The NY Post has an article today about some people from who generally stay in the background. Taylor Swift's parents. The couple who are separated, can't stand each other, but one place they remain united is keeping as much control of Taylor Swift's life and career as possible. They have made sure, by, periodically replacing senior management at their company which runs Taylor's career and changing agents and forcing out Taylor's publicist that they remain the sole beacon in Taylor's career. Even though the parents can't stand to be in the same room as each other, they both want to make sure that Taylor has no one else to rely on professionally other than them.
A quick comparison was made between them and the mother of Katherine Heigl. Katherine's mom has the same kind of management style. You cut off people when they start to get too close or if the client is starting to listen to the advice of others. It is a save your job and income mentality regardless of who gets in the way. To me, that is just taking you down a road where your child ends up hating you. In Katherine's case she only deals with her mother. With Taylor, she has two parents who can't stand each other and when they run out of people to dismiss there are only going to be the two of them and one of them eventually will make a play to get rid of the other parent which is going to cause an unruly mess.
I sometimes wonder if it is because of this style of parenting and this effort to sabotage those who get too close to Taylor that results in her merry go round of friends and boyfriends and why no one ever seems to stick around for long. Are they behind it? Did she learn the tactics from her parents?