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Taylor Swift not taking security for granted after stalking, attacks

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Taylor Swift is feeling less stressed and anxious as she approaches 30, but the US pop sensation still takes security at her shows seriously.

"I think with fear that's a fluctuating emotion," Swift said when asked about her experiences with stalking and the threat of terrorism at music venues.

"My fear tends to flare up when there are incidents that happen all the time. You know, somebody tries to break into one of my houses or there'll be a violent act that happens in the world," the 29-year-old told dpa in Berlin.

Swift, whose hits include "Shake It Off" and "Love Story," has been the victim of stalking since she made it big.

Terrorist attacks on concertgoers in Paris and Manchester have raised fears that live music events are becoming targets for violence.

Swift says her fans' safety is her "number-one priority."

"We've been very fortunate, but I don't take it for granted," she said of her concerts.

As the multi-platinum-selling star approaches her next big birthday, however, she says she has become more mellow - and so has her sound.

After her deeply personal 2017 record "Reputation," her upcoming seventh album - dubbed TS7 by expectant fans - is going to be "very different," she promised.

"I almost look at my last album as a storm, and this album kind of feels and looks the way that a sky would look after a storm," she explained.

"I hear people say that you have less stress and anxiety in your life when you're in your 30s. ... I'm definitely feeling that a little bit more when I'm approaching it."

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