Taylor Swift is no stranger to the limelight. After all, Taylor has been all over headlines once more following the release of her newest singles, as well as her entire album Reputation.
Now, the 27-year-old singer gets real with her fans — as she’s known to do so in the past — as she dedicates a heartfelt letter to her Swifties following the special-edition release of Reputation by Target.
The letter also serves as an introduction to a book of Taylor’s own poetry, which fans can get a copy of when they purchase hard copies of the album at Target.
The letter starts with:
“Here’s something I’ve learned about people. We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us. We know our friend in a certain light, but we don’t know them the way their lover does. Just the way their lover will never know them the same way that you do as their friend…”
Taylor also addresses her life in the public eye:
“This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that.
Ultimately we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us. But then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe.”
“I’ve been in the public eye since I was 15 years old. On the beautiful, lovely side of that, I’ve been so lucky to make music for a living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people.
On the other side of the coin, my mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment, and my songwriting has been trivialised as ‘oversharing’.”
She finishes the letter by writing:
“Let me say it louder again, louder for those in the back … We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us.
There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation.”
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