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Taylor Swift declared to fans at the start of her 1989 world tour in Glasgow: "I am one of you", reports Sky News.
The US star told the sell-out crowd at the SSE Hydro her father had instructed her by email to speak about her Scottish heritage. The 25-year-old said: "In the subject line it said 'Tell Scotland this' and in the email he said our whole family is from Scotland and you have to tell them that. "So I am one of you, and I'm proud because this crowd is amazing."
After performing Blank Space, during which she swung a golf iron on stage, she added: "I happen to love Scottish people, personally." Swift's UK appearance comes after she sparked headlines for telling Apple she would hold back her latest album 1989 over its decision not to pay for songs streamed during a trial period.
Writing on tumblr, she said it was "unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing", prompting an Apple executive to tweet that the musicians would be paid. At the concert, Swift, wearing a white hotpant suit and black thigh-length boots, thanked fans for all their messages over the years. "I've been entrusting my secrets to you for 10 years and I'm so happy you do the same with me," she said.
Swift ended the two-hour show with Shake It Off, during which she danced on an elevated walkway which moved around the arena. She is due to play Manchester and London later this week.