Having a famous friend would be a surreal experience for anyone. Now imagine that famous friend is Taylor Swift, she of the mega popular country-pop tunes and over-the-top tours. That would be crazy, even if you're famous yourself.
If you've ever been curious about what it's like to be in Taylor Swift's squad, her closest friends have shared firsthand accounts of having a special bond with someone so instantly recognizable. There are added pressures, to be sure, but in other ways, your squad is your squad, whether you're Taylor Swift or an anonymous citizen. As Taylor's besties describe it, their friendships provide support, warmth, and most of all, fun. They think Taylor Swift is the best.
And Swift reciprocates. She seems to go out of her way to keep her squad somewhat sacred, and when details emerge about what it's like to be friends with Taylor Swift, it's a glimpse into another world. These stories from Taylor Swift's friends also touch on something universal: the unwavering connection people share with their closest pals.
Model Karlie Kloss understands the importance of solid friendships, especially solid female friendships, in the show biz jungle. She has called Taylor and the squad "amazing," citing them as a sort of informal support group:
"I think having strong friends – having a support group – is everything. It's so important to have friends that you can rely on, that you can lean on no matter what you’re going through – good times and bad. I feel really lucky I’ve met a lot of amazing, amazing women along the way and I hope that they’ll be in my life forever."
While the first priority of the squad is surely friendship and support, the gang knows the optics of their relationship are also important. Gigi Hadid discussed the larger implications of the squad in an interview with Elle:
"It's a conversation we often have. We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other. 'Squad Goals' is a big social-media thing right now, and that's what we want to inspire in other groups of friends – to be proud of the power you all have when you're together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That's what has been cool about everyone’s willingness to be there for each other."
Ed Sheeran is one of the few men who have gained membership into Taylor's squad. And he's still pinching himself over the craziness of it all. Sheeran told Rolling Stone:
"Taylor's world is celebrity. I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates...
I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f*ck did that happen?'"
Taylor hit 80 million followers on Instagram making her the second most followed person right behind Selena Gomez! pic.twitter.com/vOzGkphgfQ— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSwiftLA) June 6, 2016
When it comes to sheer star power, Selena Gomez is one of the few squad members who can actually hold a candle to Taylor. But megawattage isn't the point in the squad; it's about the relationship. Gomez and Swift have shared a solid and enduring friendship for years. "I've known her for 10 years," Gomez said. "She's been one of my best friends through thick and thin, walked by my side." Gomez told Glamour:
"Taylor's amazing. She's so smart and sweet and humble – and she's way more successful than I am! So when I see her after everything she's been through and she just wants to go home and bake cookies with me, that to me is awesome."