The Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce romance was definitely not on anyone’s bingo card for 2023, gripping us in shock, with a kind of sartorial flair only Miss Swift could wield. Swifties and Chiefs fans alike swarmed social media platforms from Instagram, to X, to Tumblr to express their disbelief in the unlikely duo. But one thing’s for sure, there’s something magical about the chemistry between the queen of pop and the Tight End player. One can’t help but wonder how much of it is spontaneous, but once the Mastermind is involved, nothing is accidental.
Stage 1: The Romance Bracelet
Friendship bracelets have become an integral part of Swift’s fandom, because of its reference to her song “You’re on your own kid”. It’s symbolic in many ways to her fans, and Travis Kelce knew how to make the first public move on his potentially brewing romance with Taylor.
He remarks on his podcast New Heights that he made her a friendship bracelet that had his number on it but was unable to give it to her. He also publicly made a statement directed to Taylor, saying that he saw her ‘rocking it’ at Arrowhead Stadium, and was hoping she could come for one of his games to see him do the same. While Taylor did not receive the bracelet, she did receive this invitation.
Stage 2: Baby Let The Games Begin
To the internet’s surprise, Taylor was seen in the Chief’s colours, seated in Travis Kelce’s box with his mother, enjoying and cheering him on at the Arrowhead Stadium on 24th September. Multiple attendees attest to the fact that Taylor was vibrantly enjoying the game with Kelce’s mother. Kelce himself sees Taylor in his box and mouths “Damn. She’s right there.” with an awestruck smile on his face, sending the internet into a frenzy regarding their brewing romance.
The pair was also seen leaving the stadium together, with Travis wearing a blue and white printed outfit, alluding to “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”. In fact, the brand that made the outfit, due to widespread speculation, changed the outfit’s name on its website to 1989. They were also spotted leaving together in a convertible, which Kelce remarked on in his podcast, saying they left in a ‘getaway car’, an easter egg regarding Swift’s upcoming re-recorded album ‘Reputation (Taylor’s Version)”. The what-ifs continue to grow.
Stage 3: Where is the Getaway Car Headed?
Fans around the world are tickled by the potentialities of a Taylor-Travis romance, which is seemingly showing growing signs of reality and appeal. One of the biggest problems cited by fans in her previous relationship with Joe Alwyn was that he tried to keep her ‘hidden’ and did not ‘show her off’, the exact opposite of what Kelce is doing.
Multiple fans have written on social media that “He’s the first man who knows he’s with Taylor Swift”, explaining how he recognises her standard and value as an individual, treating her with respect. It’s unclear how much of this can be explained as ideal and positive moving forward, or if it’s a candle burning at both ends. This getaway car is going somewhere; only time will tell where.