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Taylor Swift’s BF Helps Her To Speak Up More About Politics

Taylor credits her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn as one of the reasons she was able to find her voice

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“As a country musician, I was always told it’s better to stay out of [politics],” said Taylor Swift in a new interview with Vanity Fair. While discussing the creation of her song, “Only The Young,” Taylor, explained how—after staying quiet during the runup to the 2016 presidential election and the first half of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House—she felt like she had to finally speak up.

 

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The 31-years-old songstress further explained, “The Trump presidency forced me to lean in and educate myself. I found myself talking about government and the presidency and policy with my boyfriend [Joe Alwyn], who supported me in speaking out. “I started talking to my family and friends about politics and learning as much as I could about where I stand.”

In 2018, Taylor broke her political silence to endorse Democrat Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee Senate race against Republican Marsha Blackburn. Senator Blackburn would fend off the challenge. Despite the pain of watching her candidate lose, Taylor said she was glad she raised her voice. “I’m proud to have moved past fear and self-doubt, and to endorse and support leadership that moves us beyond this divisive, heartbreaking moment in time.”

 

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Taylor discussed how she wrote “Only the Young” – a song that debuted in her 2020 documentary, Miss Americana, and has Oscar buzz around it – after the 2018 midterms. “Almost the entire process of creating that song, I was fighting back tears because I was so sad about the results of the midterm elections in my state and the losses faced by superb Democratic candidates in states like Georgia and Texas,” she told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t want the defeat and hopelessness I felt for our country’s future to get the best of me. I didn’t want to weep. I wanted to have hope. Writing ‘Only the Young’ helped me push through that moment in my life and gave me the hope to keep fighting for what I believe is right.” 

Good one, Tay Tay, let’s hope she’ll use her *beautiful* voice often to bring more good and kindness into this world. 

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