If you had the chance to make a couple millions bucks for an hour’s worth of work — legal, ethical, moral work — would you say “no” to the job? Of course, if you’re already worth hundreds of millions of dollars — and have a big heart for close friends — the decision to give up the easy money might not be all that difficult.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who completed her transition from country performer to pop superstar with last year’s launch of the album “1989,” is one of the top-earning celebrities in the world. According to Forbes, the 25-year-old Swift is the $80 million woman for the period June 2014 to June 2015…having so far amassed a total fortune said to be in the $200 million range.
And according to a number of other publications, the music superstar was recently willing to forego a pretty easy gig that would have made her a few million dollars richer. Instead of taking the paycheck, she reportedly gave a free performance at the christening of a close friend’s young son.
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The Independent is among the news outlets reporting that Swift said “no” to a multi-million offer to sing a few songs and snap a few pictures at the wedding of a billionaire whose identity was undisclosed. The baby at whose christening Swift supposedly sang with her own backup tracks was a boy named Leo, the son of friend Jaime King. Swift became Leo’s godmother when he was born in July.
The article in The Independent says that “King and her husband, screenwriter Kyle Newman, were described as being ‘deliriously happy’ about the gesture, admiring Swift for turning down the lucrative offer.”
It is claimed the wedding deal Swift turned down would have earned her $1m for each song she performed as well as being required to spend 30 minutes mingling with the bride and their guests.
The private, low-key musical performance by “godmother” Taylor Swift stands in stark contrast to the singing sensation’s recent sold-out shows that have been wildly popular with enthusiastic audiences in Los Angeles. The show business website Lainey Gossip notes that, when she completes her run Wednesday night, Swift will have sold out 16 shows in a row at Staples Centre – the first artist ever to accomplish that amazing feat.
“Which is why Kobe Bryant showed up and presented her with a banner next to all the Lakers’ championship banners that apparently will remain there,” according to the web article.
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