Stray Kids‘ Felix referred to singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in a completely unexpected way, and it’s something fans won’t forget for a long time!
The two stars recently attended the 2023 VMAs (also known as the 2023 Video Music Awards) in Newark, New Jersey. Taylor Swift went viral afterwards as she was spotted enjoying the group’s live performance, looking awestruck and dancing along to the beat.
— MTV Asia (@mtvasia) September 13, 2023
TAYLOR SWIFT’S REACTION TO STRAY KIDS WHEN THEY PERFORMED S-CLASS OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/ZS0NpQtQaf
— elise ★⁵ (@hwangsamericano) September 13, 2023
Member Felix shared his thoughts on her reaction in a live broadcast aired on his birthday, September 15. He admitted that seeing the global celebrity watching their performance made him feel nervous, yet it also had the effect of making him more motivated to perform better. He was thankful that she appeared to enjoy their music.
But it was the way he referred to her that caught fans offguard! He called her “Taylor Swift sunbae-nim.” The term “sunbae-nim” is a respectful Korean honorific used to address someone who is more senior to them. In this case, Taylor is Stray Kids’ senior in the music industry.
While dancing at the VMAs, I saw that Taylor Swift sunbae-nim was watching us from afar. I became more nervous. The fact that such a person was watching us, that was really memorable. I thought that I have to do better, so I’m so thankful and really touched that such person was enjoying our music.
🐥i was dancing ( on the stage), i saw that Taylor Swift sunbaenim was watching us from afar, i became more nervous. the fact that such a person was watching us, she kept having fun (while watching us), actually thats really memorable , i thought that i have to do better. so im… pic.twitter.com/7IZmeYDR9i
— 댕꾸 ◡̈ (@SEUNGM1NE) September 15, 2023
Fans never thought they’d hear someone say that, but it was nonetheless funny and adorable!
TAYLOR SWIFT SUNBAENIM 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— 필릭스 DAY✫彡 (@hnjiqkka) September 15, 2023
being a stay is an experience, the first thing i heard when i opened felix live was taylor swift sunbaenim
— ★ (@skzedm) September 15, 2023
Never In my life did I think I'd hear Taylor swift sunbaenim 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/jUEaULGA6F
— cine #staywithme (@felixsbrowni3) September 15, 2023
Taylor Swift may not be Korean, but that doesn’t stop Felix from showing his respect for her. Meanwhile, watch Stray Kids’ performance at the VMAs below.