The ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ singer has written about her biggest fear in which she cites the deadly bomb attack at Ariana Grande’s concert, adding that she now takes dressing with her as a safety precaution.
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In an essay for Elle about life lessons ahead of turning 30 this year, Swift writes: “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.”
She adds: “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.”
Elsewhere in the article, Swift advises readers to “grow a backbone” and to not always act sweet because that can, counterintuitively, “get you into a lot of trouble”.
Later, she makes reference to the 2016 online hate campaign in which she was called a snake. “Grow a backbone, trust your gut, and know when to strike back. Be like a snake—only bite if someone steps on you,” Taylor writes.
The 29-year-old pop star also addresses her decision last year to speak publicly for the first time about US politics. “I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change.
“Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.”
Meanwhile, Swift made a surprise appearance at two fans’ engagement party last month, where she gave a special acoustic performance.
The pop star serenaded Alexander Goldschmidt and Ross Girard after Goldschmidt emailed Swift asking her to help them celebrate.