Taylor Swift steps out with Brittany Mahomes and Lindsay Bell in Beverly Hills amid her inner circle’s fury at New York Times’ op-ed suggesting she’s GAY – as megastar prepares to watch beau Travis Kelce face the LA Chargers

Taylor Swift wowed in a black mini dress as she enjoyed a girls’ night out with her friends Brittany Mahomes and Lindsay Bell in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

The pop sensation, 34, stepped out in California amid furor in her camp after the New York Times published an opinion piece suggesting Swift may be gay – despite her budding romance with Kansas City Chief’s Travis Kelce.

While Kelce and his teammates were staying at a hotel near LAX, his girlfriend and her new pals dined at restaurant hotspot Spago, DailyMail.com pictures showed.

Kelce and the Chiefs are in town to play the Los Angeles Chargers at So Fi Stadium on Sunday, but that didn’t stop their WAGS from having a night out on the town.

On January 4, the New York Times published a story questioning the popstar’s sexuality – but the insinuation has already caused chaos among fans and reportedly within Taylor’s inner circle.

Anna Marks’s essay for NYT suggested that Swift could be hiding her sexuality from the world because of her ‘affinity for queer identity.’

One of Swift’s friends claimed that such an article would never be written about a male artist – although Marks previously wrote a similar article questioning Harry Styles’s sexuality.

‘This article wouldn’t have been allowed to be written about Shawn Mendes or any male artist whose sexuality has been questioned by fans,’ a source close to the situation told CNN.

The New York Times is now the target of the wrath of Swifties, as well as the singer’s personal pals. ‘I’ve learned that they are not pleased to say the least,’ Oliver Darcy told CNN of the drama.

Meanwhile, Taylor has been in LA for several days – and DailyMail.com have pictured her exclusively working out at the Dogpound Gym in West Hollywood.

Brittany Mahomes, wife of KC Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, and Lyndsay Bell, wife of KC Chiefs Tight end Blake Bell, arrived in LA and are believed to have spent Saturday night with Taylor at her Beverly Hills mansion.

The three left her estate around 7:30pm on Saturday night and entered the world-famous Spago restaurant from the back alley.

Taylor wore a short black dress with a gold chain around her neck, trademark red lipstick and Christian Louboutin knee knee-high boots.

Brittany had on a short, checkered skirt with calf-high boots.

Taylor and her two friends sat at a table across from the bar area of the restaurant, and her security sat a table next to theirs. She was out in the open for all to see.

For the next three hours, Taylor and company drank and had a choice to dine on such delicacies as pizza with prosciutto, $39, olive oil poached striped bass, $68, Liberty Duck breast, $80, and grilled Westholme Farms, Wagyu striploin, $115.

While dining, DailyMail.com can exclusively report ‘the three did more talking than eating, at times appearing serious while other times, laughing.’

At one point, when Brittany and Lyndsay had to use the bathroom, Taylor looked like she was talking on the phone, as she had her hand up to her ear.

A few times throughout the evening, Taylor pulled out her phone and looked to be checking messages, most likely from Travis, who is was staying at a hotel just 12 miles away.