Taylor Swift's friend squad became a ubiquitous force in Hollywood in 2015. These days, the singer is laying low to work on her much-anticipated next album, so the squad is too—they haven't made any major recent public (or Instagram) appearances together. Feeling nostalgic? Here's everything the squad members, past and present, have said about the famously #goals group.
After an interview made it seem like she had denounced Taylor and the squad, Lorde took to Twitter to set the record straight, saying she still loves Taylor, but she's not a huge fan of the squad label. "I've always found people's perception of this 'squad' idea frustrating in the past; it was never some exclusive club or secret society, but a wide circle of people, some of whom I know, and some I've never met, like the most wide group of friends," she wrote. "Forgive me for the mild eye roll I popped when it was brought up as if we're all blood members of a secret cult."
"We are a really nice group of women who support each other and really, genuinely have each others' back and it's awesome," Lily told E! Online in 2016. "That's something to be about."
"I'm more of a one-on-one hanger," Lena said of the squad during an interview with Howard Stern. "A big group hang is not my specialty."
"Yeah, you get this whole hazing thing, you have to do initiation, it was pretty intense–it was much more training than I've ever had to do with any of my films. Axe-throwing, you name it, I had to do it to be in Tay's squad," Ruby joked to news.com.au. She added: "I don't even think that she calls it that, I think it's just something the media started and ran with, because it sounds kind of interesting."
"Having a support group is everything," Karlie said in a 2016 Women's Health interview, speaking generally about friendship and not specifically about the squad. "It's so important to have friends that you can rely on, that you can lean on no matter what you're going through—good times and bad.... I feel really lucky I've met a lot of amazing, amazing women along the way and I hope that they'll be in my life forever."
"Taylor's world is celebrity. I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates," Ed told Rolling Stone of touring with Taylor in 2011. "It was very easy. [….] I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f-ck did that happen?'"
"I think people think we spend a lot more time together than we actually do!" Hailee told Seventeen. "She's amazing though."
"I love surrounding myself with these women who are incredibly strong and incredibly passionate about what they do," Goulding told Refinery29 in 2015. "I think in life you should surround yourself with really incredible people....I'm sure we've referred to it as a 'squad.'"
"It's a conversation we often have. We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other," Gigi said in a 2015 interview with Elle Canada. "'Squad Goals' is a big social-media thing right now, and that's what we want to inspire in other groups of friends—to be proud of the power you all have when you're together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That's what has been cool about everyone's willingness to be there for each other."
In 2015, Zendaya talked about the famous squad with Complex. "My squad! What is my squad? I don't really have a squad, I just have friends."