Travis Kelce has been experiencing a football season like no other – largely for his activities off the field, rather than on it.
The 34-year-old has captured international headlines thanks to his quickly developing romance with pop superstar Taylor Swift – which has seen him travel across the country as well as across continents.
In a tell-all interview with the Wall Street Journal, Kelce opens up about the start of their relationship, where it is now, and where it might be headed.
Kelce said things began after he spoke about missing the chance to meet Swift after he was presumably blocked by security.
After opening up about it on his ‘New Heights’ podcast, someone from inside Swift’s team appeared to give him the indication they knew he was there.
‘There were definitely people she knew that knew who I was, in her corner [who said]: Yo! Did you know he was coming? I had somebody playing Cupid,’ Kelce said in the interview.
In an exclusive with the Wall Street Journal, Travis Kelce opens up about his new relationship
He provides further details about his whirlwind romance with pop star Taylor Swift
But by then, Kelce had already seen her at the show and she had gone – with the tight end seemingly missing his chance.
That is, until he looked at his phone and saw she messaged him. ‘She told me exactly what was going on and how I got lucky enough to get her to reach out,’ he says.
Kelce added that he may have gotten help by Swift’s little cousins – who took pictures in front of his locker back when the pop star was using that locker room as a dressing room for her show.
There was little he shared about their first date, saying they met each other in New York and had been talking for a while up to that point. ‘I knew we could have a nice dinner and, like, a conversation, and what goes from there will go from there.’
He also admitted that those closest to him were more nervous than he was: ‘Everybody around me telling me: “Don’t f*** this up!” And me sitting here saying: “Yeah, got it.”‘
Kelce also reveals that he was hesitant around media at the beginning stages of their relationship out of an abundance of caution to avoid saying ‘anything that would push Taylor away.’
But these days, Kelce beams about Swift – calling her ‘hilarious’ and ‘a genius’ and that they have similar views and thoughts about the world, family, and work.
‘Everybody knows I’m a family guy,’ he says. ‘Her team is her family. Her family does a lot of stuff in terms of the tour, the marketing, being around, so I think she has a lot of those values as well, which is right up my alley.’
Kelce said those closest to him were more nervous about his first date with Swift than he was
Kelce says that he and the pop star share similar values and worldviews with each other
Travis: ‘Seeing how smart Taylor is, has been f***ing mind-blowing. I’m learning every day.’
Now that he’s dating the pop star – who he was a fan of before meeting her – he’s taken more care to listen to the lyrics of his music.
‘I’ve never been a man of words. Being around her, seeing how smart Taylor is, has been f***ing mind-blowing. I’m learning every day.’
While Kelce has been learning about Swift through her music, he’s also getting a glimpse into the attention surrounding her every day while the media frenzy concerning their relationship only gains speed.
Kelce’s seemingly quiet neighborhood is now bustling with paparazzi, drones, and cameras all around his home – following him everywhere he goes.
‘Obviously I’ve never dated anyone with that kind of aura about them…. I’ve never dealt with it,’ Kelce says. ‘But at the same time, I’m not running away from any of it….
‘The scrutiny she gets, how much she has a magnifying glass on her, every single day, paparazzi outside her house, outside every restaurant she goes to, after every flight she gets off, and she’s just living, enjoying life. When she acts like that I better not be the one acting all strange.’
In the opposite direction, Kelce has been showing Swift glimpses into how he operates.
Now, Kelce says he’s starting to open up more to Taylor – showing sides of his life as well
He grew up eating dinner while surrounded by family and with the TV on, usually tuned in to some form of comedy.
His personality has reflected some of his favorite comedians: Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell.
‘I told Taylor that I have that world, I’ve got to introduce it to her. I let her know: This is my jam right here,’ Kelce said.