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Twitter’s looking really different right now, as some huge celebs are getting stripped of their precious blue checkmarks … but despite Elon Musk cutting their verifications, some A-listers are handing the bird the monthly fee.
Taylor Swift, Khloe Kardashian, and Ryan Reynolds are among the bunch putting up cash to keep the badge … as well as Soulja Boy and The Weeknd.
It doesn’t stop there — Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Carter, LL Cool J, O.J. Simpson, Sia, and John Cena seem to be shelling out the dough, too.
If you click on their checkmarks, you’ll now see the following response — “This account is verified because they are subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their phone number.”
Worth noting, there are a couple reasons why their usernames still come with a side of blue. For starters, they could be paying to keep Twitter Blue’s features — uploading longer vids, making longer tweets and editing tweets.
Of course, these folks could have been paying the $11/month, and made the decision to unsubscribe within the past month … so, the checkmark is just there until it expires.
I’m paying for a few personally
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023
You also might have noticed some celebs who have the check, but say they aren’t paying — well, Elon says he’s covering the cost for a chosen few … his Inner Blue Circle, if you will.
As we reported, celebs like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and K-pop group Blackpink all had their verification revoked when the change rolled out Thursday … but it looks like there are a decent amount doing their part to keep the lights on at Twitter HQ.