Taylor Swift says she's not a 'clingy, insane, desperate' girlfriend

Peter Lindbergh / Vanity Fair / Today

Taylor Swift's love life is the subject of countless stories in the entertainment press, but the country music star tells Vanity Fair in a new cover story that the focus on her is "frankly a little sexist."

"If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people (Conor Kennedy and One Direction’s Harry Styles)," Swift tells contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales. The magazine points out that Swift has dated "some of the entertainment world's most notorious bachelors" -- Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, and John Mayer.

"The fact that there are slideshows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with ... it's just kind of ridiculous," Swift tells VF. "It's why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character."

As for whether she's boy-crazy, Swift says, "For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist."

Other nuggets in the Vanity Fair story: Did Swift purchase that house next to Kennedy's family in Hyannis Port, Mass., for $4.8 million? And was she offended by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joking about her dating life during the Golden Globes?

The April issue of Vanity Fair will be available on newsstands in New York and L.A. on March 7, and nationally and on the iPad, Nook, and Kindle on March 12.

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