By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Welcome to Austin, Texas — it’s been waiting for you. At least that’s what Taylor Swift might have thought during her first performance of 2016. Swift took the stage in Texas despite being sick after the Formula One United States Grand Prix on Saturday, Oct. 23. She performed classic hits like “Fifteen,” as well as songs from her most recent album, “1989,” like “Blank Space.” Swift sang “This Is What You Came For” for the first time since its released. She was a co-writer and contributed backup vocals on the Rihanna hit that was co-written and produced by Swift’s ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris.
Many fans expected Swift to release a secret album after the performance based on recent conspiracy speculations. The songstress has consistently released albums every other October since the start of her career, which would have made 2016 a year of release.
Fans also speculated that the night of her performance held significance, as the numerical date Oct. 23, 2016 adds up to the number 13 — Swift’s lucky number. To listeners’ dismay, Swift has yet to release an album this month. Vogue magazine noted earlier this year that Swift planned to take her time on the next album and avoid pressuring herself.
George Clooney proved he is too pure for the world this week when he was seen out and about with his rescue dog, Millie. His 5-year-old bassett hound had trouble walking up a flight of stairs. Clooney proved that stars are just like us and carried the dog up the flight of stairs himself. Clooney and wife Amal adopted Millie almost one year ago from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society.
DJ Khaled welcomed a bundle of joy over the weekend with long-time fiancée Nicole Tuck. Naturally, he took to Snapchat to give his followers some major keys during the birth. The couple named their son Asahd Tuck, which means “lion” in Arabic.
“I want to spoil our kids and give them everything,” he said in May to People magazine. “There’s no limit to the spoiling that I’m going to do. I’m going to spoil them to the minute they in my hands. I’m going all out.”
The DJ is looking forward to his son becoming his very own mini-me and a “young icon.”
Maybe you’ll be inspired to dress up as a young icon for Halloween, or perhaps 1989 era Swift — I’ve been trying to gather a group to go as Swift’s “Bad Blood” squad since this time last year.