Taylor Swift surfaced on social media last night to congratulate one of her "besties" on a very important achievement. The “Bad Blood” singer sent a heartfelt video message to NBA player Russell Westbrook for being named MVP during which she thanks him for basically being responsible for her career.
Westbrook’s team, the Oklahoma City Thunder shared the tongue-in-cheek message via Twitter. Swift is all smiles and sporting some loose curls as she recalls the life-changing importance of their faux-friendship.
“Remember I was the one who taught you to play basketball," she begins, “I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops, you know? And I remember the first time you beat me at basketball. And I was very upset, and you said—if you remember correctly—you said, 'You just have to shake it off,' and I got an idea."
We all know she’s talking about the infectious lead single from her Grammy Award-winning debut pop album 1989. She really lays it on thick when she adds, “So essentially, we have each other to thank for these careers, obviously. So that's why I'm a part of your congratulations video, because we just, we go back, you know...what? Twenty years.”
We start to wonder if they’ve been secret pals for a while and then she gently sets the record straight saying, “Actually, we've never met. And that's a fake story, but I wish it were the truth. You are amazing, you are the MVP, I am so happy for you. Sending you the biggest hug ever! Congratulations!"
We were kind of hoping Westbrook was part of the “Out of the Woods” singer’s official squad. The TV/film industry is well-represented by Lena Dunham, Blake Lively, and Emma Stone. Karlie Kloss and the Hadid sisters have supermodels covered. Plenty of fellow music artists fill her circle including Lorde, Jack Antonoff and Hailee Steinfeld.
What about sports stars? Surely Swift needs a few of those in her squad. And, who could possibly be a more perfect candidate than Russell Westbrook? The newly-named MVP is a very out-and-proud Swiftie. He’s posted several videos of himself on Instagram rocking out to Taylor Swift’s biggest hits like the one below, where he’s jamming to “Bad Blood” in the car.
He also posted a video of himself (attached above) singing to one of Swift’s songs while using crutches during an injury recovery.
A show of hands, please, from everyone else who thinks Russell Westbrook’s induction into T Squad should be a slam dunk. If he misses making the draft this year, we guess settling for the MVP Award and a really sweet congrats video from the “Shake It Off” singer is a great consolation.
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