Taylor Swift has been stepping in to help during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The pop star is encouraging fans to stay home and is donating funds to various relief organizations. But Swift is now proving how big her heart is by sending money directly to fans that have lost income due to the crisis.
Taylor Swift is encouraging people to practice social distancing
To curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Taylor Swift asked her followers to make “social sacrifices” and consider the safety of those around them. “I’m seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
“This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this.”
In another Instagram post, Swift shared a photo of her cat Meredith sitting alone in her little cat house. “For Meredith, self quarantining is a way of life,” she captioned the picture. “Be like Meredith.”
The pop star used the Kanye West phone call video to raise money for relief organizations
When the video of her 2016 phone call with Kanye West was leaked online, Swift took the attention and focused it on COVID-19 relief efforts. “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about video footage that was 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),” she wrote in a March 23 Instagram story. “Swipe up to see what really matters.”
Upon swiping, her Instagram followers found a donation link to Feeding America and the World Health Organization. Swift wrote that these are “some of the organizations” she’s been donating to, and asked for others to join her in “donating during this crisis” if they could.
Taylor Swift is sending money to fans directly
Swift is now helping fans that are struggling financially due to the loss of work. Holly Turner, a freelance photographer and graphic designer, shared a Venmo screenshot of the $3000 donation she received from Swift.
“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,” Turner wrote in the Twitter post. “@taylorswift13 literally single-handedly saved my ability to stay here. I cannot even believe my eyes right now.”
Under the Venmo payment information was a message from Swift that read, “Holly, You’ve always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Taylor.”
In an interview with People, Samantha Jacobsen, a 24-year-old cocktail server from Florida, said that Swift reached out to her on Twitter and offered to help. “I was in shock,” she told the outlet. “I was just speechless. I couldn’t believe someone I had looked up to and love and respected for so long has reached out with such generosity.”
Another Swift fan, India Rose, shared a screenshot of a message she received from Swift, in which the pop star offered to send $3000 to help ease her strain. “I’m shaking and crying and just fell over a rug in my rush to ask my brother if Taylor’s message was real &now I’m probably (definitely) concussed,” India Rose wrote on Twitter. “This virus took my new dream job away but @taylorswift GAVE ME SOME JOY TONIGHT out of pure kindness.”