Ahead of her 30th birthday, the “Reputation” singer spoke to Elle about her career, her life lessons and her pop star life.
“According to my birth certificate, I turn 30 this year. It's weird because part of me still feels 18 and part of me feels 283, but the actual age I currently am is 29,” Swift began.
She said that she’s expecting her thirties to be her best years, “But until then, I thought I'd share some lessons I've learned before reaching 30, because it's 2019 and sharing is caring.”
“I learned that disarming someone’s petty bullying can be as simple as learning to laugh. In my experience, I’ve come to see that bullies want to be feared and taken seriously. A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet," she said, referencing her nasty social media fight with the KKW Beauty mogul.
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b*tch famous (God damn)/I made that b*tch famous,” the lyrics reads.
Unfortunately for her, West recorded the phone call in which she agreed to let him rap that line about her and threatened to publish the recording if she didn’t stop lying. That is when Kardashian intervened, and began a shady bullying campaign against Swift.
“The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life,” admitted the singer, adding that it all got better after she fired back by writing a song about West and Kardashian and referencing their fight during her Reputation Tour.
“I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans. It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,’” she continued.
Fans know Swift took things to a new level of petty when she released the songs “Look What You Made Me Do” and “I Did Something Bad” about her celebrity feuds. Readers also know Kardashian and West are not the only stars she’s fought with, as for several years she publicly feuded with Katy Perry as well.
“It would be nice if we could get an apology from people who bully us, but maybe all I’ll ever get is the satisfaction of knowing I could survive it and thrive in spite of it,” added Swift.
The singer’s 2016 drama resulted in her creating a revenge album, stepping out of the spotlight, finding the love of her life, Joe Alwyn, and becoming an at-home mixologist!
“I learned how to make some easy cocktails like Pimm’s cups, Aperol spritzes, Old-Fashioneds, and Mojitos because… 2016,” she admitted.
It also resulted in her putting pettiness and senseless drama outside to focus on her priorities and tackle the real issues in her life.
“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family. Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again,” said Swift. “It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now.”
In an effort to live a healthier and happier life amid her parents’ health crises, Swift began taking care of her skin and stopped dieting. She also began to invest more time in her personal relationships — but only the ones that count.
“I learned that I have friends and fans in my life who don’t care if I’m #canceled. They were there in the worst times and they’re here now. The fans and their care for me, my well-being, and my music were the ones who pulled me through,” said Swift. “The most emotional part of the Reputation Stadium Tour for me was knowing I was looking out at the faces of the people who helped me get back up. I’ll never forget the ones who stuck around.”
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