01/22/2013 11:58 am ET

Taylor Swift Love Life Jokes Leave Singer Embarrassed Her Romances Are Taking Center Stage (REPORT)

Taylor Swift has made a career singing about her love life, but every breakup that inspires her to write yet another hit song is fodder for endless jokes at the singer's expense.

Making fun of Swift's short-lived, high-profile romances has become somewhat of a sport in Hollywood, and though the singer has done nothing but cash in on her heartache, RadarOnline claims the public mockery is starting to take a toll on the 23-year-old.

"At first Taylor just thought it was funny how much interest people had in her love life and she went along with it,” a friend of Swift's told the website. “But now she’s the butt of jokes on Saturday Night Live, in the tabloids and on the late night shows. She laughed it off, but the jokes made about her at the Golden Globes got under her skin.”

Swift's alleged pal is, of course, referring to Tina Fey playfully telling the singer to stay away from Michael J. Fox's son Sam, while she was hosting the award show. It was a joke that took on a life of its own, when Fox later told reporters he wouldn't approve of his son dating Swift, because he wouldn't want her to write a song about him once they broke up.

“The jokes being made about her love life embarrass her, but it’s finally hit home with Taylor,” the singer's friend told RadarOnline, adding that she wants to make an effort not to jump into relationships so quickly. " In a weird way all the negative press has really opened her eyes and will be good for her!”

Swift's string of failed relationships includes Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Conor Kennedy, and most recently, One Direction's Harry Styles. And though she's always seemed to feed on the attention that comes with a breakup -- playing right into it with a tweet about being back in the studio right after her breakup with Styles -- it's possible that the singer has realized the notoriety she's gained from her romantic endeavors is close to eclipsing her talents.

The singer appeared to be genuinely hurt by Fox's comments, so much so that the 51-year-old actor reached out to Swift to smooth things over. Last week, Swift tweeted, "Hey everybody, Michael J. Fox got in touch with me today and we are good. Thank you for having my back." It's clear that Swift was embarrassed enough by the joke that she needed to broadcast that things were cool between her and the actor.

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