13 surprising things you didn't know about Taylor Swift

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear ChannelTaylor Swift is an award-winning artist.
  • Taylor Swift has been making music for years but there are some things you might not know about her.
  • She’s said that some of her lyrics are things she’s wanted to text people in real life.
  • She has written songs for other artists like Calvin Harris and Little Big Town.
  • She’s a “Friends” fan and she’s said she watches it to unwind after her concerts.
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For years, Taylor Swift has been breaking records in the music industry and winning awards for her singing and songwriting prowess.

And although you might know the words to all of her hit songs, there are a few things you may not know about the country-turned-pop singer.

Here are some interesting things you never knew about Swift.


She wrote every song on her third album, “Speak Now.”

Getty Images / Larry BusaccaThe ‘Speak Now’ tour was from 2011 to 2012.

Swift has the opportunity to co-write songs with legends in the industry (like Max Martin, who helped write “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space”), but the lyrics for “Speak Now” are all her own.

“I wrote all the songs myself for this record,” Swift shared in an online video chat with fans in 2010 as per CMT’s report. “It didn’t really happen on purpose. It just sort of happened that way. I’d get my best ideas at 3 a.m. in Arkansas and didn’t have a co-writer around and I’d just finish it. And that would happen again in New York; that would happen again in Boston; that would happen again in Nashville.”


Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm.

TaylorSwiftVEVOShe recently wrote a Christmas song.

In a 2014 interview with Esquire, the singer said she grew up on a Christmas tree farm from ages 5 to 10.

“It was such a weird place to grow up. But it has cemented in me this unnatural level of excitement about fall and then the holiday season,” she told the publication.

In 2019 she even released a Christmas song called “Christmas Tree Farm” and the video is comprised of clips from her childhood.


She wrote a book when she was a teenager.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesThe book has never been published.

In a 2015 cover story interview with GQ, Swift said that at 14 she wrote a novel titled “A Girl Named Girl” and her parents still have a copy of it.


She appeared on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2009.

CBSThe show aired on CBS.

In 2009, Swift appeared on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Her character ended up getting murdered.


She was the maid of honour at her childhood friend’s wedding.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesShe’s reportedly been in a few bridal parties.

In 2016, Swift returned to her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, for the wedding of her childhood friend Britany Maack.

Vogue reported that, during her maid of honour speech, Swift said, “Real love doesn’t mess with your head. Real love just is. Real love just endures. Real love maintains. Real love takes it page by page.”


She rode horses as a kid.

Taylor Swift/YouTubeShe also rode a horse in her ‘Blank Space’ music video.

In a 2016 interview with Vogue,Swift shared that her mum had aspirations for her to be a horseback rider. Because of that, Swift rode competitively until she was 12 years old and told her mum she didn’t share her passion.


Some of her lyrics are things she’s wanted to text people in real life.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesShe said her songs aren’t meant to cause a ‘gossipfest.’

When songwriting, Swift said she sometimes is inspired by writing lyrics that are “burns.”

“Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text-message somebody in real life,” Swift said in a Rolling Stone interview in 2014. “I would just be constantly writing all these zingers – like, ‘Burn. That would really get her.'”


After her concerts, she sometimes watches “Friends.”

NBCShe said she also enjoys crime-related shows.

The singer-songwriter has shared that “Friends” is her favourite show that’s currently not on the air.

In 2015, she told GQ that after performing to crowds of tens of thousands and meeting fans, she likes to go home and has a mini-marathon.


She said she wrote “Blank Space” quickly but “All Too Well” took the most time to write.

YouTubeThe ‘Blank Space’ music video has millions of views.

In the 2016 Vogue’s 73 Questions With Taylor Swift,Swift revealed that “Blank Space” took the least amount of time to write, “’cause [she’d] written a lot of the lines down already in the year preceding the session,” but “All too Well” took the longest to write.

“It’s a really emotional song, I kept putting it down for months on end,” Swift explained.


“Kiss Me” was the first song she learned to play on guitar.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesShe can also play piano.

In this interview with Vogue, she shared that The Sixpence None the Richer hit “Kiss Me” was the first song she learned on guitar.


She’s got her go-to drive-thru order down.

Andrew H. Walker/GettyShe’d order a chocolate shake.

In the same interview with Vogue, when asked what she’d order at a drive-thru, Swift answered said she’d order a cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake.


Swift owns three cats.

Instagram/taylorswiftHer cats are named after TV characters.

Her oldest cats are named Olivia Benson, after the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” character and Meredith Grey, named after a character from “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In 2019, she adopted a new kitty and named him Benjamin Button.


She’s written songs for other artists.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesSwift also appeared in the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie.

The songwriter has written songs like “Better Man” for Little Big Town and the iconic song from the “Hannah Montana” movie, “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home.”

She’s even written under pseudonyms – in 2016Swift’s PR rep reached out to People and stated, “Taylor Swift wrote ‘This Is What You Came For’ under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.” The single was for artist Calvin Harris.

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