The toughest part, she says, is leaving her beloved cats at home

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When it comes to touring, the hardest part isn’t traveling around the world and performing to sold-out stadiums several times a week, says Taylor Swift – it’s spending time away from her cats, Meredith and Olivia.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Swift debunks the idea that touring can cause a pop star to burn out.

“It’s not that hard. It’s made out to be harder than it is,” she says. “I do have to leave the cats behind when I leave the country, which is the hardest part.”

The “Bad Blood” singer kicked off her 1989 world tour earlier this month in Tokyo. Swift, 25, will be performing her over-the-top show multiple times each week across four continents through December, but maintains that she’s still not over the exhausting experience of touring. In fact, the exhaustion is her favorite part.

“That’s the best part of this – when you walk off stage and you’re drenched in sweat and you’re tired and your legs hurt it feels like you’re really working for the job,” she says. “It’s nice to feel tired after a show. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m finally doing something.’ ”

An added bonus of staying so busy is “the feeling of: ‘You know what? I’ve been busy. I deserve this watching two hours of TV at the end of the night.’ ” (Her current binge-watch? Friends, “because I’ve seen every episode, so it’s like switching my brain off.”)

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But after five critically acclaimed albums and countless awards, Swift’s worldwide fame means she’s able to take more sanity-preserving breaks between shows.

“When I was starting out I’d go on tour for three months and I was gone for three months,” she says. “Now, almost 10 years in, I thank God we get to play bigger shows so I don’t have to play as many.”

She continues: “If we’re playing stadiums, I’ll do two or three a week, not five shows a week, then I get to fly home in between.”

As much as Swift claims that being a global superstar is not “that hard at all,” it’s refreshing to hear that she’s still not completely jaded by the fame.

“We usually start in a smaller arena,” she says of starting the 1989 tour in a 55,000-seat stadium. “It was just like – stadium, two in a row, let’s go.

“I do get nervous about things like that because it does matter.”