Taylor Swift reveals she carries 'army grade' gunshot bandages over 'fear of violence'
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Pop star Taylor Swift revealed she has a “fear of violence” after attacks at concerts in Manchester, England, and Las Vegas leading her to carry army grade bandages in her personal life.

Swift wrote an essay for Elle magazine on 30 lessons she has learned ahead of her 30th birthday, saying she carries QuikClot army grade bandage dressing “which is for gunshot or stab wounds.”


The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer said she was “completely terrified” to go on her stadium tour for her sixth album, "Reputation," after attacks at other large concert venues.

Swift pointed to the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 that killed 23 people at an Ariana Grande concert and the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival that left 59 people dead.

“I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months,” Swift wrote in the essay published Wednesday. “There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe.”

The 38-stop tour ended up breaking the record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour with $266.1 million, according to Billboard.

Swift has previously expressed support for gun control measures and school safety initiatives, making a donation last year to the March for Our Lives rally after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

"No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence,” Swift wrote on Instagram at the time. “Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship.”

The singer also acknowledged in her Elle essay that there have been personal threats to her safety stemming from websites and tabloids publishing her home address.

“You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things,” the Grammy-winning songwriter said.

Swift has had several encounters with alleged stalkers throughout her career.

A man allegedly stalked the musician across Texas and was arrested after attending an Austin show in 2016 despite a protective order against him. He is accused of sending threatening emails to Swift’s father, saying he would “end” her whole family, TMZ reported last year. 

He was later sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to violating the protection order and was instructed to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Swift reportedly used facial recognition software at a Los Angeles concert venue in May to scan the crowd for any of her known stalkers.

“Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity. We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears,” Swift wrote.

In the essay for Elle, Swift also said she wants to get more involved in politics and “do more to help” ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life,” Swift wrote. “I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change.”