Monday 27 March 2017

Taylor Swift to the rescue: singer buys disappointed fan tickets to her Dublin show

Delayed BA flights prevented a South African fan from reaching Swift's Hyde Park gig on Saturday

Stephanie made it to the 3Arena thanks to Taylor Swift
Stephanie made it to the 3Arena thanks to Taylor Swift

Rebecca Hawkes

This Saturday, Taylor Swift performed a sell-out gig at London's Hyde Park, to a crowd of 65,000 adoring fans – many of whom were left in tears after an emotional two hour set from the US superstar. But another avid "Swiftie" ended up crying for quite another reason.

Stephanie Be, a radio DJ from South Africa, missed almost all of the gig, after her British Airways flight from Amsterdam to Heathrow was cancelled, and managed to catch only the last three songs.

Luckily, help was on hand – and from the best source possible. A series of Twitter updates from Be, in which she described herself as "devastated", and having shed "plenty of tears", caught the attention of Swift, who tweeted the disappointed DJ saying: "if you can get to Dublin, I'll buy you tickets".

After managing to book some flights (thankfully, this time round, they weren't delayed), Be made it to Dublin for Swift's first show.

Here's the exchange:

The 25-year-old country singer turned pop artist is famous for surprising her fans with acts of kindness.

Last year, Swift sent hand-wrapped Christmas presents to a selection of her online followers, and in January 2015 she gave a fan a cheque for $1989 (a reference to her latest album, 1989), to help pay off her college tuition fees.

 

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