- Much like John Travolta before her, Gigi Hadid mistook drag queen Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift at the VMAs.
- Jade says Taylor found the entire thing “so funny.”
So, John Travolta somewhat iconically (by which I mean messily, god bless him!) showed up at the 2019 VMAs, despite having approximately zero connection to today’s youth. And while there, he managed to completely f*ck up giving Taylor Swift the award for Video of the Year, instead mistaking her for Drag Race star (and Taylor Swift impersonator) Jade Jolie.
At the time, the world assumed that truly only John Travolta could make this kind of mistake. He’s the man who introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at the Oscars, after all. But! Turns out Gigi Hadid also mistook Jade for Taylor, and she and Taylor are like…best friends.
“At the after-party Gigi Hadid kept thinking I was Taylor—they’re really good friends,” Jade said in a recent interview. “The drunker we got, I guess the more Taylor I became for everyone!”
She also said that Taylor herself thought the moment was pretty funny. “After everything was said and done I kinda giggled about it and people were posting it online,” she explained. “We told Taylor, and she was tickled and thought it was so funny. She joked and was like, ‘You totally should have went for it!'”
And no, there are no hard feelings: “It was a very sweet and flattering mistake. And I like to think I did my job right and looked just like Taylor.”