Fan­girl mo­ment

Girlfriend - - WINTER 2017 -

Meet a hard­core Swiftie, Belieber and Stere­ona­tor

who isn’t ob­sessed with Chris Lan­zon? And every­one on the en­tire planet is sting­ing for Tay to drop TS6. AND, not to men­tion we’ve pretty much all been Beliebers since he was a smol boy sing­ing ‘Baby’. But th­ese three peo­ple aren’t your or­di­nary posters-on-the-wall and fol­low-them-onIn­sta fans. They live and breathe their favourite stars and know ex­actly where they are at all times. They run fan ac­counts that have more fol­low­ers than most in­flu­encers could dream of and have spies all over the world. For them, the fan­dom is more like a fam­dom.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR FAN AC­COUNTS?

I started the Twit­ter ac­count in March 2013. The In­sta­gram was a cou­ple of months af­ter that.

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DOES JB FOL­LOW YOU?

He fol­lows my Twit­ter. He’s tweeted, retweeted, quoted, liked, DM’ed me and he’s re­posted on In­sta­gram.

DO YOU RE­MEM­BER WHEN YOU DIS­COV­ERED HE WAS FOL­LOW­ING YOU?

Yeah, it was Au­gust 2013. I have a photo, but it’s aw­ful – no-one is al­lowed to see it. It came up and I thought it was fake, so I clicked on it and saw the ver­i­fi­ca­tion tick. I clicked off and then on again just to make sure, and then I lit­er­ally burst into tears.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND UPDATING YOUR AC­COUNTS?

Well, I have a team that do it with me. I have a cou­ple of peo­ple in Amer­ica, one in Aus­tralia and the UK. We have shifts – it’s like an ac­tual job! On av­er­age now, I would spend eight hours a day. A few years ago though, I used to up­date from 6am un­til late at night when I would fall asleep.

HAVE YOU MET JUSTIN?

I’ve met him once and I’ve also seen him around a bit. I met him in 2013 in Manch­ester at a meet and greet. Then, in 2015, I saw him at a restau­rant called TGI Fri­days. I was right next to him, but I didn’t bother him.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN HIM IN CON­CERT?

So many times, I don’t even know! Once for the Be­lieve tour, once for the My World tour, and I’m not sure for Pur­pose. I went to ev­ery Lon­don show, I went in Glas­gow, Manch­ester – so maybe 10 times.

WHY DO YOU LOVE JUSTIN SO MUCH?

I love his songs – ‘Been You’ is my favourite – and hon­estly, I just love ev­ery­thing about him. He’s a re­ally gen­uine per­son. He al­ways takes time out to talk to his fans and get to know them.

WHY DO YOU THINK BIEBER FANS ARE SO PAS­SION­ATE?

I think they just care a lot for him. He’s been in the spot­light since 2009 and we’ve grown up with him.

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN HE DELETED HIS IN­STA­GRAM?

I was pretty bummed also coz he would al­ways re­post my stuff. If he wants to do it and if it’s best for him, then he has to do what’s right for him. But I was up­set also be­cause I re­ally like his self­ies. I’m glad he’s back.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE LOOK FOR JUSTIN?

I like him dressed up smart for the red car­pet, but I also re­ally liked his Calvin Klein shoot.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE?

The dreads. I re­ally didn’t like that look.

WHEN DO YOU THINK WE’LL GET NEW MU­SIC?

2019. I hope it’s sooner than that, but it won’t be.

DO YOU RECKON ONE DAY YOU’LL WALK AWAY FROM ALL OF THIS?

No. He’s go­ing to con­tinue to grow up with us and his voice and his sound will evolve, so I’ll al­ways love his mu­sic. And my ac­count is my baby, I could never just walk away from it.

WHEN DID YOU JOIN THE FAN­DOM?

Well, I loved Ethan and Chris when they were on The Voice Kids in 2014 and I was fol­low­ing them on so­cial me­dia, so I found out straight away when they formed In Stereo with Jakob. So I’ve tech­ni­cally been a fan since be­fore they were even a band!

