THEN AND NOW: Taylor Swift's 'squad'

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesSome of Taylor Swift’s squad.
  • Taylor Swift famously made “squad goals” a thing in 2015.
  • Swift’s squad consists of more than two dozen individuals.
  • Swift appears to still be friends with most of the squad.

Back in 2015 and 2016,Taylor Swift was the reigning queen of the “squad.” Swift and her crew of (mostly) gal pals graced headlines for years and had some seriously enviable moments. Swift brought her gang of best friends onstage at her 1989 tour, celebrated with them at her annual July 4th parties, and even cast most of them in her “Bad Blood” music video.

This group of individuals became known as Taylor Swift’s “squad,” but in the last two years, the squad has gone seemingly silent on social media.

Here’s what Taylor Swift’s “squad” is up to now.

Karlie Kloss was once considered Swift’s best friend.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift and Karlie Kloss.

Karlie Kloss was once famously considered Swift’s “best friend” and the highest ranking member of “the squad.” At the time they met, Kloss was the buzziest new model on the scene and she and Swift solidified their new friendship with a well-documented road trip to Big Sur.

Kloss recently got married and confirmed that she and Swift are still close.

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Town & CountryKarlie Kloss.

Over the years the tabloids liked to speculate that the two had a falling out, but Kloss revealed to Vogue in October 2018 that “Taylor and I are still really good friends.” Kloss is still modelling, still coding, still an entrepreneur, and most recently – a wife. She married Joshua Kushner this year, though it’s unclear if Swift attended the wedding.

Cara Delevingne met Swift at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Alo Ceballos/GC ImagesTaylor Swift and Cara Delevingne.

Like a lot of Swift’s model friends, Cara Delevingne and Swift seemed to link up after Swift performed at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Soon after they were often spotted hanging out in New York City. Delevingne was another of the friends to appear in the “Bad Blood” music video.

Delevingne is now acting more than modelling, and it’s unclear if they have stayed in touch.

Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesCara Delevingne.

Since meeting Swift, Delevingne has mostly transitioned from modelling to acting. She played Enchantress in “Suicide Squad” and starred in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Swift and Delevingne have not been spotted together in a couple years and fans pointed out that the model wasn’t name-checked on Swift’s “shirt” in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video, so their friendship status is unclear.

Serayah met Swift after being cast in the “Bad Blood” music video.

Serayah’s breakout role as Tiana on the musical drama “Empire” caught Swift’s eye and she knew she had to cast her in the “Bad Blood” video. “Yeah, actually – [Swift] and the director of the video [Joseph Kahn] had seen me on “Empire” and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, let’s have her on the video!'” Serayah told Billboard in 2015. After the shoot, the two women stayed friends and popped up all over each other’s Instagram feeds.

Serayah is set to release her first EP soon.

Dia Duapasupil/Getty ImagesSerayah.

The “Empire” actress is still appearing on “Empire” and released the single “Lost and Found” in October 2018. According to her Instagram bio, her first EP is on the way. Swift and Serayah have not appeared in any Instagram photos lately, but Serayah still does follow Swift on the ‘gram.

Todrick Hall met Taylor Swift after she saw his YouTube cover of her 1989 album.

Bruce Glikas/Getty ImagesTodrick Hall and Taylor Swift.

Todrick Hall got his start on YouTube doing mash-ups and covers of iconic songs and musicals. When he created an epic Taylor Swift-inspired mashup in 2015, Swift loved it so much she invited him backstage to her 1989 tour and became real-life friends. He also appeared in the “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Hall sells out stadiums and wows with his visual albums.

Hall is known for his “visual albums” like “Straight Outta Oz” and “Forbidden” and embarked on a world tour in 2018 to support the “Forbidden” album. He starred on Broadway in Kinky Boot, which Swift saw, and has been on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge several times since 2016. He and Swift still appear together often.

Martha Hunt likely met Swift at Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

James Devaney/GC ImagesMartha Hunt and Taylor Swift.

Swift met model Hunt around 2015 and the friendship propelled the model into the celebrity stratosphere. The two were always seen hanging out at Swift’s New York apartment.

Hunt is still modelling and still a supportive friend.

Hunt walked in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year and continues to be one of Swift’s closest friends. Hunt attended Swift’s Pennsylvania tour stop in July 2016 and was later (along with Hadid and the Haim sisters) spotted hanging out in New York with Swift in July during one of the singer’s rare paparazzi snaps of 2018.

