Taylor Swift has lent a hand to a bullied Massachusetts teen, writing the girl a heartfelt letter that has since gone viral on Twitter.
The girl, 14-year-old Hannah Webster, told Taylor that she was getting bullied at her Lakeville, Massachusetts, high school.
“All my friends were really leaving me and saying that that they hated me,” Hannah told ABC News.
So in response Taylor Swift wrote a lengthy letter telling Hannah that she knew the situation all too well.
“I know why you’re crying because I’ve been in your place,” Swift wrote. “This isn’t a high school thing or an age thing. It’s a people thing. A life thing. It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t end or change. People cut other people down for entertainment, amusement, out of jealousy, because of something broken inside them. Or for no reason at all.”
Swift added that the best thing to do is rise above the bullying:
“People cut other people down for entertainment, amusement, out of jealousy, because of something broken inside them. Or for no reason at all. It’s just what they do, and you’re a target because you live your life loudly and boldly. You’re bright and joyful and so many people are cynical. They won’t understand you and they won’t understand me.
“But the only way they win is if your tears turn to stone and make you bitter like them. It’s okay to ask why. It’s okay to wonder how you could try so hard and still get stomped all over. Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song.”
Hannah said the letter changed her life.
“I read it like five times,” she said, adding “The line I connected with the most was at the end when she said that when someone picks on her that she’ll think of me, and that when someone picks on me I should think of her.”
Taylor Swift has been all about empowerment lately. Her newest single, “Shake It Off,” is all about casting aside what others think or say about you.