Happy birthday to Taylor Swift, who made it official by tweeting out her farewell to being 24.
Swift promptly received early birthday wishes from fans and friends. Among those pals is Selena Gomez, who hinted at the weekend birthday plans that she had created for her BFF.
As for Taylor, the birthday girl received an unexpected early present from the legendary Aretha Franklin, reported Yahoo! TV. The musical present arrived while Swift was being honored as Woman of the Year at Billboard’s Women in Music luncheon.
“Raise your hand in the audience if you’ve got a birthday tomorrow,” hinted host Matt Lauer.
Surprised, Taylor raised her hand.
“Oh! That’s me!” exclaimed the young pop star.
Aretha crooned the “Happy Birthday” song to wide-eyed Taylor, who then received a birthday cake complete with candles. Watch below as Swift reacts to the unexpected serenade.
Swift expressed her appreciation to the musical legend via Twitter.
So what’s on Taylor’s schedule for her birthday weekend? She announced her plans at the event.
“I turn 25 at midnight tonight, and I fully intend to celebrate like it’s 1989. I knew it was a bad joke when I wrote it, and I just did it anyway!”
But Swift isn’t worried about shaking it off, given the excitement over her music.
Swift began partying for her birthday with an enormous pizza party early Saturday morning. Among those visiting her New York City apartment to wish her happy birthday were Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, revealed the Daily Mail.
Having already decorated for Christmas, Taylor didn’t neglect to include her cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, in the celebration. She named them after central characters on her favorite TV shows, Law & Order: SVU and Grey’s Anatomy.
However, Swift admitted that the cat named Meredith wasn’t particularly charmed by the holiday decor.
Swift also made sure that her famous friends had enough to eat, with approximately 20 boxes of pizza delivered to her door for the early morning birthday bash. Also attending the party were Selena Gomez, supermodel Karlie Kloss, Sam Smith, Emma Roberts, Charli XCX, Kelly Osbourne, Chrissy Teigen, Jaime King, and Nick Jonas with his girlfriend Olivia Culpo.
Surprised that the famously slender Swift chose pizza for her birthday breakfast? As the Inquisitr reported, Taylor views a perfect world as one that includes Diet Coke and kittens. Not much sustenance there.
However, Swift also is famed for inviting her closest fans, known as Swifties, to her apartment for pizza parties, according to E! News. Those chosen to partake of pizza with Taylor responded with gushing appreciation.
Taylor never acted like she had 90 random strangers in her apartment. She treated us each like her best friends, I love her so much.— Samantha (@MyChoiceIsTay13) August 19, 2014
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