We perish because we know not… #TLENews
Taylor Swift just took #taylurking to a whole new level of awesome.
Swift, who has a reputation for being super-generous with her fans, just helped one Swiftie pay her student loans.
Swift noticed, and just like that, she was there for Bortniker. The singer sent her bodyguard to Bortniker’s home to deliver a FedEx box with the “Fed” crossed out and “SWIFT” written in.
Bortniker sent out images of the gifts on social media.
The package included a watercolor — painted by Tay, of course.
“I really really really really hope you like it,” Swift wrote in a card
inside the package. “I’m not a good painter but I think you’re so beautiful and positive, even though you’re dealing with the stress life brings, so I wanted to make you something.”
The package also included a Polaroid photo, a necklace with a note that said “was mine, now yours” and a “New York Is My Boyfriend” pouch. Attached to the the pouch was another note: “Rebekah, now you’re $1989 closer to paying off those student loans.”
The $1,989 is of course a reference to Swift’s smash album, 1989.
“I love the video you made of me and my friends and your text posts always crack me up or make me think,” Swift wrote in the card.
An excited Bortniker posted a video of her opening the package and wrote multiple thank-you messages on Tumblr, including this one:
I was so nervous I couldn’t even read the letter and totally butchered it. I was just in such shock that Taylor had taken her time to think about me and send me something. I still don’t think I’ve really processed it all, I feel like I’m just in this crazy dream. I couldn’t even form words when I opened everything, luckily my mom took a minute to thank Taylor for me.
Taylor, thank you, thank you, thank you. I know I’ve said it and I’ll probably say it a million more times because this means more to me than you could imagine, I love you!
“I love you so much,” Swift responded.
Bortniker’s Swift encounter led to sudden fame on social media. A licensing company even contacted Bortniker to see if she was interested in charging a fee to news organizations hoping to use the video.
“I’m exhausted and I need to sleep but I don’t want to sleep,” Bortniker wrote on Tumblr. “I just want to keep reading my card and staring at my painting and the Polaroid.”