TELL US ABOUT ONE MO­MENT WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WERE MORE THAN JUST A REG­U­LAR FAN.

When they got elim­i­nated from X Fac­tor, I was so sad. I hon­estly started cry­ing. I was wor­ried they wouldn’t do any­thing af­ter that.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN THEM IN CON­CERT?

I was try­ing to count the other day. I think it’s like seven times. But I’ve ac­tu­ally met them more times than I’ve seen them per­form.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU MET THEM?

I’ve met Jakob the most, 11 or 12 times. Then Chris I’ve met 10 times, and Ethan is nine times.

WOW! THAT’S IN­CRED­I­BLE. THEY PROB­A­BLY KNOW WHO YOU ARE, RIGHT?

I saw them at Am­plify and Ethan knew my name, but he pro­nounced it wrong – not that I cared! And he made a joke about how they all know Chris is my favourite. It’s so crazy to think they know who I am!

WHY IS CHRIS YOUR FAVOURITE?

He’s just so sweet – he’s the nicest per­son to talk to and he’s so down-to-earth. He’s also so tal­ented. And I love him in his sin­glets. Every­one loves that about Chris. Chris’ arms are a big thing in the fan­dom.

DO ANY OF THE BOYS FOL­LOW YOU ON ANY OF YOUR AC­COUNTS?

Just Chris on my per­sonal one, not my fan ac­count. And Jakob has watched my In­sta­gram sto­ries be­fore, even though he doesn’t fol­low me.

DO YOU RE­MEM­BER THE MO­MENT YOU DIS­COV­ERED CHRIS WAS FOL­LOW­ING YOU?

I was ac­tu­ally asleep and I woke up to all th­ese com­ments from other fans and friends, say­ing: “OMG Chris is fol­low­ing you.” I didn’t be­lieve it. But then I saw that he was. It was re­ally ex­cit­ing.

DO YOU HAVE MER­CHAN­DISE?

I have a lot. I have three tees, a jumper, a neck­lace, the wrist­band and my walls are also cov­ered in posters.

DOES IT AF­FECT YOUR SCHOOL AND LIFE?

I don’t usu­ally go on my phone, but if some­thing im­por­tant hap­pens, one of my friends will usu­ally text me so I have to sneak­ily check and do it. I guess coz the guys still go to school, not that much usu­ally hap­pens dur­ing school.

DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAM EVER GET SICK OF HEAR­ING ABOUT IN STEREO?

All of my friends do. I’ve had to stop talk­ing about them com­pletely, be­cause I used to talk about them all the time. But my mum has ac­tu­ally be­come a fan, so she doesn’t mind.

WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM SO MUCH?

They are so nice to all of their fans. They spend so much time talk­ing to us at their meet and greets, and they in­ter­act with us on so­cial me­dia. Be­fore In Stereo,

I was mostly just lov­ing One Di­rec­tion. But be­cause the guys are over­seas, you don’t get to see them per­form very of­ten and it’s im­pos­si­ble to meet them. Be­cause In Stereo are Aus­tralian, you get so much more ac­cess to them.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE IN STEREO FAN­DOM?

It’s like a fam­ily. Al­though, I have to ad­mit that a lot of drama goes down. I think it’s coz every­one knows each other, lit­tle fights go down all the time and ru­mours spread eas­ily. But every­one knows when to come to­gether – like re­cently we lost a fel­low fan and every­one was sup­port­ing each other and post­ing for her.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GO­ING TO HAP­PEN WITH THE BAND THIS YEAR?

I’m hop­ing they open for some­one like Shawn Men­des. And maybe they’ll re­lease an al­bum. I’m an­tic­i­pat­ing some­thing big, be­cause Jakob keeps writ­ing “soon” on all his In­sta­gram posts.

WHY DO YOU THINK YOU’RE SO WELL KNOWN IN THE FAN­DOM?

