The Secret About Taylor Swift’s Parents: Scott Kingsley and Andrea Swift – Their Ages, Net Worth, Profession, Are They Divorced?

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Pop icon Taylor Swift was born to Andrea Swift, and Scott Kingsley, and they have always supported her music career.

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is at the top of the pop game and has a massive fan base who are dubbed, Swifties. She is arguably the most famous pop star in the world right now.

Recognized for her songwriting, musical versatility, artistic reinventions, and influence on the music industry, she is a prominent cultural figure of the 21st century.

As of the time of this article, she boasts 12 Grammys awards out of 46 nominations and was named the highest-paid female entertainer in 2022.

Taylor owes her success to her parents who have been supportive of her career since day one. Read on for more about her parents.


Who are Taylor Swift’s parents?

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in West Reading, Pennsylvania, United States to parents Andrea Swift, and Scott Kingsley Swift. Her mother is 65 years old while her father is 71 years old.

Who is Andrea Swift? She is the famous mother of singer Taylor Swift. Her real name is Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay) and she was on born January 10, 1958, in Pennsylvania, United States to parents Marjorie Finlay, and Robert Bruce Finlay. She is seen spending time with Taylor often and is always there for her. She is seen in her home movies and comes out in “The Best Day” and “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” videos.

Who is Scott Kingsley Swift? He is singer Taylor’s father. He was born on March 5, 1952, in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County (Pennsylvania, United States). Scott is the son of Archie Dean Swift (1914-1998) and Rose Baldi Swift (1920-1994). He has two brothers, Archie III, and Douglas. Scott graduated from the University of Delaware in 1974.

Long before she was a Grammy-winning superstar and the world’s highest-paid female entertainer, the “Folklore” singer’s parents were listening to her sing karaoke and driving her to local gigs near her hometown of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

“She was always singing music when she was 3, 5, 6, 7, years old,” her dad, Scott Swift, told UDaily, the newspaper of his alma mater, the University of Delaware. “It’s Taylor doing what she likes to do.”

Scott and Andrea Swift have been their daughter’s biggest fans since birth, nurturing her talent and passion from a young age while striving to keep the pressures of fame off of her.

“There would always be an escape hatch into normal life if she decided this wasn’t something she had to pursue,” Andrea told Entertainment Weekly in 2008. “And of course, that’s like saying to her, ‘If you want to stop breathing, that’s cool.’ “

Within a few years of taking that leap of faith, Taylor made her debut onstage at the Grand Ole Opry as a rising country star in September 2006. Andrea began to accompany her on the road as her career took off, while Scott stayed home with Austin.

By 2010, Taylor’s chart-topping success took her to the Grammys, where she swept up four awards and made history as the youngest artist ever to take home Album of the Year for 2008’s Fearless. She effusively thanked both her parents for their support in her acceptance speech, dedicating the award to her dad. “This is for all those times that you said I could do whatever I wanted in life,” she said. “And my mom, you’re my best friend.”


When did Taylor Swift’s parents get married?

Andrea married Scott, a stockbroker-turned-vice-president for Merrill Lynch, on February 20, 1988, in Harris County, Texas. The couple welcomed Taylor on Dec. 13, 1989.

Swift was raised by Christian parents who tried to instill biblical values in their daughter. That’s arguably one of the reasons so many people love her. She did the job she signed up to do, which was to entertain from a wholesome perspective.


What do Taylor Swift’s parents do for work?

Like her father Archie Jr. and grandfather Archie Sr., Scott entered into the financial business by becoming a stockbroker. He established the Swift Group, a financial advisory group that is part of Merrill Lynch.

Andrea Swift, like her husband, also worked in the financial sector. The 65-year-old was a mutual fund marketing executive, she is a former marketing manager at an advertising agency. After the birth of her children, Andrea became a stay-at-home mom. However, Taylor’s mom’s marketing skills came in useful when her daughter was first beginning her music career.

Taylor Swift with her family

How many children did Scott and Andrea Swift have?

Scott and Andrea Swift have two children in total; a daughter and a son. Their daughter is the famous singer Taylor and their son is named Austin Swift. This means the singer has just one sibling.

