Taylor Swift is a 26-year-old man from Lubbock, Texas. He is a pupil at Texas Tech University and is all too acquainted with the pains of sharing a reputation with the numerous different Taylors on the market — one in every of whom occurs to be a pop icon.
“My father insisted on [naming me] Taylor, and I guess he wasn’t aware of how many Taylors were going to be born in the next couple of years,” Taylor Swift, who was born in 1992, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
Before male Taylor Swift discovered about singer Taylor Swift, he says he was detached about his title. With “Taylor” being so frequent, he typically glided by “Swift,” which he preferred fairly a bit.
Male Swift first discovered about feminine Swift when he was playing around on Myspace throughout his freshman 12 months of highschool, in 2005 or 2006. As he remembers it, he and a cousin had been looking their very own names on Myspace attempting to see if anybody else on the market shared their monikers.
Lo and behold, a singer named Taylor Swift’s profile popped up. She was a 16-year-old nation music singer who used Myspace to share her music and join with the few followers she had.
Male Swift didn’t suppose a lot of it. Until he went off to summer time camp on the finish of the varsity 12 months. By then, feminine Swift had launched the primary single off her eponymously titled debut album, and it was successful. Male Swift’s title was all of a sudden on folks’s radar.
“Rumors spread around that there was a Taylor Swift there,” male Swift remembers of that summer time at camp. “All the counselors were aware of it.”
From that summer time on, superstar Taylor Swift’s life can be a curler coaster of unbelievable achievements, award present mishaps, and sold-out live shows. For male Swift, it will be a ton of awkward social conditions.
For instance, in March 2009, when male Swift determined to get a Facebook account: Female Swift had gained a Grammy for Album of the Year for her sophomore album, “Fearless,” only a month earlier than. Apparently, quite a lot of Facebook customers wished to make use of the pseudonym Taylor Swift as a result of when male Swift tried to enroll in the social media platform, Facebook wouldn’t enable him to make use of his actual title.
“I tried contacting Facebook,” male Swift says. “I tried emailing them and calling them, but I never got a response. I eventually had to use my middle name, Reese.”
Male Swift says he nonetheless consistently receives emails, telephone calls and Facebook messages from little ladies asking him to sing a music or inform them the place he lives. But generally the requests are “really sad,” male Swift provides.
One time, a girl messaged him on Facebook saying she was taking her special-needs granddaughter to a Taylor Swift live performance in New York City. She begged for a meet-and-greet or some form of particular consideration.
“It was so hard to build up the courage to tell her I was not Taylor Swift,” male Swift says. “I would love that to happen for her, but I just had no control over it.”
Male Swift says he does his finest to by no means use his full title when reserving a desk at a restaurant or a room at a resort. When he has to make use of his full title, nonetheless, to pay a telephone invoice or guide a physician’s appointment, there’s at all times a chuckle on the opposite finish of the road, he says.
His title was additionally a hot-button subject when he went by way of fraternity recruitment. “It was good because I had allies,” male Swift says. “My friends would be like, ‘I know he has this name that carries this stigma, but he’s a good guy.’ With some frats I didn’t know, I got a roaring response. It was interesting. It wasn’t worse than any other social setting that I’ve been in.”
On his first day of faculty, in a biology lecture, his professor — a person in his mid-60s, Swift guesses — insisted on a verbal roll name. When the roll reached Taylor Swift, male Swift says his professor received fairly the chuckle out of it.
“The discrimination to a degree doesn’t really stop with anybody specifically,” Swift says. “It ranges with just about anyone you can imagine.”
Male Swift isn’t the one one who shares the title with the Grammy winner. Taylor Adam Swift, a photographer from Seattle, instructed Newsweek just a few years in the past concerning the creepy FaceTime calls he will get. And there’s additionally Taylor Swift, an occasion planner from New York, who instructed Newsweek that Facebook shut down her profile.
“Overall, worse things have happened to me,” male Swift says of his title. “I think it has been beneficial. At the very least, it’s a good icebreaker.”
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