Meet Taylor Swift's New Squad: Everyone from Those Sexy July 4 Shots with Tom Hiddleston
From Blake Lively to Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift's squad has grown in numbers this holiday
It’s not a Fourth of July celebration without the beach, a new man and tons of pals.
Taylor Swift is keeping up her annual tradition of spending America’s birthday in her Rhode Island home with plenty of celebrity friends. Along with new romantic interest Tom Hiddleston, 26-year-old Swift splashed in the waves with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars.
No T. Swift squad is complete without some of the world’s biggest supermodels. Gigi Hadid joined the singer for July 4th for the second year in a row. The two have been pals for years, with Swift recently attending Hadid’s 21st birthday festivities in Los Angeles. The model is also one of the many stars who have joined Swift onstage during her 1989 World Tour. She was also part of the star-studded “Bad Blood” music video.
Longtime squad member Karlie Kloss wore a red high-waisted bikini bottom paired with a bandeau-style top as she smiled in group photos. The model and Swift have been close since 2012 when Swift told a Vogue reporter, “I love Karlie Kloss. I want to bake cookies with her!” In no time, Kloss tweeted at Swift, “Your kitchen or mine?” The rest – including girls’ nights out, sharing the Victoria’s Secret runway and vacations galore – is history.
, another “Bad Blood” costar and 1989 World Tour guest, sipped from a blue cup during the ocean outing. Swift once recalled the moment she knew the model-turned-actress was a true friend: when Swift tripped and fell, so Delevingne took a spill too.
“I had never met anyone in my life that cared so little about being cool,” Swift says. “What she cared about was making me feel like it wasn’t embarrassing that I fell.”
Earlier this year, Rose defended Swift when Kanye West released his song “Famous.” Swift returned the love by making a surprise appearance at the GLAAD Awards to present her pal with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
Uzo Aduba, also of OITNB fame, also hung out with Swift, but opted to stay out of the water. Last summer, Aduba joined Swift in a surprise duet of the song “White Horse” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Aduba also joined many of Swift’s model pals onstage during the East Rutherford, New Jersey, stop of the 1989 World Tour.
Expectant mom Blake Lively, 28, and her husband Ryan Reynolds showed some serious PDA as The Shallows star displayed her growing baby bump in a red, white and blue string bikini. In December, the blonde beauties shared photos together from their adventures at a Queensland theme park in Australia, including meeting a kangaroo.
Among the lesser-known faces in the posse were Swift’s childhood pals Britany Maack and Abigail Anderson.
Swift has known Maack since the two were in diapers. Even after the singer moved away from Pennsylvania, the girls remained close friends. Swift even served as Maack’s maid of honor earlier this year.
Anderson has been friends with Swift since they were 15. She’s appeared in several of Swift’s music videos and has even been Swift’s date to the Grammys. Anderson got engaged to photographer Matt Lucier earlier this week.
Last Independence Day, Swift spent the holiday with her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris along with gal pals Hadid, the members of Haim, Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt and Empire star Serayah. British singer Ed Sheeran even stopped by wearing a red coat as a joke.
The beach weekend is just the latest in a string of vacations for Swift and Hiddleston, and the singer’s family and friends seem to approve of the new relationship. The couple recently returned from a romantic Roman holiday, where they were caught smooching at the historic Colosseum.
Earlier this month, Hiddleston and Swift spent time with the 35-year-old Englishman’s mother in Suffolk, England after she introduced him to her parents in Nashville.