LAS VEGAS –
With the streak she’s having, how could Taylor Swift be on anything but the winning side?
Swift was smothered by her celebrity roommates at Allegiant Stadium as her partner Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs cruised to an overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Before, she entered the stadium accompanied by famous friends. She hugged Blake Lively during Post Malone’s performance of “America the Beautiful” and won what appeared to be a beer-drinking contest, slamming her mug to a roar of appreciation from fans.
The pop superstar flew halfway around the world to watch her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and his team play the San Francisco 49ers. The defending Super Bowl champions struggled through a sloppy, error-filled first half before taking their first lead with a third-quarter touchdown, much to Swift’s delight, only for the Niners to regain a three-point lead early in the quarter. .
Swift completed her journey from the Tokyo Dome to Allegiant Stadium for the game, passing through security alongside Lively, Ice Spice and her mother, Andrea Swift. She was later seen speaking with Kelce’s brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in one of the private boxes that reportedly cost more than $1 million. Singer Lana Del Rey joined the celebrity-packed suite in time to catch Usher’s halftime show.
Swift, who has been dating Kelce since the first 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 approximately two hours before start. . The time change allowed him to land in Los Angeles and make the final jump to Las Vegas.
The 14-time Grammy winner walked in dressed in black with a red jacket slung over her shoulder, apparently getting the memo from Kelce and many of the Chiefs. She wore a shiny black suit, quarterback Patrick Mahomes wore her own sleek black suit and even Chiefs coach Andy Reid wore a black jacket as the Chiefs leaned into the role of villains.
“Anti-Hero” is also the lead single from Swift’s Grammy-winning album, “Midnights.”
“She’s amazing. She’s rewriting the history books herself,” Kelce said a day after last Sunday’s Grammys. “I told her she would have to hold up my end of the deal and come home with the hardware too.”
Swift began dating Kelce after he said on his “New Heights” podcast that he had unsuccessfully tried to give her a friendship bracelet during her performance at Arrowhead Stadium. Kelce then invited her to see him perform at the Chiefs’ home, and surprisingly, she showed up for the Week 2 game against Chicago.
Swift soon became a regular at games, both home and away, and frequently sat with Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Swift occasionally brought friends, including Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds.
“Having Taylor as a new Chiefs fan is unique,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said during Super Bowl week. “I never do an interview without someone asking me about it. I think a lot of players and coaches on the team are in the same boat. The most important thing is that we are happy for both of them because they have met each other and we have such a special relationship.”
There were many stars besides Swift for the NFL’s star night. Usher’s halftime show included guest artists Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Lil Jon. Reba McEntire sang the national anthem.
However, few would be under as much attention as Swift. Her run from the Tokyo Dome, where she promised fans that “we’re all going on a big adventure,” had Swifties around the world watching online flight trackers, while her boyfriend seemed to receive as many questions about their relationship as the game. during the period prior to kick-off.
When asked to explain the intense interest, Kelce responded: “I think the values that we stand for and who we are as people – we love to shine a light on others, shine a light on the people who help us and support us, and also “I think we both just we love life”.
Kelce and Swift won’t spend much time together, regardless of how the game plays out.
After winning a record fourth album of the year award at the Grammys for “Midnights,” where she announced her next album will be released in April, Swift will return across the Pacific later this week. The international leg of her Eras Tour resumes on Friday night in Australia with the first of three shows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“This week is truly the best kind of chaos,” he posted Wednesday on Instagram.
AP Music Writer Maria Sherman contributed to this report from Los Angeles.