Travis Kelce is making headlines for more than what’s been happening on the field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end has been romantically linked to pop star Taylor Swift, who attended a football game in Kelce’s suite on Sunday, September 25, 2023.
After weeks of speculation and plenty of hints dropped by Kelce himself, Swift didn’t hold back her excitement for the team and erupted in cheers when Kelce caught a touchdown. The Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 41-10, but the game wasn’t what was trending on social media.
Kelce, who has been single for about a year, said he’s open to the idea of getting to know Swift.
“I threw the ball in her court and told her, ‘I’ve seen you rock the stage in Arrowhead. You might have to come see me rock the stage in Arrowhead and see which one’s a little more lit.’ We’ll see what happens in the near future,” he said on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Kelce is a star player on the Chiefs. He was first drafted by the team in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft and went on to win two Super Bowl rings in Kansas City.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Travis Kelce & Taylor Swift Left Arrowhead Stadium Together
Kelce hinted that he was hoping to get Swift’s attention when he attended her “Eras” tour and brought her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it.
“I was disappointed because she doesn’t talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings,” Kelce said on the July 26, 2023, episode of the “New Heights” podcast, which he co-hosts with his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce. “She doesn’t meet anybody, or at least she didn’t want to meet me, so I took it personal,” he continued.
Apparently she did want to meet him, though, and after sitting with his family at the Chiefs game, Swift left the stadium with Kelce, according to a video shared by WGN Sports anchor Jarrett Payton. Chiefs reporter Brad Symcox shared a photo of Swift and Kelce driving away in a “vintage, drop top muscle car.”
Meanwhile, a source shared some details about the afterparty with Entertainment Tonight.
“Travis bought out the restaurant for his family and team. Taylor arrived, wearing a denim dress, and was seen snacking, having some cocktails and dancing alongside Travis. The two were very affectionate with one another but kept things fun and lighthearted. Travis’ teammates also showed up to the after-party, as well as his mom and dad, Donna and Ed. The party lasted until 2 a.m.,” the source said.
2. Travis Kelce Split From Kayla Nicole in 2022
Kelce was in a long-term relationship with media personality Kayla Nicole until 2022, according to People magazine. She was first linked to the NFLer in 2017 after meeting him on Instagram, and the two dated for about five years, with a brief split in 2020, the New York Post reported in May 2022 after rumors of the couple’s final breakup surfaced.
Kayla Nicole majored in broadcast journalism and obtained her degree from Pepperdine University, according to TMZ. She was a huge supporter of Kelce and his career and often posted about him on Instagram.
Things between the couple appeared pretty serious and many fans thought they’d end up getting engaged. During a Q&A on her Instagram Stories in January 2021, according to the New York Post, Kayla Nicole wrote, “I am ready to be a wife,” in response to someone’s question, adding the word “cough” in all caps several times.
However, the two split a little more than a year later — and Kayla Nicole has deleted all traces of Kelce from her Instagram feed. Neither Kelce nor his ex addressed the break-up or shared why things ultimately didn’t work out.
“I’m in the free market right now. I’m out there just enjoying life, focused on my profession,” Kelce said on “The Pivot” podcast in January 2023.
3. Rumors of a Relationship Between Travis Kelce & Zuri Hall Were Unsubstantiated
Although it doesn’t seem as thought there was ever anything serious between Kelce and “Access Hollywood” co-host Zuri Hall, rumors circulated that the two were an item after they were spotted together in 2022, some time after his split from Kayla Nicole.
Hall, who is originally from Ohio, won a regional Emmy Award in 2011 for her work on WNDY-TV and was part of the “E! News” team nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy award. She was also the host of the “Hot Happy Mess” podcast from November 2020 to March 2023.
According to Hollywood Life, one of Kelce’s friends posted a video of Hall with Kelce standing in the background, and that had the internet wondering if there was something between the two.
The outlet reported that fans noticed Hall had unfollowed Kayla Nicole and vice versa, which may have signified that Kelce and Hall were an item — or it may have been simply coincidental.
4. Travis Kelce Dated Maya Benberry After They Met on ‘Catching Kelce’
In 2016, Kelce landed his very own reality show called “Catching Kelce.” The purpose of the show was for Kelce to find himself a wife — sort of like his very own “Bachelor” series. The show featured “50 women from 50 states” who were interested in getting to know the athlete, and he took them on dates before narrowing down the field.
Kelce ended up choosing Kentucky native Maya Benberry on the finale, and the two dated for about eight months before ending things, according to Hollywood Life. Benberry and Kelce never ended up getting engaged.
Benberry works as a marketing and brand consultant, according to her Instagram bio. She is also a life coach.
5. Travis Kelce Revealed His Relationship Deal Breakers on ‘Watch What Happens Live’
During an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” in 2016, Kelce opened up about what he looks for in a relationship — and specifically what kinds of things are deal breakers for him.
Kelce appeared on Andy Cohen‘s show alongside “Real Housewives of New York” star Ramona Singer and she asked him a few questions. The first was whether or not it was a deal breaker if a girl wouldn’t sleep with him after the third date.
Kelce admitted that he may not break things off with her completely but that it would have him asking questions. “Those first two dates are top of the line dates,” he said.
Singer then asked if it was a deal breaker if a girl “has fake boobs.”
“I don’t think so,” he said. “As long as she’s very comfortable and very confident in how she looks, I mean, I’m all for it.”
The next question was about how he’d feel if the girl he was dating didn’t like to give “oral sex.”
“Sounds like a deal breaker to me,” Kelce responded with a laugh. The one thing that Kelce said was a total deal breaker was a girl who is “obsessed with taking selfies.”