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Hailee Steinfeld: Taylor Swift friendship is genuine

Actress Hailee Steinfeld didn't want to be an outsider, but found it hard to make friends as a child.

Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld's friendship with Taylor Swift is genuine, so don't assume otherwise.

Pop superstar Taylor has amassed a squad of friends that includes the hottest celebs of the moment. Along with Hailee there's Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Sarah Hyland and the Haim sisters. While some may write it off as merely showbiz friends, Hailee promises it's all real.

"I can absolutely assure you that each and every one of us genuinely support and love each other," she told Britain's Grazia magazine. "I don't know that I could be a part of anything that wasn't real. Especially a friend group. I'm not very good at trying to be something I'm not, or hanging with people for any reason other than getting along with them."

This is a far cry from Hailee's youth, when she was homeschooled and found it hard to make many new friends. Her educational preference was in part down to her audition schedule, and partly down to problems settling in at mainstream school.

"I was eager to meet people and I never considered myself an outsider," she stated. "I never wanted to be an outsider. But I had a hard time finding someone who wanted to hang out with me. It was a very weird time for me."

She grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, and still retains some of her friendships in the area. However not everyone is enamoured with her Hollywood life, and at a recent party the 18-year-old was blanked.

"In the end, without even saying goodbye to anyone, I grabbed my bag and cried all the way home," she recalled.

Luckily Hailee has a stellar career to take her mind off such situations. After showing off her vocal talents in this year's (15) Pitch Perfect 2, the actress has also launched a music career. Her debut single Love Myself was released in August (15).

"With movies I'm used to telling someone else's story," she said. "With music, I'm able to tell my own."

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