Recently, Taylor Swift has worked to make her social and political views known by encouraging her fans to donate to GLAAD and petitioning senators on various causes she believes in. (Sometimes, some argue, maybe even to a fault by using LGBTQ stereotypes in her “You Need to Calm Down” video.) But for the majority of her career, she took a much different path. In a recent interview with Vogue, Swift explained why she remained politically silent for so long, and why she isn’t anymore.

On October 7th, 2018, Swift made her first, very open endorsement of Democratic candidates in her local midterm election. It was noteworthy because the singer was often the target of criticism for not using her platform to speak up during the 2016 presidential election.

Now, Swift is opening up about why she had remained silent, despite, as she says, supporting Hillary Clinton. And yes, it does have to do with that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West feud.

Before her sixth studio album, the infamous Swift-Kardashian-West feud blew up our social media feeds. Kardashian called Swift a liar and snake (we all know how Tay turned that one around) and, according to Swift, attacked and damaged her reputation. Hence, Swift’s album Reputation, which seemed a direct response to all the drama.

In the Vogue interview, Swift addressed how the scandal affected her.

This all unfolded amid the 2016 election. And because of the intense backlash, Swift says she believed speaking up in support of Clinton would have done more harm than good for the candidate.

It’s clear Swift doesn’t want to disappear anymore. When Vogue asked why she decided now was the time to speak out for the LGBTQ community, she was candid.

It seems that now Swift is choosing to fight for what she believes in instead of worrying about making mistakes. We love how she’s using her voice to call for change, and we can’t wait to hear more of what she has to say when Lover is released on August 23rd.