Taylor Swift says she was 'terrified' to tour after Manchester bombing

Poignant essay includes several revelations about the pop star, from finding her voice on political issues to her views on the pressures society places on women about their bodies

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
@Roisin_OConnor
Wednesday 06 March 2019 15:20
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Taylor Swift has written a piece for Elle magazine in the US ahead of her 30th birthday, where she lists the 30 things she has learned about life, herself, and other people.

While the essay includes several revelations about the pop star, from finding her voice on political issues to her views on the pressures society places on women about their bodies, one of the most moving moments was when she detailed her “biggest fear”.

“After the Manchester Arena bombing and the Vegas concert shooting, 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,” Swift wrote. “There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense and effort put into keeping my fans safe.”

She continued: “My fear of violence has continued into my personal life. I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things.

“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.”

Swift completed her Reputation world tour last year, and posted a Netflix special that showed footage from her final date in the US. The album was the fastest-selling of 2017.

Swift is currently teasing what seems to be a new project on her Instagram page – fans are speculating that she may be back with a new album this year.

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