Taylor Swift Almost Quit Making Music

"People had so much fun hating me, and they didn’t really need very many reasons to do it."

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In one of her most authentic interviews yet, Taylor Swift sat down with Rolling Stone (opens in new tab) for an incredibly candid conversation about what her life has been like the past three years living under the radar.

It's no secret Swift faces constant criticism from haters and, yes, even fans no matter what she does. "You feel like you’re being completely pulled into a riptide. So what are you going to do? Splash a lot? Or hold your breath and hope you somehow resurface? And that’s what I did. And it took three years," she explains. "Sitting here doing an interview—the fact that we’ve done an interview before is the only reason I’m not in a full body sweat.”

Clearly it took a lot of courage to sit down with Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt. They discussed everything from her rocky relationship with Kanye West to how her "girl squad" backfired. But what fans might be most surprised about is that she almost decided to quit music altogether.

It's hard to imagine a world of music without Swift in it. You can read the full Rolling Stone interview here (opens in new tab).

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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.