Taylor Swift is back in full force following the release of her new single “ME!” but she really needed a break to make it all possible.

The 10-time Grammy winner opened up about how exhausted she was before taking a sabbatical from her music career. “It’s not always fresh for me,” she told the “Zach Sang Show” on Monday. “There have been times where I needed to take years off because I just felt exhausted, or I felt like, really low or really bad.”

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“You never really have the same process making an album,” she continued. “Right now, thankfully, I feel really energized, which I’m feeling really grateful for. It’s not something that I take for granted, that I feel this energized and this excited about this new music because now I know that’s not always how you feel.

“Sometimes you can just feel really scared of everything, and so I’m very, very conscious of how I do feel about this new music and how there’s such excitement surrounding it,” Swift continued.

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A life of fame and fortune may seem desirable to the masses but Swift assures it is not all sunshine and lollipops. “One thing to always keep tabs on is the fact that we have to know that there is no ‘happily ever after’ where we’re just happy forever,” she said. “Happiness is always going to be a struggle and a challenge we have to try and meet.

“Self-worth is always going to be something,” the singer added. “It’s a process of trying to get there.” “ME!” features Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie and is the lead single for Swift’s upcoming seventh album.