Taylor Swift has opened up on the self-hatred and unbearable trolling that forced her to go into hiding for a year.
The singer is the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, which follows the star over the course of several years of her career, documenting her personal and professional successes and hardships.
Throughout the movie, the 30-year-old speaks about her efforts to shed her "nice girl" image from her early years as a country music artist, and choosing to finally state her political views publicly.
"Throughout my whole career, label executives would say, 'A nice girl doesn't force her opinions on people'," she said in footage from the film. "'A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you'."
She added: "I became the person everyone wanted me to be."
After a string of high-profile spats with stars including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West, however, the ME! hitmaker went into hiding, admitting, "No one physically saw me for a year."
While Taylor admitted she did "what I thought they wanted," she revealed taking time out forced her to "deconstruct an entire belief system" as she figured out who she really was, realizing she wanted to be independent and vocal.
Shortly afterward, Taylor came out in support of former Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton in the 2018 midterm election, having never spoken about politics before, because she wanted to "be on the right side of history".
"I feel really good about not being muzzled any more," she said. "And it was my own doing."
The singer has gone on to speak publicly about various issues, urging fans to vote for the Democratic Party in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and slamming record executive Scooter Braun's acquisition of the masters to her first six albums.