Just over two years later, Taylor became a big sister when her brother Austin was born on March 11, 1992.

The two siblings grew up on a 15-acre Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania before eventually moving to the suburbs of Nashville after the “Teardrops On My Guitar” singer landed her first major record deal with Sony at age 14.

James Taylor and Taylor Swift
James Taylor and Taylor Swift performed together for the first time in 2011.

They named her with a business career in mind

Both of Taylor’s parents have backgrounds in the financial industry, something which influenced the moniker they chose for her.

“My mom thought it was cool that if you got a business card that said ‘Taylor’ you wouldn’t know if it was a guy or a girl,” she told Rolling Stone in 2009, explaining that they thought an androgynous name could help reduce any potential discrimination in the corporate world. “She wanted me to be a business person in a business world.”

Taylor Swift (L) and her mom Andrea Swift backstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California

Wait, so did Taylor Swift’s parents manifest her success?

It’s not every day that you name your daughter after an iconic musician, and then she just happens to also become one. It makes you wonder: Did Taylor’s parents predict that she’d also be a top-selling artist like James? It’s unknown, but her family’s lineage was definitely deeply rooted in music.

In fact, her grandmother was an opera singer who hosted a television show in Puerto Rico. “She was always singing, either around the house or every single Sunday she’d get up and sing in front of the entire congregation at church,” Taylor previously told Esquire.

But Taylor’s grandmother did more than teach her about music. She also helped inform Taylor’s vision of what true love looked like — a theme that has inspired a number of her hit albums.

Taylor told Rolling Stone that her grandparents “were still madly in love with each other in their 80s.” Not to mention, they were married for over half a century and died a week apart.

Taylor Swift throwbacks
Taylor Swift throwbacks

They raised Taylor on a Christmas tree farm

The “Lover” singer’s deep affinity for Christmas stems from growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Though the family later moved to Nashville, Taylor has always spoken fondly of her memories on the farm, even returning to pay a visit there in 2018.

She later commemorated her childhood home in her 2021 song “Christmas Tree Farm,” on which she sings about her happy holiday memories from growing up.

Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Finlay attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Finlay attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California

Andrea and Taylor traveled all over together to pursue Taylor’s dreams

Sure of her talent and drive from a young age, Taylor sought to make her dreams a reality by trying to track down a record deal. Andrea was supportive from the start, driving Taylor to Nashville to hand out demos of her singing karaoke.

“My mom waited in the car with my little brother while I knocked on doors up and down Music Row,” Taylor told Entertainment Weekly in 2008. “I would say, ‘Hi, I’m Taylor. I’m 11. I wanted a record deal — call me.”

Upon returning from that fateful Nashville trip — where no one did call her — Taylor decided to take up guitar and focus on songwriting in order to help herself stand out. When her parents initially tried to dissuade her from starting with a 12-string guitar, suggesting that her fingers were still “too small,” she immediately set out to prove them wrong.

“Don’t ever say never or can’t do to Taylor. She started playing it four hours a day — six on the weekends,” Andrea told the outlet.

Taylor Swift (L) accepts the Milestone Award from Andrea Swift onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas
Taylor Swift (L) accepts the Milestone Award from Andrea Swift onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas

They moved to the suburbs of Nashville to support Taylor’s career

In 2003, Taylor and her family relocated to Hendersonville, just outside of Nashville, after she became the youngest person to sign with Sony/ATV Publishing. While the move was made in service of then-14-year-old Taylor’s budding career, her parents strove to keep the pressure off of her, promising the move was “a change of scenery.”

“I never wanted to make that move about her ‘making it,”‘ Andrea told EW. “Because what a horrible thing if it hadn’t happened, for her to carry that kind of guilt or pressure around.” Meanwhile, Scott moved the financial advisory business where’d he worked for nearly three decades — The Swift Group, under Merrill Lynch — to their new home.

Part of the reason they didn’t move directly to Nashville was to offer Taylor a buffer against the trappings of fame as well, Andrea revealed. “And we moved far enough outside Nashville to where she didn’t have to be going to school with producers’ kids and label presidents’ kids and be reminded constantly that she was struggling to make it,” she explained. “We’ve always told her that this is not about putting food on our table or making our dreams come true.”

taylor swift parents divorce

Taylor Swift’s parents opted for a divorce circa 2011, without ever informing the press.

