Taylor Swift is reigniting her feud with Kim Kardashian.
Kind of. Sort of. In our view, anyway.
The singer has joined forces with Elle magazine to share 30 lessons she has learned over the years ahead of her 30th birthday in December 2019. (Yes, they're looking way ahead here.
We've included many excerpts from this cover story below, but we've focused mostly on what Swift has to say about Ray J's former sex tape partner.
She really holds little back here.
Scroll down to see what we mean...
Swift Had Previously Acted Aghast Over This Lyric
So Kim was basically exposing Taylor as a liar for pretending to have been blindsided by Kanye's reference to her in the single.
God, You Two!
Swift fired back at Kimye on Instagram, saying memorably on her page: “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009." (That's a reference to when Kanye interruped her speech at the MTV VMAs.)
Swift is a Snake!
Kim went on to use a snake emoji as a not-so-subtle way to slam Swift on numerous subsequent occasions.
But She's Moved On at This Point
When asked about her rivalry with the artist on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in January, the Kardashian explained that she’s “over” the drama, adding: “I feel like we’ve all moved on."
Is Swift, Though?
“Disarming someone’s petty bullying can be as simple as learning to laugh," she tells Elle, teeing up some candid quotes about Kim.
Swift Has Learned a Lot
“In my experience, I’ve come to see that bullies want to be feared and taken seriously,” she added, not citing any names, but adding: “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.”
Wow, That's Candid
And Swift wasn't done being brutally honest, either: "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."
To Be Clear...
... yes, Taylor just slammed Kardashian as a "bully."
Turning Pain Into Profit
During her Reputation Stadium Tour, while singing the song "Look What You Made Me Do," Swift often brough out a giant inflatable snake named Karyn to the stage.
What Was the Thought Process Here?
“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,” Swift told Elle. “It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol.’”
What Else Did Swift Tell Elle?
Here's a good confession: “After my teen years and early twenties of sleeping in my makeup and occasionally using a Sharpie as eyeliner (DO NOT DO IT), I felt like I needed to start being nicer to my skin."
More Skin Care Insight
“I moisturize my face every night and put on body lotion after I shower, not just in the winter, but all year round, because, why can’t I be soft during all the seasons?!?"
What About Fashion?
"Fashion is all about playful experimentation. If you don’t look back at pictures of some of your old looks and cringe, you’re doing it wrong. See: Bleachella."
“I learned that your hair can completely change texture,” Swift says. “From birth, I had the curliest hair and now it is STRAIGHT. It’s the straight hair I wished for every day in junior high.”
She'll Be 30 This Year. What Has She Learned?
"I’ve learned that society is constantly sending very loud messages to women that exhibiting the physical signs of aging is the worst thing that can happen to us. These messages tell women that we aren’t allowed to age. It’s an impossible standard to meet, and I’ve been loving how outspoken Jameela Jamil has been on this subject."
"Reading her words feels like hearing a voice of reason amongst all these loud messages out there telling women we’re supposed to defy gravity, time, and everything natural in order to achieve this bizarre goal of everlasting youth that isn’t even remotely required of men."
She Also Shared Some Sad News
"Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again," says Swift, acknowledging the return of this illness for the first time.
Taylor Has Therefore Gained Perspective
"It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else," she says. "My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now"
More Lessons Learned
"I learned to stop hating every ounce of fat on my body," Taylor also says. "I worked hard to retrain my brain that a little extra weight means curves, shinier hair, and more energy. I think a lot of us push the boundaries of dieting, but taking it too far can be really dangerous. There is no quick fix. I work on accepting my body every day."
What About Her Foray Into Politics?
"I'm finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life," she told Elle. "I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change."
And, Finally, When It Comes to the #MeToo Era...
"Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through. I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience. I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying 'This happened to me.' It's something no one would choose for themselves. We speak up because we have to, and out of fear that it could happen to someone else if we don't."