Taylor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres: The Best On-Camera Moments of Their Friendship

Ellen DeGeneres is a well-known friend to the stars and has established many adorable celebrity friendships over the years. These relationships help to provide fodder for her popular talk show, but they have also created some truly memorable pop-culture moments as well. One of her closest friendships is with singer Taylor Swift.

Although the two might not seem to have much in common, they have spent a lot of time together over the years, and fans can’t get enough of their hilarious interactions. Here are a few of our favorite moments that the cameras have captured between Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift. 

Taylor Swift (L) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres
Taylor Swift (L) and comedian Ellen DeGeneres | Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS

DeGeneres surprised Swift with her “musical crush”

In 2008, Taylor Swift was just starting her musical journey, best known for songs like “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.” She was already skyrocketing to fame, with fans raving about her sweet voice and her heartfelt lyrics. That year was also one of her first appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and right away, the talk show host and the curly-haired country singer hit it off.

DeGeneres teased Swift about her “musical crush,” which Swift revealed to be Justin Timberlake. Swift stated that Timberlake was the one star that she was really hoping to meet soon. DeGeneres remembered Swift’s crush, and by the time Swift visited her show again months later, Timberlake himself surprised Swift.

While Swift was obviously surprised and delighted, she maintained her composure remarkably well in the presence of one of her musical icons.

Swift and DeGeneres talked about cats

Taylor Swift isn’t afraid to show her silly side, one of the traits that she has in common with DeGeneres. In October 2014, the two had become fast friends, and Swift felt comfortable enough to really let loose with the comedian. In October 2014, Swift and DeGeneres sat down for a fun segment of DeGeneres’s show that they called “Kitty Corner.”

The segment featured both women wearing sweaters adorned with pictures of cats, a sight gag based on Swift’s own fondness for cats. They talked to each other about different cat facts while barely hiding their own laughter. Fans loved that Swift was able to poke fun at herself and the segment was hugely popular.

DeGeneres hid in the bathroom to scare Swift

Ellen DeGeneres loves to prank her guests, and not even her friends are immune to her sense of mischief. In 2009, Swift was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Swift went into the backstage bathroom to look for a picture of her and DeGeneres together, as she had been told to do. The unsuspecting Swift was scared silly when Ellen DeGeneres herself popped up from behind the door – causing Swift to fall down in sheer terror. 

The moment went viral and has since become one of the most popular bits on the show of all time. 

Taylor Swift opens up to DeGeneres

As proof of their friendship, Swift has spoken to DeGeneres about her relationships more than she has with any other interviewer or talk show host.

On her most recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Swift opened up about her previous relationship with Joe Jonas, telling the host that she regretted putting him on the spot in previous interviews. Still, Swift didn’t reveal much about her current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn – but the two have likely chatted about it off-camera. 

DeGeneres and Swift have one of the sweetest friendships in Hollywood, and hopefully, fans will have many more years of adorable on-camera moments yet to come!

Swift’s career certainly isn’t slowing down and DeGeneres has established herself as one of the true mainstays in the entertainment industry.