As a young country up-and-comer, Kelsea Ballerini was still feeling out stardom, so she turned to her pal Taylor Swift to ask for a little of advice.
Taylor told the "Peter Pan" singer that being authentic was essentially the only way to truly communicate with fans.
Ole Taylor is a wise one!
"Her advice was, 'Don't worry about being cool or trying to be perfect. Say what you need to say and be who you are because in the end that's going to be what makes you normal,'" Kelsea told Page Six in recalling the words of wisdom which came before her first radio tour in July 2014.
The cutie took those words to heart and has ran with that idea ever since. She has since notched two consecutive No. 1 songs, with the platinum-certified "Love Me Like You Mean It" and gold-certified "Dibs."
She is reportedly the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit No. 1 with her first two country singles, but she'll tell you she's still a work in progress, citing her dress accidentally being unbuttoned onstage at a recent show.
"I'm 22 years old. I just don't have it together," she joked.
She and Taylor remain close to this day and Kelsea was actually one of the many, many celebrities who joined Taylor on stage during her 1989 tour.
In May, Kelsea told Extra that Taylor also gave her advice on how to deal with paparazzi.
"She helped me experience my first paparazzi," Kelsea said. "I don't know how she does that every day. I was petrified. It's a lot of people."
Her advice: "She was just, like, you know, 'Just look down at the ground and get in the car. You're fine. Just walk.' She got in the car first and was … crawling over the seat to let me in gracefully. She's so collected all the time, just genuinely like that. She's just the best."
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