According to Page Six, Taylor Swift's mother and father are behind-the-scenes monsters, described by a source as being "difficult and controlling stage parents." There are a number of reasons why this isn't surprising.
For one, Swift's parents were more elemental in her career than most. When Swift was 14, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville so that she could pursue a career in country music. A Rolling Stone profile from a few years ago said that Swift "persuaded" her parents to relocate, but the exact story is kind of irrelevant: any couple willing to move halfway across the country so a kid can pursue music stardom will obviously have a great deal of investment in her subsequent career. (It was a good bet, obviously.)
That Rolling Stone story also describes her parents—Scott and Andrea, who, according to Page Six, have been living separately for years—as having "business backgrounds," which is as true as calling them "humans." Scott Kingsley Swift is a wealth management advisor and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, who runs a subset of the firm called The Swift Group from the company's Nashville office. (His official company bio notes that his daughter "Taylor is a four-time Grammy winner and CMA Entertainer of the Year.") He also lists a number of entertainment ventures—Swift Merchandising, Firefly Entertainment—on his Finra broker check and was an early investor in Big Machine, the fledgling label that first released Swift's music. (Andrea, whose father was an oilman, likewise worked at a mutual fund before leaving to become a stay-at-home mom.)
As rich people with deep personal and familial histories in finance, it's almost pro forma that Swift's parents are accused of having alienated top employees at her management company, as well as various agents and other industry figures, including Swift's longtime publicist. "Taylor's parents are extremely difficult to deal with," says a Page Six source, and also everyone about basically anyone who has ever ascended to the top of the finance industry.
But the least shocking part about Swift's parents is that they see themselves as different than others who might be fortunate to be in her orbit. "They want to pay as little as possible and treat people like shit," someone said to Page Six. "Because they think those people are lucky to have the chance to work with a superstar like Taylor."
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