- Holly Honderich & Sofia Ferreira Santos
- BBC news
Surrounded by football fans, cameras and confetti, Taylor Swift shared an on-field kiss with boyfriend Travis Kelce after the American football star won his second straight Super Bowl.
Millions of Americans watched the championship game, which also spotlighted the high-profile romance between Swift and Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Their embrace after the Chiefs’ heartbreaking victory over the San Francisco 49ers was a cinematic conclusion to a football season in which Swift and her new boyfriend have often been front and center.
The singer, who is currently in the midst of his billion-dollar Ella Tour, has been a regular at Kelce’s games since making his first NFL appearance in September.
Together, these two megastars have become cultural powerhouses, creating inspirational memes, breathtaking tabloid coverage, and themed merchandise.
With right-wing critics rolling out conspiracy theories about Swift and Kelsea, it seems their relationship seemed too good to be true for some.
Some critics even claimed their relationship was part of a conspiracy to rig the championship game to help elect Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden.
On Sunday, Donald Trump called Swift “dishonest” for supporting Joe Biden after she previously signed legislation that would make it easier for artists to collect royalties when streaming their music. It seems that he agreed with this statement.
“Plus, I love her boyfriend, Travis,” he added in a post on the social media platform.
Some longtime football fans are unhappy with the sudden arrival of Swift, who has dominated the NFL conversation for months. Still, her presence has been a clear benefit to the league.
Earlier Sunday, Swift was photographed speaking with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who called her a “dynamo.”
“Everything she touches, there are people chasing after it,” she said at her annual news conference. “We consider ourselves lucky and we welcome it.”
In fact, Swift’s massive fandom is drawing an even larger audience to the American sport.
According to a recent poll conducted by Seton Hall University in New Jersey, about 21% of Americans planning to watch this year’s Super Bowl and 41% of 18- to 34-year-olds said Swift’s presence would make them feel more at ease. They say they influenced their decision or someone else’s decision. Their families also chose to watch the game.
Daniel Ruddick, the study’s lead methodologist, said: “The game’s viewership appears to be moving inexorably toward ever-larger audiences, and this year Taylor Swift played drum major.” It might pay off,” he said.
Swift had arrived in Las Vegas minutes before kickoff after a long trip from Tokyo, where she was performing Saturday night.
She was photographed arriving at Allegiant Stadium with her family and famous friends, including rapper Ice Spice, singer Lana Del Rey and actress Blake Lively.
It was a tense game, but Swift seemed to be in good spirits all night, laughing and dancing with friends and enjoying drinks while riding the Jumbotron as the 65,000 soccer fans in the stadium and millions more watched on. I used to drink it all at once. From home.
Wearing the Chiefs’ red and black colors, she was also photographed greeting Kelce’s older brother, fellow NFL star Jason Kelce.
Jason Kelce, who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, stole the spotlight from Swift at last month’s game when cameras caught him climbing the stands shirtless and drinking beer.
On Travis and Travis’ podcast “New Heights,” Travis said Swift “absolutely loves” Jason and their antics.
Before the Super Bowl, referring to Swift’s recent success at the Grammys (she became the first person to win the coveted album of the year award four times), Kelce said she was looking for something to match her trophy. He said he is doing so.
“She’s rewriting the history books herself,” he said. “I told her she had to put up with the end of the bargain and take home the hardware as well.”