"Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of popular girls. They didn't think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me.... The kids at school [also] thought it was weird that I liked country [music]. They'd make fun of me."

"There are two ways you can [deal] with it if you are bullied. You can let it destroy you, or you can use it as fuel to drive you: to dream bigger, work harder. I wasn't invited to parties and I look back now and I'm so thankful that I was at home playing guitar until my fingers bled." - Taylor Swift (via PEOPLE and Zimbio)