TAYLOR SWIFT says she gets really stupid when she’s in love. Is that why she’s opted to stay single after her fiasco of a relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal? Because here’s the country pop superstar covering the February issue of Vogue in a cover story aptly entitled, “The Single Life.”

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Taylor sports some serious forehead fringe framing her brilliant blue eyes in her celebrity photo shoot for the magazine, where she talks about how she never really felt like she was “the cool kid,” and how awkward she felt growing up, having frizzy hair, and singing the national anthem on weekends when everyone else her age were having sleepovers…

The 22-year-old says she has only one word to describe her middle school and high-school years: awkward.

“So . . . middle school? Awkward,”

Pennsylvania-raised Swift tells Vogue Magazine.

“Having a hobby that’s different from everyone else’s? Awkward. Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don’t embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!”

And are the remnants of her awkward teenage past the reason why all of  her love affairs in the last few years, starting from Joe Jonas to Taylor Lautner, from John Mayer to Jake Gyllenhaal, have had “awkward” endings, as well?

“I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid.”

Taylor admits, and while she’s not dating anyone at present…

“There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak,”

she says,

“and that will turn out to be what the next album is about. The only way that I can feel better about myself — pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone — is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.”

And while she’s working on her fourth album and writing of heartbreak and dissing past loves in her songs, here’s Taylor Swift living the single life in Vogue…

Photos Via Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine

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