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Taylor Swift Talks Embracing Single Life, Focusing On Music, Family, And Friends

by Caitlin Carter   Oct 8, 2014 14:49 PM EDT

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Taylor Swift has been making the rounds on the press circuit in support of her upcoming fifth studio album, 1989. Her latest appearance is on the cover of PEOPLE's 40th Anniversary issue. In the interview, the 24-year-old talks about loving the single life and focusing on her career.

"The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms," she told them. "Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try. It's really been a liberating and freeing time."

She explains that she made a conscious choice to step out of the dating scene for a while.

"I made the decision to spend time on my own and figure out who I am," she said. "When you take the other person out of the scenario and you're walking through life on your own, you end up figuring out what you actually like without anyone else's input."

For now the "Shake It Off" singer is content spending time with her friends, family and cats and isn't too concerned about finding Mr. Right.

"I'm not too worried about whether I meet someone," she says. "I'm going to be happy either way."

Swift's first official pop album, 1989, is due out October 27 via Big Machine Records.

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