Taylor Swift's romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has brought two fandoms together, as Swifties and football fans alike watch Chiefs games closely — even if for different reasons.
Dating rumors began in July when Kelce attended one of Swift's "Eras Tour" concerts at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Chiefs play. During an episode of his "New Heights" podcast, co-hosted with his brother, Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce recounted how he tried, and failed, to give the singer a friendship bracelet with his phone number.
But Travis Kelce and Swift's story didn't end there. After a private New York hangout over the summer, which a source confirmed to TODAY, Swift made their budding relationship public by attending a Chiefs game in September, sitting next to Travis Kelce's mom, Donna Kelce.
Since then, the superstar has been spotted at multiple games. They've also been photographed together on date nights.
In a December interview with Time, after being named the magazine's 2023 Person of the Year, Swift set the record straight about the timeline of her romance with Kelce, confirming the first Chiefs game she attended was far from their first date.
"By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard-launch a first date," she said.
Here's a look back at each of Swift's recent NFL appearances since then.
Sept. 24, 2023: Taylor Swift attends her 1st Chiefs game, against the Bears
It was the appearance fans were waiting for.
While appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show" on Sept. 21, Kelce revealed that he had invited Swift to watch him play football since he'd already seen her in concert.
“I threw the ball in her court. I told her, I’ve seen you rock a stage in Arrowhead and you might have to come see me rock the stage at Arrowhead,” he said. “We’ll see what happens in the near future.”
Three days later, on Sept. 24, Swift was spotted decked out in Chiefs colors in a box to watch the Chiefs take on the Chicago Bears.
During the game, she chatted away with Kelce's mom and cheered along when he scored a touchdown. She also chest bumped a fan standing beside her. Swift and Brittany Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' wife, were photographed together — the first of many times.
Oct. 1, 2023: Taylor Swift attends the Chiefs-Jets game in New Jersey with friends
A week after her first Chiefs game, Swift was back in the stands — this time, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, watching the Chiefs take on the New York Jets. She stood next to several of her famous friends, including Mahomes, Sophie Turner, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
During the game, Swift also interacted with Kelce’s mom.
Oct. 12, 2023: Taylor Swift returns to Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs-Broncos game
When the Chiefs took on the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12, Swift was ready and dressed for the occasion, wearing a black tank top and a red Chiefs jacket.
This time around, she was photographed with Kelce's mom and Mahomes yet again.
She appeared to meet Kelce's dad, Ed Kelce, for the first time, too. Ed Kelce shared his impressions during an interview with People, calling her “a very, very sweet, very charming, down-to-earth young woman” and "very smart."
He said he was struck by her behavior in the luxury box. “We’re sitting in the suite, she gets up and in the front room, she gets up to go get a drink or something and she starts picking up empty bottles, cans, plates that are scattered around. Because in the suites everybody gets stuff and you empty it down wherever you can.
“And I’m just thinking, I don’t think she got the diva memo,” he continued. “She didn’t get the spoiled musician. She doesn’t know how to pull that off. And that really, to me, said a whole lot.”
Oct. 22, 2023: Taylor Swift matches with Brittany Mahomes at her 4th Chiefs game
Swift attended her fourth Chiefs game on Oct. 22, sitting with Mahomes as the team took on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Swift sported a red Kansas City sweatshirt and a gold friendship bracelet that featured a heart charm and the number 87, Kelce's jersey number. She and Mahomes, holding daughter Sterling, were wearing matching jewelry from Cartier’s Juste un Clou collection.
Swift and Kelce were photographed leaving the stadium hand-in-hand after the game.
The couple also posed for a photos with Kelce's teammate Mecole Hardman, Jr. and his girlfriend, Chariah Gordon. In one of the pictures, Swift kisses Kelce on the cheek as he beams.
Dec. 3, 2023: Taylor Swift braves the snow at her 5th Chiefs game
The singer was dressed for the occasion and sported an oversized coat in her signature color — red. Swift paired the cozy frock with an all-black ensemble and wore her hair in a bun.
The pop star watched the "Sunday Night Football" match with several friends, including Mahomes, and filmed part of the game on her phone.
Up until now, Swift has been Kelce's good luck charm, but the Chiefs weren't able to pull off another win this time around. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 27-19.
Dec. 10, 2023: Taylor Swift returns to Arrowhead Stadium for her 6th game
The newly minted Time Person of the Year returned to Arrowhead Stadium Dec. 10, more than a month after her first visit there, to cheer on Kelce as he and the Chiefs hosted the Buffalo Bills. The Bills defeated the Chiefs 20-17, bringing Kansas City's record to 4-2 when Swift is in the house. She was seen wearing a long, black coat, a Chiefs sweater and her signature red lip. She was sitting in a suite, as usual.
"That's amazing. This is intercepted by most people, as you see Kelce's wife Taylor Swift in the audience," Romo said as the TV showed Kelce then Swift.
"Oh, I'm sorry, girlfriend," Romo quickly corrected.
"Whoaaaaa, slow down Tony Romo, don’t get them married off just yet!!" fellow sports commentator Emmanuel Acho said on X.
This matchup was also hyped due to it potentially being a "Bad Blood" reunion. Actor and singer Hailee Steinfeld, who is in the "Bad Blood" music video, is rumored to be dating Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Steinfeld was in New York the day of the game, TODAY.com reported.
Dec. 17, 2023: Taylor Swift endures the boos at Gillette Stadium to see the Chiefs play the New England Patriots
Swift made the trip to Massachusetts to watch the Chiefs end a two-game losing streak by beating the host New England Patriots 27-17 to improve to 9-5.
