The Threat To Taylor Swift & Her Need For 24hr Security
PRESENT DANGER: Threatened by stalkers and mobbed wherever she goes, Taylor Swift now needs a 24-hour bodyguard.
Trapped by the extremes of celebrity, Taylor Swift cannot venture out without a bodyguard by her side. Is the price of fame too high? By Ben Arogundade. 17.11.2015.
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A BODY TO GUARD
Initially, Swift resisted the idea of having a bodyguard, as she wanted to maintain a degree of normality within her life, but as these threats continued she was forced to change her mind. So close is the physical threat potentially posed to Swift that her bodyguard and security team virtually live with her. She recently bought a $5 million apartment right across the hall from her own $15 million penthouse in New York’s Tribeca district, just to house them all. Swift now spends more time with her bodyguards than she does with any other man in her life.
RIGHT OF SAFETY
A bodyguard has now become an accepted expense for all high profile celebrities, and it appears to be money well spent, if stars like Taylor Swift feel safer. “I don't want to be walking down the street scared,” she told Esquire. “And when I have security, I don't have to be scared.”
And yet, despite the disadvantages of having to wall herself in from the world, Swift seems to like things the way they are. “There’s nothing I would change about my life,” she told NME. For Swift, losing her freedom seems to be a price she is willing to pay for success.
FOR TAYLOR SWIFT, like many stars before her, fame and success have come at a high price, particularly with regard to the loss of her freedom. As her music sells more and more units globally, she has become afflicted by that most extreme version of fame — almost Michael Jackson level — in which she is never completely alone, and where the simple act of venturing out into the street and exposing herself to the general public can result in pandemonium. “The most abnormal thing about my life is having crowd’s form everywhere I go,” Swift told Barbara Walters on ABC News. “I have not been alone, truly, for five years.”
Swift, for whom every move, facial inflection or outfit change becomes a news story, lives in a cocoon of isolation, and sometimes loneliness, and she often appears trapped within her New York apartment on days when she is so besieged that she cannot venture out. “There are usually 15 paparazzi waiting outside my house,” she told InStyle.
Taylor Swift has a round-the-clock bodyguard, not to keep her fans (called Swifties) or the paparazzi at bay, but rather, to counter the more sinister threat posed by the fanatical, unstable characters out there that wish to do her harm. In 2013 one determined stalker allegedly swam two miles at night across the Rhode Island bay on the north eastern shore of the United States, reaching Swift’s beach house at midnight, where he was apprehended by her bodyguard and security team as he rose out of the water. “The sheer number of men we have on 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. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about,” Taylor told Esquire.