Several ardent fans of Taylor Swift are willing to generously contribute a substantial sum of money for the chance to attend one of her concerts, especially when it supports a worthy cause.
As part of an auction held at Nya Studios in Hollywood on Wednesday, two tickets to any future Taylor Swift show worldwide were sold for an astonishing $15,000 during Selena Gomez’s Rare Impact Fund Benefit, aptly named “Lavender Haze.”
The auction, hosted by Gomez’s co-star from “Only Murders in the Building,” Martin Short, commenced with a bidding price of $5,000. However, the fervor among attendees quickly caused the bidding price to skyrocket.
“Wow, Taylor — see, it’s just amazing,” exclaimed the 73-year-old Short as the bidding surpassed $6,000. He later humorously remarked, “We’ve got $6,500 to see Taylor Swift in concert. That’s just valet to see Taylor Swift!”
Eventually, the bidding reached an impressive $15,000 and the coveted tickets were acquired by two elated fans who couldn’t contain their excitement at the prospect of seeing the 33-year-old Swift perform live.
During the event, Gomez shared her aspirations for the benefit, which aimed to raise funds for mental health support in young individuals, with PEOPLE magazine. She expressed her wish for the Rare Impact Fund to leave a lasting impact.
When asked if she envisioned the Rare Impact Fund becoming her legacy, Gomez admitted, “I really hope so. I’m kind of nervous.”
“It is my first time organizing something like this, and I’m not fond of asking people for money, so I’m not sure,” she added. “It’s a peculiar concept, but I am aware that we are doing something good, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to possess the platform to make a difference.”
During her heartfelt speech at the benefit, Gomez became emotional as she opened up about her personal journey with mental health and how her ten-year-old sister, Gracie, inspired her to establish the fund.
“For a long time, I struggled with the world inside my head and felt lost and hopeless at times,” she disclosed. “Then, in 2020, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and everything quickly changed.”
Gomez further revealed that her diagnosis enabled her to obtain the answers and knowledge she needed. She expressed her hope that her sister’s generation will experience a more compassionate and clear future with the essential mental health support they require.
“I know we all have someone like Gracie in our lives who motivates us to be better and make a difference, someone who can connect and inspire us,” Gomez concluded before expressing her gratitude to everyone involved.