17 Times Taylor Swift’s Brother Austin Swift Was Lurking in the Distance — PHOTOS
Taylor Swift has a brother. Did you know that? If you're a passionate Swift fan, you probably did, but otherwise you might just think he's some random sibling who you've never seen before. Well, the truth is, Taylor Swift's brother, Austin Swift, is a random sibling, but you've probably seen him without even realizing it. This guy is everywhere. When Taylor Swift attends an event, hangs out with her battalion of celeb best friends, or cooks a gourmet meal with Ina Garten, Austin is there. Lurking in the background — okay, not lurking, but standing just out of the camera's frame. We can assume that this is the photographers' doing, not a consequence of Austin jumping out of the way at the last second. And sometimes — plenty of times actually — Austin is photographed at events with Swift, but those pictures are generally not used because why show Swift looking incredulous at an award show with some dude next to her when you can show her looking incredulous in a close-up shot?
Austin, who is two years younger than Taylor at 22, attended Vanderbilt University before transferring to Notre Dame. According to Swiftipedia (yep, that exists), he is a junior in college and also does freelance photography for Getty. (Keep in mind this is from the Austin Swift Swiftipedia page, and who really knows how often that's updated.)
There isn't a ton of available information on Austin, but on his Twitter page he describes himself as "the Winner of the 2006 Ellis Middle School 8th grade Social Studies Award." That's good enough for me! As for what else we know about him, well, he is often photographed with his sister; although you likely didn't notice because you were too busy pondering the authenticity of Taylor Swift's surprised face.
Here are 17 times Austin Swift was there:
When She Left the Gym Looking Perfect
And he looked like a normal gymgoer.
When She Looked Like a Time Traveler from 1960
Betty Draper called, she wants her dress back. BUUUUUURNNNN!
When She Danced with Her Dress at the 2014 CMT Awards
He was right there and had to watch his big sister go wild with dress-dancing. Need further proof?
When She Attended the 2009 CMT Awards
Clearly something was up, and Austin was right there by Taylor's side.
When She Made Ed Sheeran a Needlepoint
Okay, so Austin wasn't exactly there when she made it, but Taylor made one for her brother, too. While people went crazy over the one for Ed Sheeran, no one had anything to say about poor Austin's.
When She Got Too Crazy Celebrating at the 2011 People's Choice Awards
She won Favorite Country Artist that year. Can you tell she's in a good mood?
When She Met Ina Garten
HE WAS THERE FOR INA! This has to have been the time he was most excited about being Taylor Swift's brother.
When She Had One of Her Classic "I'm Just Chillin' in New York and Looking Supercute with this Handbag" Moments
And he pretended he was walking the other way.
When She Rocked Bangs for a While There
Austin supports Taylor through all of her hairstyles.
When She Hung Out with Allllllll Those People on Fourth of July Weekend
If I'm not mistaken, that's him at the far right.
When She Tried Out the Crop Top Look
Just another not-so-casual stroll.
When She Went to the 2014 Golden Globes
That's a pretty awesome place to get invited to. Wait... I think I wish I was Austin Swift. Awkward...
When Those Christmas Onesies Happened
I remember pictures of Taylor Swift in a Christmas onesie going around Le Interwebz, but I totally didn't remember she has a brother.
When She Attended the 2011 AMAs
I spot Selena Gomez and Jaden Smith, but where's Austin? Oh, there he is!
When She Got Confettied at the ACM Awards
Just business as usual for these two.
When She Had to Sit at the Front of the Horse
I'm an only child, so help me out here: Does the oldest sibling always sit at the front when it comes to equine travel?
When She Went to an Ed Sheeran Photo Shoot
I truly hope "Where's Austin" catches on as a real-life version of "Where's Waldo" for everyone reading this.