dailymail: She’s one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Yet Taylor Swift has spoken about the fierce backlash she has received both within the industry and from the public.
The 29-year-old singer covered the September issue of Vogue magazine and spoke candidly about her experiences with sexism and trolling during her climb to fame.
Taylor has famously fallen out with several high profile names, but one of her most prolific feuds saw her go head to head with Kim Kardashian.
The pair’s disagreement goes back to the 2009 MTV VMAs when Kanye West invaded the stage as Taylor accepted the award, with the feud reigniting in 2016 when Kanye rapped ‘I made that b***h famous’ in his hit single, leading to a social media war.
Discussing the fallout, Taylor revealed: ‘A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, 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 canceled, 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.’
The singer was trolled when Kim took to Twitter in July 2016 to note that it was ‘National Snake Day’ – before releasing footage which appeared to show Taylor consenting to the song lyrics while on speaker phone with Kanye.
Taylor took offense at the rapper’s lyric: ‘For all my South Side n****s that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.’
Kanye defended the line, claiming he had a conversation with Taylor about the lyrics in question, and after the singer accused him of lying, Kim released a partial recording of the conversation in question.
‘I’m really glad you had the respect to call me that and tell me that as a friend, about the song. It’s just a really cool thing to do, and a really good show of friendship’ Taylor is heard saying.
Elsewhere in her Vogue interview, Taylor revealed that she suffered with sexism once she became a woman as music executives could no longer ‘infantalise’ her success.
She explained: ‘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 realized, 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 continued: ‘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.
‘But the second it becomes formidable?
‘As soon as I started playing stadiums—when I started to look like a woman—that wasn’t as cool anymore.’
The hate campaign against Taylor also influenced her decision to keep mute during the 2016 presidential election.
Despite being a Hillary Clinton supporter, Taylor did not want to publicly back her over Donald Trump as she believed it would be more of a hindrance than help.
Taylor explained: ‘Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement.
‘He was going around saying, “I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.” I just knew. I knew I wasn’t going to help.
‘Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was: She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar.
‘These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? “Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.”
‘Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.’
Taylor is now refusing to law low, returning to the spotlight with her new album Lover as well as turning her hand to acting by landing a role in the film adaptation of Cats.
The ME! hitmaker – who plays Bombalurina in the movie – explained: ‘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 stand- ing 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.’