EXCLUSIVE: 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 that 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.