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Gracie Abrams Shares How Travis Kelce Hilariously Assured Her Before Taylor Swift’s London Show

Taylor Swift‘s Wembley Stadium show in London was star-studded on June 23, with Travis Kelce making a surprise appearance onstage before “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart” and Gracie Abrams surprising the crowd for the live debut of her Swift collaboration, “Us.”

Abrams joined SiriusXM to discuss the performance, revealing that the Kansas City Chiefs tight end playfully assured her before she stepped onstage. “Before we both went on, we were in the tent, and he was like — he went on right before I did, like, I think two songs or something. He’s like, ‘I’ll mess up so you look really good,’” She recalled.

The singer added of the Eras Tour, “The thing is, is it’s just a community of really supportive people. Truly, everyone, whether you’re in the tent or in the top row in the stadium, it’s like everyone is there because there is such deep joy and feeling associated with all of the music that she’s put out over the past 18 years and it’s like, I don’t know. It’s a really magical thing.”

“Us” is featured on Abram’s 13-track sophomore studio album The Secret of Us, which was released just days before. The night they wrote the duet will be hard to forget, as the songwriting session wound up in flames: a candle caused a small kitchen fire that Swift managed to put out herself with a fire extinguisher.

The 24-year-old Abrams spent the summer opening for Swift’s The Eras Tour, a role she’ll reprise on select dates in North America later this fall. She’ll head out on her very own headlining tour of theater-sized venues across the United States, starting Sept. 5 in Portland.

The Secret of Us features the previously-released tracks “Risk” and “Close to You,” which debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it’s the followup to Abrams’ debut record Good Riddance, which arrived February 2023, peaking at No. 52 on the Billboard 200.

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