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How Taylor Swift’s banker father paved her way to superstardom after giving up life on a Christmas tree farm to launch her billionaire career as he arrives for Wembley show

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How Taylor Swift's banker father paved her way to superstardom after giving up life on a Christmas tree farm to launch her billionaire career as he arrives for Wembley show

Taylor Swift’s father proved he is the singer’s biggest supporter once again as he touched down in London for the Wembley leg of her Eras tour.

 

 

Scott, 72, has travelled with his daughter around the world and touched down in the capital on Wednesday night ahead of Taylor’s first show on Friday.

The singer’s father, who divorced Taylor’s mum Andrea, 66, in 2011, is almost as popular amongst Swifties as the singer herself and has played an instrumental part in her now billionaire career.

Take a look at how Scott paved the way for Taylor to achieve superstardom and his business choices along the way which has made him one of the Love Story hitmaker’s greatest aides.

Scott is a longtime Merrill Lynch (a Bank of America company) employee whose registered investment adviser The Swift Group is based in the family’s hometown of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

A disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission lists him as linked to 10 companies affiliated with his daughter, according to Bloomberg.

This includes merchandising and rights-management businesses and entities that own her tour bus, two private jets and real estate.

The father-of-two has previously been described as very protective of his daughter – and has been by her side during the Eras tour.

Their closeness has always been evident and poignant, and Scott has even been dubbed ‘the most supportive dad’ at the eras tour.

At a concert last year, TikToker @haylzz13 shared a clip of the devoted father filming his daughter perform, in awe. Commenters couldn’t contain their delight at the sweet display of parental affection, saying he ‘must be beyond proud’.

Scott has also been seen handing out 2,000 VIP wristbands to lucky fans at various shows.

Her father is also cited as a protective figure in many of Taylor’s lyrics.

In The Best Day, she sings: ‘I have an excellent father, his strength is making me stronger.’

For her Speak Now album in Mine, she sings: ‘You made a rebel of a careless’ man’s careful daughter’ and in her first big hit Love Story, the lyrics go: ‘my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”.’

In her latest album Tortured Poets Department, she sings: ‘But Daddy I love him’ in a song which is widely thought to be about her ex-boyfriend Matty Healy.

Marketing manager Andrea and stockbroker Scott tied the knot back in 1988 before welcoming their daughter Taylor the following year in 1989.

They went on to welcome Taylor’s brother Austin in 1992 and the family lived in Wyomissing in Pennsylvania at a Christmas tree farm – which inspired her 2019 smash hit by the same name.

Speaking to Esquire in 2014, Taylor spoke about her childhood growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, where she’s originally from, which she said Scott ‘tended to as a hobby’.

‘He’d tend to the farm as his hobby,’ she explained.

‘He’d get up four hours early to go mow the fields on his tractor. We all had jobs. Mine was picking the praying-mantis pods off of the trees, collecting them so that the bugs wouldn’t hatch inside people’s houses.

‘My parents were very strict about education and hard work, from the time my brother and I were really little kids.’

Her doting parents became aware of her passion for music from a very young age and the family relocated to Nashville when Taylor was 14 to help her pursue her dreams of becoming a singer.

Andrea previously told Entertainment Weekly of the move: ‘I never wanted to make that move about her ‘making it’.

‘Because what a horrible thing if it hadn’t happened, for her to carry that kind of guilt or pressure around.

‘We’ve always told her that this is not about putting food on our table or making our dreams come true,’ she added.

However, Taylor went on to land a record deal with Sony in 2004 when she was just 14 years old, becoming the youngest signing in the label’s history, and then signed with Big Machine Records the following year.

Speaking to UDaily in 2009, Scott revealed the family realized the potential for Taylor’s talent from a very young age.

‘She was always singing music when she was three, five, six, seven years old,’ he said. ‘It’s Taylor doing what she likes to do.

‘We had a kid that was really passionate about it, and when she was 13 she got a development deal at RCA.

‘That was the confirmation that maybe she wasn’t crazy, because her writing is why she got it.’

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