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Taylor Swift References Kim Kardashian in Her 'Elle' Interview, Talks About Fears After Manchester Arena Bombing

Taylor Swift References Kim Kardashian in Her 'Elle' Interview, Talks About Fears After Manchester Arena Bombing

Taylor Swift is on the cover of Elle‘s April 2019 issue!

Here’s what the 29-year-old superstar had to share with the mag…

On her biggest fear: “After the Manchester Arena bombing and the Vegas concert shooting, I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months. There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe. My fear of violence has continued into my personal life. I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things. Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity. We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.”

On overcoming bullying: “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. The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but 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.’ 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.” (This quote is probably in reference to her feud with Kim Kardashian, where Taylor‘s social media was flooded with snake emojis.)

On accepting her body: “I learned to stop hating every ounce of fat on my body. I worked hard to retrain my brain that a little extra weight means curves, shinier hair, and more energy. I think a lot of us push the boundaries of dieting,but taking it too far can be really dangerous. There is no quick fix. I work on accepting my body every day.”

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  • Liz

    This girl needs to learn how to let things go. And yes, I call her a girl because even though she’s 30, she hasn’t done much growin up. She’s constantly playing the victim as if she didn’t deserve what Kim did. Kim was just standing up to her man. Get over yourself TS, you don’t have an ounce of fat in your body.

  • erica


  • dee

    well…she was a snake. lets be honest here. no one was bullying her. just calling you out on your actions. relax about it and most of all get over it. i mean…how many songs did she write about harry styles and its been what ….6 years since they were in that 5 minute relationship?? build a bridge get over it taytay. time to let it go.

  • Jo

    Agree with everything but the last part.

    Taylor has gained weight.

    Considering how big her mom is and how chubby her brother used to be, I’m guessing Taylor has to work to stay thin.

    It’s not her natural state.

  • dmr

    she is still insufferable, her and her 60″ snake. Guess she now knows how Katy Perry felt when she went after her……

  • Sansa Squad

    No matter how you feel about her, this is a really well-written piece that shows a lot of growth on her part. I like that she’s really publicly started to take responsibility for herself and her choices, justifying them in a way that feels truthful and earned. I’m impressed, and can’t wait to see more of *this* Taylor.

  • Sansa Squad

    Also prayers up for her mom – that’s so tough.

  • Shell

    She lied, was caught out and rather than be an adult and admit it, she tried to change the story and play the victim. As much as I can’t stand Kim, in this instance she did the right thing. She knew Taylor wasn’t telling the truth and said so. Taylor denied it, so she showed proof, end of story.