Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie open up about fans breaking into their homes in Miss Americana
31 January 2020, 14:33
Urie revealed that he had to move after people would 'jump the gate and try to open the front door'.
Taylor Swift's documentary, Miss Americana, dropped on Netflix today (31 Jan), giving fans a glimpse of her life, personal relationships, time out of the spotlight and decision to use her platform to speak more openly about politics. (Following the release, Taylor dropped her most important track yet called 'Only The Young'.)
The documentary also lets fans in on the recording sessions and intricate song-writing processes for Taylor's seventh studio album Lover. Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie makes an appearance to lay down his iconic vocals on Taylor's lead single 'Me!' but it's the conversation the two of them have about their own safety that is particularly striking.
While recording the track in the studio, both Taylor and Brendon opened up about the troubles and very dangerous situations they've found themselves in when it comes to fans intruding on their personal properties. Brendon revealed how people would try to open his front door and Taylor recounted the man who broke in and slept in her bed.
The conversation starts when Taylor asks Brendon if he wants to "stay in LA forever." "I don't know actually," he replies. "My wife is from Detroit, so we talked about getting a place to test it out. And then fans found out and I had to leave." Taylor replies: "Oh, would they just wait outside?"
Brendon then revealed that people "would jump the gate and, like, try to open [the] front door". He continued: "And I was like, 'This is not okay.'"
Taylor then says: "There's a difference between 'I really connect with your lyrics' and 'I'm going to break in'." Or as Brendon put it, "I want your blood."
Referring back to the 2018 incident where a man broke into her house, Taylor retells the story: "I had a crazy dude break into my apartment and sleep in my bed a couple of months ago. Didn't like it."
Both Taylor and Brendon have spoken at length about the struggles they've had with privacy in their own homes.
In an interview with Elle, Taylor opened up about how the constant security issues are affecting her, to the point where she started carrying QuikClot army grade bandage dressing: "Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things."
A few years ago, Brendon also took to social media to call out fans who had effectively forced him and his wife Sarah to move out of their home.
Back in 2017, Brendon wrote a statement saying: "Three years ago, I bought a house. A dream home, really. I had a studio built in part of the house, wrote an album there, jumped off the roof into the pool countless times."
"Also during that time, since my address was public, I would receive letters and/or gifts from fans. This never bothered me. But as time progressed, so did the amount of letters. Not just letters and gifts, this soon changed into visits and constant harassment from fans. It got so bad that I didn't feel safe in my own home."
It's unclear if Brendon was referring to the same incident while talking to Taylor, or if it happened to him again. But either way, it goes without saying that this needs to stop. If you're approaching or attempting to gain access to the private residences of your fave artists, then you're no fan at all.