Taylor Swift has learned the price of fame several times throughout her career, and has been the victim of several stalkers since hitting it big.
The 28-year-old Swift has been in the public eye since her self-titled album was a smash hit on the country charts in 2006. Her songs take inspiration from her personal life, but the dangerous cases of stalkers is likely not something she wants to revisit. Thankfully, Swift has not been injured by stalkers, many of whom show up at her houses when she is not at home.
"I get nervous when I have stalker incidents," Swift told Cosmopolitan UK in 2012. "I try not to talk too much about it because it scares me. Sometimes you get a dude who kind of wants to steal you. That's why I'm so grateful I have people looking after me, like [my bodyguard] Dennis."
She continued, "Over the past couple of years it's got worse... I get told if there's been an attempt or a threat. My security text me a picture and say, 'Look out for this dude; he's driven across the country, he's off his meds,' or something like that. No one has ever been successful in getting into my house or anything like that. I have an amazing security team."
Scroll on for a look at 10 scary cases of alleged stalkers who went after Swift.
In April, 38-year-old Julius Sandrock was arrested outside Swift's Beverly Hills home. Police said he was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car. He reportedly told police he drove all the way from Broomfield, Colorado to visit Swift. Sandrock said he was on probation in Colorado for firing one of his three handguns.
In May, Swift got a restraining order against Sandrock.
In March 2017, Mohammed Jaffar was arrested for stalking and burglary after he showed up at Swift's New York home five times in two months. In September 2017, Jaffar was found unfit to stand trial.
In May 2018, he was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation, during which he will be treated at a mental health facility in Michigan, reports E! News.
Unnamed New Hampshire Man Swift Was Warned About
In January 2018, New Hampshire police warned Swift about an unnamed man who was claiming to be Swift's boyfriend.
According to TMZ, police interviewed him on an unrelated case when he said he needed a gun to protect Swift during a trip to Africa with the singer. The man also showed police text messages from someone he claimed was Swift. The man was not arrested because he had not commited a crime yet.
In April 2018, New York law enforcement sources told TMZ that Roger Alvarado allegedly broke a window to get inside Swift's New York City home, where he took a nap. A witness saw him and called police. Swift was not at the home, which she hadn't moved into yet.
Alvarado was previously arrested at the home in February after he allegedly broke the front door using a shovel.
Also in April 2018, Justin Christoph Lilly, a homeless man, allegedly tried to break into Swift's Beverly Hills property. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of trespassing and refusing to leave a private property. If convicted, Lilly could be sentenced to six months in jail.
Frank Andrew Hoover
In 2016, Frank Andrew Hoover was arrested after he showed up to a Swift concert and followed her entourage to the Austin, Texas airport. At the time, Swift already had a protective order against him because he previously sent disturbing messages to her father, Scott Swift.
Earlier this year, he allegedly sent more emails to Swift's family, referring to them as an "evil family of devils" in one message. On April 2, he pleaded guilty to violating the protection order and was sentenced to 10 years of probation.
Bruce Rowley was arrested in Ansonia, Connecticut after he confessed to robbing a bank in April 2018. According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Rowley then drove to Swift's home and threw some of the money over her fence hoping he could win her over.
Rowley told police several times he had a crush on Swift. He said he tried to get in contact with Swift, but she was not home. He drove to Swift's Rhode Island home. Rhode Island police found him and chased him back to Connecticut.
Lucas Vorsteveld was arrested outside Swift's New York home in May 2016. He claimed to be an "aspiring singer" who needs Swift "to help his career," a source told the New York Daily News at the time. Sources said he stopped taking his medication to treat schizophrenia.
Vorsteveld was also arrested in May 2013 for trespassing when he was seen walking on the private road to Swift's Rhode Island mansion.
In March 2014, Swift got a restraining order against Timothy Sweet, a man she said had been bothering her since January 2011. According to TMZ, the documents said Sweet sent Swift emails, letters and social media messages in which he said he loved her. In one message, Sweet allegedly claimed Swift will marry her and he will "carry a gun to protect her the rest of my life."
In December 2012, Jacob Kulke was arrested outside Swift's Nashville home, allegedly carrying a knife. However, just weeks later, his attorney told E! News at the time that prosecutors decided against pressing charges and the case was dropped.
His attorney said Swift did not have any "No Trespassing" sings outside her home at the time, and one of Swift's guards allegedly told him he could go to the house. Swift's team "did not see him as a threat" and agreed not to pursue the case.