Taylor Swift has had a killer year. From the release of 1989 to her consistent record of stellar style, it seems like she can’t (and won't) stop. But if there’s one thing T. Swift loves more than her crop tops, it’s her famous roster of besties. No, we’re not talking about her precious kittens, but the lineup of celeb gal pals that she’s constantly spotted with. The singer recently made headlines with a delightfully snarky request for her upcoming 25th birthday:
As my 25th birthday present from the media, I’d like for you to stop accusing all my friends of dating me. #thirsty
—Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13)
Taylor has been rumored to be dating everyone from Karlie Kloss to Lorde lately, but she is officially shutting the rumor mill down. As far as we’re concerned, Taylor’s friendships are ones that we dream of having! So to celebrate her birthday request, we’re counting down our top 8 Taylor faves.
8. Jessica Szohr
Taylor and Jessica go way back to when the blond beauty was feeling “22”—when the former Gossip Girl actress appeared in the music video for the catchy tune. She also tags along with Taylor on her many cross-country adventures.
Why we love this duo: Their friendship has stood the test of time.
7. Hailee Steinfeld
From trips to Paris and Rhode Island to red carpet premieres, these pals always keep each other laughing. While there’s quite an age gap, Taylor has obviously taken the young starlet under her wing.
Why we love this duo: Hailee is like Tay’s mini-me.
6. Lena Dunham
Swift credits Lena with helping her understand her stance on feminism, and the Girls creator and star attributes Taylor’s music with helping her get through some tough times. The two can be seen hugging it out at award shows and being adorable in group bestie shots on Instagram.
Why we love this duo: Friends who thoughtfully teach us new things are hard to come by.
5. Emma Stone
Emma and Taylor hadn't been seen in public together for a while until Tay showed up to see the actress perform in Cabaret, as evidenced by the cutest Instagram shots. Emma was also among the many guests at Taylor’s Fourth of July blowout at her Rhode Island home.
Why we love this duo: Emma and Taylor are our dream BFFs, so it’s just perfect that they are friends with each other.
4. Jaime King
These two haven’t known each other very long—only since January!—but they’re already practically inseparable. The Hart of Dixie star and the “Blank Space” singer attended various award shows, looking stunning and posing for the flashbulbs, and even participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together.
Why we love this duo: While their glam style makes them gorgeous, it’s their ability to form a fast and lasting friendship that makes them admirable.
3. Selena Gomez
There may have been rumors of a rift in the past few months, but Tay and Selena are stronger than ever. Most recently, they showed their support for each other at the AMAs to glorious and awe-inducing results!
Why we love this duo: While they’ve both been through their fair share of breakups, their friendship is built on sticking by each other through anything.
Lorde and Taylor were also spotted at the AMAs, but what’s truly astounding is Lorde’s recent criticism of a radio host who claimed the two were in a relationship. She quickly jumped to defend her bestie and didn’t back down when he tried to laugh it off.
Why we love this duo: They’re not afraid to defend each other to the media.
1. Karlie Kloss
Where do we even begin? From their hand holding performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to their giggle-filled photos from the AMAs, these two are unstoppably adorable. We're actually convinced that they're secretly twins... anyone else see it?
Why we love this duo: They make friendship look like photogenic fun!
Happy birthday, Taylor! Here's to hoping we're the next to be inducted into her clique...