Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce timeline: From dating rumors to the Kansas City Chiefs game

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce timeline: From dating rumors to the Kansas City Chiefs game

The pop superstar created a media frenzy when she appeared at a Chiefs game and left with the tight end after months of dating rumors.

Taylor Swift showing up for Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday shocked and thrilled the world, but some people may also be confused how this budding romance began.

Rumors about the two potentially dating have been circling the internet since the summer, and many of Swift’s fans were rooting for the relationship.

News broke in April that Swift, 33, ended her six-year relationship with actor Joe Alwyn just as her world tour was picking up steam in the United States. Kelce, 33, appears to have remained single after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend and sports journalist Kayla Nicole in 2022.

A source close to the “Anti-Hero” singer confirmed to NBC News that Swift and Kelce were “hanging out” but things between them were in early stages.

While Swift has already done a lot in life greater than just dating the boy on the football team, there might still be room for Kelce in the pop superstar’s world.

‘A friendship bracelet and a dream’
Kelce, 33, did more than just drop a hint that he was interested in Swift — he publicly declared his interest in her to the world.

The Chief’s tight end attended the Eras Tour in July when Swift was performing at Arrowhead Stadium, his team’s home turf. Her fans, who call themselves “Swifties,” posted about his appearance on social media.

Kelce and his brother, Jason Kelce, later discussed his appearance at the concert on their podcast “New Heights” and a clip of it was posted to their TikTok account July 26. He said he attended the show and was “butt hurt” that Swift wasn’t able to speak to him prior to her performance.

Image: Taylor Swift watches the Kansas City Chiefs game with Donna Kelce, left, the mom of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, on Sunday.

“If you’re up on Taylor Swift concerts, there are friendship bracelets,” Kelce said. “And I received a bunch of them being there, but I wanted to give Taylor Swift one with my number on it.”

“Your number as in 87, or your phone number?” his brother asked.

“You know which one,” Kelce joked back.

As one Taylor Swift fan account noted Sunday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “he had a friendship bracelet and a dream.”

Kelce explained that Swift probably didn’t see anyone in an effort to save her voice, or maybe she just didn’t want to see him. But that was enough to get headlines written and the seed planted in the minds of fans all over the world.

The Kelce brothers keep dropping hints
All was quiet on the Kelce and Swift front for the next few weeks, as she was still completing the first U.S. leg of her tour and released her “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” re-recording. In that time she also announced the upcoming release of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” during a concert in Los Angeles.

A playful moment dropped Aug. 5, when Chiefs social media did a TikTok video questioning players about their celebrity crushes.

“Mine was…” Kelce pondered.

“Taylor Swift?” his teammate interrupted, causing Kelce to chuckle before moving on.

The cheeky clip was brushed aside by many as mischievous teasing between teammates at the time.

But hints started to drop again at the end of August, through the Kelce brothers’ podcast. The NFL’s preseason had begun and the brothers were discussing Kelce’s annual training camp mustache in their Aug. 31 podcast episode.

“Have you found out what Taylor Swift thinks of your mustache?” his brother asked.

 

“Yeah, we’re not going to bring up Taylor Swift in this episode,” Kelce deflected with a chuckle. “But something tells me she’s gonna like it.”

That one-liner was enough to resurface the speculation that maybe Swift and Kelce were seeing each other after her tour schedule slowed down in early August.

Image: Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Swift cheers Kelce on, seemingly confirming the rumors

Swift obviously took him up on the offer and showed up to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to watch Kelce play against the Chicago Bears. She was seen in a private suite with Kelce’s mother, Donna, cheering him on while decked out in Chiefs colors.

The pop superstar was later seen leaving the stadium with Kelce, telling him in a video clip posted to the X that “it was the best.”

Many of Swifts’ fans were simply delighted to see her having a good time at the game, posting jokes all across social media about her enthusiasm, her potential romance and her turning her back on her hometown team, the Eagles.

Her time at the game was given the meme treatment while people also celebrated Kelce as a deviation from previous men in Swift’s life, including former boyfriend Alwyn and her recent interlude with Matt Healy, The 1975’s frontman. Unlike those men, Kelce is American, and his career is based in athletics, not the arts.

Swift is a record-breaking musician at the height of her fame this year, and Kelce is a two-time Super Bowl champion, so it’s unsurprising that it would be difficult for them to get to know each other privately.

“Also reminder that casual dating is a thing even for celebrities — going on a date or two does not make anyone official,” one fan wrote on X.

Others also chimed in, saying they didn’t care whether the relationship was serious but that it was nice to see Swift “having fun.”

source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/taylor-swift-travis-kelce-timeline-dating-chiefs-game-rcna117188

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