THEN AND NOW: Taylor Swift’s star-studded ‘squad’ of friends

Taylor Swift with some of her friends and members of her ‘squad.’ Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
  • Taylor Swift has a lot of famous friendships, and these stars have often been referred to as members of her “squad.”
  • Selena Gomez, Martha Hunt, Abigail Anderson Lucier, and Gigi Hadid are some of the “squad” members who are still Swift’s close friends.
  • Swift became friends with Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt, and Lily Aldridge through the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
  • Other celebrities, Ed Sheeran and Todrick Hall, have collaborated with Swift.
  • Swift has also befriended actresses like Blake Lively, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, and Lena Dunham.
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Back in the mid-2010s, Taylor Swift became known for being surrounded by her famous friends, who were also commonly referred to as members of her “squad.”

From casting her friends in her “Bad Blood” music video to bringing them onstage during her 1989 tour, she made a lot of these close connections public.

Today, there aren’t as many full-“squad” meet-ups, but many of those original members still have a relationship with the singer.

Whether they’re still close, or just supportive from afar, here’s what Swift’s “squad” is up to now.

Karlie Kloss was once considered Swift’s best friend.

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Karlie Kloss was once famously considered to be Swift’s best friend.

At the time they met, Kloss was a new model on the scene, and she and Swift solidified their new friendship with a well-documented road trip to Big Sur.

Kloss recently confirmed that she and Swift are still close.

Karlie Kloss is the host of ‘Project Runway.’ ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

Over the years, the tabloids liked to speculate that the two had a falling out, but in a 2019 interview with Time magazine, Kloss confirmed she is still friends with Swift.

In addition to modelling, Kloss now stars as the host of Bravo’s “Project Runway” and runs the free camp “Kode with Klossy” to help young girls learn how to code.

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

Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne hung out in New York City. Alo Ceballos/GC Images

Cara Delevingne and Swift seemed to link up after the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which Swift performed at and Delevingne modelled in. Soon after, the two were spotted hanging out in New York City.

Delevingne was one of Swift’s friends who appeared in the “Bad Blood” music video.

Delevingne has spent a lot of time acting, and she and Swift are still social-media friends.

Cara Delevingne at the premiere of ‘Carnival Row.’ Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Since meeting Swift, Delevingne has mostly transitioned from modelling to acting, playing Enchantress in “Suicide Squad” (2016) and starring in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017).

More recently, she was on the TV series “Carnival Row” and appeared in Halsey’s “Nightmare” music video.

The two friends have not been spotted together in a few years – and, in 2017, fans pointed out that the model wasn’t name-checked on Swift’s “squad shirt” in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video.

But in 2019, Delevingne made it clear the pair are still friends by posting on Instagram to congratulate Swift on the release of her latest album, “Lover.”

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

Todrick Hall performed in the ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video. Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Todrick Hall got his start on YouTube doing mash-ups and covers of iconic songs and musicals.

He created an epic Swift-inspired mashup in 2015, and the “Red” singer loved it so much she invited him backstage to her 1989 tour and they became real-life friends.

He also appeared in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video in 2017.

Hall rose to mainstream fame quickly, and he and Swift are still close collaborators.

Todrick Hall and Taylor Swift accepting an award at the 2019 VMAs. Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Hall is widely known for his visual albums and his roles as guest judge and choreographer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

He also starred on Broadway as Lola in “Kinky Boots” in 2017, and Swift saw him perform.

Plus, Hall and Swift are still close collaborators. Most recently, he appeared in and was an executive producer of the “You Need to Calm Down” music video, which won for video of the year at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Martha Hunt likely met Swift at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Martha Hunt and Taylor Swift at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Michael Stewart/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Swift likely met model Martha Hunt at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. After that event, the two were often seen hanging out around Swift’s New York apartment.

Hunt is still modelling and supporting her friend, Swift.

Martha Hunt helped Taylor Swift celebrate her 30th birthday. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Hunt is still a Victoria’s Secret Angel and continues to be one of Swift’s closest friends.

Hunt attended Swift’s Pennsylvania Reputation tour stop in July 2018 where she took a trip to Swift’s childhood home. Shortly after, she was spotted hanging out in New York with Swift during one of the singer’s rare paparazzi snaps of 2018.

In 2019, Hunt shared a touching post for Swift’s 30th birthday and helped her celebrate a few days later.

Selena Gomez and Swift go way back.

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift at the premiere of ‘Another Cinderella Story.’ John Shearer/WireImage

Selena 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.

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are still friends. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

Gomez furthered her own music career and even performed “Hands to Myself” with Swift during a May 2018 Reputation tour stop.

While on stage, Gomez gave a tribute to her longtime pal in front of Swift’s fans.

“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 during the show. “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.”

