Taylor Swift has slammed trolls who told the pop star to kill herself following her spat with Kim Kardashian. The 29-year-old singer made the admission during a candid interview with a magazine. She revealed cruel trolls embarked on a month-long social media hate campaign to cancel her, describing the whole mass public shaming experience as isolating.
Taylor added, 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. Tensions between the most famous Kardashian and the singer date back to Kanye West’s 2009 VMA interruption of her speech. At the time, Kanye and Kim were not even dating, but once they became a couple, Kim waded into the row. The feud escalated to such a disturbing height that Taylor was forced to take a social media break in 2017, after being labelled a snake by Kim-Ye fans.
Despite the heartache that comes with being trolled mercilessly, Taylor has managed to put together yet another album. Lover is the star’s seventh studio album, and she says it’s probably her favourite.
The singer added, there are so many ways in which this album feels like a new beginning. This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.
Taylor has been in the music industry since the tender age of 14, and her experiences with sexism in the music industry have been gradual compared to her peers. She told media when I was a teenager, I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, I don’t see it. I don’t understand. Then I realised, as an adult woman, that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid.
Cause I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague. The second I became a woman, in people’s perception, was when I started seeing it. She went on, it’s fine to infantilize a girl’s success and say, How cute that she’s having some hit songs. How cute that she’s writing songs.
Taylor can be seen in the new film adaptation of Broadway hit musical Cats, in which she plays Bombalurina – a flirtatious and confident feline. Speaking about the experience, Taylor told the magazine I would come to set so often when it wasn’t my day to shoot just to see this whole world they created. They made us the size of cats by making the furniture bigger. You’d be standing there and you could barely reach the seat of a chair. It was phenomenal. It made you feel like a little kid. Or it just really made you feel like a cat.