Taylor Swift Grants College Boys' Wish For A Hug
Taylor Swift just might be the sweetest celebrity on earth, at least when it comes to her treatment of fans. Monday, Swift swung by an Alabama university to fulfill the dreams of two students who had been petitioning for months to get a hug from her. And hug them Taylor did, but she didn't stop at treating each of the boys to a good squeeze and a smooch on the cheek: She stayed around to put on a surprise live performance for both guys and all the students who showed up to witness the event.Before you demand your own hug from the 20-year-old country megastar, take note: A friendly squeeze from Swift doesn't come easily. Auburn University students Michael Wekall and Ryan Leander began their quest back in January via their website AHugFromTaylorSwift.com.
When their ambitions came to her attention last month, the country sweetheart responded via a YouTube clip wherein she challenged the two boys to "start with the basic good deed: helping a little old lady across the street" if they really wanted some love from her.
The eager college boys wasted no time making a video that showed them and their friends helping scores of elderly folks cross the street. "You blew my mind," Taylor told them in a follow-up video response: "I have to admit, my band and I watched it like 4 million times."
The "Fearless" fanboys upped the ante for their next video, performing 13 good deeds that revolved around Taylor's lucky number 13, such as filling up a stranger's tank with $13 of gas, picking up trash on Auburn's 13th Street, and giving 13 roses to the old lady they walked across the street.
Finally, at the start of the school week, Michael and Ryan's dreams came true when the four-time Grammy winner stopped by their college to make good on her promise. The event kicked off with the do-gooders leading an enthusiastic crowd through a massive karaoke sing-along to "You Belong to Me."
Taylor interrupted their performance of her hit single via video-chat broadcast on a screen in the auditorium. She teased the boys a bit before delivering on her promise. "I really wish I was there," she told them, then paused thoughtfully. "I have an idea." Moments later, the blond pop star was escorted into the room by Auburn's tiger mascot to appreciative earsplitting screams from the student body.
Wearing a T-shirt that read "A HUG for Ryan & Michael," she hugged the boys and planted a kiss on each of their cheeks. "I can't believe how far you've taken this," she told them. "It was so much fun going back and forth with you guys."
Ever the sweetheart, Taylor didn't stop there-she gave Mike and Ryan front-row seats to one of her concerts, and then brought out her band to treat everyone in the room to an impromptu live performance.
Photos courtesy of Auburn University