7 years before she broke the internet, Taylor Swift called a dying girl from Mount Greenwood – Chicago Tribune | Wbactive

Do the math – 3.5 billion requests for 2 million tickets?

Things are bound to get ugly.

But ugly is an understatement for the millions of fans who spent hours trying to snag presale tickets to Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour, only to be frozen, dumped, or kicked to the end of the line, their only way to spend thousands more on resale sites.

On Friday, the 11-time Grammy winner spoke about the “void” left by last week’s Live Nation/Ticketmaster debacle.

“There are a variety of reasons people have had such a hard time getting tickets and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved in the future,” she posted on Instagram.

Among the fans who have sided with her in the nightmare are the Beazleys of Mount Greenwood.

Though Ed and Nadia Beazley weren’t involved in the spending spree for the June Chicago concerts, they remain abiding fans of the “kind and caring” pop star, who despite his busy schedule took the time to call their late daughter Emily before her 2015 arrival died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The couple and their younger daughter Olivia, who is now a junior at Marist High School, are Lifers in the fan department, Nadia said.

“Taylor Swift is an amazing act,” Nadia said just hours after the singer released her statement. “Imagine breaking a website because you are so popular. Her fans mean everything to her. She is how all celebrities should be.”

In her post-chaos statement, Swift said, “I will not apologize to anyone because we have asked them several times if they can handle this type of demand and we have been assured that they could. It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets but it really pisses me off that many of them feel like they went through multiple bear attacks to get them.

“And to those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that I hope we have more opportunities to all get together and sing these songs.

“Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much that means.”

Nadia said she’s not sure how Emily, who was 12 when she died, became such a huge fan of Swift and embraced her hits “Shake It Off” and “Love Story.”

“She’s had a crush on her for so long. I think she thought Taylor was like every other girl, like someone down the street,” Nadia said.

“Emily would close her eyes and just belt out those songs. She really felt it, you could just say that. She wrinkled her nose, squinted her eyes,” Nadia said.

And now Ed, Nadia, and Olivia are doing the same with many of Swift’s newer songs. Her favorites are the 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” which Nadia says is a huge motivator when cleaning the house.

And of course, she said, “Love Story” will always have a special place in their hearts, just like Emily’s.

It was during her eldest daughter’s final weeks, as doctors were doing their best to make the girl comfortable, that Swift’s publicists called the now-retired Chicago Police Det. Ed Beazley’s cell phone.

Whenever he could, Ed would take Emily for radiation treatments while Nadia stayed home to pick Olivia up from school.

The regular meetings had become something of a father-daughter outing, after which the two would go to the Cinnabon at the mall.

But when Emily picked up the phone that day, she asked if the singer would call back a little later.

“She lied and said she was on her way to radiation, even though she was done with it,” Nadia said. “She did it because she wanted Olivia and I to be on the call. She wanted us all to have that moment, that memory.”

And the already mega-popular Swift stuck to that.

The family was in the car when the call came again. Everyone could listen via Bluetooth.

Nadia said she watched her confident, bright, teenage daughter melt during the conversation. But she managed to draw Swift’s attention to her little sister.

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Swift seemed to know a lot about the family, Nadia recalled.

“She couldn’t have been nicer,” Nadia said. “And Emily absolutely loved it.”

Nadia, who works for a South Holland law firm, said the family continues to listen to Swift’s music because they enjoy it and because it makes them feel closer to Emily. You saw Swift when she came to Chicago on her last tour.

“We will never forget who she was to our family,” Nadia said. “She granted my daughter her last wish. she was so nice It’s not surprising that she sells out shows. We always thought she was a superstar.”

Ed now works as an investigator for Comcast. The Beazleys continue their mission to raise money for childhood cancer research and recently renewed funding for two cancer studies. And Olivia, a member of the National Honor Society, wants to be a dentist or pharmacist.


Donna Vickroy is an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist who worked for the Daily Southtown for 38 years.

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