Taylor Swift is not the vacuous pop star you may have expected. This Christmas, she made a house call to an unusual super fan. One who has survived more adversity in his life than any of us combined.
96-year old Cyrus Porter fought in World War II, and is also a huge T-Swift fan. The Missouri resident and his family were given a very special Christmas gift when the recording artist paid a visit to their home.
Swift’s music provides a means for Porter to connect with his many, many grandchildren—he’s attended two concerts. He says he wants to attend at least one more concert in his life.
— Chris Porter (@chipmofodawg) December 26, 2016
Taylor performed for Porter and his 60 relatives who were on hand.
Amazing experience pic.twitter.com/maXUPZSguD
— robert frye (@bert_frye) December 26, 2016
This isn’t the first time Taylor has made a surprise appearance for a fan. In June, she showed up at a fan’s wedding after his mother had passed away to offer a stripped-down performance of “Blank Space.”
These appearances help boost Swift’s likability, or LOVEability, among fans. This sense of respect towards those who venerate her music is something that Taylor prides herself on. When she’s not spending time touring or producing new albums, she’s improving her public relations among her Swifties.
Some may think it’s phony, but by all appearances Taylor is naturally kind to others. She grew up in suburban Pennsylvania before relocating to Nashville to pursue her music career as a teenager, and she was raised in a home with two parents whom she cites as her greatest examples for good behavior. Sure, her music might seem grotesquely poppy and basic, but Taylor Swift is anything but that.
Swift has supported military veterans before. In 2013, she was one of several country stars who appeared in a PSA on Veteran’s Day (others included Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Rogers, Cassadee Pope, and Kimberly Williams Paisley).
Taylor’s biggest commercial hit of 2016 was her duet with Zayn Malik, “Fifty Shades Darker.” There was speculation that she would release a new solo album by the end of the year but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Instead, early 2017 promises to be her busy time yet again. She’s slated to headline an AT&T DIRECTV concert before Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 4, 2016
Headlining the Super Bowl halftime show itself will be Lady Gaga, who posted on Instagram, “I can’t wait to rock for YOU from Houston!” Neither can we Miss Gaga, neither can we.