she won four Grammy Awards and broke Beyonce's record for the most top-40 singles by a female artist in the past decade. Her previous album, 'Fearless', was America's biggest-selling album of 2009 and she …