In the new feature interview, which arrives in the lead-up to her new record Lover, Swift explains in new detail how the experience of being called a liar by one of the most powerful couples in pop culture impacted her life and work.
“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” she said, adding that very few people on Earth will ever be subjected to legions of strangers basically telling them to quit existing.
“When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being,” Swift said.
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“You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
While fans and critics alike have long parsed her 2017 Reputation as a reclamation of sorts – Swift inhabiting the character thrust upon her by the scandal, that sort of deal – the singer said her record was an attempt to “redecorate”.
That’s not the only outwardly-facing change referenced in the piece either, as Swift discussed her decision to more publicly advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee.
If you’d like to have a squiz at the piece, you can do so here.Image: @taylorswift / Instagram