Well, this is awkward: Taylor Swift claims to looooove her fans ... so why were hundreds of unopened letters to the star found in a Nashville dumpster over the weekend? The woman who found the letters collected them and told local TV station WKRN, which confirmed that Swift does in fact receive fan mail at the PO Box to which the letters were addressed, and that a staffer picks it up regularly. Not surprisingly, pretty much every gossip outlet has picked up on the story, some amusingly:
- Richard Lawson's take at the Atlantic Wire: "Kids, if you really love Taylor Swift, simply write her a letter telling her so, and it will end up unopened in a dumpster sort of near her house."
- And Caity Weaver at Gawker: The letters, which were "covered with pictures, hearts, and sparkles" according to WKRN, were, surprisingly, not "letters Taylor Swift had written to her future self (Dear Taylor: I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean...)."
As for the official explanation, Swift's record company claims it has no idea what could have happened, and a spokesperson from her management team says they are concerned. The thousands of letters Taylor gets every day are "opened and read" and then recycled, she explains. "The only explanation would be that a small batch of mail that was supposed to be delivered to Taylor was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center," says the rep. "We sincerely appreciate Channel 2 bringing this to our attention, and we plan to immediately pick up the mail."