Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez Adorably Fangirled Over Each Other as They Accepted Their Respective VMAs


Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2023 Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey
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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift have had the loveliest friendship for years and years, which they once again demonstrated on Tuesday at the VMAs.

While Swift was accepting her award for Best Pop (from none other than all five members of NSYNC), Gomez was filmed standing and looking so happy for her pal.

Meanwhile, when Gomez won Best Afrobeats for her appearance on Rema's hit song "Calm Down," Swift was spotted not only standing, but also coaxing those around her to stand as well, plus dancing, clapping and singing along with abandon.

In her acceptance speech, Gomez said, "Thank you! Thank you so much Rema for believing in me, and thank you for choosing me to be a part of such an incredible song that's been able to break records. Thank you to all of you for listening, for streaming. I could not be more honored, and I want to send all my love to Nigeria. Thank you." (Rema is originally from Nigeria.)

Swift and Gomez were also spotted hugging and hanging out throughout the night afterwards.

As I mentioned, the two women have been friends for ages. In fact, they're so close that Gomez got herself in a slightly sticky situation recently by calling Swift her "only friend in the industry" in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Upon seeing that line on social media, Gomez' actress friend Francia Raisa commented, "Interesting." Though she quickly deleted that comment, this led to feud rumors between Gomez and Raisa—though those have now been nicely quashed. All is well in celeb friendship land!

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.