How Taylor Swift and Blake Lively’s long-lasting friendship began with a very awkward misunderstanding and a trip to Australia – as actress supports singer’s romance with Travis Kelce

Taylor Swift and Blake Lively have been close friends since 2015, but it hasn’t always been that way.

The pair have recently started spending more time together after the Cruel Summer hitmaker turned the latest Kansas City Chiefs game into a celeb-spotting exercise as she invited a host of her A-list mates to cheer on her new boyfriend, Travis Kelce.

Swift’s section at MetLife Stadium was bursting at the seams with Hollywood stars including the likes of Blake and her husband Ryan Reynolds, as well as Sophie Turner.

But Taylor and Blake’s friendship was nearly derailed after fans misunderstood a harmless social media post made by the Gossip Girl actress.

In September 2015, Blake made an innocent comment, which angered several of Taylor’s fans.

Taylor Swift (left) and Blake Lively (right) have had a notably long-lasting friendship since 2015, and have remained close throughout the years, despite one awkward misunderstanding

The Gossip Girl star infuriated Swifties when she seemingly made fun of Taylor’s famous ‘squad’ of female friends.

Sharing a photo of herself alongside John Legend, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Karlie Kloss and others for a L’Oréal campaign, Blake joked in the caption: ‘Soooo, turns out this WASN’T a video shoot for John Legend’s cover of Bad Blood.

‘@lorealparisofficial blew it out for this one. My #pinkobsession is exposed now. Ok your turn. I won’t tell! #AlsoTurnsOutJohnLegendIsntCoveringBadBlood Time to start a petition!’

Despite the innocent nature of the comment, some of Taylor’s more diehard fans took it as shade towards the songstress.

Blake quickly shut down rumours of a feud by revealing that she’s always been a huge fan of the singer and posted an Instagram photo of Taylor posing with the actress’ family backstage during her 1989 tour.

Taylor Swift and BFF Blake Lively step out together in NYC

The pair have been spending more time together recently after the Cruel Summer hitmaker turned the latest Kansas City Chiefs game into a celeb-spotting exercise as she invited a host of her A-list mates to cheer on her new boyfriend, Travis Kelce

On Saturday, Swift was seen enjoying a girls night out with her A-list pals Blake Lively, Sophie Turner, with Patrick Mahomes’ wife, Brittany, also joining the fun

The singer and Gossip Girl alum were seen sharing an embrace shortly after the Chiefs scored a touchdown

‘Umm whoever thought I was throwin’ shade clearly doesn’t know I have a “Taylor Swift Please Be My Wife Voo Doo Doll,”‘ she wrote, adding “#obsessed”.

‘Look how rad she is here making my niece Heather feel like a rock star. Love my Canadian family almost as much as I love Taylor Lively. I mean Swift. Ok, FIIINE we can hyphenate our last names. Xo Blake Swift-Lively 4eva.’

Taylor then shared a snap of the pair hanging out at the Warner Bros. Movie World theme park in Queensland during the Australian leg of Taylor’s 1989 tour.

In September 2015, Blake made an innocent comment aimed at the Bad Blood singer, which angered several of Taylor’s fans. Pictured together in Australia in 2015
‘Yesterday was such an amazing day off – roller coasters, kangaroos and LOLs with @blakelively See you tonight, Adelaide!’ Taylor captioned her social media image at the time, in which the pair are leaping in the air.

Days before the outing, Blake was spotted by fans at Taylor’s Brisbane concert.

A Snapchat video and series of tweets from fans suggested Blake, who was filming The Shallows in Queensland in 2015, was in the audience at Suncorp Stadium for Taylor’s second Australian show during her 1989 World Tour.

Taylor then revealed she was friends with the actress in 2015 when she shared a snap of the pair hanging out at the Warner Bros. Movie World theme park in Queensland during the Australian leg of Taylor’s 1989 tour

The duo also posed for photos with eager fans at the timeRyan Reynolds talks about his kids and ‘aunt’ Taylor Swift

A brief 10-second clip captured on the mobile phone application showed a blonde beauty, looking very much like Blake, chatting to a fan at the concert while Taylor sings her track I Wish You Would on stage.

At the time, Blake had been married to Ryan Reynolds, 46, for three years and they’d welcomed their first daughter James the year before.

Blake welcomed their second child, daughter Inez, in September 2016 and nearly three years later the married pair secretly welcomed a third daughter named Betty in October 2019, but they did not reveal her name publicly at the time.

Days before the outing, Blake was spotted by fans at Taylor’s Brisbane concert

It was not until the summer of 2020 that the parents gave Taylor the honour of revealing their daughter’s moniker to the world through her song Betty.

The hit was featured on her eighth studio album Folklore. Fans quickly put the pieces together after hearing the names of Blake and Ryan’s other two daughters in the song.

Ryan previously revealed that their children had no clue Taylor was famous after growing up with her in their lives.

He admitted on Sirius XM: ‘I think what’s most exciting for them is that for the longest time they just thought Taylor’s just like an aunt, like a friend of Mommy and Daddy that’s very, very close, almost family.

‘And then they went to a concert one day and were like, “Ohhhhh, this isn’t a hobby.”‘

Double date: When Taylor met Blake she had been married to Ryan Reynolds (right) for three years and they’d welcomed their first daughter (Taylor is pictured with ex Tom Hiddleston)

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