Taylor Swift Didn’t Have Internet on Her Phone for This Sad Reason

Summer 2019 has been a truly phenomenal time for Taylor Swift. Despite a few hiccups, like her beef with Scooter Braun, the 29-year-old seems to be having a wonderful time. And truly, Swift has a lot to celebrate. With the release of her seventh studio album Lover, and her plans to re-record her first five albums and gain complete ownership of them, Swift is at the top of her game. But there was a time, not too long ago, when Swift’s Summer wasn’t going nearly as well.

Taylor Swift this Summer
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“This Summer is the apocalypse,” Swift penned in her journal in the Summer of 2016. It was the Summer of her very public feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West that lead to a negative spiral of how Swift was perceived in the media. While Swift had received her fair share of criticism in the past, nothing quite compared to the negativity she received that Summer. Thousands of people were hating on Swift and demanding that she be “canceled”. In fact, things got so bad that the “Teardrops On My Guitar” singer considered quitting the music industry altogether.

Taylor Swift gets real with Rolling Stone

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 29-year-old got candid about what it was like to live through such a personally challenging time in her career. She confessed that it felt like she couldn’t do anything right and was ridiculed for her every decision. “They decided in 2016 that absolutely everything about me was wrong. If I did something good, it was for the wrong reasons. If I did something brave, I didn’t do it correctly. If I stood up for myself, I was throwing a tantrum. And so I found myself in this endless mockery echo chamber,” the “Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)” singer confessed.

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Swift compares the criticism to fights with brother, Austin

Swift then compared the situation to being mocked by a younger sibling and expressed that she felt like her only choice was to grow silent in this era of her life. “It’s just like — I have a brother who’s two and a half years younger, and we spent the first half of our lives trying to kill each other and the second half as best friends. You know that game kids play? I’d be like, “Mom, can I have some water?” And Austin would be like, “Mom, can I have some water?” And I’m like, “He’s copying me.” And he’d be like, “He’s copying me.” Always in a really obnoxious voice that sounds all twisted. That’s what it felt like in 2016. So I decided to just say nothing. It wasn’t really a decision. It was completely involuntary,” she shared.

Swift silences haters on Instagram

But the silence didn’t just apply to her. Swift was also looking for ways to silence the negativity that was coming at her in droves. She first did this by disabling comments on her Instagram to distance herself from all the hate. But, Swift took it a step further by refusing to have the Internet on her phone. She confessed that she couldn’t deal with all the pressures of her life and career and opted to escape for a while, instead leaving her team and those closest to her in charge.

The Lover singer didn’t have Internet on her phone

“I, for a very long time, I didn’t have the internet on my phone, and my team and my family were really worried about me because I was not in a good place. And there was a lot of stuff that they just dealt with without telling me about it. Which is the only time that’s ever happened in my career. I’m always in the pilot seat, trying to fly the plane that is my career in exactly the direction I want to take it. But there was a time when I just had to throw my hands up and say, “Guys, I can’t. I can’t do this. I need you to just take over for me and I’m just going to disappear,” Swift confessed.

A new age

It’s great to see that Swift was eventually to come out of a place that was personally such a dark time for her. It’s clear that now, she’s in more control of her career and her life than ever before. By setting clear boundaries of things she is and isn’t willing to share with the public, she has been able to bounce back better than ever. We can’t wait to see what she does next.