The 25-year-old singer previously said she would never show off her belly button, but she decided to do it because of paparazzi photos that would eventually surface.
“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,” Taylor said on BBC Radio 1′s Breakfast Show. “I know how to spot a lens. I know how to hear the faint clicking sounds a mile away. There was nothing. I swear.”
“Basically, on the last day [of their 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.’”
Taylor Swift – BBC Breakfast Show Interview (Bikini Portion at 7:15)