We might love Taylor Swift for many reasons - her iconic pop songs and stellar live performances included - yet there’s no denying that the ten-time Grammy winner isn’t afraid to openly speak her mind and shut down questions pertaining to her personal life when necessary. Case in point: her most recent interview where she was asked about her impending 30th birthday and if it's set her biological clock ticking — a question Swift viewed as sexist. Here, we round up every time Taylor Swift has proved that she's a force to be reckoned with.
2019, when asked if she's going to start a family at 30: "I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30. So I'm not going to answer that question now."
2019: "Grow a backbone, trust your gut, and know when to strike back. Be like a snake—only bite if someone steps on you."
2016 at the Grammy Awards: "I want to say, to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments, for your fame," she said in her Album of the Year speech, when 1989 made her the first female artist to win twice in that category. "But if you just focus on the work, and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you, and the people who love you, who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world."
2016, in response to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Twitter feud: "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b*tch' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called ‘that bitch' in front of the entire world. Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely printed as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."
2015, in response to Apple Music underpaying artists: "I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company. Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."