Swift and Gomez are still close friends, and often show encouragement for each other online.

When Swift released “Lover” and Gomez released “Lose You to Love Me” from her album “Rare,” both of them promoted the other’s songs on their Instagram stories.

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

Blake Lively and Taylor Swift went to an Australian amusement park together in 2015. Instagram/Blake Lively

It’s unclear when Blake Lively and Swift first met, though they were spotted hanging out at a theme park in Australia together in 2015.

Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds also attended Swift’s iconic “Taymerica” Fourth of July party in 2016.

Lively’s daughter made a cameo on a Swift song from “Reputation.”

Blake Lively at the premiere for ‘The Rhythm Section.’ Greg Allen/Invision/AP

Some of the “Gossip Girl” star’s most recent movie roles include “The Rhythm Section” (2020) and “A Simple Favour” (2018).

Lively has also had three daughters with Reynolds since she and Swift became friends.

The two still seem to be close. Lively’s daughter James’ voice is heard on Swift’s 2017 song “Gorgeous,” she and Reynolds appeared in photos from Swift’s 2019 New Year’s Eve party, and at the end of 2019, the couple was part of the crowd that helped Swift celebrate her 30th birthday.

Lorde and Swift bonded over music.

Lorde and Taylor Swift became fast friends. Larry Busacca/Getty

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 also performed as one of Swift’s guest stars during her Washington, DC 1989 tour performance.

Lorde’s career took off as she battled reports about her friendship with Swift being over.

Lorde performed at one of the 1989 tour concerts. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

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.”

Since then, however, Swift and Lorde haven’t been seen together much.

Lorde, for her part, has had a sensational career and followed up her debut album with 2017’s critically acclaimed “Melodrama.” The singer is reportedly working on new music.

Hailee Steinfeld was also an early member of Swift’s “squad.”

Hailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift worked on the ‘Bad Blood’ music video together. Amanda Edwards/WireImage

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

At the time, Steinfeld was best known for her role in the “Pitch Perfect” series and her 2015 album “HAIZ.”

It’s unclear if Swift and Steinfeld are still close, but Steinfeld’s career is on the rise.

Hailee Steinfeld stars as Emily Dickinson on ‘Dickinson.’ Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Steinfeld told Seventeen magazine in 2016 that she didn’t spend as much time with Swift as people might have assumed, but that she does consider her a friend.

Today, Steinfeld’s music career has taken a back seat to her successful acting career with recent credits such as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2019), “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” (2019), and “Charlie’s Angels” (2019).

She also stars on the TV series “Dickinson.”

Swift invited Ellie Goulding to perform with her during the 1989 tour.

Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding at the Brit Awards after-party. David M. Benett/Getty Images for Soho House & Bacardi

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

Swift and Harris dated throughout 2015 and 2016.

It’s unclear if the two are still friends, but Goulding has been in the studio working on her album.

Ellie Goulding is working on her fifth studio album. SIMON DAWSON/Reuters

It’s unclear if Swift and Goulding are still friends, as the two haven’t publicly interacted 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 a new album and enjoying her engagement to Caspar Jopling.

She and Jopling have since gotten married, but her next studio album is still in the works.

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

Taylor Swift and Lily Aldridge at the 2013 Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show. Kevin Kane/FilmMagic

Swift and model Lily Aldridge appeared to have met at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret show. The model also appeared in Swift’s star-studded “Bad Blood” music video in 2015.

Aldridge is now modelling while also raising her two children.

Lily Aldridge has two children. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel is still working on modelling campaigns while still raising her two children with husband Caleb Followill.

In 2018, she posted a throwback photo and called Swift her “bestest buddy” in her Instagram story for Swift’s birthday. The two haven’t had many public interactions since then.

Camila Cabello met Swift in 2014 at an award show.

Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello at the iHeart Radio Music Awards. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Camila Cabello told Teen Vogue that she first met Swift the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards where she worked up the courage to say hello to her and tell her how big of a fan she was.

The two hit it off quickly as friends, and, in March of 2015, Swift even threw Cabello an epic 18th-birthday party attended by fellow “squad” members Gomez, Steinfeld, Lorde, and HAIM.

Later that month, they were photographed together at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Cabello and Swift are still close friends, and Cabello even opened for the Reputation tour.

Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift performed at the American Music Awards in 2019. MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters

Cabello opened for Swift on her Reputation tour in 2018. In 2019, Cabello and Halsey performed with Swift during her medley at the American Music Awards, the same show where Swift freaked out over Cabello’s “Señorita” performance with Shawn Mendes.

Later that year, Cabello attended Swift’s Christmas-themed birthday party.

Swift also supported Cabello when she released her album “Romance” by posting about it on her Instagram story.

