Pop star Taylor Swift has donated $13,000 (€10,700) to two American mothers who are struggling to pay their rent amid financial troubles caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Swift's donations came about after US newspaper The Washington Post wrote a story on Americans who are experiencing tough financial problems as a result of the health crisis.

The superstar shared messages on their respective GoFundMe pages after reading about their plights.

Mother-of-two Nikki Cornwell, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, said she was thousands of dollars behind on her rent and feared she was going to be evicted after Christmas.

Swift, who is known for her affinity to the number 13, made her donation and wrote: "Nikki, I read about you in the Washington Post and thought it was really brave of you to share your story.

"I'm so sorry for everything you've had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another. Love, Taylor."

Shelbie Selewski, who lives in Michigan, told the Washington Post she lost her job as a medical receptionist and her new-born baby had a collapsed lung.

Alongside a donation, Swift wrote on her GoFundMe page: "Shelbie, I'm sending you this gift after reading about you in the Washington Post.

"No one should have to feel the kind of stress that's been put on you. I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season. Love, Taylor."

Swift, 30, is no stranger to kind gestures. In March, as the economy started to grind to a halt due to the health crisis, Swift donated $3,000 (€2,500) each to a number of struggling fans.

In August, an aspiring mathematician who lives in London thanked Swift for making her "dreams come true" after the singer donated £23,000 (19,000) towards her university education.