Taylor Swift has left at least two fans flabbergasted after she sent them $3,000 each to help pay for their coronavirus-related hardships. Samantha Jacobson is a longtime Swift fan and cocktail server at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., who lost her job for at least 30 days after her third-party-owned bar shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote on Tumblr on Tuesday, “I wish so badly that I could donate to the link Taylor provided [to the charity Feeding America] but because of COVID-19 my job, my only source of income, is closed for a minimum of 30 days. I have no job, no income, no way to pay my bills rn. If anyone happens to be able to donate and has it in their hearts to do so, anything really really helps with bills right now.”
Then this happened Wednesday:
OHHHHH MY FUCKINGGGGFFF SHUT HP SHUT UPS BUT IP SHUT UP THIS CANT BE HAPPENING I CANT STOP SHAKONT I CANT STOP CRUING WHAT THE FUCK TULORLRL pic.twitter.com/8wKUbDfS2x— samantha (@manthapaige13) March 25, 2020
SHE CALLED ME BUDDY THE FIRST TIME WE MET TOO I AM HAVING AN ABSOLUTE BREAK DOWN pic.twitter.com/pyVKWHruEk— samantha (@manthapaige13) March 25, 2020
Paige said she’s been a fan of the pop superstar since 2006 and has had some contact with her before, having been “one of the lucky fans” invited to two previous album listening events. This pinned tweet at the top of her page probably didn’t hurt either:
Unpopular opinion: Taylor Swift is one of the least problematic celebrities out there and the general public just likes to burn her at the stake bcs she's a self-made successful woman and we live in a society that thrives off of a take-down culture.— samantha (@manthapaige13) May 30, 2018
Another fan, Holly Turner, a music photographer and graphic designer in New York, likewise tweeted that she received $3,000 from Swift on Wednesday:
i made a post on tumblr about how i was scared i wouldn't be able to stay living in NYC because of what corona has done to the music industry. @taylorswift13 literally single-handedly saved my ability to stay here. i cannot even believe my eyes right now pic.twitter.com/3hAxkSVvGo— holly turner (@ittybittyholly) March 25, 2020
Turner told E! Online, “I saw that she had just started following me on Tumblr, so I was jumping around and screaming about that, and then I saw that the top post on Tumblr was about the fact that I was financially struggling and I thought, ‘There’s no way she’s following me because of that.’ Then I started losing my mind even more… I wasn’t going to be able to stay in my apartment after May, if it weren’t for this… I have been working my entire life to be able to live in New York City and I thought that was going to be taken, and she saved that for me. So, I am just so, so, so grateful.”
The generosity follows some vindication for Swift after the full version of her 2016 call video with Kayne West was leaked that showed she was accurate about their disputed conversation. Swift said on Instagram that the recording proved “that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded that somebody edited, and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family, and fans through hell for 4 years)…” She also noted that instead of continuing to focus on celebrity infighting, fans should instead pay attention to “what really matters”—that charity link.
This story originally appeared on EW.com by James Hibberd.
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