A bullied teenage girl who was worried about going back to school received a much-needed pick-me-up from Taylor Swift this week.
The pop star took time out of her busy schedule to write a heartfelt message on the fan’s Instagram page, letting her know that she, too, had been a victim of bullying.
“Reading this made me so sad because I love seeing you in your videos and photos being so happy and wide eyed, like the world isn’t as harsh and unfair as it actually is. I hate thinking about your pretty face covered in tears, but I know why you’re crying because I’ve been in your place,” Taylor wrote.
In the note, the 24-year-old singer advises the girl to stay true to herself no matter what people say – a message reminiscent of Taylor's empowering “Shake It Off” lyrics. (“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”)
“Every time someone picks on me, I’ll think of you in the hopes that every time someone picks on you, you’ll think of me… and how we have this thread that connects us,” she concludes.
“Let them keep living in the darkness and we’ll keep walking in the sunlight. Forever on your side, Taylor.”
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It’s no wonder that Taylor is often cited as one of the most kind-hearted celebrities in the music business. In March, the singer made a surprise appearance at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, where she performed and visited with sick children for more than five hours.
And just last month, the sweet star paid an unexpected visit to a six-year-old cancer patient, where she serenaded him with all his favourite Taylor tunes.