I never used to be, but when I started meet­ing the boys and talk­ing to other fans, my fol­low­ers keep grow­ing.

WHAT IS YOUR AB­SO­LUTE FAVOURITE SONG?

‘Lois’ – it’s so beau­ti­ful. I love the lyrics.

DO YOU RECKON ONE DAY YOU’LL WALK AWAY FROM ALL OF THIS?

When any­one I know has left the fan­dom, I don’t un­der­stand how they can. I can’t imag­ine my­self not be­ing a fan any­more. It’s weird to even think about that.

WHEN DID YOU JOIN THE FAN­DOM?

The end of the Fear­less era. A friend showed me some mu­sic videos and then I went to see her in con­cert, and from that mo­ment I was ob­sessed!

DOES TAY­LOR FOL­LOW YOU ON ANY OF YOUR FAN AC­COUNTS?

Yes! She fol­lows me on my Tum­blr, which is so cool. I was at school in study hall and

I saw it: ‘Tay­lor Swift fol­lows you.’ I stared at it for like 30 sec­onds not be­liev­ing it, but she was!

HAVE YOU MET TAY­LOR?

No, but I’ve come close! I went to see Selena’s Re­vival tour and I had a meet and greet be­fore the show. She saw my Tay­lor phone cover and said: “You know, she’s com­ing tonight.” Tay­lor was ac­tu­ally sit­ting above us with Tom Hid­dle­ston and Kelsea Bal­lerini. Af­ter the show, I ran up to see her, but we fig­ured she had al­ready gone. We walked away and sud­denly heard scream­ing, and it was her walk­ing past. We just missed her!

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF MERCH YOU OWN?

I have her au­to­graph. I got it when I bought my ticket to the Red tour. She smudged the ink with her fin­ger, so it even has her fin­ger­print on it.

TELL US ABOUT THE MO­MENT YOU RE­ALISED YOU WEREN’T JUST A REG­U­LAR FAN?

Prob­a­bly when I went to the Red tour and I had made cos­tumes. That’s when I re­alised I was com­mit­ted.

DO YOUR FAN AC­COUNTS AF­FECT YOUR SCHOOL LIFE?

No, school af­fects my ac­counts coz we’re not al­lowed cell phones at school any­more! It’s so an­noy­ing! I have to wait un­til I get home from school, and some­times other fans are like: “Where have you been? This ma­jor thing has hap­pened!”

WHY DO YOU LOVE TAY­LOR SO MUCH?

She’s so nice to her fans and she cares about them so much. She even goes out of her way to meet spe­cific fans.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE FAN­DOM?

I love the Swiftie fan­dom, we’re all so ex­tra go­ing to shows. Most other fan­doms don’t dress up, but Swifties pack the sta­dium and they dress up.

WHICH SONG MEANS THE MOST TO YOU?

‘Mean’, be­cause when I was younger I didn’t have many close friends. Peo­ple weren’t ex­actly bul­ly­ing me, but I didn’t fit in. I would sit and lis­ten to it, and think, ‘Peo­ple bul­lied Tay­lor and she’s fine. I’m go­ing to be fine.’

DO YOU RECKON ONE DAY YOU’LL WALK AWAY FROM ALL OF THIS?

I used to think Tay­lor Swift was just a phase and that I was even­tu­ally go­ing to grow out of it, but I’ve been here for seven years and I’m not leav­ing any time soon. I think I’m here for life.

Lau­ren, 19 New­cas­tle, UK

@jbcrew­dot­com @jbcrew­dot­com

@in­stereo13 @ka­iay­oung13

Justin fre­quently com­ments on Lau­ren’s posts, and even wishes her a happy birth­day!

Kaia, 14 Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

@tay­lor­swift.up­dates @tay­lor13113_ 1989styleswift Jes­sica Tay­lor

Selena on her Jes­sica met and al­most Re­vivial tour saw Tay­lor there.

Jes­sica, 17 Illi­nois, USA

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