Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Taylor Swift Had Nothing to Do with Getting Ariana Grande Home from Manchester


For some reason there’s a report circulating that Taylor Swift either chartered a plane for Ariana Grande to come home from Manchester, England or sent her own private plane. Neither story is true.

The source of this miscommunication comes from the Daily Mail, of course. They decided that the plane from which Grande disembarked in Boca Raton, Florida looked like a plane they’d seen Taylor Swift on. Hence, a “story.”

Live Nation, Grande’s tour promoter, put her on their plane for the ride home. Grande has a tour plane– how do people think she got to England, on United Airlines? Live Nation flew her to the UK, was flying her all over for her tour, and then bringing her home.

How Taylor Swift wound up in the story– well, it’s like the old days of PhotoPlay, when movie publicists would plant stories about their stars. These items made the stars seem like gods who helped each other out.

Always remember when reading about celebrities– they pay for nothing. The studios, record companies, and tour promoters always pick up the tab. And it’s charged back to you later.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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