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Taylor Swift, British Vogue

Mario Testino

Taylor Swift is dancing on her own, all right.

The "Shake It Off" singer covers British Vogue's November issue and explains why she's happily single. "Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can't picture how it could work with the way my life is," says Swift, whose famous exes include Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Harry Styles, among others. "I don't know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can't protect his girlfriend because that's the life she chose. I just don't see how it could work, so I don't think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself."

Don't think that Swift has given up on love, though!

Men have tried to pursue the pop star, but Swift fended them off. "They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don't think they want what comes with it," the singer says.

While it might sound like a high-class problem, Swift remains as relatable as ever.

In fact, she hopes sharing her struggles will create a sense of camaraderie. "The one thing I wish these girls that come to my shows knew is that they are exactly where I was when I was a teenager. I had no idea who I was! I was going through all these phases. I was trying on different outfits and all these different personalities, trying to figure out what category I fit into, and which clique I would be accepted in. But if you just keep doing 'you', and being who you are and doing what feels natural to you, maybe you won't find a place where you fit in for a very long time, but you eventually will," Swift, 24, vows.

1989 will address such topics. "This time around I've chosen the brave and bold way of going about things. Because with this album I've completely changed the sound of everything I've done until now. So it's interesting to not be afraid of that," she says. "You know, I don't want to hurt people's feelings, I don't want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist."

In a recent Rolling Stone cover story, Swift said she wished people were less invested in the men she's dated. "I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime, and I'm just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore...I don't like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at awards shows. I don't like it when headlines read 'Careful, Bro, She'll Write a Song About You,' because it trivializes my work," the "Love Story" singer-songwriter opined. "And most of all, I don't like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so, I just don't date."