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Taylor Swift Fan Braves NYC Heat Wave to Tell Her Idol That ‘Fifteen’ Saved Her Life

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Taylor Swift popped by Z100 for a chat with host Elvis Duran this morning, on what is trending to be the hottest day in New York City in over 50 years. With temperatures soaring into the triple digits, Swift showed just how cool she is by meeting a fan who braved the stifling, treacherous heat to meet her and tell her how much her music has saved her life.

Said fan, named Samantha, had been waiting outside on the New York City streets since 7PM the night before. Samantha waited by herself, reading a Harry Potter book, since she simply wanted to see Swift walk through the door.

The effort was worth it for Samantha, who got to meet Swift up close and personal. Samantha burst into tears upon meeting her heroine, and was quickly seated in front of a mic to chat, saying some heavy stuff to Swift. “It was just to see her walk in,” Samantha said about why she started her vigil the night prior. “I just want to tell you: You saved my life. I was teased a lot in high school and I was on the brink. I didn’t want to live anymore, and I heard ‘Fifteen’ for the first time and I wanted to live again. You saved my life and no one understands that. My mom thinks I am crazy, saying, ‘You’re stalking her.’ I was like, ‘No, I need her to understand she saved my life.'”

Swift’s response was genuinely warm, as she said, “It’s just an amazing complement to tell someone, ‘You had this impact on my life.’ These are songs that I wrote about things that I was going through, where I thought I must be the only person who has ever felt this way or had this kind of insecurity or this kind of loss. When you are writing a song or lyrics, you are alone. When you put it out into the world, it makes you feel like you are not alone. It is really sweet that you would say that.”

Swift said she also braved the heat, hitting Central Park last night. “I insist on having New York experiences, but I made sure to go at 5PM, because it was less excruciatingly hot,” she explained.

The heat is also murder on curly-haired girls like Swift, who said that the humidity makes her hair ‘fro out and grow by leaps and bounds, but she is thankful that it is “going through a phase where it’s not misbehaving as much!”

Listen to Taylor Swift’s Full Interview With Z100

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