It took one of her biggest fans being crowned the best player in the NBA for Taylor Swift to come out of hiding. The superstar singer has kept an uncharacteristically low profile for months, perhaps sensing that the general public was getting pretty tired of her calculated celebrity antics.
So when triple-double machine Russell Westbrook took home the Most Valuable Player Award at Monday’s inaugural NBA Awards show, Swift took the opportunity to remind the world that she can be endearingly goofy when she wants to be.
In a video clip posted to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Twitter account, Swift congratulated Westbrook for capping off his historic season by winning the NBA’s highest individual honor.
“Russell, it’s Taylor, remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball,“ she said. “I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops.”
While Swift took credit for Westbrook’s uncanny ability to ball out, she returned the favor by revealing that Westbrook was inadvertently responsible for one of her biggest hits.
"I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset and you said, if you remember correctly, you said, ‘You just have to shake it off,’” Swift said. “So essentially we have each other to thank for these careers, obviously. So that’s why I’m a part of your congratulations video because we go back, what, twenty years – actually that’s a fake story and I wish it were the truth. You are amazing. You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you.”
The truth is that Swift has never actually met Westbrook. Theirs is a relationship that exists solely online, with Westbrook posting videos of him singing along to her songs, and Swift showing love back in her own unique way.
We’re not exactly sure what prompted Swift’s sudden reemergence into the spotlight. Perhaps it was a genuine desire to give props to a fellow human who’s better at one thing than just about everyone else on the planet, because she can relate. Or, maybe it was a shrewd publicity stunt dreamt up by Swift’s team of handlers as a way to reintroduce Swift as an innocent knucklehead with pure intentions?
You be the judge.