Taylor Swift has opened up about the social media campaign to "cancel" her following her online altercation with Kim Kardashian West as "a mass public shaming".

The 38-year-old reality star branded the 29-year-old singer a "snake" in July 2016 when she released video clips of a phone call between her husband Kanye West and the singer discussing the lyrics to his song Famous.

Swift had slammed West for his lyrics about her and was then accused of lying when the edited audio of the call seemed to show her approving an offensive line.

Speaking about how it felt to have grossly offensive hashtags created about her, Swift told Vogue: "A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote cancelled, is a very isolating experience.

"I don't think there are that many people who can actually understand what it's like to have millions of people hate you very loudly."

"When you say someone is cancelled, it's not a TV show. It's a human being.

"You're sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, 'kill yourself'."

Kimye fell out with Swift in 2016 and their row went public

She added: "I realised I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control.

"I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it's like to go through something so humiliating."

Asked if part of her is thankful for what happened because of the peace it has brought her, she said: "When you're going through loss or embarrassment or shame, it's a grieving process with so many micro emotions in a day.

"One of the reasons why I didn't do interviews for Reputation was that I couldn't figure out how I felt hour to hour.

"Sometimes I felt like: 'All these things taught me something that I never could have learned in a way that didn't hurt as much.'

"Five minutes later, I'd feel like: 'That was horrible. Why did that have to happen? What am I supposed to take from this other than mass amounts of humiliation?' And then five minutes later I'd think: 'I think I might be happier than I've ever been.'

"It's so strange trying to be self-aware when you've been cast as this always smiling, always happy 'America's sweetheart' thing, and then having that taken away and realising that it's actually a great thing that it was taken away, because that's extremely limiting."

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