Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez: The Complete Friendship Timeline

The duo once again prove they are BFF goals.
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In early 2008, Disney Channel star Selena Gomez crossed paths with up-and-coming pop-country star Taylor Swift. 

Since their first meeting, the two pop superstar’s friendship has continued to blossom, with the duo continually supporting one another throughout their rise to stardom. 

WATCH: Taylor Swift opens up about her friendship with Selena Gomez. Article continues after video.

The pair have also been cementing their status as best friend goals behind the scenes, with both Taylor and Selena regularly sharing their love for one another and the value of their friendship.

As Selena Gomez celebrates her return to music, we take a look back at one of Hollywood’s most wholesome friendships. 

August 2008 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez first meet

During the height of the Disney Channel domination, Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez was first spotted alongside Taylor Swift while on a double date with their boyfriends, Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas. 

“It was amazing because [Taylor] was the girl with the big curly hair and all the bracelets and the cowboy boots. I was definitely up-and-coming, and we just clicked. It was the best thing we got out of those relationships,” Gomez previously told KISS FM. 

“We actually dated the Jonas Brothers together! It was hysterical.”

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September 2008 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez make their red-carpet debut

Just over one month since the pair were first spotted together, Selena and Taylor debuted their friendship on the red carpet of Selena’s first feature film A Cinderella Story.

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October 2009 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez open up on their friendship

One year into their blossoming friendship, Taylor and Selena were already proving to be friendship goals, with Gomez supporting her new best friend on her Fearless Tour across the U.S.

Gomez also gushed about her friendship with the pop-country singer, telling Seventeen, “If I ever have an issue, Taylor has gone through it because she’s older than me and she gives the most thought-out answers… Every single problem I ever have is healable by Taylor Swift.”

“What I love about Taylor is that she does believe in the whole love story and Prince Charming and soulmates [so] because of her, I haven’t lost faith.” 

Gomez also shared how she helped Swift through her breakup with Joe Jonas, telling Seventeen, “When she was going through a hard time, we would make each other playlists. I would send her some girl-empowering music, and she would send me some back.”

January 2011 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez attend the People’s Choice Awards

As both Taylor and Selena began to make it big in the music world, the famous friends began to be recognised for their exceptional talents, with Gomez taking home the Favourite Breakout Artist award and Swift winning the Favourite Country Artist award at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards.

Both Swift and Gomez continued to frequent some of Hollywood’s biggest award shows throughout early 2011, with the duo also being spotted together at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, American Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.

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November 2011 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez perform together at Madison Square Garden

After many years of waiting, Taylor and Selena gave fans the duet they had been eagerly waiting for, with the friends performing a rendition of Gomez’s hit Who Says together on stage during Swift’s Madison Square Garden date of her Speak Now World Tour.


July 2013 – Taylor Swift shares tribute for Selena Gomez’s 21st birthday

Swift took to Twitter in July 2013 to celebrate Gomez’s 21st birthday milestone; sharing an adorable photo of the duo posing alongside a mermaid statue. 

“Happy 21st birthday to my friend, and the closest thing I’ve ever had to a sister, @selenagomez!!” wrote Swift. 

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August 2013 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez wear matching looks to the MTV Video Music Awards

Fans could not get enough of Taylor and Selena’s coordinated glamour at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, with the friends both sporting navy gowns and vintage-inspired glamour. 

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October 2014 – Selena Gomez celebrates the release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album

In October 2014, Selena took to Instagram to share a heartwarming tribute to her bestie Taylor ahead of the release of her 1989 album. 

“From hotel room album listening parties, kitchen dance floor album listening parties to driving on the PCH, windows down album listening parties – The best part is we were the only ones there each time. So happy, honoured, and proud to know you and your diaries,” Gomez wrote alongside a collage of throwback pictures of the duo. 

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August 2015 – Selena Gomez performs at Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour

Taylor and Selena brought their friendship to the stage in their surprise performance of Gomez’s hit Good For You at the Los Angeles stop of Swift’s 1989 World Tour. 