She was seen in the luxury box cheering along with Mahomes and friend Ashley Avignone.
Swift was also joined by her father, Scott Swift, who wore a red Chiefs sweater while cheering on Kelce.
Kelce finished with five catches for 28 yards in the victory.
Dec. 25, 2023: Taylor Swift returns to Arrowhead Stadium on Christmas for her 8th game
Swift made a festive appearance at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on Kelce on Christmas Day, sporting a plaid, black skirt, a red top and a Santa hat with Kelce's No. 87 emblazoned on it.
It marked the fourth straight Chiefs game where Swift was in the house as she enjoyed a break from her "Eras Tour" until it restarts on Feb. 7, 2024, in Tokyo.
Unfortunately, it wasn't a merry Christmas on the field for the Chiefs, who were stunned 20-14 by the division rival Las Vegas Raiders for their third loss in their last four games. It also came four games after the Chiefs previously defeated the Raiders 31-17 in November.
It wasn't the best day for Kelce, either, as the All-Pro tight end finished with five catches for 44 yards and did not score a touchdown for the fifth straight game.
Dec. 31, 2023: The Person of the Year ends 2023 cheering on Travis Kelce
For New Year's Eve, Swift returned to Arrowhead Stadium for the ninth time and cheered on the Chiefs to victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs won 25-17.
Swift attended the game with Kelce's friends, and her jacket stole the show. The singer wore a Kansas City-themed white jacket that many fans immediately recognized as one Kelce wore the week prior.
Swift was later spotted in the background of photos and videos from a Chiefs New Year's Eve party, and she rang in 2024 by her boyfriend's side.
Kelce didn't take the field during that game in order to rest before the start of the postseason. Swift meanwhile attended the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, where her "Eras Tour" concert film was nominated for an award.
The Chiefs beat the Chargers 13-12.
Jan. 13: Taylor Swift enters her playoff era
After missing the Chiefs' final game of the regular season, Swift was back at Arrowhead Stadium when the team took on the Miami Dolphins.
Swift sat beside her boyfriend's mom, Donna, as well as Brittany Mahomes, with whom she wore a matching jacket designed by fellow WAG Kristin Juszczyk.
The 8 p.m. ET game became the fourth coldest game in NFL history with a temperature of -4 degrees at kickoff. But despite the cold, the stadium was in high spirits during the game, which ended in a Chiefs victory, 26-7.
Highlights from the lively crowd included a swag surf, which Swift and Donna Kelce took part in, as well widespread "high 4s" for wide receiver Rashee Rice's performance.
Fans who sat directly in front of Swift described their interactions, saying the singer wasn't afraid to interact with the crowd amid the high energy.
“Taylor was so down to earth,” Beth Vancil told TODAY.com. “She’s just a normal Kansas City Chiefs fan enjoying the playoffs.”
Jan. 21: Chiefs-Bills matchup becomes a family affair
After advancing to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the Chiefs traveled to Buffalo to take on the Bills Jan. 21, a rematch from their 20-17 loss on Dec. 10.
Swift attended the game with friends Cara Delevingne and Brittany Mahomes, as well as key members of her boyfriend's family — brother, Jason Kelce, and sister-in-law, Kylie Kelce.
It marked their first public meeting, and it was a memorable one, at that. And not just for the Chiefs' 27-24 victory.
Jason Kelce stole the show with his unique celebration for Travis Kelce's touchdown. After the tight end ran into the end zone, the camera panned to the Philadelphia Eagles center, shirtless and screaming in celebration.
After, he jumped out of the suite and cheered while walking through the stands.
He later spotted a little girl in the crowd holding up a sign meant for Swift. So, he picked the 8-year-old up and carried her over to the suite so she could wave to the singer.
Jan. 28: Taylor Swift kisses Travis Kelce on the field after Chiefs advance to the 2024 Super Bowl
Swift attended her 12th Chiefs game of the season and was present for the team's most important win yet.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens, 17-10, Jan. 28 in the AFC championship game to advance to the 2024 Super Bowl.
Travis Kelce had another big game complete with a touchdown and 116 receiving yards.
Swift watched the game in a suite with friends, including Keleigh Teller, Cara Delevingne and Travis Kelce's sister-in-law, Kylie Kelce.
After the win, Swift went down on the field with the Kelce family, and she shared a smooch with her man.
Swift also took a moment to step back from the cameras so that her beau could share a hug and moment with brother Jason Kelce.
Fans praised her for that gesture in the comments section of a video shared by the Chiefs.
“As a non Swiftie, the way Taylor steps back to let the moment be about what it should be, the NFL and Travis Kelce is a such a loving, classy, respectful thing to do. Nicely done,” one person wrote.
“Everyone will bash Taylor (not a swiftie) but she saw a moment this between brothers and stepped away,” someone else said. “I watched it multiple times because I didn’t catch it at first. She doesn’t chase the spot light, it focuses on her unnecessarily.”
As for if the singer will watch Travis Kelce at the 2024 Super Bowl? That depends on her travel schedule.
Swift will perform her "Eras Tour" Feb. 10 in Tokyo. If she travels via a private jet, she could take the roughly 12-hour flight after her show ends and make it to the big game's kickoff in Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. ET.
If Swift attends the Super Bowl, it will mark her 13th appearance at one of Travis Kelce's games, and as all Swifties know, the number 13 is very significant to the superstar.
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