Lorena Says: Is Taylor Swift The New Jennifer Aniston?

Tue, January 11, 2011 11:59pm EDT by 17 Comments
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Taylor’s starting to remind us of someone else we know and love as her reputation gets wrapped up in who she dates.

When I first heard about Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal‘s split, I instantly thought “I wonder what song she’s going to write about him now.” And I know I wasn’t the only one with Taylor’s next boy song on the brain. But how did we get to the point where we categorize a talented artist such as Taylor purely by her affinity for writing songs about her exes? And is it her fault she’s constantly defined by her love life, similarly to Jennifer Aniston?

The reason I first became a fan of Taylor’s music is because I related to her lyrics. It didn’t matter that I’m older than the 21-year-old, when she sang about being the girl who watches her crush date a cheerleader while she sits in the stands, I totally understood. (It helps that I was in the marching band and was always “just the friend” in high school — in case you were wondering).

My point is, girlfriend transcends age, gender, and social status with her music. But I’m worried that Taylor is pigeon-holing herself by constantly talking about her exes, and by centering her music around her past romances. I understand that she needs to draw from real-life experiences but she is in serious danger of being branded the “unlucky-in-love” singer who only writes about boys and defines herself by relationships.

Just like Taylor, Jen Aniston is another of America’s sweeethearts whose love life has over-shadowed her talented career. Instead of expressing her romantic endeavors in music like Taylor does, Jen has chosen movies that parallel her life. Being the kind-hearted and charming gal that she is, she’s had the good humor to poke fun at her movie choices. “It’s funny – I kind of noticed something a couple years ago that there seemed to be this strange parallel to the movies I was doing and my life off screen. It started with, well, The Good Girl,” she explained. “Then that evolved into Rumor Has It, followed by Derailed, and then there was The Break-Up. And then on the lighter side was Friends with Money, which I felt was a bit on the nose. So if any of you have a project titled Everlasting Love with an Adult, Stable Male…”

Jen has repeatedly ask that people not pity her, and said she didn’t agree with “this whole  poor, lonely Jen thing.” But whenever I read a story where Angelina Jolie talks about Brad Pitt as her soulmate, I instantly think of Jen and how awful that must be for her. But why is that? Why shouldn’t I think about all of the success Jen has had in her career, and not of the failed romances she’s left behind?

It seems like Jen has fallen into the “unlucky-in-love” label for so long she may not be able to get out, no matter how much we want her to and how much she denies she’s even in that category. And whether or not she gave Taylor advice on men at the People’s Choice Awards, one thing’s for sure — Taylor and Jen have more in common than just John Mayer.

Do YOU think Taylor is at risk for becoming the next Jen Aniston?

Lorena O’Neil


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