Pop star Taylor Swift sent at least two fans $3000 each to help support them through the coronavirus crisis.
Unable to work due to lockdown measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, many people, Swift fans or not, are trying to survive the pandemic without a stable income.
Longtime Swiftie Samantha Jacobson lost her job as a cocktail server at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, when her bar closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, after Swift posted a link to Feeding America, urging fans to donate to the charity, Samantha responded on Tumblr, “I wish so badly that I could donate to the link Taylor provided 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.”
And apparently, superstar Taylor Swift was listening.
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
Jacobson met Swift previously, having been selected as “one of the lucky fans” invited to two of Swift’s past album listening events. She has been a fan of the pop star since 2006.
Another fan, Holly Turner, a music photographer and graphic design in New York, was also personally contacted by Swift after posting about her financial struggles.
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!, Taylor had begun following her Tumblr before the $3000 came through, “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.”
Taylor’s donation came with the note: “Holly, you’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor.”
Another of Taylor’s fans, named Leah, became a surprise recipient of cash after posting about her own dire financial situation.
“I’m literally buying food with change leftover in my purse right now and I won’t be able to get any food or gas once the change is gone,” she wrote. “I’m so scared. I’ve never been in a situation like this before. I’m desperate.”
💰 | Taylor Swift has donated $3,000 to another fan on Tumblr after facing financial struggles due to no paychecks for the foreseeable future
“Leah, I’m so sorry this situation has caused you so much stress and I hope a gift of $3000 will help.” pic.twitter.com/Q56KkWVEwK
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) March 26, 2020
As of Wednesday, Taylor is the latest celebrity (a list which includes Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Ariana Grande, Julia Roberts, Kylie Jenner, and others) to reportedly donate thousands of dollars to fans in need.