Travis Kelce’s Friendship Bracelet Explained: How Taylor Swift Relationship Started

Taylor Swift and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's relationship has taken off this season. How did the pair meet?

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift’s relationship has taken off as the NFL season has progressed. The pair has garnered plenty of attention from the media over the last couple of months, but how did their relationship begin?

How Did Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift Meet?

While the Chiefs are vying to become back-to-back Super Bowl champions as they take on the five-time Super Bowl-winning San Francisco 49ers, one storyline remains prominent — the romance between star tight end Kelce and world-renowned musician Swift.

The two have taken over headlines and media coverage through their romance, and Swift has been seen at plenty of games throughout the season to support her boyfriend.

The pairing has been official for some time now, and the two shared an on-field kiss after the Chiefs won the 2024 AFC Championship Game. Swift is set to appear at the Super Bowl to cheer on Kelce after flying back from Tokyo, where she was performing a leg of her wildly successful Eras Tour.

Here’s what you need to know about Kelce and Swift’s relationship and how it all began with a failed friendship bracelet exchange.

It isn’t clear exactly when Kelce and Swift met, but it appears that they did so as a result of a story that Kelce shared on his “New Heights” podcast.

Kelce explained in July that he had attended a performance of Swift’s “Eras Tour” at Arrowhead Stadium during the NFL offseason. While there, he planned to participate in the friendship bracelet exchange that has become customary among Swift’s fans — known as “Swifties” — during her shows.

He said he wanted to gift a friendship bracelet to Swift herself.

“I received a bunch of them being there,” Kelce said of the bracelets. “But I wanted to give Taylor Swift one with my number on it.”

Ultimately, Kelce’s efforts to do so failed. He explained that left him “a little butthurt,” especially since the singer couldn’t meet him after the show.

“I was disappointed because she doesn’t talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings,” Kelce said.

When the podcast was released on July 26, Kelce had still not yet met Swift. So, it appears that the two of them began “quietly hanging out” at some point after that story went viral.

“We started hanging out right after that,” Swift 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. By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game. We would never be psychotic enough to hard-launch a first date.”

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Since then, their relationship has developed into one of the most talked about romances today.

“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,” Swift said.

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