Selena Gomez and Swift go way back.

John Shearer/WireImageSelena Gomez and Taylor Swift in 2008.

Gomez and Swift met way back in 2005 and Gomez told KIIS FM UK that they met because they were both dating Jonas brothers at the time. “She was the girl with the big curly hair and the bracelets and the cowboy boots, and I was definitely up-and-coming. We just clicked,” Gomez said.

Gomez and Swift are now one of Hollywood’s power-couple friendships.

Christopher Polk/TAS18/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift and Selena Gomez.

Selena Gomez continued on to be a superstar and even performed “Hands to Myself” with Swift at her May 2018 Reputation tour spot and took the mic onstage to tribute her longtime pal.

“The reason why she’s one of my best friends is because this person has never, ever judged me for a decision I’ve made. She’s always met me where I’ve been,” Gomez said onstage. “She encouraged me when I had nothing to be encouraged about. And I don’t know if I would be as strong as I am if I didn’t have you and your family.”

Blake Lively met Swift around 2015 but laid low when it came to the squad pics.

Instagram/Blake LivelyBlake Lively and Taylor Swift.

It’s unclear when Blake and Swift met, though they were spotted hanging out at a theme park in Australia together in 2015 and Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds attended Swift’s iconic “Taymerica” July fourth party in 2016.

Lively is now a bona-fide movie star and her daughter made a cameo on a Swift song.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesBlake Lively.

Lively’s most recent movie roles include “A Simple Favour” and “The Shallows,” and clearly Swift is still close with Lively as her daughter James’ voice is heard on Swift’s 2017 song “Gorgeous” and she and Reynolds recently appeared in photos from Swift’s New Year’s Eve party.

Lorde and Swift met after Swift admired her musical success from afar.

Larry Busacca/GettyLorde and Taylor Swift.

After Lorde burst onto the scene with her breakout single “Royals,” Swift sent her flowers. Eventually, the two singers met up (at Shake Shack) and formed a friendship. In fact, Swift told PopCrush that Lorde was one of the first people to hear “1989” before it was released because Swift said the young singer gives awesome advice.

Lorde’s career took off but she battled rumours about her friendship with Swift.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLorde.

In 2017 after a publication mistakenly reported that she and Swift were on the outs, Lorde tweeted: “I want to say one more time that Taylor has been there for me in all my dark and light moments these past five years. All of them.” Lorde, for her part, has had a sensational career and followed up her debut album with 2017’s critically acclaimed “Melodrama.”

Hailee Steinfeld was also an early Swift friend.

Amanda Edwards/WireImageHailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift.

The actress/singer appeared in a ton of Swift’s Instagram in the pre-2015 squad era, was in the “Bad Blood” video, and even walked onstage during the famous squad appearances from the 1989 tour.

It’s unclear if Swift and Steinfeld are still close, but Steinfeld’s career is better than ever.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesHailee Steinfeld.

Steinfeld admitted to Seventeen in 2016 that she didn’t spend as much time with Swift as people might have assumed. Today Steinfeld’s music career continues to rise and her hotly anticipated “Transformers” spin-off film “Bumblebee” came out on Christmas Day 2018.

Ellie Goulding introduced Swift to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris.

The “Lights” singer was a fixture in Swift’s squad during the 1989 tour, appeared in the “Bad Blood” video, and even introduced Swift to her ex Calvin Harris.

Goulding has been in the studio working on her album.

Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesEllie Goulding.

It’s unclear if Swift and Goulding are friends anymore as she hasn’t been seen publicly with the singer in years. For her part, Goulding told Billboard in December 2018 that she has been in the studio for the last two years working on her album and enjoying her engagement to Caspar Jopling.

Lily Aldridge seemed to meet Swift at the Victoria’s Secret Show.

Kevin Kane/FilmMagicTaylor Swift and Lily Aldridge.

Swift and Aldridge appeared to have met at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret show.

Aldridge is still modelling and is pregnant with her second child.

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesLily Aldridge.

The longtime Victoria’s Secret model didn’t participate in the annual show this year as she’s nearly nine months pregnant with her second child. The veteran model is still working on modelling campaigns and on Swift’s birthday this year she posted a #tbt and called Swift her “bestest buddy” in a recent Instagram Story.

