Taylor Swift Revisits the Family Christmas Tree Farm With ‘Vogue’

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Taylor Swift (Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue)

Taylor Swift is looking very glam — and very blonde — on the cover of May’s Vogue, but within its pages she’s just a small town girl from Reading, Pa., serving as maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, visiting the Christmas tree farm on which she was raised, and dodging paparazzi at every turn.

For her profile, Swift brought Vogue writer Jason Gay as her plus-one to the wedding of her childhood best friend Britany Maack. Presumably, if you don’t want an entourage, don’t make a celebrity your maid of honor.

And, yeah, they go to the Christmas tree farm along with her mother, Andrea.

In fact, it’s a completely random drop-in on the current owners:

Soon we arrive at a clearing with a barn and a small farmhouse. This is the place, they tell me. Taylor and Andrea have not made any calls or arrangements about visiting. It’s going to be a random drop-in from a pop star, like the Taylor Swift Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes or something.

Taylor notices a man stepping into his car in the driveway. We pull up alongside, and Andrea rolls down her window. Taylor leans over. “I used to live here,” she says brightly.

The man immediately gives what can only be described as a Holy crap–it’s–Taylor Swift look. “I know,” he says, as if on cue.

Much of the interview takes place at Maack’s wedding, which you might remember from Swift’s Instagram.

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Taylor Swift and Britany Maack (Photo: Instagram)

Naturally, conversation turns to weddings.

“I’m just taking things as they come,” Swift says, when asked if she’s thought about marriage to her boyfriend Calvin Harris. “I’m in a magical relationship right now. And of course I want it to be ours, and low-key … this is the one thing that’s been mine about my personal life.”

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Taylor Swift (Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue)

So besides random drop-ins in suburban Pennsylvania and glamorous beach vacations, what is Swift up to these days now that the 1989 World Tour and winning her second Grammy for Album of the Year is behind her? Chilling mostly.

“Honestly, I never relax, and I’m excited about being able to relax for the first time in 10 years,” she says.

Swift takes a sip of her Old Fashioned. “I feel relaxed right now.”

Swift also comments briefly on her ongoing saga with Kanye West — “I think the world is so bored with the saga, I don’t want to add anything to it, because then there’s just more” — and misogynistic critiques of her dating history: “You know, I went out on a normal amount of dates in my early 20s, and I got absolutely slaughtered for it. And it took a lot of hard work and altering my decision-making. I didn’t date for two-and-a-half years. Should I have had to do that? No.”

Well, seems like she’s in the clear now.