Taylor Swift made a special video for NBA MVP & Swift-loonie Russell Westbrook

Miranda Kerr

When I saw this story this morning, I thought “wow, Taylor Swift gets up to some random-ass things these days.” But I learned the backstory and now I think it’s sort of cute. Her hair? Not cute, but that’s a conversation for another day. At last night’s NBA Awards, Russell Westbrook took home the MVP trophy. Someone organized a very special video for him: Taylor Swift congratulating Westbrook and joking that he taught her how to “shake it off.”

Taylor jokes: “Remember I was the one who taught you to play basketball. I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops…I remember the first time you beat me at basketball. I was very upset, and you said… ‘You just have to shake it off.’ So essentially we have each other to thank for these careers. That’s why I’m a part of your congratulations video, because we just, we go back 20 years. Actually, we’ve never met. That’s a fake story, but I wish it were the truth.”

As I said, I was like “Random, thy name is Snake Emoji.” But it seems like Taylor did this video because Russell Westbrook has been a huge T-Swift fan for YEARS. For literally years, he’s been referencing his Swift-fandom on his social media, singing along with her songs on Instagram, and attending Taylor’s concerts. Russell Westbrook loves Taylor Swift, so she did something nice for him. I bet this video made him so happy.


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  1. KB says:

    Her hair is so bad. She has access to the best hair stylists in the world. How has she managed to have such hideous hair for so long?

    On topic, it was sweet of her to do that for him. She is really great to her fans.

  2. fiorucci says:

    I think her hair (and makeup) looks really cute. Better than the bleach blonde which I didn’t love on TS. Surprisingly she is pulling off curly bangs. 1989 indeed

  3. Sam says:

    new hair = new PR campaign/fresh start…..?

    • Phaedra says:

      She’s had this hair for over a year now I think.

    • Erinn says:

      I think the issue is that she got her hair cut for straight hair… and if she’s not going to straighten it, it’s going to look kind of wonky. And if she had cut it properly for curly hair, it’d have looked kind of wonky straight. Just one of those things – bangs are going to throw a wrench in it. I’m ‘lucky’ to have fine wavy hair. Which actually is a pain because it sort of flip flops between whether it wants to be mainly straight, or curly, but I manage to have some side bangs that I can work with depending on which way I go – or pin them out of the way.

  4. Phaedra says:

    She is so adorable, and her hair is super cute.

  5. justme says:

    I like her hair – nothing wrong with curls. It’s good that she is being kind to her hair, after that awful bleaching of last year and the years of strict straightening – which is NOT good to do all the time. Never been able to figure out why curly bangs are so hated myself. The video was a nice gesture.

  6. Alp says:

    This is so odd to me. I actually like her curls but her face looked like a rat. Seriously, I thought people were kidding when they said it was her. She looks unrecognisable. But it was cute that he’s such a big fan of hers and has been posting these videos for years.

    • Laura says:

      I didn’t recognize her either!! I think it’s because she’s had her dark eyeliner in so many public outings for so long, I didn’t recognize her with such little eye makeup. I’m not the best with makeup though & I’m trying to be nice (I don’t know why, one of my favorite sites has bitchy in the title (-: ) and not jump to plastic surgery.

  7. Krissy says:

    Not a big Taylor Swift fan but I like the hair, it’s cute & fresh, much better than the bleach blond, flat ironed to death hair she was working for a while there. I like that she’s embracing her natural curl. Long , straight hair isn’t the only style of hair that’s attractive or cute FYI

  8. Shambles says:

    Curly hair is good, but curly bangs and smug Taylor Swift facial expressions are bad

  9. Belle Epoch says:

    Hair is godawful. She is not 12 years old any more. Manipulating her image again.

  10. nica says:

    Her hair looks great here. Casual and fun – I like the curly bangs and prefer this look to overly styled hair. Not sure it would work for me but I’ll give it a try, and give my bangs a break from the hair dryer.

  11. QueenB says:

    She looks like a christian mom of five.

  12. Neelyo says:

    If she wasn’t blonde and blue eyed, I wonder if so many people would pretend she’s attractive.

  13. Sophia's Side eye says:

    Those videos of him singing Tswift songs!❤️💕💞 Love!

  14. Cleo says:

    Aw, I love curly hair in general, so I think her hair looks cute! This was a good, so no cattiness from me.

  15. Wamama says:

    She looks like she has a full tray mouthguard in her upper lip. Seriously, did she invest in some new Invisalign technology that she’s plugging?

  16. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I can’t find anything wrong with the video. It’s cute and he clearly is a huge fan. And I’m glad to see the curls back. Her straight hair was awful.

  17. Tippet says:

    Her eyes are what look different to me. She looks like she had blepharoplasty. They’re much bigger. Not a good look

  18. phlyfiremama says:

    *puts tinfoil hat on Hmm, something super cute from Taylor after all the press about her arch grade school rival, Katy Perry, and Chris Martin came out?? CONSPIRACY!!!

  19. Elisa the I. says:

    her video is surprisingly cute/funny and she looks way better with natural curls.

  20. poop says:

    Her hair is adorable. Thank goodness girls around the world aren’t self conscious about curly hair and they see this post 🙄

    • justme says:

      I agree with you there. My daughter is now 20 and when in Middle School she was teased incessantly about having very curly hair. She hated her hair and spent hours flat ironing it. However when she was in High School she met African American girls and mixed race girls who gave her some good tips on how to bring out the best in her hair. Now she is proud of her curls! (She always gets asked if she is “ethnic” – she says “Yeah – Irish and English!” – funny how people don’t seem to realize load of white people have curls too!) Not a great fan of Taylor or her music, but I hope she goes back to her natural curls.

  21. Erica_V says:

    This is adorable but her eyes look weird.

  22. browniecakes says:

    I wonder if a Calvin Harris Katy Perry (and Pharrell Williams) video came out at the same time as Taylor’s video to Russell?

    (She did it again.)

  23. virginfangirl2 says:

    I think Taylor’s put on some weight & it shows in her face. Please don’t get me wrong, at present she’s got a great body, but she had always been very thin & in her last video with Zayne and her last show she looked heavier.

    • hannah89 says:

      I think she had a breast enhancement and it was too big, so she had it reduced and she’s been down on the low (and noticeably wearing baggy shirts with low shoulders and no bra). not hating on her personal body choice, just observing.

  24. Donna Martin says:

    Love he’s a fan of her – such a cute story.

  25. blonde555 says:

    Super cute video but she definitively looks like mama Duggar. Jim Bob is going to be confused.

  26. Abby says:

    I don’t hate her hair. She has curly hair. She can wear it curly.

    I do love what Taylor does for her fans.