Updated on Aug 9, 2019. Posted on Aug 8, 2019

    Taylor Swift Finally Opened Up About The Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Feud And It's Intense

    This might just be her most personal interview yet.

    The last three years have arguably been some of the most eventful of Taylor Swift's life.

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    She had messy breakups with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, a huge feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West which led to her taking an extended break from the public eye, a sexual assault trial, and then a record-breaking album and tour.

    However, following the Kimye feud, Taylor withdrew from public view and has rarely given media interviews or posted personal content online since then.

    However, with the impending release of her seventh album, Lover, Taylor has sat down for an interview with Vogue and addressed pretty much everything that's happened since 2016. Here's everything we learned.

    She firstly addressed her 2017 sexual assault case against radio DJ David Mueller, who she accused of groping her at a photo session in 2013.

    In the interview, Taylor revealed that Mueller has now paid her the dollar — but with a Sacagawea coin.

    Taylor also opened up about her decision to advocate for the LGBT community.

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    Taylor kicked off Pride month this year with an open letter to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, requesting that he vote in support of the Equality Act to prevent discrimination against members of the LGBT community. She also encouraged followers to sign the petition she started in support of the Equality Act. Then came the release of "You Need To Calm Down," which denounced anti-gay sentiment in its lyrics, and celebrated the LGBT community in the video.

    "Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male," she explained, "I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of."

    Taylor went on to address sexism, saying that she's felt its impact more with age.

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    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.' Then I realised that was because I was a kid...I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded [men in the music industry] 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."

    Taylor also opened up about the feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, revealing that she found the whole ordeal deeply "humiliating," and the concept of "cancel culture" disturbing.

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    "A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” she said. "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."

    She added that the only way to "preserve [her] mental health" and tell the story of the humiliating experience was to make Reputation.

    “It’s so strange trying to be self-aware when you’ve been cast as this always smiling, always happy 'America’s sweetheart' thing," she went on, "And then having that taken away and realizing that it’s actually a great thing that it was taken away, because that’s extremely limiting.”

    And, finally, Taylor gave away some details about Lover, including the actual lyrics from two tracks. If you don't want album spoilers, look away now!

    You can read the full interview with Taylor Swift here.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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