We dunno about you guys but our hearts will always ache when we think about what Taylor Swift had to deal with back in 2016.
One of the toughest years that we have seen an artist go through in front of the world, yet she still held her head high with so much grace.
If you can’t remember what went down… tbh, lucky you, but 2016 was when the internet decided to “cancel” Taylor after that very well-known Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Snapchat feud.
It was a wild time and we saw one of the most extreme levels of internet bullying to date… we don’t want to go into details, because tbh, it was just not okay.
Now, three years have passed and Taylor has broken her silence in the most graceful way!
Taylor is on the September cover of Vogue and she is opening up in a way that we haven’t seen for a very long time… and this includes how she truly felt when people “cancelled” her and how it impacted her life after.
Taylor told Vogue, “A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote cancelled, is a very isolating experience….I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly. When you say someone is cancelled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
You may remember that after that, Taylor took some time off and then came back with one of the most powerful comebacks ever… and she owned being a snake in one of the most boss ways history has ever seen.
Taylor continued, “I realised I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control. I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating."
Taylor also went into detail as to how she processed that time in her life and how she knew it was important to put herself first.
She added, “When you’re going through loss or embarrassment or shame, it’s a grieving process with so many micro emotions in a day. One of the reasons why I didn’t do interviews for reputation was that I couldn’t figure out how I felt hour to hour. Sometimes I felt like: All these things taught me something that I never could have learned in a way that didn’t hurt as much. Five minutes later, I’d feel like: That was horrible. Why did that have to happen? What am I supposed to take from this other than mass amounts of humiliation? And then five minutes later I’d think: I think I might be happier than I’ve ever been.”
Taylor continued, “It’s so strange trying to be self-aware when you’ve been cast as this always smiling, always happy ‘America’s sweetheart’ thing, and then having that taken away and realising that it’s actually a great thing that it was taken away, because that’s extremely limiting… We’re not going to go straight to gratitude with it. Ever. But we’re going to find positive aspects to it. We’re never going to write a thank-you note.”
This interview is so powerful, you can read the whole piece here.
Taylor’s new album Lover is out on August 23rd and you can pre-order it here!
We think it’s safe to say, she’s truly doing better than she ever was.
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