Pop star Taylor Swift has been forced to employ security guards after a number of safety threats.
The Shake It Off hitmaker reveals she has had no choice but to sacrifice a little of her privacy and hire bodyguards around the clock to make sure she doesn’t fall victim to crazy devotees after experiencing a number of close calls over the years.
Avoiding the chill in London
She tells America’s Esquire magazine, "I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do.
"I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven’t done that in six years. They have to be in a car behind me. Because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom’s house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me."
A fan rushes the stage at Taylor Swift’s Red Tour performance at the O2 in London.
However, Swift admits she prefers not to dwell on the negatives of fame.
She adds: "This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don’t ever want to be scared. I don’t want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don’t have to be scared."
Taylor Swift with security as meets fans
Swift has good reason to worry about her safety – in March (14), she had to obtain a permanent restraining order against alleged stalker Timothy Sweet, who was convinced the singer was his wife, after he bombarded her with frightening emails, letters and messages via social media.