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The most important thing about American football’s biggest night of the year? It’s the celebrity appearances, of course.

Forget the score, the winners, the trophy – even without the Taylor Swift factor of this year’s event, the Super Bowl always makes headlines for the halftime show (Usher and friends), the A-lister adverts (Posh and Becks, Ben Affleck), and the stars in the crowd (see below).

Here are the celebs who showed up to the NFL game in Las Vegas this year – including those hanging out in Suite Swift.

First up…

Taylor Swift. Pic: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Pic: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Starting with the star of the show (sorry, Kansas City Chiefs), it’s Swift herself. The 34-year-old made the epic journey from Japan after performing four shows there as part of her Eras Tour (a week on from making history at the Grammys) to watch her boyfriend and Chiefs star Travis Kelce in action against the San Francisco 49ers. It must be love.

The star was filmed hugging and kissing Kelce on the pitch after the Chiefs became the first back-to-back Super Bowl winners for 19 years with a 25-22 victory in overtime.

Blake Lively

Taylor Swift and Blake Lively.
Pic: Reuters
Pic: Reuters

Hollywood actress Blake Lively was pictured arriving with Swift and the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift. Before the game kicked off, Swift and Lively were seen hugging as US rapper and singer Post Malone performed America The Beautiful.

Lively was also there to see her husband Ryan Reynolds in action as the first-look trailer of Deadpool & Wolverine, also featuring Hugh Jackman, aired on the big screen.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift during Super Bowl LVIII
Pic: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty

Room for a Beatles legend? Sir Paul McCartney was also pictured with Swift during the event, meeting Kelce’s father, Ed.

The meeting between Swift and Sir Paul marked a reunion for the pair after they teamed up for a wide-ranging conversation for Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians series in 2020 – and he credited her as the inspiration for one of his songs, Who Cares, on album Egypt Station.

Ice Spice

Recording artists Taylor Swift and Ice Sice in the stands during the game.
Pic: Reuters
Pic: Reuters

Ice Spice joined Swift on the Grammy nominations list for their collab Karma, which was shortlisted for best pop duo/group performance, and the rapper was also nominated for other prizes including best new artist.

She has attended a handful of award shows alongside Swift in the past few months, including the MTV VMAs as well as the Grammys, and joined the star in her suite to cheer on Kelce.

Lana Del Rey

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Singer-songwriter Lana Del Ray watches during the first half of Super Bowl LVIII between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Pic: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

When Lana Del Rey was pictured greeting her friend Swift from outside the superstar’s suite, the internet reacted: why wasn’t she invited? Because she’s a 49ers fan?

Well, the internet needn’t have been so concerned as she made it in the end – but was filmed getting knocked over during celebrations for the Chiefs.

Jay-Z and Beyonce

Rumi Carter, from left, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter walks on the sidelines before the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)
Pic: AP/George Walker IV

US rapper Jay-Z snapped pictures of his daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi on the pitch before the game kicked off and he took his seat beside wife Beyonce – who took the opportunity to make a big announcement.

The star teased a new album, the second act of her Renaissance project, during a Super Bowl advert, telling co-star Tony Hale: “Okay, they ready. Drop the new music.”

A video was posted on her Instagram account teasing “Act ii” just moments after the advert aired, and two songs – Texas Hold ‘Em and 16 Carriages – were released, with the album appearing to be a move into country.

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture date: Sunday February 11, 2024.
Pic: PA

Hollywood star Paul Rudd was arguably the Kansas City Chiefs’ most famous diehard famous fan, until Swift showed up.

He appeared on the field sporting a moustache, alongside his teenage son Jack.

Justin Bieber

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Recording artist Justin Bieber watches play during the third quarter of Super Bowl LVIII between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Pic: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

Pop star Justin Bieber had been rumoured to appear as a guest singer during Usher’s half-time show.

Instead, he made an appearance as a fan with his wife, model Hailey Bieber, and both were filmed dancing during Usher’s performance.

Jeff Goldblum (and Leonardo Di Caprio, somewhere)

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Actor Jeff Goldbloom reacts during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Pic: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was in attendance at the game, dressed in a black baseball cap, but dipped his face out of view when he was shown on the big screen.

In contrast, Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum stood up and made a heart shape with his hands – he’s clearly a Swiftie.

Lady Gaga

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Recording artist Lady Gaga looks on during the third quarter of Super Bowl LVIII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Pic: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Former half-time show star Lady Gaga was also there, showing her allegiance in a glittering 49ers jacket. Better luck next time.

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Donald Sutherland, Hunger Games and Kelly’s Heroes actor, dies




Donald Sutherland, Hunger Games and Kelly's Heroes actor, dies

Donald Sutherland, who appeared in films including The Hunger Games and Kelly’s Heroes, has died at the age of 88.

His agency, CAA, said he died in Miami “after a long illness”.

The Canadian actor won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in the mini-series Citizen X.

In 2017, he received an honorary Oscar.

His son, fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland, said “with a heavy heart” that his father had “passed away”.

“I personally think [he was] one of the most important actors in the history of film,” Kiefer Sutherland posted on X, adding that he was “never daunted by a role – good, bad or ugly”.

“He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.”

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Sutherland with his son Kiefer. Pic: Reuters
Sutherland with his son Kiefer. Pic: Reuters

In the Hunger Games franchise, Donald Sutherland played President Snow alongside Jennifer Lawrence.

In Kelly’s Heroes he starred alongside Telly Savalas and Clint Eastwood as Sergeant Oddball – on a mission to steal gold from the Nazis.

“I love to work – I passionately love to work,” Sutherland told US talk show host Charlie Rose in 1998.

“I love to feel my hand fit into the glove of some other character. I feel a huge freedom – time stops for me. I’m not as crazy as I used to be, but I’m still a little crazy.”

