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‘There weren’t a lot of people with nice things to say about her’: Woman who ‘went to high school with Taylor Swift’ claims jealous fellow students ‘HATED’ the singer – and were left furious after she penned songs about local guys

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'There weren't a lot of people with nice things to say about her': Woman who 'went to high school with Taylor Swift' claims jealous fellow students 'HATED' the singer - and were left furious after she penned songs about local guys

 

A woman who said she went to the same high school as Taylor Swift before she became a superstar has claimed that a lot of the singer’s fellow students ‘hated’ her because they were ‘jealous’ when she started to achieve her music success.

 

'There weren't a lot of people with nice things to say about her': Woman who 'went to high school with Taylor Swift' claims jealous fellow students 'HATED' the singer - and were left furious after she penned songs about local guys

Jessica McLane, now 30, said that she attended Hendersonville High School in Nashville, Tennessee, with Taylor, now 32, for less than a year in 2006 – when she was a freshman and when the popstar was a junior.

Taylor, who grew up Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, moved to Tennessee when she was 14 so she could pursue a career in country music, and she was a student at Hendersonville High School for two-and-a-half years – before she ultimately left to become homeschooled after her career took off.

Now, Jessica has dished on what the Grammy-Award-winning artist was really like before she found fame, claiming that while she herself hardly talked to Taylor, other students told her that she was ‘b***hy.’

I went to the same high school as Taylor Swift, we grew up in the same town,’ she said in a viral TikTok video recently, which has been viewed more than 6.4 million times.

‘When she first started becoming super successful, most people hated her. Keep in mind, these are her peers, this isn’t, like, just random people on the internet.

‘There were not a lot of people in high school who had nice things to say about her … There were general rumors about her being b***hy. [People would say], “She said this, she said that, she was mean.”‘

Taylor famously caught the attention of music mogul Scott Borchetta at an industry showcase at Nashville’s Bluebird Café in 2005, and he went on to sign her to Big Machine Records and ultimately helped her launch her massive career.

She released her debut album, called Taylor Swift, in October 2006, and it quickly skyrocketed her into the spotlight, peaking at number five on the US Billboard 200 and staying on the chart for more than 150 weeks.

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