“It would be nice if we could get an apology from people who bully us, but maybe all I’ll ever get is the satisfaction of knowing I could survive it, and thrive in spite of it,” Swift writes.
Taylor Swift knows what to do when someone calls you a snake, make a big joke out of it.
In an article for Elle‘s April cover story, the pop star shared 30 "lessons" she has learned before the age of 30, the milestone she’ll be celebrating at the end of this year. In Swift’s listicle of life lessons, she references her famous feud with Kim Kardashian — and how she was able to deal with the pain it caused her.
The "Delicate" singer alluded to when Kim called her a "snake" on social media a few years ago and said the "online hate campaign" that followed threw her into the lowest point in her life. Swift, however, soon made a joke out of the whole thing by having a large inflatable snake as a part of her "Reputation" tour last year.
"I learned that disarming someone’s petty bullying can be as simple as learning to laugh," Swift wrote. "In my experience, I’ve come to see that bullies want to be feared and taken seriously. A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet. The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life."
"But I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans," she continued. "It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol.’ It would be nice if we could get an apology from people who bully us, but maybe all I’ll ever get is the satisfaction of knowing I could survive it, and thrive in spite of it."
"Being sweet to everyone all the time can get you into a lot of trouble. While it may be born from having been raised to be a polite young lady, this can contribute to some of your life’s worst regrets if someone takes advantage of this trait in you," she also wrote. "Grow a backbone, trust your gut, and know when to strike back. Be like a snake—only bite if someone steps on you."
Swift also wrote about another life skill she gained in her 20s — in what seemed to be yet another reference to the feud: "I learned how to make some easy cocktails like Pimm’s cups, Aperol spritzes, Old-Fashioneds, and Mojitos because…2016."
The Kim drama stems from her husband Kanye West’s history with Swift. Their now legendary feud began when Kanye interrupted Swift’s speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards. They seemingly buried the hatchet and conspired on lyrics to West’s song "Famous." But West rapping "I made that bitch famous" in the final version of the song allegedly caught Swift by surprise — she says she never agreed to be referred to in such a derogatory manner.
West soon released the video for the song, which included a likeness of Taylor’s nude body, before Kim shared audio of West and Swift’s phone conversations about the track on Snapchat. Though the calls confirmed they spoke about the lyrics, there’s never any mention of him referring to her as a "bitch."
After saying she wished to be "excluded from this narrative," she struck back at both of them on her new album, "Reputation," with "LWYMMD" and "This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things."
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