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Taylor Swift: Pop stardom is made out to be harder than it is


Taylor Swift has said touring the world "is not that hard".

Speaking to Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw ahead of her show at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich she said: "It's not that hard, I'm telling you now it's really not.

"Sometimes I really don't think it's that hard at all."

The singer is currently on her 1989 world tour, and flew to Norwich from America especially for her performance on the main stage.

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She said she feels like she "really worked for something" when she comes off stage.

"That's the best part of this [touring]. 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.

"It's nice to feel tired after a show. I'm like 'Oh my God, I'm finally doing something'.

"I really like the feeling of: 'You know what? I've been busy. I deserve this watching two hours of TV at the end of the night'.

"I like Friends because I've seen every episode, so it's like switching my brain off. I know exactly what they're about to say."

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image captionThe singer said that "muscle memory" kicks in sometimes when she forgets lyrics

She admitted she was nervous on the first night of the 1989 tour, which runs until December, but started in May at a 55,000 seat stadium in Tokyo.

"We usually start in a smaller arena. It was just like - stadium two in a row, let's go.

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

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image captionTaylor has a theory that her cats don't have an awareness of time so don't miss her when she goes on tour

Taylor added that she's become used to leaving home to go on tour.

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

"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. It's not that bad.

"It's not that hard. It's made out to be harder than it is."

"I do have to leave the cats behind when I leave the country, which is the hardest part."

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Taylor said that her fame makes her "sometimes" miss the normality of being able to hang out with friends but that she's had to get used to "the abnormality of my life".

However, she added: "That's my life and I chose this and I can't then complain about it because then I'm a jerk, if you work that hard to get somewhere and then you get there and you're like: 'I hate this'."

And the essential item on a world tour? Caffeine. Or to be more precise: "Any kind of coffee I can get.

"I'm that sort of person that needs coffee every day or I feel like something's a little weird."

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