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Taylor Swift Explains Her Belly Button-Revealing Bikini Photo

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Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who really, really want to see Taylor Swift‘s belly button. And, as is true with the rest of her career, the singer took control over exactly when she wanted to debut it to the world.

Back in November, Taylor explained to Lucky magazine that although she shows off her midriff, it’s not likely that she’ll be showing her belly button on the red carpet.

“I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing,” she said. “I only partially commit to the midriff thing — you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not.”

She added, “I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.”

However, Taylor switched gears while vacationing in Maui with Haim, posting a photo of herself and the three bandmembers all rocking bikinis. And, yes, you could see her belly button. (Naturally, the world freaked out.)

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, Taylor explained why she took the pic, saying, “We weren’t going to [Instagram photos]. I have a camera that I really love and we were just taking pictures for fun. We spent this whole trip feeling like, ‘This is amazing. We’re so sly. There’s no paparazzi anywhere.’ And I’m always checking. I’m looking a mile away. It’s been ten years of this. I know how to spot a lens. I know how to hear the faint clicking sounds a mile away. There was nothing. I swear.”

As it turned out, eventually photographers did find the group.

“Basically, on the last day [of the vacation] we see a fishing boat a half a mile away,” Taylor adds. “We were like, ‘That’s a little weird. We’re in the middle of the ocean scuba diving.’ My security gets out binoculars and sees that they have a huge long-lens camera. At which point, we go back to the beach and we realize, ‘Okay so they got pictures of us in our bikinis, like I don’t want them to make like $100,000 for stalking us’… So we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat, we’re taking better bikini shots, so they don’t make as much money on theirs.’”

And that is why Taylor chose to expose her belly button.

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