Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is trying not to let Taylor Swift’s successes go to his head.
“Being around her, seeing how smart Taylor is, has been f—ing mind-blowing,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “I’m learning every day.”
Buzz about Kelce’s relationship with Swift hit a fever pitch on Sept. 24 when the “Love Story” singer showed up in an Arrowhead stadium skybox with Kelce’s mom to cheer on the Chiefs — Kelce in particular. He’d earlier confessed on a podcast that his attempt to meet the impossibly famous when she performed there in July resulted in an incomplete pass. But according to Kelce, someone on Swift’s team got word of his failed attempt to meet her and put the pair in contact.
“She’ll probably hate me for saying this, but…when she came to Arrowhead, they gave her the big locker room as a dressing room, and her little cousins were taking pictures…in front of my locker,” he said. “I had somebody playing Cupid.”
In addition to being a fan of Swift’s music and intellect, the 6-foot-5 bruiser is blown away by watching Swift “enjoying life” despite being swarmed by paparazzi on a daily basis.
“Obviously I’ve never dated anyone with that kind of aura about them… I’ve never dealt with it,” he said. “When she acts like that, I better not be the one acting all strange.”
A friend of theirs detailed seeing Swift and Kelce singing around a campfire where sparks were clearly flying one night. Kelce can’t remember what was being sung, but recalled a different kind of chemistry.
“There was some wine involved for sure,” he told the Journal.
Swift and Kelce’s whirlwind romance brought them to New York City on Oct. 1, when she came to town to watch her boyfriend’s team beat up the Jets. It was his turn to rack up frequent flier miles on Nov. 11, when she performed in Buenos Aires. After changing the lyrics to her hit tune “Karma” to make clear she was dating “the guy on the Chiefs,” Swift ran off the stage and into Kelce’s arms for a big kiss to close the show.