Taylor Swift’s parents got divorced sometime around 2011, without telling anyone about it. Too worried about offsetting Taylor’s career, Andrea and Scott kept silent about their marriage troubles, sternly refusing to get the press involved throughout the legal process. 

However, their breakup wasn’t completely untraceable. As some Swifties claim, some of Taylor’s songs allude to the emotional distress she experienced during her parents’ divorce. 

As Taylor began her ascend to international fame, her parents’ relationship took a wrong turn. By the 2008 release of “Fearless,” Andrea and Scott were facing severe problems. According to Entertainment Newsit was Andrea who would accompany Taylor on tour — while Scott tended to stay behind. This posed significant challenges for their relationship. 

“Andrea being on tour with Taylor full-time has really been hard on her relationship with Scott,” told a family friend to Radar Online

“She’s been going through a lot […] The new album [“Red”] will showcase the pain of her parents’ separation,” another insider explained. 

Taylor Swift and her Dad Scott K. Swift at the Taping of CMT "GIANTS" Honoring Alan Jackson at The Ryman Auditorium on October 30, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee
Taylor Swift and her Dad Scott K. Swift at the Taping of CMT “GIANTS” Honoring Alan Jackson at The Ryman Auditorium on October 30, 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee

Taylor’s dad was a lot less involved in her career from the get-go.

While Andrea provided unceasing support for the star throughout the whole journey, her dad remained in the background for the most part. Nothing proves this better than the famous controversy surrounding the song, “The Best Day,” which has frequently been misinterpreted as a paean to Taylor’s dad.

“I have an excellent father/his strength is making me stronger,” hold the lyrics. 

However, the song was originally written as a Christmas present for her mom.

“I wrote it in the summertime, and I recorded it secretly, too. I had this idea that I wanted to play it for her for Christmas. So, when I got the track I synced up all of these home videos from when I was a little kid to go along with the song like a music video and played it for her on Christmas Eve and she was crying her eyes out,” Taylor told Taste of Country

Although Andrea and Scott’s divorce remains relatively lesser-discussed up until this day, some Redditors are convinced that songs like “Mine” allude to the emotional difficulties Taylor experienced during her parents’ divorce. 

However, the couple’s split-up has never been confirmed by Taylor’s team, and the pair have regularly been seen supporting their daughter together in the years since.

Taylor Swift, The Best Day music video
Taylor Swift, The Best Day music video

What disease does Taylor Swift’s mother have? Taylor shared with fans that Andrea has faced cancer twice

While writing songs is primarily how Taylor processes and shares her emotions with fans, she opened up directly in a candid Tumblr post in 2015, informing fans that Andrea had been diagnosed with cancer.

“I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you,” Taylor began. “Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.” She went on to explain that during a routine check-up which she’d encouraged her mom to get, doctors discovered Andrea had cancer.

“I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know,” Taylor added. “She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”

In a reflective personal essay for Elle in 2019, Taylor revealed that her mom’s cancer had returned. “It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs,” she said, adding that her priorities had since shifted. “I give all of my worry, stress and prayers to real problems now.”

In the same essay, Taylor shared that her dad Scott had also previously been diagnosed with cancer, though she didn’t share specific details about his health journey. “Both of my parents have had cancer,” she wrote in part, going on to expand on her mom’s condition without elaborating on her dad’s.

While undergoing treatment for cancer, Andrea was also diagnosed with a brain tumor, Taylor revealed in 2020 to Variety.

“Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” Taylor told the outlet, going on to express how the news was impacting their family. “But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”

She added that it was “a really hard time” for her family, explaining that “the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before.”

Taylor Swift (right) and mother Andrea Swift
Taylor Swift (right) and her mother Andrea Swift

Andrea has inspired two of Taylor’s songs and she introduced her at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards

The pop star first gave fans a glimpse into her and Andrea’s close bond in 2008’s “The Best Day,” which references a handful of sweet memories the pair have shared together over the years. When Taylor released a lyric video for the track in 2021, she included adorable never-before-seen home videos of the duo as well.

