Monday, April 22, 2024

Taylor Swift Parties in Toronto, Says She’s Sad US Tour Is Over


Taylor Swift up close: I haven’t seen her since her first year at the Grammys. She was a gangly teenager with a mother and family who stuck to her like glue. It seems like eons have passed.

On Sunday night Taylor, labeled a maneater in the press, came to Soho House in Toronto. She contributed a song to the movie “One Chance” about British singer Paul Potts. Her date? A bodyguard who growled whenever anyone approached. Her tablemate? Young Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, who will make his American debut in The Weinstein Company’s “The Giver” starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

I slid into a seat at their table. The bodyguard bared his teeth. Taylor said, “He’s okay.” I was approved for an audience– mostly because I told the truth. In my recent entrapment in my car, Swift’s duet with Ed Sheeran– called “Everything Has Changed”– has become a favorite. It’s her best offering in a long time because it’s not about knifing a celebrity ex boyfriend.

What did we talk about? Her tour, which I caught with my nieces last winter at the Prudential Center in Newark. “I’m very sad. We only have a couple of dates left in the U.S.” Does she like performing live? “I love it,” she said. But it’s not over. The tour goes international next. Swift’s highly constructed show still has countries to conquer.

And what about the man-eating thing? I must tell you, Swift and Thwaites sat perpendicular to each other. They could not have been more chaste. They looked like characters from “Downton Abbey.” There was no hand holding, smooching, or anything else. They actually looked like they’d been put at the table like a flower arrangement. And Taylor couldn’t have been nicer or more composed.

Maybe everything has changed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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