Taylor Swift is Time’s Person of the Year — and we’re being rewarded with new details.
As the magazine’s 96th recipient of the honor, she becomes the face of Time’s next issue, participated in a photo shoot, and is featured in a cover story penned by the outlet’s West Coast editor Sam Lansky.
The lengthy profile on Swift — spanning about 7,000 words — acknowledges the artist’s success over the years while giving fans a new peek behind the curtain.
Over the span of months, Swift and Lansky had candid conversations — including in Swift’s home — about her personal life, her career over the years, and The Eras Tour.
Here’s what we learned.
1. Her first major tour opportunity with Kenny Chesney was canceled, but he made it up to her
At 17, Swift had booked an opening slot on tour for country star Kenny Chesney. “This was going to change my career,” she recalled to Time. “I was so excited.” But weeks later, she was told she could no longer perform. The tour was sponsored by a beer company and Swift was underage. She described being devastated.
But months later, Swift received a card from Chesney for her 18th birthday.
It read: “I’m sorry that you couldn’t come on the tour, so I wanted to make it up to you.” And it came with a check for “more money than I’d ever seen in my life,” Swift said. She paid her band bonuses and paid for tour buses with the windfall. “I was able to fuel my dreams.”
2. Stars including Stevie Nicks weigh in on her
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