On Lover, Taylor opened up about the emotional trauma of navigating her mom’s cancer diagnosis in “Soon You’ll Get Better,” singing, “And I hate to make this all about me/ But who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do? If there’s no you.” During a YouTube Live, Taylor revealed that it was a family decision to ultimately include the song on the album. “It’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song,” she explained.

Just over a week after her first cancer diagnosis was shared with fans, Andrea joined Taylor onstage at the ACM Awards, where the singer was being honored with the Milestone Award. Andrea shared what a “proud mom” she was as she introduced her daughter.

“I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-hair little girl … Full of imagination and creativity until right now, when she prepares for her next world tour. I’m a very proud mom,” Andrea said through tears.

Scott Swift and Taylor Swift
Scott Swift and Taylor Swift

Scott worried about Taylor’s safety when decided to speak out about politics

After years of being criticized for not sharing her political opinions, Taylor broke her silence and put public support behind two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in 2018 — much to the initial concern of her dad.

In her Netflix documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, she and her dad discuss the social media post. “I’ve read the entire [statement] and … right now, I’m terrified. I’m the guy that went out and bought armored cars,” Scott told Taylor in the documentary. Speaking to Variety, Taylor explained that while she understood his concerns for her personal safety, she felt she could no longer stay silent.

“This was a situation where, from a humanity perspective, and from what my moral compass was telling me I needed to do, I knew was right, and I really didn’t care about repercussions,” she explained. “My dad is terrified of threats against my safety and my life, and he has to see how many stalkers we deal with on a daily basis, and know that this is his kid. It’s where he comes from.”

Scott Swift, singer Taylor Swift and Andrea Swift attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards; Taylor Swift Shares Sweet Photo of Backstage Pass She Made for Her Dad Ahead of Eras Tour
Taylor Swift, Scott Swift, and her handmade backstage pass. 

Scott is still a hands-on dad

When hundreds of Swifties camped out overnight in August 2019 to catch the “You Need to Calm Down” singer’s Good Morning America performance, Taylor made sure none of them went hungry. The singer ordered 30 pizzas to be delivered to the line of fans outside New York City’s Central Park, handed out by members of her team — including her dad! “For my parents, they’re like: That’s my kid! People are waiting on the sidewalk to see her sing!” Taylor told GMA of her dad getting involved.

Scott most recently joined his daughter as she kicked off her Eras Tour in March 2023. Ahead of her opening night concert, Taylor shared a snap of the backstage pass she created for her dad on her Instagram Story. The handmade card was marked “D.O.H. Pass” in gold lettering, with “(Dad of Headliner)” written below in Taylor’s handwriting.

“Made my Dad’s tour credential,” Swift captioned the photograph. “We are a small family business.”

Scott and Andrea attended several shows during Swift’s Eras Tour

In April 2023, Taylor gave her parents a sweet shout-out during an Eras Tour concert in Houston.

“I love you Houston,” she can be heard saying in a video posted on TikTok. “You treat us like Houston is my mom’s hometown, which it is. You treat us like this is where my parents got married, which it is.”

Then, in May 2023, during a concert stop in Philadelphia, Scott was spotted hanging out with Swift’s rumored love interest, Matty Healy.

On Mother’s Day, the Grammy-winning artist paid tribute to Andrea with a performance of “The Best Day.” Swift explained to the Philadelphia audience that she’d surprised her mom with the track back in 2008.

“I wrote this song just compiling these sort of core childhood memories I had of not just her as a mother, but her as a friend,” she could be heard saying in a video on Twitter.

She then recalled the day she finally let Andrea hear the song.

“It’s such a beautiful song. Where did you find it? It sounds exactly like the things we went through,” Swift’s mom said. To which the singer replied: “I was like, ‘Mom, I wrote it and recorded it secretly, it is our memories. It was the sweetest thing ever because I just think she couldn’t have comprehended that I would write a song about the two of us.”


Are Taylor Swift’s parents rich?

There is no exact figure about the famous singer’s parents’ fortune however, at least, Andrea Swift and Scott Kingsley Swift have a net worth of $1 million each. Their daughter Taylor Swift has a net worth estimated between $400 million (per Celebrity Net Worth) and $740 million (per Forbes).