TAYLOR'S SWIFT VISIT TO HAMO
WHEN Sienna and Aisja Thompson (aged 10 and 12 years), Jett and Lizzie Slater (10 and 13) and Mitch Lloyd (14), took a holiday from the Gold Coast to Hamilton Island last week, little did they know they’d meet superstar Taylor Swift.
The former country singer turned pop princess arrived on the island on Tuesday for a vacation with her family and the entire 125 cast and crew of her 1989 world tour.
When the five young friends discovered she would also be singing at a private concert for just 100 people as part of Nova’s Red Room series, they were determined to track her down.
Set for Thursday night, island sources say the concert, a collaboration between Nova, Qantas and Hamilton Island, was originally scheduled to take place at a venue on Catseye Beach but was moved to the yacht club.
As the sun went down a select few mingled with the artist affectionately known as “Tay Tay”, ahead of her intimate, acoustic concert, where she played piano and guitar and sang four songs – Blank Space, Out of the Woods, Wildest Dreams and Shake it Off.
Meanwhile outside, security personnel patrolled the perimeter and the five tenacious Gold Coast friends stood with home-made posters among a small crowd. People young and old waited for hours and the crowd had diminished somewhat when the pop-diva’s mini-van finally appeared and Tay Tay, wearing a white lace short suit and high heels, stepped out.
“She really is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.”
“When she came out, the crowd went crazy – she is so nice,” Sienna said.
“We’d waited for a few hours trying to see her, but as soon as she came out to see everyone it was all worth it,” Mitch said.
“It was a rush of excitement – I’m glad I was part of it,” Jett added.
Brimming with all the selfconfidence of a woman who had an audience of 76,000 captivated at her Sydney concert the previous Saturday, Taylor Swift marched straight up to the crowd and started taking “selfies” with people, one by one.
Standing side by side with her idol, Aisja found her “pretty tall” and Lizzie said it was “just amazing”.
When the five friends went skipping off, they found another Gold Coast holidaymaker, Helen Threadgold, waiting at the bus stop.
Ms Threadgold had been standing patiently with the rest of the crowd but decided to go home to her family when it seemed the singer wasn’t likely to appear. When the children told her she might still be in with a chance, she ran back and was thrilled by what happened next.
“(It was) very exciting,” she said. “My voice went very high when I said, ‘hello, nice to meet you Taylor’. She had time for each and everyone there.
“Yes, she really is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.”
In just a few more moments it was all over.
Taylor Swift is believed to have then been whisked to her private jet, which took off into the night sky for Brisbane, where she played another concert on Saturday night.
Shortly afterwards, a passenger plane, thought to be bearing her band and crew departed the island as well.
Taking to her Instagram account earlier in her stay, “Tay Tay” thanked Hamilton Island for all the memories.
“So stoked to be able to take my band and crew on a vacation at the end of a long and wonderful tour,” she wrote.
And for the media, who thought she might be celebrating her birthday in the Whitsundays, Taylor had this to say:
“Aussie press, I love your enthusiasm but my birthday isn’t for two weeks and it’ll be a quiet one this year. “Let’s take it down a notch.” While on Hamilton Island, Taylor visited Whitehaven Beach, held “Willy” the koala at Wildlife Hamilton Island and posted photographs on Instagram and Twitter of herself at the luxury qualia resort.
DEDICATED FANS: Aisja and Sienna Thompson, Mitch Lloyd and Jett and Lizzie Slater, waiting patiently with home-made posters, for their idol to appear.
MAGIC MOMENT: Patience paid off for 13-year-old Lizzie Slater, who got to have her photo taken with Taylor Swift.
BEAUTIFUL: Taylor Swift proved as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside to her fans. Photo: Helen Threadgold.
SELFIE: Gold Coast resident Helen Threadgold was excited to have a selfie with Taylor Swift.