In an interview with an an Magazine, Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon answers a series of questions about her song “#GirlsSpkOut,” working with Japanese rapper Chanmina, and her personal growth.

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Focused on her self-development, Taeyeon mentioned several times throughout her interview how much she’s changed. The interview mentioned Taeyeon’s image in her “#GirlsSpkOut” music video is quite intense and different from Taeyeon’s actual image.

Taeyeon rebutted this by saying it’s actually close to her personality as she has changed a lot.

It might seem surprising, but I’m very good at refusing things. I always want to be honest with my feelings, but when I turn something down I always try my best not to offend or seem rude in any way. When I was younger, I didn’t have the kind of personality to speak my mind and say what I did and didn’t like

— Taeyeon

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She continued to mention what happened as she got older.

As people grow older, the number of decisions they have to make in life will naturally increase. Through this process, I learned what I liked and hated, and I eventually learned how to say no.

— Taeyeon

The interview then made a noteworthy comment to Taeyeon’s answer: “That sounds like a collaboration between Taeyeon and herself.

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The interviewer proceeded to ask Taeyeon about any turning points in her life to which Taeyeon replied that her personality had a turning point.

My personality had the same turning point, and it was when I started truly realising my potential as a singer. Living abroad was a big challenge for me and starting activities in Japan gave me new goals. I think it was an opportunity for me to grow up in a positive way. Also, it was around this time when the bonds between the Girls’ Generation members started to deepen.

— Taeyeon

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Taeyeon also answered a question about what has changed in her after being solo for 5 years.

What’s changed the most in the past five years is how I treat myself. I used to feel small and full of anxiety about everything, but now I have control over myself and calm myself down on command. I think I’m better about being positive and seeing the glass as half full. I’ve spent the past five years creating that kind of inner life for myself. I’m proud of this valuable experience, and I’m proud that I didn’t waste any of that precious time. This past year has been a very profound one for me.

— Taeyeon

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In reply to this, the interviewer stated that Taeyeon had transformed into someone shining with positivity.

A long time ago, you were a girl whose ethereal and angelic appearance constrasted with voice that was stronger and more assured than anyone else’s. Now, the positivie light inside your heart is illuminating you.

— an an

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Taeyeon then revealed she is inspired by herself and how she gives credit to herself for working hard and her motivating fans!

I do give myself credit for working so hard on myself. There have been many times when I have felt anxious, but each time I’ve also been inspired by myself. So I’d like to praise the positive power inside me (laughs). Fans are always a motivation for me, but I think I am a motivating force for myself as well.

— Taeyeon