The Epic Journey of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez’s Friendship

These famous vocalists first crossed paths thanks to their association with the Jonas Brothers, and they’ve maintained a strong bond ever since.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artists Selena Gomez (L) and Taylor Swift attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The friendship between Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez began in 2008 when they were both dating Jonas Brothers – Swift with Joe and Gomez with Nick. Despite their respective breakups, the two pop stars remained close friends throughout the years. They have been seen supporting each other at award shows, celebrating milestones together, and even working together on a few projects. Gomez has performed on Swift’s tours and even appeared in her “Bad Blood” music video. One of their earliest friendship moments was when they were spotted hanging out together with the Jonas Brothers in August 2008. Gomez shared that it was amazing how they clicked instantly and joked that it was the best thing they got out of their relationships with the Jonas Brothers. Swift also showed her support for Gomez by attending the premiere of her movie, Another Cinderella Story, in September 2008.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Selena Gomez and singer Taylor Swift arrive to the premiere of

In a heartwarming display of their friendship, Taylor Swift supported Selena Gomez at the premiere of “Another Cinderella Story,” shortly after they hung out together. This marked the beginning of many red carpet appearances together. Speaking to Seventeen, Gomez revealed that she turns to Swift for love advice, as the older singer has gone through all sorts of issues and provides thoughtful answers. They talk daily and attend events together, like the People’s Choice Awards in 2011.

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 5: Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are show backstage at the 2011 People's Choice Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on January 5, 2011. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)

Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez had a memorable night at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards where they both took home awards. The two were seen together throughout the event, supporting each other every step of the way. Gomez was ecstatic to win the favorite breakout artist award, while Swift was recognized as the favorite country artist. Later on, the dynamic duo attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 27th, 2011.

(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY; NO NORTH AMERICAN ON-AIR BROADCAST UNTIL MARCH 3, 2011) Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attends the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

In February 2011, Swift and Gomez showed off their Hollywood glamour at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, as captured by WireImage. Fast forward to November 20, 2011, and the duo was spotted sitting together at the American Music Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singers Taylor Swift (L) and Selena Gomez at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2011/Getty Images for AMA)

In 2011, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez had a blast at the American Music Awards. They were caught on camera enjoying the music and socializing with the likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Selena’s then-lover Justin Bieber. Later that same year, Selena surprised everyone by showing up at Taylor’s “Speak Now” tour.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez perform onstage during the

During one of her Madison Square Garden concerts, Taylor Swift surprised her fans by inviting Selena Gomez on stage to sing her popular song “Who Says.” James Taylor also joined Swift on stage that night before the three posed for a photo backstage. On July 23, 2013, Swift celebrated Gomez’s 21st birthday.


Taylor Swift expressed her love for Selena Gomez on her 21st birthday by posting a heartfelt message on Twitter. The post included a photo of the two friends standing beside a mermaid statue. Taylor referred to Selena as her closest friend and compared their bond to that of sisters. The post was shared on August 25, 2013, which was also the day that Taylor and Selena attended the MTV Video Music Awards together.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Taylor Swift (Detail: Herve Leger dress) and Selena Gomez (Detail: Atelier Versace dress) attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

At the MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez made quite a statement as they arrived in matching navy gowns. The “Come Get It” singer received an award for best pop video, which was presented by One Direction, and Swift was quick to embrace her friend with a big hug. Later that year, the duo attended the Met Gala and Gomez shared an adorable video of them having fun together. Gomez also showed her support for Swift’s 1989 album on Instagram and the two attended the American Music Awards together in November. Their longtime friendship is evident through their sweet moments together.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Singers Lorde, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and model Karlie Kloss attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)

Taylor Swift received the support of her famous friends during her attendance at the American Music Awards. While taking home the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, Swift was seen hugging Lorde, Karlie Kloss, and Selena Gomez in the audience. Additionally, Swift showed her support for Gomez by clapping with tears in her eyes as Gomez performed her emotional ballad “The Heart Wants What It Wants” for the first time. On Swift’s birthday in 2014, Gomez paid tribute with a special manicure that featured two halves of a heart with their initials, “S” and “T.” The two friends also attended the Golden Globes afterparty in January 2015.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Musician Taylor Swift, singer Lorde and actress/singer Selena Gomez attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were spotted hugging Lorde as they hit up HBO’s Golden Globes afterparty together in 2015. Another instance where we saw the two BFFs hanging out was on March 8, 2015, when they had a cozy tea party.

