Taylor Swift has had a big year, and now the pop star is paving her way to success—and all the bumps along the way.
In a rare interview with Time when she was crowned the publication’s Person of the Year, Swift celebrated what she felt was a “breakthrough moment” in her career following her record-shattering Eras Tour and wildly successful concert film.
“I’ve been up and down the flagpole of public opinion many times over the last 20 years,” Swift told Time. “I was given a tiara, then taken away. It felt like the breakthrough moment of my career, which happened at the age of 33. And for the first time in my life, I was mentally strong enough to accept what it was.”
However, Swift says it takes reaching her lowest point to appreciate this high. “It’s not lost on me that the two good reasons for this event are two terrible things that happened to me,” he said. “The first one was canceled within an inch of my life and sanity. The second is to have my life’s work taken from me by one who hates me.”
Swift alluded to her public feuds with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian leading up to her “Reputation” era. In 2016, West released the song “Famous,” in which he rapped the line “I made the bitch famous” and claimed that Swift approved of it, which he denied. Swift told Time that right now, it feels like a “career death.”
“You had a completely fabricated frame job of an illegally recorded phone call that Kim Kardashian edited and then put out to tell everyone I was a liar,” Swift said. “That took me down psychologically to a place I’ve never been before. I moved to another country. I didn’t leave a rented house for a year. I’m afraid to make a phone call. I rejected most of the people in my life because I didn’t trust anyone anymore. I fell really, really hard.
Following the release of her “Reputation” follow-up, “Lover,” Swift has been hurt again—this time by selling her catalog from Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta to management mogul Scooter Braun. “With the Scooter thing, my masters were sold to someone who actively wanted them for bad reasons, in my opinion,” Swift told Time. “I’m so nervous about selling my music and who it’s sold to. I said, ‘Oh, they beat me today. This is it. I don’t know what to do.’”
What Swift did was re-record all of her Big Machine albums and release them under the moniker “Taylor’s Version,” an unprecedented move that sparked more commercial success and sparked the Eras Tour, which celebrates each specific era of his. career.
As Swift fans who have been to an Eras show know, the concert was long—more than 180 minutes—and physically demanding, prompting many to ask Swift to stop her exercise routine. . The pop star revealed to Time exactly what he did to prepare for the tour, which just ended this year in South America and will pick up again next year in Japan.
“Every day I run on the treadmill, singing the whole set list out loud,” Swift said. “Fasting for fast songs, and a jog or brisk walk for slow songs. Then I had three months of dance training because I wanted to get it into my bones. I want to rehearse so much that I drive the fans crazy and not lose my mind.
Swift also stopped drinking, telling Time: “Doing that show with a hangover… I don’t want to know that world.”
Another topic Swift hasn’t talked about so far is her new relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Her appearances on his shows have boosted TV ratings and led to some claims of a publicity stunt because of how public the romance was, but Swift confirmed to Time that that might not be the case. far from the truth.
“It all started when Travis was so nice to put me on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell. We started hanging out after that. So we had a great time that no one knew, and I appreciate it because we know each other,” Swift said. “When I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people thought they saw our first date at the game. No, we’re really psychotic enough to have a hard time launching a first date.”
In short, people better get used to seeing Swift in the stands cheering on the Chiefs.
“When you say a relationship is public, that means I can see him doing what he loves, we show each other, other people are there and we don’t care,” he said. “The opposite of that is that you have to make an extra effort to make sure that no one knows you’re seeing someone. And we’re just proud of each other.”