How Taylor Swift Quickly Ruined the Paparazzi’s Plans to Make $100,000 Off Her Belly Button
One of the biggest rumors about Taylor Swift was that she didn’t have a belly button.
The ridiculous speculation began because the singer constantly wore clothes that covered her midriff — and one odd comment she made during an interview with Lucky Magazine:
“I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing — you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.”
Well folks, this myth has been busted. Last month, Taylor Swift was vacationing with friends when she posted the following photo on instagram:
As you can clearly see, Swift indeed has a belly button. But why did she reveal it now?
According to an interview with BBC Radio, she revealed that it was actually a calculated move. She knew that any images taken by the paparazzi would be valuable since no known images showing her belly button existed, and there was no way she was going to let the paparazzi benefit from stalking her. She told BBC radio:
“Basically, on the last day [of vacation] we see a fishing boat a half a mile away. We were like, ‘That’s a little weird. We’re in the middle of the ocean scuba diving.’ My security gets out binoculars and sees that they have a huge long-lens camera. At which point, we go back to the beach and we realize, ‘Okay, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis, like, I don’t want them to make like $100,000 for stalking us.’ So we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat. We’re taking better bikini shots, so they don’t make as much money on theirs.”
Lesson learned: Only Taylor Swift profits off of Taylor Swift.
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