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Taylor Swift chugs beer, cuddles Blake Lively and cheers as Chiefs play 49ers at Super Bowl LVIII

Pop star travels from Tokyo to Allegiant Stadium to support boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce
Ice Spice, Ashley Avignone, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively react during first half of Super Bowl LVIII, Feb. 11, 2024
Posted at 9:40 PM, Feb 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-11 21:43:33-05

LAS VEGAS — 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.

Swift had little to cheer about during the game, though.

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 center Jason Kelce, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in one of the private boxes that reportedly cost more than $1 million.

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 dateline 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.

Taylor Swift in sequins performs during 'Eras Tour' in Tokyo, Feb. 7, 2024
Taylor Swift sings into a microphone during a concert as part of the "Eras Tour" at the Tokyo Dome, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in Tokyo.

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 villain role in which they had been cast.

"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 after the Grammys last Sunday. "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.

Swift soon became a regular at games, both home and away, frequently sitting with Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Swift occasionally brought along friends, including Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

"Having Taylor as a new Chiefs fan is very unique," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told a small group of reporters. "I don't ever 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 we're happy for the two of them that they have found each other and have such a special relationship."

Taylor Swift kisses Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce after AFC Championship, Jan. 28, 2024
Taylor Swift kisses Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce after the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. The Chiefs won 17-10.

There was plenty of star power besides Swift for the NFL's marquee night. Usher performed the halftime show with guests including Alicia Keys. Reba McEntire sang the national anthem.

Few were to be under a brighter spotlight than Swift, though. Her dash from the Tokyo Dome, where she promised fans that "we're all gonna go on a great adventure," had Swifties around the world watching online flight trackers, while her boyfriend seemed to get as many questions about his relationship as the game during the run-up to kickoff.

Asked to explain the intense interest, Kelce replied: "I think the values we stand for and just who we are as people — we love to shine light on others, shine light on the people that help and support us, and on top of that, I think we both just love life."

Kelce and Swift won't have a whole lot of time together, regardless of how the game plays out.

After winning a record-breaking fourth Album of the Year award at the Grammys for "Midnights," announcing 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 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.