‘I worry about everything all the time,’ she says with a grin.‘We could do our entire interview me telling you how many things I’ve worried about since breakfast.
‘For the last two albums I’d sold one million copies in a week, and I knew people were waiting to see me not hit that number and then diagnose the music industry as dying or dead.
Crucially, she became one of the first country artists to use the internet to market herself, expanding her reach beyond the genre’s traditional heartlands to recruit an army of teenage girl fans.
By the time of her second album, Fearless, in 2008, Swift was already shifting away from country (its lead single, Love Story, became her first hit in the UK, where she was marketed as a pop artist).
Taylor Swift is not only the biggest pop star on the planet, but also the biggest worrier.
Right now she is worrying about this interview – her first major sit-down chat of the year.
‘I didn’t think it was going to be international news or affect a public offering,’ she claims.