Remember when Taylor Swift sat in class next to a redhead named Abigail, and soon enough they were best friends? She told us so in her country song "Fifteen," before she made the crossover to pop music and became a crop top aficionado. Well, even though she switched up her fashion sense and music style, one thing did not change. Taylor Swift and Abigail Anderson are actually still close friends.
They're so close that Swift pulled out all the stops for Anderson's birthday in Nashville this year, surprising her with a live performance from Chris Carrabba. This, of course, comes just a couple months after Anderson was Swift's date to the 2015 Grammys. It's obviously really sweet and amazing that the girls have continued to be so close even after Swift's rise to superstardom. But who is this Abigail, exactly?
Abigail Anderson works a very important job now, according to Swift. The singer told Entertainment Tonight in 2014 that Anderson works with veterans from World War II in making sure they get their proper compensation. Anderson also seems to be quite passionate about swimming, especially considering she attended Kansas University on a swim scholarship. It seems like she has remained a steadfast loyal friend to Swift, and it looks like she has more in common with her BFF than what meets the eye, especially when it comes to work ethic and passion about what she does.
Swift gushed about Anderson's dedication to her work with World War II veterans to Entertainment Tonight, saying,
She's so passionate about it and it couldn't be more different from my career or Lena [Dunham]'s career, but the fact that she is so passionate about what she does allows her to be able to relate to me on that level, that I'm so dedicated to what I do.
Regardless of what you think about Swift, it is hard to deny that she is a hard worker who is wholeheartedly dedicated to what she does. So it does seem fitting that she surrounds herself with people with equal levels of drive and ambition, even if they follow quite different paths career-wise or lifestyle-wise.
As it turns out, Anderson spoke highly of Swift's choice to follow a different path from traditional academia in an interview with Lawrence Journal-World back in 2009. Anderson said,
She always knew that she wasn’t going to go to college. Some people are meant for it, and some people aren’t and I feel like I’m one of those that’s meant for it, but we can respect each other because she does things that I’ll never be able to do. So, it’s just like her taking me on tour with her, I’ll take her to college with me.
Essentially, it's safe to say they're winning the best friend game. Though the girls went down different roads, it's clear that at the end of the day, those roads always lead back to each other.