Taylor Swift Explains Why She Enjoys Sending Her Fans Personalized Gifts
Taylor Swift is quite possibly the nicest superstar ever. The 25-year-old has earned herself a wide array of fans, called "Swifties," from all over the world, and the admiration is mutual.
"I love them,’ she tells The Telegraph of her fans. "They are cool and smart and hilarious and focused on the right things. I want to make the most of this cultural relevance or success or whatever you want to call it, because it’s not going to last. I have to be as good a person [as I can] while my name matters to them."
One of the ways Swift has been showing her love for and support of her fans is through sending personalized gifts, including Christmas presents. In the past, she's also crashed a bridal shower and hand-delivered a little boy's birthday gifts, among other sweet gestures -- and each time, Swift does the research and picks out the gifts by herself.
"[Sending presents] is fun for me," she says. "I’m getting to know [my fans] on a person-by-person basis. When I pick people to send packages to, I go on their social media sites for the last six months and figure out what they like or what they are going through. Do they like photography? I’ll get them a 1980s Polaroid camera. Do they like vintage stuff? I’ll go to an antiques place and get them 1920s earrings. Do they work out a lot? I’ll get them workout stuff. When you actually get to know them on a person-by-person basis, you realize what you’re doing is special and sacred and it matters."
The "Style" singer makes it clear that just because she has legions of fans, that doesn't mean she feels superior to them in any way. In fact, she says it's the "Swifties" who help keep her normal.
"My fans make fun of me -- it’s really cool," Swift explains. "They have all these GIFs of me making an idiot of myself or tripping and falling on stage. They bring humor back into it for me. I get too serious sometimes -- you can probably tell -- and they bring me back to like, 'OK, I’m not really doing anything that difficult. I just need to calm down.'"
In a world where celebrities make headlines for all the wrong reasons, including childish and catty behavior, the Pennsylvania native says she strives to never be the subject of that type of bad press.
"I have my friends, I have enemies," Swift acknowledges. "I have bad days when I don’t want to go to a photo shoot, but I’m not going to show up four hours late, I’m going to be there on time. I’m not nice all the time, but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don’t deserve it.
"When I’m with my friends, we don’t say glowing things about everybody," she adds. "We’re not sitting around going, 'You know who’s really special and wonderful?' That’s not what we talk about -- we’re normal girlfriends."
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