Taylor Swift Opens Up About Nearly Quitting Music In Emotional Interview

Lynne Versluys

Back And Bigger Than Ever

With the release of her seventh studio album, Lover, pop superstar Taylor Swift is back and better than ever. The album was met with great reviews and has smashed a number of major sales records, proving that Swift is ready to take on the next phase of her musical career.

The Rolling Stone Interview

Swift sat down for her fifth Rolling Stone cover story to date, opening up about her life, how things have changed between reputation and Lover, and the Kanye West debacle that clearly continues to haunt her. She also admitted that she nearly quit the music industry for good.

"I definitely thought about that a lot. I thought about how words are my only way of making sense of the world and expressing myself — and now any words I say or write are being twisted against me. People love a hate frenzy. It’s like piranhas. People had so much fun hating me, and they didn’t really need very many reasons to do it. I felt like the situation was pretty hopeless."

She Almost Left The Music Business Behind

Swift took some time to self-reflect and write "a lot of really aggressively bitter poems constantly" to work out what exactly had gone wrong with her public image. Eventually she decided that she could live with the criticism and the self-doubt.

"That was really hard for me, because I cannot stand it when people can’t take criticism. So I try to self-examine, and even though that’s really hard and hurts a lot sometimes, I really try to understand where people are coming from when they don’t like me. And I completely get why people wouldn’t like me. Because, you know, I’ve had my insecurities say those things — and things 1,000 times worse."

Regardless of the emotional turmoil, it's pretty clear that Swift isn't going away any time soon.