I’ve never wanted to use my age as a gimmick, as something that would get me ahead of other people. I’ve wanted the music to do that. So we’ve never hidden the fact that I’m 17, but we’ve never wanted it to be the headline. Because I want the music to win. I think the actual truth of the matter is that being 17 has been sort of an obstacle, just in proving yourself to radio and proving yourself to middle-aged people listening to the radio. It’s just a number on my birth certificate. But I’m very respectful of that number, you know?
— Taylor Swift
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