“After nearly 8 years of friendship, I just can’t wait to tell our kids we ACTUALLY got to perform in front of thousands of insanely beautiful people together. TWICE! I love you, Tay,” Gomez wrote to Instagram following the performance. 

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August 2015 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez bring Bad Blood to MTV Video Music Awards red carpet

Following the success of Swift’s now iconic music video for her single Bad Blood, the singer brought the girl power the the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet alongside her bestie Selena Gomez.

The duo were joined by fellow stars Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevigne, Serayah, Mariska Hargitay, Lily Aldridge, and Karlie Kloss. 

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February 2016 – Taylor Swift wins big at the Grammy Awards

Taylor Swift made history at the 2016 Grammy Awards when she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Album of the Year award twice. 

Both Gomez and Swift were spotted together on the red carpet and throughout the ceremony, with Gomez cheering for Swift when she received her Grammy. 

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May 2018 – Selena Gomez performs at Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour

The famous friends took to the stage together for a third time during the Los Angeles leg of Swift’s Reputation Tour. 

“I’m grateful for those I surround myself with, and this woman right here happens to be one of my favourites. Love our tradition and I love you,” Gomez wrote to Instagram. 

Taylor also shared a sweet tribute to her friend following their performance, writing, “To the person I could call at any time of day, who has been there no matter what… you absolutely KILLED IT tonight and everyone was so excited to see you. I love you and 60,000 people at the Rose Bowl loved you too.”

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January 2020 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez reflect on their friendship

After 12 years of friendship, both Taylor and Selena opened up about their relationship over the years to the Wall Street Journal Magazine. 

Reflecting on their friendship, Swift told the publication, “There has always been this quality of sisterhood, and I don’t say that in a basic way. I knew from when I met her I would always have her back.”

“There’s so much of my friendship with Taylor that people don’t know about… She has shown up for me in ways that I would have never expected… It’s been proven year after year and in every moment of my life that she is one of my best friends in the world,” Gomez said, adding, “We don’t agree on everything, but we respect each other with everything.”

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July 2022 – Taylor Swift celebrates Selena Gomez’s 30th birthday

The best friends celebrated yet another milestone birthday together as Selena turned 30 in July 2022. 

“30, nerdy and worthy,” Gomez captioned the snaps of her and Swift together at dinner. 

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July 2023 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez celebrate Fourth of July with friends

Taylor and Selena shared a series of adorable snaps to Instagram of their Fourth of July celebrations at Swift’s beach house, with the friends also being joined by Haim members Este, Alana, and Danielle.

“Happy belated Independence Day from your local neighbourhood independent girlies,” wrote Swift. 

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August 2023 – Selena Gomez attends Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour 

Selena Gomez once again proved that she is Swift’s biggest fan as she attended the Eras Tour with her younger sister Gracie.

August 2023 – Taylor Swift shows her support for Selena Gomez’s new music

After an over three-year hiatus from music, Selena Gomez made her long-awaited return to the pop charts with her latest hit Single Soon and of course, her friend Taylor was there to support her. 

“When ur bestie is the bestest,” she wrote to her Instagram story alongside Gomez’s music video, adding, “Will be dancing to this forever methinks.”

September 2023 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez attend the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor and Selena were each other’s biggest cheerleaders throughout the 2023 MTV VMA ceremony, with fans frequently spotting the pair in the crowd loudly cheering for one another as they went on stage to receive their multiple awards of the night.

Taking home a grand total of nine awards on the night, Taylor now holds the record for the most VMA wins in one night, and the second-highest overall wins. 

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November 2023 – Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez spotted in New York

After being recently spotted out and about with fellow gal pals Blake Lively and Sophie Turner, Taylor Swift hit the town in New York with long-time bestie Selena Gomez.

The duo were also joined by Sophie Turner and Brittany Mahomes, wife of Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs teammate Patrick Mahomes. 

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