Happy birthday to Hailee Steinfeld, star of movies like True Grit , Ender’s Game, and Romeo And Juliet. She turns seventeen today, but I don’t want you to think for one second that this post is gonna be about her. No no no no.
Because while Hailee does happen to be an Academy Award-nominated actress, that honor pales in comparison to her status as the current jewel in Taylor Swift‘s friendship crown. Many have come before her and many will likely come after, but for now, Hailee seems to be Taylor’s first choice for the coordinated-outfit jaunts about town that she loves so well. Number one on the phone tree and whatnot.
But like I said, Hailee is by no means the first BFF that Taylor has painstakingly harvested for her collection. In fact, she’s said in interviews that she has fifteen best friends. Which is a lot, even for a down-to-earth gal like Tay-Tay. So in honor of Hailee’s birthday today, I thought I’d talk about Taylor and her menagerie of besties, past and present. It just seemed like the proper way to celebrate was by talking about what really matters — Taylor Swift.
1. Hailee Steinfeld
Even though Taylor is twenty-three and Hailee is seventeen today, she’s doing an excellent job of turning Hailee into a little Taylor 2.0. Hailee has said about Taylor:
“We connected a few years ago; she’s like a big sister to me. She’s the best listener. I feel like I can call or text her wherever she is in the world and she’ll always be there.”
2. Emma Stone
Emma’s an old-school throwback; she and Taylor were inseparable for a while, do you remember that? Emma got to hear Taylor’s album Speak Now before it was released, and said about her then-best friend:
“Taylor’s a pretty normal girl. She’s not like, ‘I am one of the world’s most popular singers.’”
But the two haven’t been seen together or interviewed about each other in a long time, so I’m wondering what’s up.
3. Ed Sheeran
Not only did Taylor bring Ed with her on tour, but they hang out together offstage for stand-up paddle-boarding and hiking, she gave him homemade jam with a Kanye West joke on it, and they’re each others’ marriage back-up plans in case they’re still single when they’re thirty. Shit is serious.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow
Even though these two are almost twenty years apart in age, somehow it doesn’t surprise us at all that they get along. When Taylor was in London for her Red Tour, she visited Gwyneth’s home, where no doubt she enjoyed a heaping portion of steamed spinach fumes.
5. Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber almost drove them apart, but now that Jelena is officially over with, Selena and Taylor can get back to the hair-braiding, baking, and talking about how guys are literally the worst that made this friendship work in the first place.