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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Taylor Swift performs during her SiriusXM's Town Hall Special at SiriusXM Studios on August 23, 2019 in New York City.

Taylor Swift Talks Mental Health: 'You Never Know' Who's Hurting

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By Alyssa McCraw

"I think - right now - we have to connect with our humanity more than we ever have before."

Taylor Swift's call-to-action was that simple.

Showing she's not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic, 30-year-old Swift partnered with SiriusXM for the inaugural iteration of their "Hits 1 n Chill" Home DJ series on April 1st. It was between the jockeying of a diverse playlist where the Lover songstress expressed hope that her airwave appearance would keep listeners "company during during self-isolation."

"It's safe to say we are living through unprecedented times right now," she said on Friday. "I am hoping that all of you are safe and healthy."

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Taylor Swift takes a fun photo with friends at a party; August 2019.
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"A lot of my friends and I have been doing sort of a weekly family FaceTime, which is always hilarious. I think it's really important that we all stay connected because isolation doesn't have to be an all-encompassing thing. We may be isolated, physically, but we can still keep in touch with people. We can still play games with our friends and family on our phones - that is one of the great things about modern technology."

The cat lady Cats star then provided a more specific look at her quarantine activities.

Taylor Swift takes a relaxed selfie in her trailer while filming the 'Cats' movie; January, 2019.
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"We have a lot of time on our hands right now, with people being out of school, out of work," Swift continued. "I've been doing a lot of cooking, a lot of reading, a lot of watching films that I've never seen before." The pop star further revealed that one of said films was Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

However - entertaining herself has not been the top priority.

"Mostly, I've been online trying to figure out how to help others and [am] just constantly in awe of our first responders, emergency workers and our healthcare professionals that are putting themselves in danger every single day."

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Taylor Swift poses for a selfie with a cast member backstage at the hit musical about Carole King's life "Beautiful" on Broadway at The Stephen Sondheim Theater on December 22, 2014 in New York City.
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Over the last few weeks, Swift has studied the social media cries of her fans who have found themselves affected by the novel coronavirus. She proceeded to contact these people individually (outside of a publicist) and send them thousands of dollars via PayPal. Additionally, she covered several months' worth of salaries and healthcare costs for a local record shop in Nashville - the city she still considers her home.

“Taylor generously offered some direct relief to my staff," the store's owner told Rolling Stone. "This assistance from Ms. Swift helps give us a real shot at coming back on the other side of this.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Amidst a same-day radio gig, Swift caught wind of a college student in Connecticut who lost their on-campus job as a result of the crisis. Although the day was April 1st, the "ME!" singer ensured the fan that her discreet donation of $3,000 was not a joke.

Back on-air, as only she could do, Swift somehow credited her recent philanthropic gestures to that of others. She was really encouraged by observing people "banding together and helping each other - whether [it was] monetary or just offering words of support."

In addition to "staying connected to the people that remind you of home," Swift also encouraged those tuned into her broadcast to "reach out to friends you haven't talked to in a while."

"You never know who might be struggling - who might be feeling alone."

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