Taylor Swift managed to gain even more fans after sending NFL viewers into raptures when she appeared on the big screen chugging a beverage during the Super Bowl on Sunday (Monday AEDT). Swift made a mad dash from Tokyo to Las Vegas to cheer on boyfriend Travis Kelce, who splashed out a reported $1 million for a private suite for the pop star and some of her entourage to watch the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, including rapper Ice Spice and actress Blake Lively.
The music icon was panned to on multiple occasions throughout the game as she nervously watched on as the Chiefs came from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in a dramatic overtime victory. Earlier in the game, as the two teams were locked in a tense second quarter, Swift became some commercial break entertainment as she was shown on the jumbotron at Allegiant Stadium downing her beverage alongside her friend Ashley Avignone.
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As she finished her drink, the pop star slammed the empty clear cup onto a table in her suite in celebration. Social media was buzzing following the act with many saying they had now become 'Swifty's'.
One man who outed himself as an unlikely Swifty was AFL star Nick Riewoldt, who appeared as an analyst on ESPN's halftime breakdown coverage, where he spoke more about the pop icon than the match. "What about Taylor Swift downing a whole glass of wine when the camera was on her?" Riewoldt proclaimed to ESPN International SportsCenter host Phil Murphy.
"I thought it was a power move,' Riewoldt continued. "Everyone else was playing a fairly straight bat, she got up and chugged it. She will fit in well down in Australia when she gets down next week."
While social media users were perplexed as to why Riewoldt was giving his two cents on the Super Bowl, many were bemused that he was converted then and there to be a Swifty. "At work and I just quickly went to see if the halftime show is on yet and did not expect to see Nick Riewoldt hyping up Taylor haha," one person wrote on X. While another added: "Never thought my life would have me listening to Nick Riewoldt saying that Taylor Swift is a unit for chugging a drink". While others labelled her act "iconic" and declared that they are officially a Swifty.
I am now a Swifty. Do I need to sign anything or take part in some sort of ritual?
— Aidan Aldred (@ADoss_21) February 12, 2024
taylor swift won the super bowl that’s so iconic
— carina (@snow_aussie) February 12, 2024
After watching Taylor Swift chug a brew and slam her cup…I’m officially a Swifty! 🍺💯 pic.twitter.com/ApBJJVtz42
— Mark Elliott (@RadioEspionageU) February 12, 2024
Taylor Swift + Beer Chug = not on my bingo card. pic.twitter.com/cAC7Nyhgm7
— Dominic White (@DomWWhite) February 12, 2024
A Taylor Swift beer chug wasn’t what I expected but what I needed. https://t.co/PK5nXKj9hq
— veronica (@VeronicaRates) February 12, 2024
Taylor Swift's mad dash to attend Super Bowl
The 14-time Grammy winner has been dating Chiefs tight end Kelce since the first few weeks of the current NFL season. She flew across nine time zones and the international dateline from her 'Eras Tour' to arrive in Vegas about two hours before the kick-off in the Super Bowl.
Before the match, Kelce said her support means the world to him and sang her praises after her Grammys success. '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 has been a regular at Chiefs games this season, frequently sitting with the wife of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Brittany. "Having Taylor as a new Chiefs fan is very unique," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said previously.
"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."
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