In a new cover story for Variety, the “Lover” singer, 30, opened up about the emotional impact that her 19-year-old self suffered after the rapper interrupted her acceptance speech to say that he felt she didn’t deserve her award for best female video.
“As a teenager who had only been in country music, attending my very first pop awards show, somebody stood up and sent me the message: ‘You are not respected here. You shouldn’t be here on this stage,'” Swift told the magazine.
She continued: “That message was received, and it burrowed into my psyche more than anyone knew.”
“That can push you one of two ways,” she added. “I could have just curled up and decided I’m never going to one of those events ever again, or it could make me work harder than anyone expects me to, and try things no one expected, and crave that respect — and hopefully one day get it.”
Swift’s feud with West, 42 — which was reignited years later with the rapper’s song “Famous” and an edited recorded phone conversation — is chronicled in a new Netflix documentary about the pop superstar, Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, which debuts later this month.
Clinging close to those who matter! Taylor Swift is getting real in the new trailer for Miss Americana, her upcoming Netflix documentary.
In the video, released on Tuesday, January 22, Swift, 30, reveals a peek inside her last year, during which she found her voice again, created Lover and got more involved in politics. Additionally, she showed the world a little bit more of her relationship with Joe Alwyn, who she’s been dating since 2017.
About a minute into the trailer, the singer runs off stage and emotionally hugs a man who appears to be the 28-year-old Favourite actor. The moment is the only one that shows her boyfriend, as the rest of the trailer features Swift opening up about shedding the image she previously created.
The Emmy winner also revealed that she hid for a year from the public because “that’s what I thought they wanted.”
Later, she starts to record Lover, the album she dropped in August 2019. “It feels f—king awesome,” the 10-time Grammy winner says. “I feel really good about not felling muzzled anymore and it was my own doing.”
Tired: Taylor Swift doing whatever the hell she was doing with digital fur technology in Cats. Wired: Taylor Swift pouring her heart out while wearing feline backpacks in Miss Americana. In the trailer for Swift’s upcoming Netflix documentary, which was unexpectedly revealed during her public feud with Scooter Braun, the songstress gives us a very private look at her life over the past few years — culminating in why she finally decided to “not feel muzzled” and get political with her fans.
“Throughout my whole career label executives would say, ‘A nice girl doesn’t force their opinions on people. A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you.’ I became the person everybody wanted me to be,” Swift explains in the trailer. “I had to deconstruct an entire belief system, toss it out and reject it. It woke me up from constantly feeling like I was fighting for peoples’ respect. It was happiness without anyone else’s input.” We can also expect the premiere of a brand-new song, but no Joe Alwyn. The doc will be available on January 31.
The normally private Taylor Swift premiered an intimate documentary Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival in which the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics and says her victorious 2017 sexual assault court case was a dramatic turning point in her life.
“Miss Americana," a Netflix documentary directed by Lana Wilson, was one the most feverishly awaited films in this year's Sundance program, and the premiere at the Eccles Center in Park City on the festival's opening day was a predictably frenzied scene. Outside the theater, dozens of Swift fans sang in unison.
It’s two hours before the premiere of the Taylor Swift doc #MissAmericana at #Sundance2020, and hundreds of Swifties are already waiting outside the theater. “I don’t know what they are doing here,” said one volunteer. “They’re not getting in.”
The film, which will debut Jan. 31 on Netflix, plays like a coming-of-age drama for a performer who — despite finding mega-fame as a teenager — took some time to truly find her voice. In the film, she says she always strove to be “a good girl” and needed approving “pats on the head” for any sense of gratification.
But “Miss Americana” captures an evolution in Swift.
“It's time to take the masking tape off my mouth, like, forever,” she says in the documentary.
Swift entered the theater after the lights went down to watch the film and appeared afterward on stage in a brief Q&A with Wilson. While Swift said she was a big fan of movies and documentaries, this was a new experience for her. After a standing ovation, Swift turned to Wilson and said, “So I've never done this before. What do we do?”