AP Exclusive: Taylor Swift donating $1 million to Louisiana

FILE - In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people. Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, that the community in Louisiana "made us feel completely at home" when she and her touring crew kicked off the U.S. dates of her "1989 World Tour" in the state last year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her "1989 World Tour" in the state last year.

"We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking," the 26-year-old said in a statement.

The flooding is some of the worst in Louisiana history, damaging at least 40,000 homes. More than 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after widespread flooding hit the state, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.

"I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time," Swift said.

Over 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday, with more being brought to safety by the hour.

People also read these

After storm halts tribute, A-Rod doubles in...

Aug 13, 2016

His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez began his final game with the New York Yankees...

At 93, legendary climber Fred Beckey still...

Aug 13, 2016

Legendary Seattle climber Fred Beckey is the focus of a new documentary film about his life

Long way from golf: Rory McIlroy watches the...

Aug 14, 2016

A long way from golf: Rory McIlroy watches the Olympics on TV

'Suicide Squad' loses some luster in 2nd...

Aug 14, 2016

"Suicide Squad" isn't looking as bright in weekend two, dropping an estimated 67 percent

Stellan Skarsgard proud of his sons for being...

Aug 15, 2016

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard feels that his sons are talented actors, but it's more important to...

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales[at]theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!