Los Angeles: Singer Selena Gomez says "Bad blood" hitmaker Taylor Swift has been extremely supportive of her career and has always stood by her no matter what. The 23-year-old singer has praised her close pal -- who she has been friends with since she was 13 -- for always being there for her in good and bad times and for being supportive of her career, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The "Out of the woods" hitmaker has always encouraged the "Good for you" star to be herself and not be afraid to tell her story and be "proud" of it, which is something Gomez admits she was "hesitant" about when she first met her best friend. Speaking on ITV's show "Lorraine" on Friday, Gomez said: "I mean I've known her for ten years... She's been one of my best friends through thick and thin, walked by my side. Her whole family has been so supportive of me, and yeah, she's been there during crucial points in my life and in my career." "She's known for embracing her personal story and creating a beautiful thing out of it and I was a little hesitant with that and she was always the person to encourage me to tell my story and be proud of who I am," Gomez added.