Taylor Swift has had a pretty huge year, even if it most of it has been happening from her house.
She dropped her surprise eighth album, Folklore, scored a bunch of Grammy nominations, and started re-recording her old music while continuing to speak out about why she’s even had to do that in the first place. Namely, it’s because her former label (run by Scott Borchetta) sold the master recordings to her first six albums to Scooter Braun, who in turn sold them to an investment group this fall.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Swift opened up about what the experience has felt like for her and and confirmed that two songs on the new album, “My Tears Ricochet” and “Mad Woman,” were inspired by what was happening.
“I found myself being very triggered by any stories, movies, or narratives revolving around divorce, which felt weird because I haven’t experienced it directly. There’s no reason it should cause me so much pain, but all of a sudden it felt like something I had been through. I think that happens any time you’ve been in a 15-year relationship and it ends in a messy, upsetting way,” she said. “So I wrote ‘My Tears Ricochet’ and I was using a lot of imagery that I had conjured up while comparing a relationship ending to when people end an actual marriage.”
“All of a sudden, this person that you trusted more than anyone in the world is the person that can hurt you the worst. Then all of a sudden the things that you have been through together, hurt,” Swift continued. “All of a sudden, the person who was your best friend is now your biggest nemesis, etc. etc. etc. I think I wrote some of the first lyrics to that song after watching Marriage Story and hearing about when marriages go wrong and end in such a catastrophic way. So these songs are in some ways imaginary, in some ways not, and in some ways both.”
But Taylor Swift isn’t spending the holiday season bogged down in the drama. She’s out here spreading cheer to fans, as she’s been known to do from time to time.
According to Billboard, the singer donated $13,000 to two mothers’ GoFundMe pages after reading an article about Americans struggling to pay rent during the pandemic. Swift left a comment on Nikki Cornwell’s fundraising page along with her donation. “Nikki, I read about you in the Washington Post and thought it was really brave of you to share your story. I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another. Love, Taylor,” she wrote.
She’s also sending out very Taylor Christmas cards featuring her three beloved cats.
We love to see it.