Taylor Swift has some serious fans in the Bryant household.
The singer, 30, gifted Kobe Bryant’s 17-year-old daughter Natalia Bryant with a cozy cardigan sweater in honor of the release of her latest album, Folklore. The wardrobe staple is a replica of the one Swift wears in the video for “Cardigan,” one of her songs off the new album, which has sold more than 1.3 million copies across the world in just 24 hours, a representative for Republic Records told Variety.
“Thank You Taylor Swift #Cardigan,” Natalia’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, wrote on her Instagram Story, along with various heart emojis thrown in. In the photo, her smiling daughter holds up the cream-colored cable-knit sweater as she smiles for the camera.
Natalia Bryant shows off her new cardigan from Taylor Swift. (Vanessa Bryant/Instagram)
Like many of us, Blake Shelton has also listened to Taylor Swift's album folklore after the singer surprise-released the project last week, announcing to fans on Thursday that the album would be arriving that night. On Wednesday, Shelton responded to a fan on Twitter asking him to stream Swift's new song "Cardigan" in exchange for the fan streaming Shelton's new song "Happy Anywhere," leading The Voice coach to report that he had already been doing just that.
"Stream Cardigan? My god I’ve been listening to the album since Friday morning!!!! Non stop!!!" he cracked. In a second tweet, he indicated that he had gotten several requests to share his favorite song from Swift's new album. "By the way to those asking.. I like Betty the best off Folklore," he wrote. "3 reasons. It’s pretty country, it’s my dogs name. AND it drops the F bomb. Triple threat.." Shelton has been fairly active on Twitter in recent days, including sharing his thoughts on Garth Brooks' newly-announced decision to remove himself himself from future CMA Entertainer of the Year nominations.
"He is Garth Brooks. GARTH BROOKS!!!" Shelton wrote in response to a message from Steve Wariner praising Brooks' talent and kindness. "I don’t give a s— what anyone says. ANYONE. Entertainer of the century." After posting that message, Shelton replied to someone who told him he would "pay" for his actions, quipping, "I’m sorry.. We’re not taking twitter threats seriously today there “Bimbo Milf”... But we ARE handing out kiss my asses!!! Want one?"
Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber are fans of Taylor Swift's Folklore!
On Thursday, Delevingne, 27, and Gerber, 18, bundled up for a selfie, posting a photo of themselves sharing a replica of the oversized sweater worn by Swift, 30, in her recently released "Cardigan" music video.
In the shot, which was posted on Gerber's Instagram Stories, the two are seen each wearing a sleeve of the knitted sweater while posing in front of a mirror.
"@taylorswift we love our CARDIGAN,” Gerber captioned, alongside a snippet of the song.
The special cardigan was sent out to a small group of fans — including Jennifer Hudson, Kesha and Kelsea Ballerini — in honor of Swift's eighth studio album, though the now-viral sweatshirt can now be purchased on the pop star's official website as well.
Earlier this month, Delevingne and Gerber were spotted together at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Los Angeles.
The supermodels were photographed embracing each other at the rally, which was held outside the Hall Of Justice.
Fans who purchased a digital download received a 16-track album that day. But there’s still one song, the bonus track titled “The Lakes,” that no one has heard yet. Here’s why Swifties believe it’s an announcement about the songwriter’s significant other, actor Joe Alwyn.
On July 24, 2020, singer Taylor Swift dropped her surprise eighth studio album, Folklore. Coming less than a year after her last release, Lover, she leaned into a more indie sound and even explained that it was not, as has typically been the case with her past albums, all about her romantic relationships.
Folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes.” Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork. Available exclusively at taylorswift.com
During the music video countdown for “Cardigan,” Swift answered some fan questions in the YouTube chat. As captured by a fan and shared on Twitter, Swift wrote, “One thing I did purposely on this album was put the Easter eggs in the lyrics, more than just the videos.”
Fans were able to determine the “teenage love triangle” is depicted in “Cardigan,” “August,” and “Betty.” But there was another trio of songs that are connected by their titles: track No. 1 “The 1,” track No. 7 “Seven,” and track No. 8 “August” (as in the eighth month of the year.)
As Swift explained on social media, the album isn’t entirely autobiographical. “I found myself writing not only my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known, or those I wish I hadn’t,” she wrote. However, there’s one song fans are convinced is about Alwyn.
On “Invisible String,” Swift sings draws connections between her and Alwyn’s lives, such as how he heard her song, “Bad Blood,” in Los Angeles years before. She also sings about their “three-year trip,” when they got “lunch down by the Lakes,” a name for the Lake District in Alwyn’s native England.