Sutherland with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in 2015. Pic: AP
Sutherland with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in 2015. Pic: AP

His “breakthrough performances” were in 1967 movie The Dirty Dozen and MASH, CAA said.

He also took parts in Robert Redford’s Ordinary People and Oliver Stone’s JFK.

He is survived by his wife Francine Racette, sons Roeg, Rossif, Angus, and Kiefer, daughter Rachel, and four grandchildren.

“A private celebration of his life will be held by the family,” CAA said.

Born in St John, New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada in July 1935, he was the son of a salesman and a mathematics teacher.

He started university in Toronto as an engineering student but switched to English and started acting in college productions.

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Travis Scott arrested for ‘causing a disturbance while drunk and trespassing’




Travis Scott arrested for 'causing a disturbance while drunk and trespassing'

Rapper Travis Scott has been arrested for “disorderly intoxication and trespassing”, police in the US have said.

Scott, who has two children with Kylie Jenner, was arrested for causing a “disturbance” on a charter boat at the Miami Beach Marina, where he “was drunk, and asked to leave multiple times”, the Miami Beach Police Department said.

Officers were called to the marina at 12.44 am on Thursday morning to reports of a disturbance, according to official records.

The 10-time Grammy Award nominee was reportedly getting off a charter boat when the owner of the boat asked him to leave, 7News Miami said on its website.

The force said officers found Scott, arguably one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world, “standing by the dock yelling at the vessel occupants”, and while he complied with their instructions to begin with, he then ignored them, NBC, Sky’s US partner, said.

Officers could sense “a strong smell of alcohol coming from the defendant’s breath”, records showed.

Though he agreed to leave the dock after being threatened with arrest, he did not go quietly.

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As he walked to the boardwalk, Scott “walked backwards yelling obscenities to the occupants of the vessel”, police said.

He left the marina, but returned five minutes later and was seen by officers walking back toward the vessel.

Scott spoke to a sergeant he had spoken to earlier and began yelling once again – “becoming erratic” and “disturbing the peace of the occupants of the marina and nearby residential buildings causing a public disturbance”, court documents said.

The 33-year-old musician was arrested at 1.17am and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center at 4.35 am on a charge of alleged disorderly intoxication as well as trespassing property after warning.

He submitted a $650 (£512) bond – $500 (£394) for the trespass charge and $150 (£118) for disorderly intoxication, the Daily Mail said.

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Scott, real name Jacques Bermon Webster II, has achieved four number-one hits on the US charts and is known for his energetic live shows and successful albums, including Astroworld.

He has two children with the socialite and media personality, Kylie Jenner, but the pair are no longer together.

His European tour, titled Circus Maximus, is due to start in The Netherlands next Friday and he is scheduled to play Manchester’s Co-Op Live venue on 13 July.

In 2021, 10 fans died in a crowd surge at his Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas, where he was born.

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He did not face criminal charges over their deaths but remains involved in civil cases alleging that organisers were at fault.

Last year he scored his first UK number one album with Utopia, which has been streamed more than 50 billion times globally, NME said.

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Taylor Swift Eras Tour: Final UK shows at London’s Wembley Stadium ‘will boost economy by £300m’




Taylor Swift Eras Tour: Final UK shows at London's Wembley Stadium 'will boost economy by £300m'

The final UK shows of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour are expected to boost the economy by £300m, officials have claimed.

The US star will perform three gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – before returning to the venue in August for a further five dates.

The sold-out shows will be attended by a total of nearly 640,000 people.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) estimates fans will spend an average of £471 per show, with many travelling from around the world or other parts of the country to watch.

The capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” the 34-year-old was playing more shows in the city than anywhere else in the world during her Eras Tour.

He said the gigs would be “a huge boost to our hospitality industry and [provide] further proof that London is the greatest city in the world to watch live music.”

It comes following the singer’s shows in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff this month.

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Taylor Swift greets fans in Welsh

Officials in London are keen to harness enthusiasm for Swift’s visit.

Transport for London has said it will rename some Tube stations in her honour, while Mr Khan has also unveiled a mural of the singer on the Spanish Steps outside Wembley Stadium.

EMBARGOED TO 0600 THURSDAY JUNE 20 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveils Swiftie Steps and new murals at Wembley Park as global popstar kicks off her first London show. Picture date: Wednesday 19 June 2024.
Mr Khan with the new mural at Wembley Park. Pic: PA

The GLA said its economic estimate was based on research by tourism body UKInbound.

A previous study claimed Swift’s shows would have an even bigger impact – with Barclays predicting that fans would fork out a total of almost £1bn across her 15 UK shows.

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UK leg of Eras tour kicks off

However, some commentators have questioned the claims.

George Moran, an economist at Japanese bank Nomura, expressed doubts over the alleged net benefit of the tour, saying he believed some fans would be cutting back on other spending in order to attend.

He told The Guardian last month: “We think the idea has been overhyped, especially for economies like the UK.”

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Nonetheless, there appears little doubt that fans – some of whom have spent around £200 on tickets alone – will be spending big on accommodation, food and merchandise during the UK leg.

The multi-billion pound tour is also expected to be a major earner for Swift, who has an estimated net worth of more than $1.1bn (£0.9bn), according to Forbes.

The star has faced criticism for some spending, including her frequent use of private jets.

General view of of Anfield Stadium in Liverpool where a Taylor Swift concert is taking place. Picture date: Thursday June 13, 2024.
Fans packed out Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to watch the star last week. Pic: PA

It comes amid a boom in concert tours worldwide – and their increasingly hefty economic impact.

Last year, officials in Sweden said two shows by singer Beyonce in Stockholm may have been responsible for a rise in inflation in the country.

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