As one of the world’s biggest superstars, Taylor Swift has millions of admirers. Sadly, some people take their adoration for the artist much too far, and Swift has lived with the fear of stalkers for years. These stalkers have harassed her with countless letters and threatened violence against her; some have even shown up at her residence. Perhaps the most sinister among them is Roger Alvarado, who broke into Swift’s New York City apartment, where the police found him napping in her bed. After a stint in jail, Alvarado returned to the same residence and broke in again. Even after his second arrest, the stalker showed no sign of remorse. During a jailhouse interview with Page Six, he said he’d likely break in again when released.
The actions of Alvarado and others have created a tremendous amount of fear in Swift’s life. The singer admitted to Elle that she carries army-grade bandage dressing, the kind for gunshot or stab wounds, where she goes. “Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online,” she said. “You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things.”
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