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September 12, 2015 10:55 AM

It pays to have a mentor in the entertainment industry – especially if that person is Taylor Swift.

After opening for her Red tour and remaining friends since, Austin Mahone has learned a few things from the “Bad Blood” singer.

“Just watching her show, I’m getting advice just from how she performs,” Mahone, 19, told reporters at the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up Initiative on Friday. “And she’s told me to keep my family close, and always work hard and work towards what I want to accomplish.”

But Swift’s greatest teaching tactic has been to lead by example.

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With friends like Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid in her squad, Mahone has learned, “I always have to surround myself with beautiful women.”

As for landing his own beautiful woman, “it is definitely tough,” says the pop singer.

“But I just look for someone that can make some great food, someone that is a little shorter than me,” he says, “and someone that loves music as much as I do.”


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