Sir Ian McKellen, Former Taylor Swift Squad Wannabe, No Longer Wants to Be in Taylor Swift's Squad

You know, since she kicked him out of his apartment. (Kind of.)

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Update, 9/1: Seems one part of the Patrick Stewart-Ian McKellen duo is not really up for joining Taylor's Squad—considering she kicked him out of his apartment.

In a joke (that's kind of not a joke because it actually happened), Sir Ian McKellan says he's not a part of Taylor's famous friend group for housing reasons: 

"When I was living in Peter Jackson's apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave!" he told Gay Star News (opens in new tab). "That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift's team, does it?"

According to the transcript he then laughed, and said: ""She bought it, she had every right to–I was just lodging there for free!"

As for why McKellen didn't join the stage with all the other celebrities (opens in new tab), McKellen explains: "She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night."

Sorry, Tay. But don't worry—you've still got Patrick Stewart who seems to need no convincing.

Original story, 8/11: Sir Patrick Ian and Sir Ian McKellen are both unabashed fans of Taylor Swift—Ian most recently gave a reciting of "Blank Space" for NPR (opens in new tab), while McKellen was shot giving a dramatic reading of "Bad Blood" for Yahoo! (opens in new tab)—and it looks like their admiration is going next-level after a Twitter love-fest, in which Taylor herself told the duo they were "Ultimate Squad Goals." 

"OMG I DIE!!! (no, really, I might. I'm old.)," Stewart responded (opens in new tab). "I hope this means I can finally wear leather pants in public...." 

Now, McKellen and Stewart are quickly making plans to see the superstar in concert. "She's coming to town," Stewart told E! (opens in new tab). "I think we're working on that. I mean, she's invited us into her squad!"

And *no one* turns down a Squad Invitation. Not even two knights. 

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