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Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:45:00 GMT | By Colleen Last
Taylor Swift: 'There's room for role models who make mistakes'

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Taylor Swift has defended Miley Cyrus in a new interview with UK Glamour magazine.

When asked about Miley’s controversial MTV VMAs performance, where she wore a nude-coloured bikini and danced up against Robin Thicke, Taylor said: “There’s room for role models who make mistakes.

“There’s clearly room for role models who are made fun of at award shows, not that I necessarily enjoy being poked fun at! But that’s gonna happen to them too.”

She pointed out that criticism can come from all directions, “whether in a board meeting or in school or on Facebook, where they’ll get humiliated publicly. And if I can say, ‘Yeah, I’ve taken a few hits over the years and I’m still going, I’m still happy!’ maybe that’s an example. It’s not just about standing on top of a mountain with the wind blowing in your hair, looking fabulous.”

Taylor acknowledged it’s hard to constantly be talked about in the media. “You can be obsessed with the bad things people say and the good things, either way you’re obsessed with yourself and I’m not – you can become unhinged so easily. Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism.”

She admitted she tries to avoid reading stories about her as she’s a sensitive soul who takes things to heart. “I distance myself, because I feel everything. The little I am exposed to hurts my feelings. The only things I can really control are my songs and my behaviour. The rest? If I focused on it that would lead to insanity,” she said.

Taylor was under a lot of scrutiny late last year when she had a brief relationship with One Direction’s Harry Styles, who joins her list of famous ex-boyfriends which also includes John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal. Has she learnt her lesson about dating celebrities?

“You can say, ‘I’m never gonna date a high-profile person in the arts!’ But whoever I date, famous or not – whether I ever date again – all chaos will break loose, with fabrication and frantic obsession and who likes who more and who ended it,” she reasoned.

For now, Taylor is enjoying being free from that speculation. “Right now is easy because I’m single and happy, and it’s very relaxing.”

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