Camila Cabello met Swift in 2014 when she asked for songwriting advice.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageTaylor Swift and Camila Cabello.

Cabello admitted to Teen Vogue that she first met Swift as a fan at the 2014 American Music Awards and asked for some songwriting advice. Then in March of 2015, Swift thew Cabello an epic 18th birthday party attended by fellow squad members Gomez, Steinfeld, Lorde, and Haim.

Years later, Cabello ended up opening for Swift on her Reputation tour.

Camila Cabello opened for Swift on her Reputation tour this year and toasted her on her birthday in December 2018, so they’re obviously still close.

Emma Stone is one of Swift’s original squad members.

Jeff Vespa/WireImageTaylor Swift and Emma Stone.

Stone and Swift reportedly met at the Young Hollywood Awards in 2008 and became fast friends. At the time Stone had already been in “Superbad” and was quickly on her way to the A-list. Stone even brought Swift as her date to the 2010 premiere of her movie “Easy A.”

Stone is one of Swift’s most low-key friends, but did show up for the “Reputation” tour.

Charley Gallay/Getty ImagesEmma Stone.

Although Stone doesn’t have Instagram and actually didn’t appear in many of the Swift squad photos of the 2015-2016 era, she’s clearly still friends with the singer and even attended the Reputation tour in New Jersey in July 2018. Stone is currently starring in “The Favourite,” recently appeared in Netflix’s “Maniac,” and picked up an Oscar since she first met Swift.

Abigail Anderson Lucier has been friends with Swift since she was 15.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageAbigail Anderson and Taylor Swift.

Lucier is Swift’s hometown friend. The two have been friends since high school and Swift famously wrote the song “Fifteen” about her.

Lucier just got married, where Swift served as a bridesmaid.

Instagram/abigail_laurenAnderson and Swift celebrating Anderson’s engagement.

Lucier is now married (Swift was one of her bridesmaids) and though she rarely posts to Instagram and it’s unclear what her job is now, Lucier toasted Swift on her 29th birthday calling her a “ray of light.”

Ruby Rose and Swift have only been friends for a few years.

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for GLAADRuby Rose and Taylor Swift.

Though she had been acting and DJ’ing in Australia for many years, Ruby Rose got her big break in the US when she appeared on “Orange Is the New Black” in 2015. Rose appeared to join Swift’s squad sometime after the “Bad Blood” video, and immediately became one of Swift’s closest allies, even penning a lengthy Instagram post (via in 2016 defending Swift’s relationship with Tom Hiddleston.

The two are still friends and Rose is set to star in the upcoming “Batwoman” series.

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesRuby Rose.

Swift presented Rose with an award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards and Rose came to Swift’s defence when Katy Perry reportedly shaded Swift on her song “Swish Swish.” Rose also gave Swift a birthday shout-out on December 13, 2018, so they are likely still close. Rose’s next big move is playing Batwoman in the forthcoming television series of the same name.

Jaime King and Swift are so close that Swift is King’s son’s Godmother.

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicTaylor Swift and Jaime King.

Jaime King was starring on CW’s much-beloved show “Hart of Dixie” when she met Swift at a 2014 Golden Globes after-party. They became such good friends after the event that in 2016, Swift was named Godmother to King’s son Leo Thames.

King recently shared a throwback video to that fateful night when she first met Swift.

Dimitrios Kambouris / GettyJaime King.

Proving she’s still tight with the songstress, on December 8, 2018 King shared a #tbt of Swift dancing at that 2014 Golden Globes after-party. Plus, King’s husband Kyle Newman directed Swift’s 2015 music video for “Style.”

Ed Sheeran solidified his place in Swift’s squad when he opened for her in 2013.

Anna Webber/Getty ImagesEd Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

Swift’s manager saw Sheeran perform in Nashville and was so impressed that the manager introduced him to Swift who invited him to open for her during her Red tour. This turned out to be Sheeran’s big break and introduction to the squad.

Sheeran went on to become the best selling global recording artist of 2017.

Theo Wargo/GettyEd Sheeran.

From unknown opening act to global phenomenon, Sheeran has become a total star. His album “Divide” was the global best selling album of 2017, he has been touring since Summer 2018 and will go until next summer, and he reportedly got married in secret to fiancee Cherry Seaborn this past August.

