The singer tells GQ how her social life has changed in recent years

By Nick Maslow
Updated October 15, 2015 11:20 AM
Credit: Michael Thompson/GQ

Taylor Swift embraces her sexy side in her beachside photoshoot for the November cover story of GQ – and her interview is just as revealing.

“I honestly think my lack of female friendships in high school and middle school is why my female friendships are so important now,” Swift, 25, said of her star-studded squad. “Because I always wanted them. It was just hard for me to have friends.”

The 1989 singer recalled how she invited a group of her peers to the mall when she was in middle school. The girls turned her down, but Swift and her mom later saw them shopping in Victoria’s Secret.

“I just remember my mom looking at me and saying, ‘We’re going to King of Prussia Mall,’ which is the big, big mall in Pennsylvania, 45 minutes away,” Swift explained. “So we left and went to the better mall. My mom let me escape from certain things that were too painful to deal with. And we talked about it the whole ride there, and we had a good time shopping.”

Nowadays, Swift’s close pals Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid, boyfriend Calvin Harris and loyal fans provide all the social love she needs.

“I’m around people so much,” Swift told the magazine. “Massive amounts of people. I do a meet-and-greet every night on the tour, and it’s 150 people. Before that, it’s a radio meet-and-greet with 40 people. After the show, it’s 30 or 40 more people. So then when I go home and turn on the TV, and I’ve got Monica and Chandler and Ross and Rachel and Phoebe and Joey on a Friends marathon, I don’t feel lonely. I’ve just been onstage for two hours, talking to 60,000 people about my feelings. That’s so much social stimulation. When I get home, there is not one part of me that wishes I was around other people.”