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Taylor Swift’s dating life gets as much attention as her music these days – probably because they are so intertwined. Perhaps no one is more interested in who Taylor is dating at any given moment than talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen gave Taylor such a hefty dose of good-natured grief about her long trail of boyfriends in their interview this earlier this week that Taylor finally broke down and said it was making her feel like a bad person.
Ellen spent the first few minutes of the interview teasing Taylor about dating Zac Efron, who starred with Taylor in the animated film, The Lorax. Ellen repeatedly threw in comments about Taylor and Zac dating, while Taylor became increasingly agitated, insisting they never dated.
When Ellen asked which song on Taylor’s new CD is about Zac, Taylor said (for the 15th time), "There's nothing really about Zac on the CD ... because we didn't date."
Ellen tried to keep the mood light, while still giving the audience what they wanted, so she asked Taylor to play a game and handed her a giant bell, asking her to ring it when a picture of the guy her single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is about appeared on the screen behind Ellen and Taylor. Taylor accepted the bell and tried to be good natured about as the first two pictures shown are just jokes (Zac Efron and Danny DiVito); but when a picture of Taylor and John Mayer – whom she really did date in real life and with whom she had a messy breakup – appeared, Taylor grew more serious.
The young singer gave Ellen a pleading look and said “I don’t want to! I don’t want to. They’ll send me angry emails and I don’t want to get them.”
After a few more pictures appeared with actual ex-boyfriends (Joe Jonas and Cory Monteith), Taylor couldn’t play along anymore.
"Stop it, stop it, stop!" she yelled. "This makes me feel so bad about myself. Every time I come up here you put a different dude up on the screen. It just makes me really question what I stand for as a human being. There's never been two guys on the screen two visits in a row. It's sad."
Although it’s true, Taylor has dated a lot of different men, I feel bad for her being embarrassed like that. She’s only 22 years old – isn’t dating normal at that age?
Rumors are also swirling about Taylor having broken up with her latest boyfriend, 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, recently; if there is any truth to that, it would explain why she was particularly sensitive about the subject. She may have feared that a picture of Conor was going to appear on the screen, and with a breakup that recent, it may have evoked some tears on camera. Who can blame her for being uncomfortable with that?
All in all, Taylor can’t be too surprised with the public interest in her love life, considering that 90 percent of her songs are about relationships, and she’s revealed in the past that many of her songs are at least based on actual relationships she’s been in. In her defense, however, she chose to “talk” about those relationships through a medium she felt safe with – music – not on a talk show.
It’s highly unlikely that Taylor will give up writing and singing about her relationships anytime soon, considering how well it’s worked out for her financially and career-wise. But perhaps she will become better at disguising which ex-boyfriends the songs are really about – or at least more elusive at avoiding questions about it.