I would like to know how are the two sentences different in meaning:

She was never bothered about the grandmother.

She had never been bothered about the grandmother.

What difference passive forms of simple past and past perfect create in the meaning?

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The version with "had never been" suggests, but doesn't imply, that the situation may have changed, and she was bothered in a more recent time.

(Past perfect creates a perspective prior in time to something else. What is the something else?)

Apart from that, without more of a contextual frame, it's hard to nail down any difference.

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