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Travis Kelce has always prided himself on his ability to keep his personal life and professional life separate. This ability has been tested in the past few weeks.
Since the All-Pro tight end’s budding relationship with pop star Taylor Swift came to light shortly before the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Chicago Bears last month, Kelce has been a headliner in his own right. He learned that when paparazzi staked out Swift’s New York apartment last week, capturing the moment he stepped out in the morning before the Chiefs played the Jets, while other photographers were exploring his private residence in the Kansas City area.
“We’re learning with the paparazzi taking pictures from all over the place,” Kelsey admitted during a press conference on Friday (October 6), “but at the same time, you know, that comes with it. You have a lot of people who care about Taylor, and for good reason.” You just have to keep living, learning and enjoying the moments.”
Neither party has revealed much about their rumored relationship, and Kelce did not elaborate on Friday when he spoke to the media for the first time in weeks. But considering that Swift has twice shown up at the booth to watch Kelsey play, including alongside her mother Donna Kelsey, it’s easy to see why there’s been such intense focus on the duo.
The timing couldn’t be much better for either of them.
Kelce turned 34 on Thursday and is much closer to the end of his career than the beginning, and raising his profile will no doubt help him in his post-football career. His podcast featured his brother and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce new Horizonsits popularity soared, and Kelce’s mustachioed mug was suddenly appearing in ads and commercials for everything from State Farm and Hy-Vee to Pfizer and Experian.
Swift is on break from her Era Tour, but a film about her is scheduled to open in at least 8,500 theaters in 100 countries next week. AMC Entertainment Holdings, a movie chain based in suburban Kansas City, said it has sold more than $100 million in advance tickets and achieved the highest single-day ticket revenue in its history.
Meanwhile, the NFL and its broadcast partners are eager to capitalize on the pop culture moment.
When asked if Kelsey was surprised by the sudden interest in him and his relationship with Swift, he responded: “It’s my world, man, my world. It’s definitely been amplified.”
All the while, Kelce was trying to help the Chiefs defend their Super Bowl title. They have won three straight after losing their opener to Detroit, and will likely head to Minnesota on Sunday. (No word on whether Swift will attend.)
“I felt like I was on top of the world after the Super Bowl and now I’m on top of the world,” Kelce said after practice Friday afternoon. “At the end of the day, I’ve always been pretty good about zoning and being able to stay focused in this building, so I’ll continue with that.”
In fact, Kelce has always been juggling life outside of football.
In 2016, he starred in his own reality dating show, called Serendipity Catching Kelsey. He offered a lot of products and services. He has played in several high-profile golf tournaments, such as a made-for-TV match alongside Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes against the NBA’s Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry before the start of this season.
However, none of them affected his performance at all. Kelce had not missed a game due to injury since his rookie season before a hyperextended knee kept him from facing the Lions. He has played every game since. He is riding a streak of at least 1,000 receiving yards in seven straight seasons, resulting in eight trips to the Pro Bowl and four first-team All-Pro nods.
His success is a big reason for the Chiefs’ success. They have won the last seven AFC West titles, hosted the last five conference championship games, and won two of the three Super Bowls they have appeared in over the past four seasons.
Kelsey’s profile has never been higher, thanks to the aura Swift has cast over her.
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