Toronto Star

Swift soaks in atmosphere

After long flight from Japan, singer gets into Super Bowl spirit by chugging beer


Taylor Swift strolled into Allegiant Stadium for the Super Bowl surrounded by celebrity friends. She cuddled with Blake Lively during Post Malone’s performanc­e of “America the Beautiful” and won what appeared to be a beer chugging contest, slamming her cup down to an appreciati­ve roar from the fans.

The pop superstar flew halfway around the world to see her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and his team play the San Francisco 49ers.

Swift completed her trip from the Tokyo Dome to Allegiant Stadium for the game, walking through security along with Lively, Ice Spice and her mom, Andrea Swift. She later was spotted talking to Kelce’s brother, Philadelph­ia Eagles centre Jason Kelce, and NFL commission­er Roger Goodell in one of the private boxes that reportedly cost

more than $1 million (U.S.). Singer Lana Del Rey joined the celebpacke­d suite in time to catch Usher’s halftime show.

Swift, who has been dating Kelce since the first few weeks of the NFL season, flew on a private plane across nine time zones and the internatio­nal date line from the last of four shows at the Tokyo Dome in Japan to arrive about two hours before kickoff. The time change allowed her to land in Los Angeles and make the final hop to Las Vegas.

The 14-time Grammy winner walked in wearing a black outfit with a red jacket slung over her shoulder, apparently getting the memo from Kelce and many of the Chiefs. He wore a shimmering black suit, quarterbac­k Patrick Mahomes wore a sharp black suit of his own, and even Chiefs coach Andy Reid wore a black blazer as the Chiefs leaned into the role of the villains.

“Anti-Hero” also happens to be the lead single from Swift’s Grammy-winning album “Midnights.”

“She’s unbelievab­le. She’s rewriting the history books herself,” Kelce said a day after last Sunday’s Grammys. “I told her I’ll have to hold up my end of the bargain and come home with hardware, too.”

Swift began dating Kelce after he said on his “New Heights” podcast that he had tried and failed to give her a friendship bracelet during her performanc­e at Arrowhead Stadium. Kelce then invited her to watch him perform at the home of the Chiefs, and she surprising­ly showed up for their Week 2 game against Chicago.

Kelce and Swift won’t have a whole lot of time together after the game. After winning a recordbrea­king fourth album of the year award at the Grammys for “Midnights” — where she announced her next album will drop in April — Swift is due back across the Pacific later this week. The internatio­nal leg of her Eras Tour resumes Friday night in Australia with the first of three shows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“This week is truly the best kind of chaos,” she posted Wednesday on Instagram.

 ?? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Taylor Swift was surrounded by family and famous friends as she cheered for the Chiefs.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Taylor Swift was surrounded by family and famous friends as she cheered for the Chiefs.

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