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Taylor Swift celebrates birthday with HAIM: “I’m feelin’ 32”

Swift marked her 32nd birthday with a small gathering of friends

By Will Richards

Taylor Swift in the music video for 'Cardigan'
Taylor Swift appearing in the music video for 'Cardigan'. (Picture: YouTube/Taylor Swift).

Taylor Swift celebrated her 32nd birthday yesterday (December 13) with a small party of friends including the HAIM sisters.

Taking to Instagram, Swift referenced her 2012 track ’22’ when marking the date, writing: “*don’t say it, don’t say it OKAY I’m saying it:* I’M FEELIN 32.”

The photo also featured Alana Haim, who celebrates her 30th birthday tomorrow (December 15). “And Alana is feeling 30,” Swift wrote.

Referencing rising COVID-19 rates in a follow-up message, Swift added: “Don’t worry we tested everyone! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, I love you all so much.”

Wishing Alana a happy birthday, HAIM’s official Twitter account wrote: “it’s sagittarius szn. happy birthday @taylorswift and lanzo!!!!”

Elsewhere, Swift was recently named among Forbes’ 2021 list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’.

The magazine recognised the singer’s efforts to re-record her previous albums in order to gain ownership rights, citing her 10th Number One album on the Billboard 200 chart, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, which was released last month. In addition, Swift’s surprise 2020 release ‘Folklore’ became last year’s first album to sell more than 1 million units.

Meanwhile, Swift is set to face jury trial over a ‘Shake It Off’ copyright claim. Sean Hall and Nathan Butler claimed in 2018 that the lines “players gonna play, play, play, play, play” and “haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” from Swift’s 2014 smash were lifted from a song they’d written back 2001 for the now-defunct girl group 3LW.

Their song, “Playas Gon’ Play”, featured the line “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.” At the time Swift’s lawyers claimed that references to players playing and haters hating were “public domain cliches”, noting similar usage in tracks by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Yesterday (December 9), Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald struck down Swift’s request to have the case dismissed. Per Billboard, he said: “Even though there are some noticeable differences between the works, there are also significant similarities in word usage and sequence/structure.”