selena gomez; taylor swift. Credit: Selena Gomez/Instagram

In Los Angeles, Swift and Gomez enjoyed a delightful tea party with Ellie Goulding and the Haim sisters. It was a fun gathering where they got dressed up and had a great time. Later on, in May 2015, Gomez featured in Swift’s music video for “Bad Blood,” where they played friends-turned-enemies. The video was a star-studded affair with appearances from Zendaya to Kendrick Lamar. Then, in August 2015, Gomez made a surprise appearance at Swift’s “1989” tour.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Selena Gomez perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)

Swift and Gomez joined forces on stage during Swift’s performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two singers wore matching black and white outfits and sang Gomez’s hit “Good For You.” Following the show, Gomez expressed her excitement on Instagram, stating that after nearly eight years of friendship, she couldn’t wait to tell their future children that they had performed together in front of thousands of people, not once but twice. This isn’t the first time Gomez has shown her support for Swift, as she also accompanied her to the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2015.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Selena Gomez in the audience during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

At the MTV VMAs in 2015, Selena Gomez accompanied Taylor Swift as she won the video of the year award for her popular music video “Bad Blood,” which featured Gomez. Prior to the event, Swift walked the red carpet with other costars from the music video, including Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, and Cara Delevingne. In December of that same year, Gomez shared a throwback photo on Instagram to celebrate Swift’s birthday, expressing her gratitude for their friendship. A few months later, the two attended the Grammy Awards together in February 2016.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artists Selena Gomez (L) and Taylor Swift attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

During the 2016 Grammys, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez made it a girls’ night out by embracing on the red carpet. Later on, Swift made history by becoming the first female to win album of the year twice, while Gomez cheered her on from the audience. The two friends also shared a heartwarming moment at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016, as they hugged it out once again.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Singer Taylor Swift (R), winner of the Album of the Year award for '1989,' embraces actress/singer Selena Gomez backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, AND TRUTV from The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)

The two singers, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, demonstrated their support for each other backstage after both winning awards. Gomez received the biggest triple threat award, while Swift won the best tour award for her 1989 tour. Swift celebrated Gomez’s birthday by posting an old photo of them making a heart shape with their hands and expressing how she couldn’t imagine life without her. In return, Gomez wished Swift a happy birthday in December of that year, acknowledging Swift’s authentic and inspiring voice and her fierce and bold heart. The two friends surprised fans when Gomez made an appearance at Swift’s Reputation tour on May 19, 2018.

PASADENA, CA - MAY 19: Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez perform onstage during the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour at the Rose Bowl on May 19, 2018 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Christopher Polk/TAS18/Getty Images)

Selena Gomez surprised fans by appearing with Taylor Swift during her Reputation tour in California where they performed “Hands to Myself”. Both stars expressed their love and admiration for each other on Instagram. Taylor Swift sent Selena Gomez a cake for her birthday, despite not being able to celebrate together physically. During an Instagram Live video, Gomez referred to Swift as her “big sister” and revealed that she always runs new music by her first. In a recent cover story, both stars spoke about their decade-long friendship and sisterhood. Swift made a cameo appearance on Gomez’s cooking show and recently, Gomez supported Swift at Saturday Night Live. Their friendship has been there for tough moments and it is clear that they respect each other with everything.

Taylor Swift Shares TikTok with Selena Gomez While Backstage at SNL: 'My Bestie is a Bad Bitch'

When Taylor Swift sang the extended version of “All Too Well” on SNL, her friend Selena Gomez joined her backstage. The two even made an adorable TikTok video together, which quickly became popular on the platform. On July 23, 2022, Selena celebrated her birthday with Taylor.

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Before her 30th birthday party, Selena Gomez enjoyed a private celebration with Taylor Swift over dinner, which she shared photos of on Instagram. In an interview with Rolling Stone to promote her documentary “My Mind and Me,” Gomez admitted that she struggled to make friends in the industry and that Swift was her only friend. When Gomez’s documentary was released on Apple TV+, Swift showed her support on her Instagram Story. Gomez also attended Swift’s Eras Tour in Texas with her little sister and was spotted singing along to Swift’s “Lover” at a concert in Los Angeles. Swift shared a photo of her and Gomez at her Fourth of July party on Instagram.

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