The "Shake It Off" singer opens up about how she chooses her pals

By Jeff Nelson
August 19, 2014 01:45 PM
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All it takes is a quick glance at her Instagram to see that Taylor Swift is everyone’s A-List BFF.

From glamming up for the Met Gala with supermodel Karlie Kloss and baking in the Hamptons with the Barefoot Contessa to making Independence Day the ultimate girls’ night, Swift clearly has an impressive contact list.

So what does the singer look for in a pal?

“I think that it doesn’t matter what career my friends have. It’s just based on the fact that I can really relate to people who are driven and intelligent,” she told Amy Robach on Good Morning America on Tuesday, adding that she likes the people in her circle to challenge her.

“You want to be around, like, smart, exciting people,” she said. “I think that’s what brings you up.”

On Monday, Swift announced her new album 1989 (out Oct. 27) and released her new single, “Shake It Off.”

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So what can we expect on the country-turned-pop star’s fifth LP? Judging by the ’80s artists Swift told Robach she’s been rocking out to lately, most likely some vintage-inspired jams. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel and, like, Fine Young Cannibals. And anything that was in a John Hughes movie. And – oh, Boy George,” she said.

As for the lead single’s message, it’s a kiss-off of another kind. “You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you, you have to have more fun than they do,” Swift said.

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