Emma Stone and Swift met over a decade ago.

Taylor Swift and Emma Stone at the ‘Easy A’ premiere. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Emma Stone and Swift reportedly met at the Young Hollywood Awards in 2008 and became fast friends. At the time, Stone had already been in the hit comedy “Superbad” (2007) 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 she did show up for the Reputation tour.

Emma Stone will play the icon Disney villain in ‘Cruella.’ PHIL MCCARTEN/Reuters

Although Stone doesn’t have Instagram and actually didn’t appear in many of the Swift “squad” photos from the 2015-2016 era, she appears to still be acquainted with the singer and even attended the Reputation tour in New Jersey in July 2018.

In terms of her career, Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2019 for “The Favourite.” Her other recent credits include the Netflix mini-series “Manic” and “Zombieland: Doubletap.”

Stone has several projects in the works including a live-action prequel to “101 Dalmations” called “Cruella” set to be released on May 28, 2021.

Abigail Anderson Lucier has been friends with Swift since high school.

Abigail Anderson Lucier and Taylor Swift at the Grammys in 2015. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Abigail Anderson Lucier is Swift’s hometown friend. The two met in high school, and Swift’s song “Fifteen” is even inspired by Lucier.

Swift brought Lucier as her date to the Grammys in 2015.

Lucier and Swift are still close friends.

Abigail Anderson Lucier and Taylor Swift celebrated the singer’s 30th birthday. abigail_lauren/Instagram

In 2017, Swift was a bridesmaid at Lucier’s wedding.

Lucier has also attended most of Swift’s events including “Taymerica” in 2018 and the singer’s Christmas-themed 30th birthday party in 2019.

Ruby Rose and Swift met and became friends around 2015.

Ruby Rose and Taylor Swift at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for GLAAD

Though she had been acting and DJing in Australia for many years, Ruby Rose got her big break in the US when she joined the cast of “Orange Is the New Black” for a nine-episode arch in 2015.

Rose appeared to befriend Swift sometime after the “Bad Blood” video made its debut, and the actress made an appearance during Swift’s 1989 tour stop in New Orleans in 2015.

Rose also wrote a long post on her Instagram to congratulate Swift on the tour.

In 2016, Swift presented Rose with an award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards.

The two are still supportive of each other on social media.

Ruby Rose stars on The CW’s ‘Batwoman.’ Phillip Faraone/WireImage

Rose posted to her Instagram for Swift’s birthday in 2017 and 2018, and made an Instagram story for her in 2019.

When Rose was cast as Batwoman in The CW’s show based on the DC Comics,Swift took to Instagram to support her on her next endeavour.

Jaime King and Swift met at a Golden Globes party in 2014.

Jaime King, Taylor Swift, and Hailee Steinfeld at a Golden Globes after-party. Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

Jaime King was starring on The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” when she met Swift at a 2014 Golden Globes party.

In 2015, King’s husband Kyle Newman directed Swift’s 2015 music video for “Style.”

They became such fast friends that Swift was named godmother to King’s son Leo Thames in 2016.

King and Swift are still close, though they’re known for sharing quieter nights.

Jaime King at the ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ premiere. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

On December 8, 2018, King shared a throwback photo of Swift dancing at that 2014 Golden Globes party where they met.

King seemingly attends fewer of the big events than other members of the squad, but the two have been known to have quiet nights together, just like this post from a few days before Swift’s 30th birthday depicts.

Ed Sheeran and Swift seemingly became close when he opened for her tour in 2013.

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at Madison Square Garden in 2013. Anna Webber/Getty Images

Ed Sheeran and Swift performed together at the Z100 Jingle Ball in 2012 after Sheeran was featured on a song from her album “Red” that released that same year.

Swift also had Sheeran open for her Red tour, solidifying his place in the “squad.”

Sheeran’s career has continued to blossom.

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have collaborated a few times. Matt Jelonek/WireImage

After the Red tour, Sheeran’s career continued to bloom.

His album “Divide” was the global best selling album of 2017, and the album’s tour broke the record for the highest-grossing tour in music history.

Sheeran collaborated with Swift again on her “Reputation” album, which was released in 2017.

Sheeran is currently on a hiatus from music and social media, but he and Swift still seem to be friendly.

Earlier this month, an eyewitness source told E! News that Sheeran and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, were spotted at dinner with Swift and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. They were reportedly celebrating Alwyn’s 29th birthday in a high-end London restaurant.

Claire Winter Kislinger is another original pre-squad friend.

Claire Winter Kislinger and Taylor Swift are longtime friends. Instagram/claire_winter

Claire Winter Kislinger, a jewellery designer, has been friends with Swift for years.

