Travis Kelce Addressed The Rumors He’s Dating Taylor Swift And Revealed He “Threw The Ball In Her Court”

“I threw the ball in her court. … We'll see what happens in the near future.”

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After a lot of speculation, Travis Kelce has finally addressed the rumors that he’s dating Taylor Swift.

Close-up of Travis smiling in his football uniform

For a bit of context, this whole thing tracks back to July, when Travis revealed during an episode of his podcast, New Heights, that he tried — and failed — to shoot his shot with Taylor while attending the Eras Tour in Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this summer.

Close-up of Taylor performing

He made it very clear that he was interested in the pop star, admitting that he was hoping to give her his number at the concert but wasn’t able to because “she doesn’t meet anybody.”

Close-up of Travis in a sleeveless top
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Despite being “disappointed,” Travis was full of praise for Taylor, and just two months later, an anonymous source told the Messenger that the duo had “been quietly hanging out.”

Close-up of Taylor walking

The reports quickly sparked a frenzy of excitement online, with Taylor’s fans delighted by the prospect that she might finally be veering away from her typical taste in men.


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Neither Travis nor Taylor addressed the reports at this time — though that didn’t prevent Travis and his inner circle from being bombarded with questions.

Close-up of Travis smiling

During an interview last week, Travis’s brother and fellow NFL player, Jason Kelce, was quizzed on the reports, prompting him to divulge only that Travis was “having fun.”

Close-up of Travis and Jason embracing on the football field

A few days later, Travis subtly hinted at the speculation himself, commenting on an Instagram video showing NFL commentators poking fun at the rumors by trying to sneakily slip Taylor’s song titles into their coverage.

Travis's comment: Well played RIch, well played

And this week, things got even more complicated when Jason jokingly said the rumors were “100% true.”

Close-up of Taylor

“It's hard to answer because I don't really know a lot about what's happening in Travis's love life, and I try to keep his business his business and stay out of that world,” he said during an appearance on the 94 WIP Morning Show on Wednesday.

Close-up of Travis smiling at a media event

“Having said that, man, I think they're doing great, and I think it's all 100% true. I hope this thing goes a mile,” he said before quickly adding, “No, I'm joking. I don't know what's happening.”

Close-up of Taylor

Inevitably, the “100% true” comment made headlines, with many missing the part where Jason made it clear that he was kidding.

Close-up of Travis smiling on a talk show

And now, after all that confusion, Travis is finally here to set the record straight — kind of.

Close-up of Travis in his football uniform

During an interview on The Pat McAfee Show yesterday, the Chiefs tight end talked directly about the rumors for the first time after being asked if he wanted to “expand upon” the speculation surrounding the potential romance.

Screenshot of Travis on the show

Travis didn’t actually specify whether he and Taylor have met in person since he went to the Eras Tour, although he did confirm that there’s been some contact between the two.

Close-up of Taylor performing

“I threw the ball in her court,” he said. “I told her, 'I've seen you rock the stage at Arrowhead [Stadium]. You might have to come see me rock the stage at Arrowhead and see which one's a little more lit.'”

Screenshot of Travis on the show

Making it clear that the invitation is still open, he added, “We'll see what happens in the near future.”

Close-up of Taylor at a media event

Elsewhere in the interview, Travis marveled at the fanfare surrounding the rumors, admitting it’s all gotten a little bit wild.

Close-up of Travis smiling as host on Saturday Night Live

“I'll tell you what, it's hilarious how much traction this has actually gotten. It's like an old game in school called telephone, where everyone's just whispering in each other's ear, just hearing some random stuff,” he said before taking a moment to call out his brother’s role in the widespread speculation.

Close-up of Travis on the radio show

“No one actually knows what's going on, especially when you've got Jason Kelce on live television telling people just both sides — he 'doesn't know,' 'it's true,' 'it's this and that,'” he joked. “Then, not even a week later, tell everybody that it’s 100% true.”

Travis and Jason smiling and sitting together in an audience

He added, “I mean, the guy is absolutely ridiculous. Please, everybody, stop asking my brother about my love life.”

Close-up of Travis on the radio show

Well, make of all that what you will.

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