August 14 is definitely a bittersweet day for pop icon Taylor Swift.
The 28-year-old singer took to the stage at Tampa on Tuesday as part of her Reputation Tour where she opened up about the one year anniversary of her sexual assault trial verdict.
Seated at the piano, the singer fought back tears as she shared with concert-goers just how emotional this day is to her — just one year ago she was granted a symbolic $1 in her countersuit against radio DJ David Mueller.
“This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado… I was there for a sexual assault case, and this day a year ago was the day that the jury decided in my favor and said that they believed me.”
Swift continued to the background of applause from the audience, “I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed.”
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me,” she continued. “So I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life,” Swift said as she was cheered fiercely from the audience.
As she was speaking, concert-goers showed their support by holding up $1 bills. Swift chocked up and concluded before continuing with her set, ”Sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all.”
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— natasha (@natnieIs) August 15, 2018