Claire Winter Kislinger is another original pre-squad Swift friend.

Instagram/claire_winterClaire Winter Kislinger and Taylor Swift.

Kislinger, a jewellery designer, was a member of Swift’s squad long before the “squad” became a pop culture phenomenon. Swift used to hide messages in her album liner notes and for the song “22,” Swift hid the names “ASHLEY DIANNA CLAIRE SELENA” likely as an ode to her friends Ashley Avignone, Dianna Agron, Claire Kislinger, and Selena Gomez aka her original “squad.”

Kislinger attended the AMA’s with Swift in October 2018.

Instagram/claire_winterKislinger and Swift.

Kislinger recently gave birth to her first child and attended the American Music Awards in October 2018 with Swift when she was nearly nine months pregnant. Kisling now jokingly refers to Swift as “Aunty Tay.”

Dianna Agron met Swift at the height of “Glee” fame.

Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagicTaylor Swift and Dianna Agron.

Dianna Agron was starring on “Glee” when she met and befriended Swift sometime around 2011. Agron was also a member of the “22” liner-notes friendship shoutout and Swift even threw her pal a circus-themed 26th birthday party.

Agron is married, still acting, but it’s unclear if she and Swift are friends.

Agron married Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons in 2016 and has continued to act in independent features, has directed a series of shorts – including a video for Tory Burch in 2015 -, and spends a lot of time doing charity work like working with the UN regarding the global refugee crisis. It’s unclear if she and Swift are still friends.

Ashley Avignone is a stylist who met Swift during the pre-squad era.

Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImageSwift, Stone, and Avignone.

Ashley is a noted fashion stylist who counts Emma Stone as a client. Perhaps it’s this Stone connection that linked Avignone with Swift. Avignone is another friend from Swift’s “Ashley, Dianna, Claire, Selena” era of friends.

Avignone supported Swift at several Reputation tour spots this year.

Avignone attended several Reputation tour stops year, including one where she posted a picture with Swift to Instagram and jokingly captioning it: “Squa…JK.” She’s still working as a stylist and has added campaigns with Diane von Furstenberg and Saks Fifth Avenue to her resume.

Gigi Hadid met Swift through mutual pal Karlie Kloss.

Larry Busacca/LP5/Getty Images for TASTaylor Swift and Gigi Hadid.

Gigi Hadid reportedly met Swift in 2014 at a pre-Oscar bash with mutual pal Karlie Kloss. A year later, Hadid appeared in Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. Hadid regularly spoke highly of Swift and told Elle Canada that the “squad” was a source of female empowerment.

Hadid is now one of the highest-paid supermodels.

Jamie McCarthy/GettyImagesGigi Hadid.

The model has graduated from “Taylor Swift friend” to full-on supermodel in the last few years – Forbes put her on the annual “highest paid supermodel” list. She’s also still close with Swift and called her a “blessing and an inspiration to me and so many” in an Instagram Story on Swift’s 29th birthday and also attended Swift’s New Year’s Eve party.

Swift “met” the band Haim on Twitter and eventually started vacationing with them.

Christopher Polk/WireImageAlana Haim and Taylor Swift.

Haim is a band comprised of three sisters: Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim.Swift and Haim’s relationship began online after both parties tweeted about their love for one another’s music. Eventually, they all became friends and even went to Hawaii together.

Haim is still making music and hanging with Swift.

The ladies dropped their second studio album “Something to Tell You” in 2017 and embarked on their Sister Sister Sister Tour in 2018. In July 2018Este Haim hung out with Swift in her childhood home in Reading, Pennsylvania and checked out the Reputation tour that night.

Lena Dunham and Swift’s friendship began on Twitter.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageTaylor Swift and Lena Dunham.

In 2012, breakout actress and writer Dunham praised Swift’s music on Twitter saying she would have written papers about the singer in college had the “Red” album existed then. Swift responded and said she loved Dunham’s HBO show “Girls,” and then Dunham apparently sent her a DM saying she was excited to become friends, and the rest is history.

Dunham is still friends with Swift and still making content for HBO.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesLena Dunham.

Dunham attended Swift’s Reputation earlier this year and told The Cut in November 2018 that even she was surprised that she was still friends with the superstar. Although Dunham has been grabbing headlines lately for her breakup from Jack Antonoff, she recently created the comedy series “Camping” for HBO.


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