Swift reportedly used to hide messages in her album liner notes, and for the song “22” on “Red,” Swift hid the names Ashley, Dianna, Claire, and Selena – likely as an ode to her friends Ashley Avignone, Dianna Agron, Claire Kislinger, and Selena Gomez, her original “squad.”

Kislinger attended the American Music Awards with Swift in October 2018.

Claire Winter Kislinger and Taylor Swift getting ready for the AMAs in 2018. Instagram/claire_winter

While nine months pregnant, Kislinger attended the American Music Awards in October 2018 as Swift’s date. Swift gave her a shout-out during one of her speeches and on Instagram.

Kislinger now jokingly refers to Swift as “Aunty Tay,” and in 2019, she wished Swift a happy birthday on Instagram.

Swift met Dianna Agron while the actress was still starring on “Glee.”

Taylor Swift and Dianna Agron at the AMAs in 2014. Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic

Dianna Agron was starring on “Glee” when she met and befriended Swift sometime in 2011.

Agron was also a member of the supposed “22” liner-notes shout-outs, and Swift even helped throw her pal a circus-themed 26th birthday party.

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

Dianna Agron married Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Agron married Winston Marshall from the band Mumford & Sons in 2016 and has continued to act in independent features.

She also directed a series of shorts – including a video for Tory Burch in 2015 – and spends a lot of time doing charity work with the UN regarding the global refugee crisis.

She and Swift haven’t been seen together on or offline in a few years, so it’s unclear if they’re still friends.

Ashley Avignone is a stylist who met Swift in the pre-“squad” era.

Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, and Ashley Avignone at an Oscars after-party in 2011. Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImage

Ashley Avignone is a noted fashion stylist who counts Emma Stone as a client, which might have been how she met Swift.

She is another friend whose name was supposedly mentioned in the secret “Red” notes.

Avignone is still friends with Swift.

Cazzie David, Taylor Swift, and Ashley Avignone at Swift’s 30th birthday party. taylorswift/Instagram

Avignone attended several Reputation tour stops in 2018, 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.

In 2018, Avignone hung out with Swift at the singer’s childhood home, and the next year she attended Swift’s 30th birthday party.

Gigi Hadid reportedly met Swift through mutual friend Karlie Kloss.

Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid performing at the 1989 tour. Larry Busacca/LP5/Getty Images for TAS

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, and in May 2015, Hadid joined Swift on stage as a special guest for one of her 1989 tour stops.

Hadid has regularly spoken highly of Swift to the press, and the model told Elle Canada that the “squad” was a source of female empowerment.

Hadid is now one of the highest-paid supermodels, and still one of Swift’s close friends.

Gigi Hadid is a famous supermodel. Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Forbes put Hadid on the annual “highest-paid supermodel” list in 2018.

She’s 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. That same year she attended Swift’s New Year’s Eve party.

She was also present for Swift’s jolly 30th birthday celebration at the end of 2019.

Hadid is reportedly expecting her first child with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, musician Zayn Malik.

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

Alana Haim and Taylor Swift at the Grammys in 2015. Christopher Polk/WireImage

HAIM is a band comprised of three sisters: Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim. Swift and HAIM’s relationship began online after both of them tweeted about their love for one another’s music.

Swift hung out with the band at a Golden Globes party in January of 2015, and later that month they all took a trip to Hawaii together.

Swift then invited the band to open for her 1989 tour later that year.

HAIM is still making music, though they don’t seem to publicly hang with Swift as much anymore.

HAIM performing live. Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP

The band dropped their second studio album “Something to Tell You” in 2017 and embarked on their Sister Sister Sister Tour in 2018.

In July 2018, Este Haim hung out with Swift in her childhood home in Reading, Pennsylvania, and checked out the Reputation tour that night.

Since then, Swift hasn’t been seen much with the Haim sisters, so it’s unclear if they’re still close.

Swift and Lena Dunham’s friendship began on Twitter.

Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham at the Grammys in 2013. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

In 2012, breakout actress and writer Lena 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 supposedly sent her a DM saying she was excited to become friends.

In 2013, the two met in person at the Grammys, and in 2015 Dunham was a part of the “Bad Blood” music video.

Dunham is still friends with Swift she’s still making content for HBO.

Lena Dunham at the ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ premiere. SIMON DAWSON/Reuters

Dunham attended Swift’s Reputation tour in 2018 and told The Cut in November of that year that even she was surprised that she was still friends with the superstar.

Dunham also showed her support for Swift in 2018 after the singer broke her political silence by publicly endorsing two Democrat candidates in Tennessee.

In 2019, she praised Swift on Instagram for her “ME!” music video and posted a heartfelt message for Swift’s 30th birthday later that year.

Dunham has been working on her HBO series “Camping,” and in 2019 she was in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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