Taylor Swift reveals that she still carries 'stab bandages' after stalker scares
With her 30th birthday approaching in December, Taylor Swift wrote an article for Elle sharing 30 things that she's learned. The life lessons include beauty tips, body image revelations and advice for how to deal with bullying when someone with a large online following calls you a snake on the internet. (Hmm, wonder who she's talking about there?)
The singer also opens up about her biggest fears, like the crowd at one of her concerts getting attacked. In May 2017, a terrorist bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and injuring 59. Then, just four months later, a lone gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and injuring 851. In the wake of these tragedies, Taylor felt nervous about going on a 53-stop international stadium tour.
"After the Manchester Arena bombing and the Vegas concert shooting, I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months," Taylor wrote. "There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe."
Taylor also worries about keeping herself safe, following some alarming incidents with stalkers. Last April, police arrested a masked man with a knife, rope, ammunition and gloves, waiting outside Taylor Swift's Los Angeles home. Then, in a separate incident the very same month, a man broke into her New York City apartment, took a shower and fell asleep on her bed. As a result, the singer now carries "stab bandages" with her all at all times.
"My fear of violence has continued into my personal life," wrote Taylor. "I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things."
But despite the horrific mass shootings and disturbing run-ins with creeps, Taylor retains a hopeful view of humanity. "Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity," the she concludes. "We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears."
Indeed, you can't stop living your life just because of the actions of a few depraved individuals. To glean more life lessons from the Shake It Off singer, check out the full article on Elle. "Wait a second," you might be wondering, "if Taylor doesn't turn 30 until December 13, why is she writing this article now, in early March? Does it mean she's beginning a promotional run for a new album?" I have no idea, but according to bonkers Swiftie fan theories, she's been hinting at it.