This NFL season brought an unexpected twist as global sensation Taylor Swift became a regular at Kansas City Chiefs games, supporting her boyfriend, tight end Travis Kelce.
In a candid interview with Time, the 12-time Grammy winner, also named the 2023 Person of the Year, shed light on her newfound affinity for football and addressed the chatter surrounding her stadium appearances.
Swift, usually private about her relationships, embraced the opportunity to publicly back Kelce. In her own words, “I’m going to see him do what he loves, we’re showing up for each other, other people are there, and we don’t care.
The opposite of that is you have to go to an extreme amount of effort to make sure no one knows that you’re seeing someone. And we’re just proud of each other.”
Addressing the scrutiny surrounding her presence at Arrowhead Stadium, Swift expressed bewilderment, saying, “I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in.”
She emphasized her lack of control over the broadcast coverage and clarified, “I’m just there to support Travis. I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”
Despite the public attention, Swift revealed her newfound appreciation for football, stating, “Football is awesome; it turns out I’ve been missing out my whole life.”
Swift’s first appearance at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 3 marked the beginning of a series of game attendances, coinciding with the Chiefs’ impressive 4-1 record in those matches.
The timeline of her relationship with Kelce became clearer as she disclosed that they were officially a couple before her first Chiefs game.
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Explaining their connection, Swift recalled Kelce’s podcast revelation, which led to their initial interaction. “We started hanging out right after that,” she said.
“So we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for because we got to get to know each other.”
As their relationship blossomed, Swift forged connections within the Chiefs’ circle, including a newfound friendship with quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ wife, Brittany Mahomes. The duo even showcased a celebratory handshake during a Week 7 matchup.
Addressing the media frenzy surrounding him, Kelce commented, “I’ve never dealt with it, but at the same time, I’m not running away from any of it.”
Despite the attention, both Swift and Kelce, as confirmed by Mahomes, remain focused on their respective passions without letting external factors affect their performances.
In conclusion, Taylor Swift’s unexpected venture into Chiefs fandom has become a unique chapter in her life, blending love, football, and navigating the challenges of public attention.