Her life might seem perfect but Taylor Swift struggles with being in the public eye sometimes

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Taylor Swift might be pretty much queen of the world right now but, as she reveals in an exclusive new interview with NME magazine, it’s not always easy to deal with.

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The 25-year-old star is constantly being talked about – whether it’s for her record-breaking number of Instagram followers, her latest music video or her relationship with DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris – and she admits that it can often make her anxious about getting things wrong.

‘I’m in the news every single day for multiple different reasons,’ says Taylor. ‘And it can feel, at times, if you let your anxiety get the better of you, like everybody’s waiting for you to really mess up – and then you’ll be done.

‘A lot of the time I need to call my mom and talk for a really long time, just to remind myself of all the things that are great and all the things that matter.

‘If you do something that defines your character to be not what the public thought you were, that’s the biggest risk.’

Taylor is determined to use her fame for a good purpose though and isn’t interested in doing anything for shock value.

‘It’s not about trying to be perfect,’ she explains.

‘Not to try and sound like the good witch in The Wizard Of Oz or something, but I really do want to do good things with what I have, and that’s it.

‘I don’t think my brain could cook up very shocking things for the sake of being shocking.’

It’s unsurprising that Taylor is everywhere right now. The Bad Blood star is still on her 1989 World Tour, which wraps in Australia just a couple of weeks before Christmas, and it sounds like we might not see so much of her when it’s all over.

‘I think I should take some time off,’ the award-winning star confesses. ‘I think people might need a break from me.

‘I’m going to… I don’t know. Hang out with my friends. Write new music. Maybe not write new music. I don’t know.’

Just don’t disappear for too long, Tay!

To read the full interview, pick up your free copy of NME magazine

Anna Francis