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Taylor Swift quietly donates thousands to fans who are struggling due to coronavirus

Nick Duffy March 26, 2020
Taylor Swift attends The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020 in London, England.

Taylor Swift attends The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift has donated thousands of dollars to fans who are struggling financially because of coronavirus.

The singer is known for her generosity towards fans, often surprising individual followers with extremely sweet, personalised gifts – and during a time of crisis, she has stepped up considerably.

Several dedicated Swift fans say that after airing their worries about financial problems, Swift discreetly got in touch to offer them generous donations.

Taylor Swift has been surprising fans with cash donations

They include Holly Turner, a Taylor Swift fan on Tumblr, who works as a freelance music photographer and graphic designer and has seen her work dry up entirely during the pandemic.

On her blog, Turner had written that she was “on the brink of losing everything”, explaining: “This pandemic started in early March, and every last gig I had lined up, every last dollar I was supposed to be making, has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

“I will not have work until what is looking like fall at the earliest, and everything is closed so I cannot find a new job. I thought I had enough saved up to last at least a couple months. I don’t.”

Swift surprised her with a $3,000 donation towards paying her bills, writing: “Holly, you’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor.”

Turner wrote that she has “never cried so hard in my entire life”, adding: “Can’t get over the fact that I can now literally say Taylor Swift has done more for me than the US government.”

‘She makes me feel so loved.’

Another Taylor Swift fan, Samantha Jacobson, was also surprised with a donation from the singer after her workplace closed – leaving her with “no job, no income, no way to pay my bills”.

Swift wrote: “I saw your tweet about being stressed about bills piling up and I want to help. What’s the best way I can gift you $3,000? Do you have PayPal? Love, Taylor.”

Jacobson told People: “I’ve grown up alongside her and I’m just so thankful that she loves us the way we love her. She’s always checking up on us, and she just makes me feel so loved and so important.”

Another UK-based fan, India Meade, shared a similar exchange with Swift – who offered her $3,000 after hew new job was cancelled.

She wrote: “I will literally never be able to repay her for the sheer gesture of it – never mind the actual amount which is three months of rent for me. It’s a wonderfully humble example of acknowledging that her small change can really impact someone else.”

Taylor Swift attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Taylor Swift attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Swift has not promoted any of the donations herself and has kept all the conversations to direct messages – meaning there could be many more fans out there that she’s helped and who haven’t gone public.

The singer has had a dramatic month, with a leaked recording of her notorious 2016 phone call with Kanye West propelling her back into the headlines – and more-or-less exonerating her of any wrongdoing in the long-running ordeal.

She has leveraged the drama to raise funds for Feeding America and the World Health Organisation, writing on her Instagram Story: “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving 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)… SWIPE up to see what really matters.”

Fans who swiped up were greeted by a donation page for the charities.

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