Taylor Swift Makes Big Sale To Stave Of Backlash?

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has recently sold her gas-guzzling private jet as part of her efforts to reduce her carbon footprint. According to documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Swift sold her $40 million Dassault Falcon 900LX to car insurance company Car Shield for an estimated $7 million. The singer, who has been facing criticism for her frequent travels, made the decision to sell the jet just days before she was set to fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo, and then make a quick turnaround to see her boyfriend Travis Kelce play in the Super Bowl.

The transaction was recorded on January 30, with Car Shield’s CEO Nicholas Hamilton listed as a member of the ownership group under the name Triangle Real Estate LLC. The car insurance company, which is worth an estimated $150 million, now lists the jet as part of its assets at its headquarters in St Peter’s, Missouri.

Swift, who is known for her hit songs and 14 Grammy awards, has been under pressure to reduce her carbon emissions due to her jet-setting lifestyle. The 34-year-old singer, who has been performing on her international Eras tour, regularly jetted across the world to spend time with her boyfriend Travis Kelce, and also attended the Super Bowl to support him.

The singer reportedly purchased the jet in 2011 for $40 million, and it has been listed under her family’s names – her father Scott, mother Andrea, brother Austin, and herself – as part of SATA LLC in Nashville. However, on January 30, FAA records show that the jet was transferred to a new ownership group, Triangle Real Estate, after they sold their previous $400k 1976 Cessna 421 on January 25. Representatives for Hamilton, Triangle Real Estate LLC, and CarShield did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Swift still owns her Dassault Falcon 7X, which is currently listed under Island Jet Inc, tied to Taylor Swift Productions in Nashville, as well as SATA LLC. According to Tennessee Secretary of State documents, the singer previously sold a smaller Dassault Falcon 50 jet in 2020, which she had purchased in 2012 for $4 million. All proceeds from the sale were donated to charity.

It is unclear whether Swift is planning to upgrade her fleet just in time for the longest leg of her international tour, which is set to start next month when the singer jets to Australia to perform on February 16. This decision comes as the singer is facing criticism for her carbon emissions after being named the top celebrity polluter in 2022, with her trips producing a staggering 138 tons of CO2 emissions to date. This is equivalent to the energy used by 17 houses in one year, or the electricity used by 26.9 homes for a year, as estimated by the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

Swift’s frequent travels and their impact on the environment have been a topic of discussion recently, with many calling on the singer to reduce her carbon emissions. However, it is unlikely that Swift will switch to commercial flights due to security concerns, and she has not confirmed if she will attend the Super Bowl next month.

The same criticism has led to a backlash against a college student, Jack Sweeney, who has been tracking Swift’s flight paths and locations using publicly available data from the Federal Aviation Administration. Sweeney, who has been running similar accounts for years for other celebrities, politicians, and public figures, received a cease-and-desist letter from Swift’s lawyers in December, accusing him of “stalking” and “harassing” the singer. The letter warned of “legal remedies” if he did not stop.

Sweeney defended his actions, stating that his intention was not to cause harm but to promote transparency and public information. He also pointed out that Swift and her team have publicly shared their flight information and that he was using the same data. This letter came amidst a time when Swift was facing backlash over her carbon emissions during her tour and her travels to support Kelce at the Super Bowl.

The backlash against Swift’s actions and the letter to Sweeney has sparked a debate on social media, with some criticizing her for trying to frame herself as a victim. Many have accused her of trying to silence someone for holding her accountable for her environmental impact. However, others have come to Swift’s defense, stating that she has a right to protect her safety, especially given her past experiences with stalkers. The college student maintains that he will continue to share public data on Swift’s flights but will be more careful about what information he shares.

Daily Mail And Newsweek