All roads lead to the August 23rd release of ‘Lover’ for Taylor Swift.
The Pop titan’s sixth studio album is billed as one of the year’s most anticipated and serves as her first project to be released as part of her new multi-year, multi-project deal with Universal Music.
Ahead of its arrival, she makes a notable stop on the cover of Vogue Magazine‘s September 2019 issue.
Beyond a striking shoot (lensed by Inez and Vinoodh), Swift sat down for a tell-all interview, which saw her wax honest about the fallout over Scooter Braun buying her catalogue, her position on LGBTQ rights, cancel culture, and of course her LP.
Head below for pics and quotes…
On The Drama Surrounding Her Back-Catalogue & Whether She Tried To It Herself:
“It was either investing in my past or my and other artists’ future, and I chose the future.” [Referring to the new deal she instead opted to sign with Universal, rather than re-signing with Big Machine]
On LGBTQ Rights:
“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick [Hall] and I are in the car, and he asked me, What would you do if your son was gay?
The fact that he had to ask me . . . shocked me and made me realize that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough. If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question.
If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking. It was kind of devastating to realize that [up til that point] I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”
On Cancel Culture:
“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience. I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly.
When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
On How She Dealt With Attempts To “Cancel” Her After Public Spats (Like Kanye/Kim):
“I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control. I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.”
On Her New Album, ‘Lover’:
“I was compiling ideas for a very long time. When I started writing, I couldn’t stop.
There are so many ways in which this album feels like a new beginning. This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”