From March 2016 to August 2017, Taylor took her first extended hiatus since the beginning of her career in 2006, following the massive success of "1989". In an interview with VOGUE, she discussed why she was taking a break from the spotlight, and what she planned to do with all her free time.
"This is the first time in 10 years that I haven’t known [what's next]. I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened…I decided I was going to live my
life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.” -- Taylor Swift
She revealed that during her time off, she hoped to accomplish some "short-term goals," such as learning CPR and how to make a cocktail. “I would really like to take a little time to learn
things,” Taylor said. “I have lots of short-term goals. I do things like this. [One time] I got it in my head that I couldn’t do a split, and I was really upset about it. And so I stretched
every single day for a year until I could do a split. Somehow I feel better knowing that I can.”
Taylor noted that even though her plan was to take a long break, she was not counting out the possibility of getting back into the studio sooner than expected. “I’m always going to be
writing songs,” Taylor said. “The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record
is started. That’s an option, too.”
MET GALA CO-CHAIR
Taylor wasn't just a guest at the 2016 Met Gala. Along with VOGUE editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actor/DJ Idris Elba she was a co-chair of fashion's most over-the-top night. She took her
role very seriously, sticking to the night's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme with a somewhat controversial robotic look and newly bleached hair.