Travis Michael Kelce is an American football tight end, born on October 5, 1989 in Westlake, Ohio, United States.
Kelce, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL), was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NPL Draft and later won Super Bowls LIV and LVII with the team, catching a touchdown in both wins.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end has been in a romantic relationship with American singer Taylor Swift for a while now.
The lovebirds, who are both 34 years of age started dating shortly after Kelce revealed his attempt to woo Swift on his podcast in July.
No doubt, the couple are having a blast together, but an exclusive source speaking to PEOPLE revealed that they’re taking it one step at a time.
The source said, “They’re having a lot of fun, but they’re still seeing where it goes.”
The stars’ relationship has garnered attention, especially since Swift made her first appearance at one of Kelce’s games in September.
The singer has been a consistent presence, cheering on her boyfriend alongside his family and friends, even engaging with fans at Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs’ recent victory over the Dolphins.
Travis Kelce at a glance
Kelce’s father, Ed Kelce, works as a sales representative in the steel industry, while his mother, Donna, is a former bank executive.
Kelce has an older brother, Jason Kelce, who is also a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Young Kelce was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball in High School.
He attended Cleveland Heights High School in his hometown of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
He excelled greatly at football, and was a three-year letter winner as quarterback for the Tigers, and recognized with All-Lake Erie League honors after totaling 2,539 yards of total offense as a senior.
He ran 1,016 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, threw for 1,523 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 2007.
Kelce got romantically linked with Maya Benberry, the winner of his dating show.
They started dating after the show ended in April 2016.
The relationship crashed in January 2017, with Benberry confirming that they had broken up.
In 2017, Kelce found love again with social media influencer Kayla Nicole Brown. The relationship lasted till 2022.
Kelce began dating singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in 2023. The highly publicized relationship has had a considerable impact on NFL viewership.
For instance, when Swift attended the Chiefs–Bears game, it drew the most television viewers of the weekend. Also, a Chiefs–Jets game that Swift attended averaged 27 million viewers, making it the most-watched Sunday-night television show since Super Bowl LVII.
The Travis/Taylor love story
In a recent cover story with WSJ. Magazine, Kelce shared insights into their relationship.
He spoke about Swift’s unique aura and the public scrutiny she faces.
According to him, “but at the same time, I’m not running away from any of it.”
Swift shares similar sentiments. In a December interview with Time, she opened up on their mutual support. “When you say a relationship is public, that means 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,” she stressed.
One cannot say for sure what the future holds for the lovebirds.
After the Chief’s win over the Dolphins, they secured a spot in the NFL Divisional Round, to battle it out against the Buffalo Bills.
The big question is, will Swift be there to cheer her man?, fans are eager to see if she’ll continue to accompany Kelce during his games.
Meanwhile, Swift is in top preparation for the international leg of her “Eras Tour” which is scheduled for February.
Swift May find herself in a dilemma, there are speculations surrounding her potential attendance at the Super Bowl if the Chiefs make it. The unfolding months will reveal the next chapters of this celebrity love story.